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Comment Re:I only drink coffee (Score 5, Interesting) 211

I need to use java interfaces every day, Cisco, EMC, Brocade, HP, IBM, Dell all use java for their management consoles, and I have to keep at list 6 different installers to be able to use them properly as periodic updates to java tend to break access to them if the client hasn't been keeping up with their firmware updates(which is pretty much everyone)

It can be frustrating when you need 3 different versions of java to complete one job.

Comment Tablets can do it better (Score 4, Insightful) 1010

Both my parents have computers that are aging and now do 90% of their browsing, emails etc on the tablets I have given them. Windows 8, while a good idea was poorly implemented. There isn't any reason to upgrade to a new Laptop/Desktop for it and its rubbish as a tablet Operating system. After using it for 12 months its a jarring experience to use on the desktop, and using the Win 8 pro tab at work, having to drop back to desktop mode to do most of the tasks makes the tablet just seem pointless if you need keyboard/mouse to do most of your work. I'm not surprised Windows 8/Desktops/Laptops are failing because when it comes down to it, Microsoft and the OEM's are unable to give us compelling reasons on why we actually should buy one, or how they will make our lives better.

Comment Re:DRM. (Score 4, Insightful) 108

I'm a bit more optimistic than this but should the singularity occur you might as well not worry about the details of what comes after as by definition it's unpredictable.

I'm not at all, looking at just the USA and what companies like Monsanto, GSK and Kaiser Permanente have been able to get away with and also get legislated to protect their interests at the expense of everyone else, I'm not optimistic at all.

Comment I wonder about BYOD (Score 5, Insightful) 392

As more government and private organisations move to BYOD, where there is less control over these purchasing decisions I wonder if BYOD policies will also be updated to exclude employee's using devices that aren't adhering to EPEAT, I doubt it.

When I first heard this decision I just wondered if Apple were again abandoning the Enterprise market, because they can just attack the consumer market, which is now well and truly making inroads into Enterprise IT.

Comment Re:Yeah, no. (Score 1) 87

Away from expanding Fair Use. Which is a shame.

Considering that now publications are now going digital and over the next 30 years we will see a lot of new literature published to digital media that won't be available to print, I'd say it's downright dangerous not to expand Fair Use to protect the availability of literature in digital formats.

Comment Microsoft Deserve credit too (Score 5, Insightful) 278

In apple's case they re-wrote the rulebook and turned the first question abotu every product into "But is it better than apple's offering"

Microsoft expanding their ActiveSync license program as well I would contribute to helping the iPhone succeed. Suddenly you didn't need to invest in expensive BES licensing costs, windows licensing and hardware costs just to connect a phone to a mailbox. When that happened I wondered just exactly how Blackberry would react to the market, and well they didn't.

Comment Re:Oracle Social Network (Score 5, Insightful) 78

Also knowing Oracle's licensing model.

You buy a license per friend you add
You pay per photo upload
You also pay per click when friends click on your photo
You get an allocated number of status updates a month, and after that allocation you pay per message.
You also need to buy Premium support in case your account gets hijacked.
If you want to move to another social network, you need to pay Oracle to return your data to you.

The Macintosh is Xerox technology at its best.