There's something I don't understand. If they 'stole' the coins, they can't really trade them can they? Anyone I mean. As I understand every single transaction is tracked, so you can't really spend them without people knowing so right? Ok so you can hide your identity and whatnot, but wouldn't people know the instant these BTC are back on the market?
Yeah, no. I think if a developer said "to play our game online, you must disable the Windows firewall", they wouldn't be very well received.
You can't deny that this helped and made Windows the platform of choice for PC video gaming. So by that standard, they did a great job. Now of course I would prefer that they opened the spec so people could make a Linux version, and maybe they will do that if they decide that Xbox makes more money than people buying Windows licenses to play games minus the development costs of DirectX. That's a different topic.
How's that an IE vulnerability if it uses Flash as a vector? Are they adding the iFrame in a non-standard way that only IE is susceptible to?
I was already pissed off at people with Xenon headlights, now they get friggin' LASERS ?
Windows 8 is a great OS, regardless of what the grognards here will say. You don't have to use Metro except as a glorified Start Menu if you don't want to, and the rest of the OS is basically Windows 7 only better. If that's not a problem for you, go for that. I was in the same situation as you, tried to install Guitar Pro on Linux, and that more of a pain in the ass than I wanted, so I just switched back to Windows. Plus, there's no driver for my Asus DAC on Linux (which is Asus' fault, sure, but in the end I want to use my 400€ DAC).
When was the last time you heard Microsoft bash OSS? I'm genuinely curious. I've only seen them pushing code to Git or opening their own specs or frameworks lately (MVC, for instance). I think your point is correct, but I don't think Microsoft is the right example anymore.
And I heard stories of the Dassault Rafale shooting down F-22 with their canon. There'll always be stories of "plane X shot plane Y so plane X is better than plane Y" but that overlooks individual skills (dog fighting), tactical conditions (can't shoot from beyond visual range if the target is flying low in a mountain range) or even strategic considerations (can you afford, both money and time wise, to replace your planes when they go down or need maintenance). The whole problem of military design is to find the right balance between high-technology and affordability. And it seems that lately the US have been shifting a lot more towards the former. Keep in mind that you can live using credits only for so long, and during war times it becomes even more critical.
How can you start a website in 2014 with only iOS apps? What the hell?
Majors should be careful. Pretty soon they won't be able to argue that what they care about is art and the artists. In any case, pretty soon there won't be a need for majors. Most people will self-produce, and if they make enough money by selling direct to the customers/fans (which should be easier than going through a major which takes WAY more than a fair share), then they can go to producers and record in a studio. Then all you need is a proper agent to setup tours and stuff. I genuinely believe that in a modern world major companies are really not that needed. Only the really motivated and good musicians will get ahead of the pack, and that's for the better. Too much shit music these days.
Or over XBMC, really.
What is the advantage of Plex over UPnP/DLNA ?
The problem is that in people's perception, Microsoft and Apple are not only proprietary systems over which nobody but these companies have control (this is not a perception but a reality) ; but are also evolving in a way that is less and less open and would force you to go through them. I'm one of the few people who actually like Windows 8(.1) but I'm really not in favor of Microsoft only allowing applications from the Windows Store in the future. Sure, it's "maybe" they'll do that. But I don't like maybes. If Valve is committing to developing a platform that is more open than Microsoft's, then I'm happy. Maybe Microsoft will keep its own platform open, and in that case it's a win/win situation for me. If Microsoft doesn't, then I still have Valve's.
Let's just hope they don't upgrade their HDDs to SSDs!
If you think having a movie made by Hollywood automatically makes it better, I don't think you know what cinema is. Hollywood is mostly about shock-and-awe, story be damned. I'm not saying all American movies are like this (some are amazing), but just because it's Made In America doesn't make it better. Usually they re-make it because they need to adapt to an American audience (who's not used to be 'influenced' by other cultures, what with being the dominant culture of our times, like France was 100 years ago), and also because reading is hard and people don't want subtitles (or dubbed versions).