"Metro" is (was?) a lot more than just being full-screen. There's integration with the task switcher, support for snapping windows side-by-side, support for notifications, and so on. Making all that stuff work on something that wasn't written from the ground up to be a "Windows Store app" is hard. Chrome does it, but Google has a lot more resources than Mozilla.
Some particular reason you chose to spend money instead of getting the free and open-source Classic Start Menu (from Classic Shell)? Seems kind of silly.
Anyhow, I happen to think you're an idiot if you can't use the same UI (and by far the most productive one) that's been present in Windows since Vista, namely "hit Start (or the Windows key), type a few letters of the program name, hit Enter". It's faster than any mouse-driven interaction and doesn't require manually finding anything in cascading menus *or* scrolling screens of tiles. But that's just, like, my opinion, man...
You are (very) mistaken. WinRT (Windows RunTime) is an API set, a platform for running what Microsoft has (at various times) called "Metro", "Modern", "Immersive", and "Windows Store" apps. While you can make a full-screen touch-friendly UI without using WinRT, you need to use WinRT to integrate with the other "app" stuff that Win8.x does (the new task switcher, the sandboxing, the snapping, the automatic suspension in the background, etc.). To be fair, Firefox probably wasn't really trying to do that (the sandbox part, in particular, would be Really Good for them to have but would be a lot of work) so I expect it was more like what Chrome is doing, where they tack some Win32 UI functions onto their otherwise-traditional browser.
Windows RT, on the other hand, is completely different from WinRT. It can run WinRT apps, but saying they're the same thing would be like saying that Linux and the JVM are the same thing. Well, aside from the fact that those are made by different companies and don't have idiotically similar names... To the best of my knowledge, there was no real effort to port Firefox to Windows RT. I've tried doing that port myself (as a desktop application for jailbroken RT systems, not as a "Metro"/WinRT app) and it would be a tremendous amount of work.
Let's see... Well, the obvious counterpoint to your argument is that PayPal *did* succeed. I happen to hate what it's become (all the abuses of banks, plus a few others, but even less regulation), but back when Musk was starting it up the idea was pretty revolutionary. Even further back, though, there's his startup Zip2, which was sold for over $340 million back in 99.
Since then, his *three* companies (people always forget SolarCity...) all seem to be doing fine. SpaceX has huge contracts, Tesla can't manufacture fast enough to keep up with demand, and SolarCity is one of the top installers of photovoltaic panels in the USA. Sure, they *could* fail, but so could IBM or Google or Coca-Cola. None of them are *likely* to, though. In fact, in the last decade Tesla is just about the only US-based car company that hasn't gone bankrupt...
As for whether the NJ law is aimed at Tesla, you'd have to be a worse nutjob than you claim Musk is to not see it. Let's see, a proposed bill that prohibits a car sales model which happens to be used by exactly one company in the world, right as that company is getting hugely successful? Yeah, there's no evidence at all that this is aimed squarely at Tesla... </SARCASM>
You must have used Dragon software to write this article because you were obviously patting yourself on the back with both hands.
Some people think still using 12-year-old OSes is a good idea.
"And having used Apple's AutoEngineStarterCrank, it's one of the slickest ways to start your car. Sure, early Apple cars required you to turn the crank by hand, but these days you just get out, plug the AutoEngineStartCrank into the front of the car, and it does the work for you!"
As "no crapware", somebody hasn't looked very closely at the Apple drivers... Feature-crippled and riddled with security vulnerabilities compared to the standard ones that Apple often keeps just barely incompatible with their otherwise-standard hardware. Report the latter problem and Apple might fix it in the version of BootCamp for the next OS X release. Unless that's any time soon, in which case you'll have to wait for the version after that. In my more cynical moments, I figure it's because Apple has a vested interest in making Windows appear insecure, so long as it can't easily be traced back to their hardware or software being the problem.
Seriously crappy drivers, mind you (I've found trivial EoP-to-kernel-from standard-user bugs in them), but at least they exist...
that relatives called 4 hours after the plane was reported late makes this thing very suspicious. This plane is intact and will be used for something at a later date
When you call someone, the "ringing" you hear is not a signal being sent back by their phone, it's something generated at the Central Office or the cell phone equivalent.
No. He is. They are just his kind of clowns, so they don't look funny to him. That is the only difference.
traditionally people have not taken their mines with them when they moved on
This is your sole legitimate objection. The problem still isn't the mines, it is the people.
Actually, that made perfect sense. AND I thought it was funny. I have mod points, but wanted to let you know beyond +1 Funny or +1 Insightful
No, it is obvious if you follow development mailing lists that the announcement of Mir was a big kick in the pants for the Wayland developers and they started actually working on the real thing. So I think Mir did a good thing.
And the area of a unit circle is pi, not tau.
Yea I would agree that it seems more fair if the company instead made a 50/50 split, so the employee is now paying $100 and the company another $100. The main reason this seems fair is that I'll be that if the cost went *up* they would not eat all the extra but would have split the higher cost so the employee paid more.
Real answer: I have had or experienced medical care in England, Spain, and the US. Despite horror stories I saw no difference and the English medical care at an Emergency room was far faster and got directly to the solution rather than using referrals. They tried to get me to stay overnight and I kind of got out of that but I now feel (having later had to spend a significant stay in a very new American hospital and realizing the English one was just as clean and new-looking) that perhaps I had been scared by propaganda. Spain was completely free clinic even though the patient (not me) was a visiting tourist and was also really fast and friendly. But that was not a major medical emergency.
In England there certainly are complaints about the Dental system. The NHS is not paying enough and dentists can get out of serving NHS patients so there is either huge lines or you pay a lot. I did not experience it so I can't say first-hand, but this is the one area where I believe the US system is superior. There was some other posts here pointing out that how Dental works here with users actually able to and having a motive to do price comparisons may be an explanation. I also know first-hand (being across from the USC Dental School) that poor are served by these for free, though I am unsure if this is enough to make up for the lack of an NHS-style government program to serve them.
I am unsure how that could be applied to major medical however: if your deduction is $3000 then you don't care if the hospital is going to charge $10000 or $50000, that's a good deal different from comparing a $50 or $100 cleaning. Maybe it could apply to doctor's visits but then people just don't go at all if it is not free, while they will get their teeth cleaned because it is an obvious service, not just somebody looking at you.
By far the worst place I ever saw was when I was a kid and went with my father to an emergency room in Vegas. We went to the public hospital and it was a kafka scene, pretty horrible. After hours we finally saw somebody, who realized my father had insurance and said we were at the wrong hospital, and sent us to the really nice and clean and completely empty private one where he was treated within 30 minutes of arrival (it was a fractured ankle). This is before Reagan signed the law that said all emergency rooms must treat all incoming patients. I think it is interesting that this has not turned all emergency rooms into this scene, instead the ones I have been to since seem to be as nice as that empty private one was.