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Comment: Windows on 32 GB? (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#48043869) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Or, just join the rest of us in 2014, get an SSD and don't worry about it.

Windows itself takes the majority of the 32 GB SSD that comes with a Windows 8.1 tablet such as a Transformer Book, Aspire Switch, or older Surface Pro. I imagine that most people don't want to have to manually shuffle data between such a small internal SSD and an external HDD.

Comment: DRM in game servers (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#48043849) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Your server isn't getting games installed on it, which put all kinds of settings in the registry, then removed later when the game is old and tired, leaving behind cruft (including DRM bullsit) in the registry.

You'd be surprised at how many games have the same digital restrictions management BS in the game's dedicated server app that they have on the client.

Comment: Shake the bad bits out of the cable (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#48043797) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
The one kernel of truth in your joke is that sometimes you do have to reorient the Wi-Fi AP to improve signal coverage. And sometimes you have to unplug and reseat cables in order to get devices into an operable state. One phone rep recommended disconnecting the USB line and "shaking the bad bits out".

Comment: OS-provided structured sharing mechanisms (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#48043755) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

and you can say good buy to.

your email app from being able to see any office files.

When you drag from the file manager or Office to your e-mail program, the operating system would make a read-only view of the file in the e-mail program's space.

no more flash , java , quicktime and more on the web.

Three words: good fcuking riddance.

adobe apps can't work with each other

Having been published under the same private key (that of Adobe Systems) would let them run in the same sandbox, if the model you envision is anything like the model of Android.

no more visual pinball working with pinmame (at least both are open source and can have both join to one app)

They could join through more structured data sharing mechanisms, such as local sockets set up by firing an intent.

IDE / codeing apps may be come hard to do.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance". But they could work the same way AIDE does on Android.

No more NV or ATI driver apps

Again, having been published under the same private key (that of NVIDIA or AMD) would let them run in the same sandbox.

games can't have mods or map editors.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance", as I described in another article, because modding helps cheating. But a mod could be installable through the same share mechanism I mentioned above.

Comment: Re:If you live outside T-Mobile's coverage (Score 1) 173

by tepples (#48043229) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Sprint most certainly will activate a phone not purchased from them, as long as it's a CDMA phone they support

I was under the impression that Sprint supports only the exact makes and models that it sells. If I bought a CDMA2000 phone without carrier branding, do you think Sprint would just sell me a CSIM to plug in?

Comment: Re:Application sandboxing (Score 1) 280

by CastrTroy (#48043081) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
Isn't this the way Metro Apps work? Seems to me like they were already headed down the right path with Windows 8.1 then. You really can't do anything much about old programs wanting to write to arbitrary parts of the disk, because you'll find a lot of applications that just plain won't work. I guess you could trick the application into thinking it's writing to a certain part of the disk when in reality it's just writing to a subdirectory in it's own private folder, but that would create even more problems, when the user decided to save a file, and couldn't find it later because it saved the file inside some virtual folder that only existed for that one application.

Personally I think it's OK if programs have arbitrary file access because it allow apps such as I have on my Surface 2 (RT) to access network drives just as easily as they would access any other file. On Android or iOS, an application has to be specifically coded to access network drives but not so on Windows (or Windows RT).

I think one thing that could be added would be for the OS to keep track of all registry keys edited by an application and be able to remove them after an application is uninstalled. You could possibly do the same for files, but then there would be risk of the user losing data they had created with that application.

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