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Comment: We want data-fusion, not os/ap fusion (Score 1) 134

by Bearhouse (#47550157) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

"I can take my Office Lens App, use the camera on the phone, take a picture of anything, and have it automatically OCR recognized and into OneNote in searchable fashion"

OneNote is/was actually a reasonable product - but does anybody use it?
I think that Microsoft's problem is that it has always been a (fragmented) product company, not able to look at things from a user point of view.

What I would like (and pay for) would be seamless integration of all my information, securely, between my devices and optionally backed up to "the cloud" (ugh). So far, (from personal experience), Apple have nice hardware with reasonable integration, Android is catching up (if you give Google access to all your data) and Microsoft is behind.

For the future, I would not give a damn if the 'phone was an Apple, a Nokia or a generic, and same for the OS on the phone and the PC. Here's a scenario; in one hit let me take a picture of someone, somewhere, add it to contacts, and the next time I want navigate to their house/office it one click. Show me all the mails and docs for the person, one click please.

Comment: What to do if you have unlimited money & ambit (Score 2) 82

And are not yet very good at building aircraft carriers and everything that goes with them (suitable aircraft and command and control).

It's not the "next best thing" or even close - there is a good reason why large 'planes such as this were rapidly abandoned (except by the Soviet Union) after WW2. They take up much more of their usable capacity with fuel and equipment , and are extremely vulnerable on both land and sea, (one submerged log or - more likely these days - a lost shipping container) and your transport and its cargo is scrap.

Of course, I'd still want one :)

Comment: Re:Good to hear (Score 1) 274

It's not so much the features in Visio, (although it is one of the more mature and sophisticated tools of its type), but:

1. Everyone you need to work with probably already knows it/has it installed.
2. There's a huge ecosystem around it, (not just m$), with a bunch of fine stuff such as Mindjet Mindmanager that plug right in.

Shame - I've been using Visio for years and it should be so much better...

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 274

It is, for most salaried employees, i.e. you get a set amount of paid vacation days as part of your salary.
Or put another way, the boss pays you less, but you get your time off "for free".
Since you pay tax and social charges on your salary, (and these are typically indexed to the amount you earn) it's actually a good deal, but most people don't think about it that way.

Comment: "Research" does not replace leadership vision (Score 1) 161

by Bearhouse (#47481119) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Plenty of other organisations, (IBM, Xerox...) have equally-sad stories.
Genuine transformational innovation ignored by the senior management...who in the case of IBM, then Microsoft, were focused exclusively on two things:

1. Screwing their customers
2. Screwing their competition

IBM got their comeuppance, and had to reinvent themselves as the "services" company we know and love (ahem) today.
A far cry from the company that had Nobel prize-winning people on their R&D teams.

Now its Microsoft's turn.

Comment: Re:A Century Ago (Score 1) 195

by Bearhouse (#47473563) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

You're right.

OK France is much smaller than the USA, but it's still pretty big, and the TGV trains have been a huge success, attracting travellers away from air and road. With zero fatalities since its inception.
And of course, runs on cheap, low-carbon electricty generated by France's nuclear power stations...
So fast, safe and green. What more do you want?


Comment: Could this be used for detecting rockets/mortars? (Score 1) 42

I wonder if they could extend and improve their "iron dome" with this?

Would be great if they could knock all the Palestinian missiles out of the air instead of bombing the sh*t out of the lauch sites (which the launchers tend to put in urban areas).

Comment: Re:Rather far north. (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by Bearhouse (#47447323) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Indeed - and having stayed there, I can confirm the weather around Kinloss is usually awful.

Sounds like a "make work" effort at this very remote location. At least if something blows up on the pad or shortly after launch there's not much around to damage.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 195

by Bearhouse (#46201799) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

I'd mod you up, but duuuude, 'webscale' is sooo yesterday.

Leveraging your core value proposition thru social networking in the cloud is the new hotness!!!

I really dig the new beta site too - liked it on all my facebook pages and tweeted it too!

Now 'scuse me, have to update my whitelists and hosts files.

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