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Comment: Re:Broken link (Score 1, Offtopic) 109

by Andy_R (#48180187) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

For those of you who don't know Bob the Builder, here in the Britain he appears on TV all the time, is inexplicably popular with people who have had barely any education, implements large scale infrastructure projects with no regard to their actual cost, and often repeats the catchphrase "Yes we can".

Do you have something similar in the USA?

Comment: London's Docklands Light Railway is automated (Score 1) 179

by Andy_R (#47956149) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

While the traditional London Underground has drivers, that's pretty much just because the powerful union in charge won't let them be upgraded to be driverless. We've had reliable, safe driverless trains for over 25 years on the 45-station Docklands Light Railway in the East of London.

Comment: Re:What now? (Score 2) 131

by Andy_R (#47913393) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

You could always try the RICO Act.

Net neutrality is what ought to prevent racketeering in the digital age. In the old days the Mafia turned up on your doorstep and said "nice warehouse you have here, it would be a shame if it 'burned down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen." Without net neutrality, Comcast can turn up on your doorstep and say "Nice website you've got here, it would be a shame if it 'slowed down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen."

Comment: Re:The big question is 'why' ? (Score 4, Insightful) 330

by Andy_R (#47908959) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Microsoft only does well in areas where it has a monopoly. What it's doing here is not buying an asset, it's buying retrospective market share and killing a competitor. Mojang sold a lot of games before Notch left just like Nokia sold a lot of phones before the Elop disaster. It doesn't matter to Microsoft that Nokia imploded or that Mojang's main asset (Notch) left, the point isn't to have their assets or to actually do anything with the brands, that's just a bonus if it happens. The point is simply for them not to be competitors any more.

Comment: Why compete with free? (Score 4, Insightful) 426

Without the market share needed to embrace and extend anything, is there actually a real reason for Microsoft bother having their own a browser at all?

Wouldn't bundling another browser with WIndows and laying off the IE division make more financial sense that carrying on with a product that cost money to make, generates no revenue and is so badly respected by customers that Microsoft literally can't give it away?

Torque is cheap.

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