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Comment: Hello? It's a presentation to developers. (Score 1) 196

by I'm Don Giovanni (#31398044) Attached to: Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game

Even shows the code loaded into Visual Studio. He's not talking to "consumers". And since when did Microsoft ever claim, even to consumers, that all there OSes were the same on all devices? Consumers couldn't care less about whether a phone OS is the same as a PC OS.

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

Posted by Soulskill
from the pick-up-and-play dept.
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Comment: Well, MS may as well change it anyway. (Score 1) 436

by I'm Don Giovanni (#31309514) Attached to: Schooling Microsoft On Random Browser Selection

Simply assign each browser a random number, then sort them by each corresponding number. The current solution is over-engineered. It's till random, but lacks an even distribution of probability. They should make the very simple change to "fix" that, if for no other reason than just to be beyond reproach.

Comment: Chrome actually steals some UI ideas from IE7 (Score 1) 948

by I'm Don Giovanni (#28154031) Attached to: Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

such as eschewing a menubar and consolidating the commands in Page and Tool dropdown buttons.

Incidentally, Slashdotters bashed MS for doing this in IE7, but were silent about Google doing the same thing in Chrome. Which reminds me that slashdotters also bashed Microsoft for merging the Back/Forward navigation stack into a single dropdown control in IE7, but said nothing when Firefox 3 copied that idea. I only point out these things to show that slashdotters aren't the most objective analysts when it comes to judging UI.

That said, I agree with you that Chrome's UI is better than IE's, and I think Chrome's UI is the best of all browsers.

Comment: Re:Yes, and there's nothing new with that (Score 1) 729

by I'm Don Giovanni (#25868503) Attached to: Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

"You only have to look at Sun and IBM to see that they are on track with the need to change."

I don't know about IBM, but Sun's version of "being on track with change" includes massive layoffs and near bankruptcy.
Sun announces 6000 layoffs, 15% of its workforce (Nov 2008)

Microsoft, for all its "problems" and outdated/maligned business model, is hiring lots of people while its competitors are doing the opposite.

Comment: Re:Do not try to bring up "fair". (Score 1) 1601

by I'm Don Giovanni (#25722003) Attached to: Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Biden's "gaffes" were boring. And Biden himself was relatively boring, compared to Palin, who was a fresh face. EVERYTHING Palin did got more coverage than whatever Biden did, both the good and the bad.

Secondly, the press absolutely swooned and fawned over Palin until she made a complete fool of herself in her Katie Couric interview (so much so that SNL didn't even have to "parodize" her statements; Tina Fey was able to just say what Palin herself had said, which was parody in itself).

Even so, the press still declared her the overwhelming winner in her debate with Biden, before the polls showed that the public felt the exact opposite. So they were still biased *for* her even at that point. They didn't really turn on her until polls showed that she was a drag on the ticket, her approval rating kept dropping, she was spouting mean-spirited rhetoric ("real America" vs "unreal America" blathering), and McCain's own staffers started leaking bad stories about her.

At the end of the day, most people don't think she's qualified for the job she was seeking. Live with it.

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