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Comment: Why not Vista? (Score 1) 214

by Ark42 (#49706875) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates

I don't quite get why the cut-off is Windows 7 and not Vista? The hardware requirements are basically the same from Vista to 10, and internally that would cover a free upgrade to 10.0 for Windows versions 6.0 to 6.3.
Not to mention getting home users off IE9 would be a big plus for the web in general (assuming you've already just dropped IE8 users like you should have).

Comment: Re:Is it really IE 12 or not? (Score 1) 133

by Ark42 (#49677875) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

As far as I know, it is IE 12 (Trident 8.0), but they consider it a fork, which means technically you can have different features and support in Edge 1.0 and a future hypothetical actual IE 12. Mostly what they did was *remove* all kinds of backwards compatibility stuff from Edge, so that you can't trigger IE10/9/8/7/5 (yes, 6 was not a choice) rendering modes anymore. You can't use VBScript, ActiveX, and all kinds of other non-standard stuff. IE10+ is already a pretty decent modern browser, very much on par with Firefox and Chrome, so you should expect Edge to be just as good, as long as you're writing standard HTML5 code.

I tend to include in the headers of sites I write recently, because it removes the button in IE that lets users toggle backwards compatibility mode, but lazy people could previously use that tag with IE=8 or IE=5 to force IE into backwards compatibility rendering modes instead of updating their sites with standards compliant code. I guess that will no longer work with Edge. It will only render in HTML5 standards mode and nothing else now.

Comment: Re:The first edition (Score 1) 133

by Ark42 (#49677819) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

If you write to HTML5/CSS3 standards, any web app written in the last few years can easily target IE9+ and work on Firefox/Chrome/Edge with no issues. It's only people who rely on huge bloated frameworks to provide backwards compatibility with IE6 that have issues with their stuff suddenly not working on IE10 or IE11.

Basically, right now, everybody needs to drop IE8 support, and you can pretty much stop using jQuery and modernizer and all that other cruft. If you drop IE9 support (which is really only Vista users), you'll quickly find that Chrome is the lowest common denominator to support.

Comment: Re:The first edition (Score 4, Informative) 133

by Ark42 (#49672893) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

Except it's really effectively Trident 8.0 / IE 12. Only, they forked it and removed all the legacy support from it, then left a copy of Trident 7.0 / IE 11 around in case you need legacy support still. So it's not really the first version of anything, and it's not like it's completely from-scratch code.

Comment: Re:Disturbing. (Score 1) 106

Just FYI, in Japan, it doesn't mater if it's true. You cannot post anything that would bring financial harm to a company. True facts or not, if you post negative things just to hurt a company, you're breaking the law in Japan. I don't see how Google can win this actually. Of course, they're free to keep showing the negative reviews in other countries.

Comment: Re:Seems fair (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by Ark42 (#49447203) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

I just keep adding these low-value (as in, user content) TLDs to blacklists, particularly for email. I'm sure I'm not the only sysadmin doing that, so the overall utility of all these stupid TLDs is basically as a spam-filter and nothing more. No serious business is going to operate on anything other than a .com/.net/.org even if they have to get a longer domain.

Comment: Re:User replaceable battery is pointless (Score 2) 148

by Ark42 (#49315795) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

I think you completely misunderstand the point of the replaceable battery I use. I don't ever switch back to the original battery. The after-market battery I put in my S3 has something like 4x the capacity of the stock battery. It takes up more space and sticks out of the back of the phone. Because of this, it includes a case back that makes the phone a bit thicker than stock, while doubling as a protective case similar to an otter-box. I no more want to swap batteries in and out day to day that I want a second phone-sized object dangling from my phone by a tiny cord.

Comment: Re:User replaceable battery is pointless (Score 1) 148

by Ark42 (#49293355) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

You realize how stupid it sounds to charge a battery with a battery that needs charging itself? Not to mention most of those basically hang from your phone by the USB cable, with no way to actually attach it to the phone?
The battery I have basically replaces the back panel of the S3 with a larger back panel that doubles as a pretty good phone protector case too. Realistically, the whole combined size of the S3+big battery is no thicker than my wallet too.

Comment: Samsung (Score 5, Insightful) 148

by Ark42 (#49290741) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

I've really been a fan of many things Samsung in the past (TVs, LCDs, even my Blu-ray player is Samsung) and at some point I'm going to replace my Galaxy S3. The S6 is now NOT an option because of things I really care about: user replaceable battery - I use the 4x sized ZeroLemon battery from Amazon), removable SD Card, and the ability to easily root (Not sure what Knox and stuff has done to the newer models).
Is this going to make me trade in my S3 for an Apple phone? No way. Absolutely not. Apple is even worse with all these important features. It doesn't matter how much they give me in "trade in" it's still probably less than I could get just selling the phone myself anyway.

Comment: Re:Finally, the device I want ... serious though. (Score 1) 445

by Ark42 (#49183569) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

What's new is the incredible relevancy of years and years of native Windows programs. Android and iOS's app stores are mostly piles of Free to Pay junkware and a handful of big name useful apps. Putting a keyboard/mouse/monitor onto an Android/iOS phone is basically useless. Having a phone that runs all your favorite Windows apps, while basically replacing your desktop/laptop computer with a KVM dock is a HUGE breakthrough. It has to run x86 Intel Win32/Win64 apps though, without emulation or any weird issues.

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