Closed loses to open EVERY SINGLE TIME! That's why Windows dominated (closed source, but open to develop for...until "Metro" happened anyway). Android is stomping all other mobile OSes right now because they are open. Closing off Windows is going to strangle the platform, and indeed, already has. No one likes "walled gardens", and even the Apple devotees are starting to chafe a bit at the restrictions of such an environment. MS is doomed if they continue their current course.
You either have the governments control the corporations, or the corporations will control the government! There really isn't a middle ground here! And if you don't think the banks are "evil", after they DESTROYED millions of people's retirement accounts, put millions out on the street with bogus foreclosures, and then took BILLIONS from the TAXPAYERS and then paid their executive 7 figure bonuses, I don't know what to tell you...you are either blind or willfully ignorant, and I am not sure which is worse!
Sure, and the Polar Vortex that put the entire US in a deep freeze this winter was all a conspiracy! So is the record drought in the Southwest! FOOL! WAKE UP!
They need to do something about Apple and Microsoft...while not "trolls" in the strict definition of the word (since they do actually make things), they are still 2 of the biggest abusers of the system!
Remember IBM? Remember what happened with OS/2? Yeah, this will end up the exact same way.
PS3 doesn't put the ads right on your home screen, front and center. BIG difference. On my 360, I would have 5 or 6 "live tiles" with ads, and 3 useful buttons. The "metro" design is great for shoving ads down your throat, less useful for actually using the console. Due to this, and many other reasons, I cancelled my XBL subscription and refuse to buy any more Xbox titles. I instead subscribed to PSN...and instantly had access to SEVERAL free "AAA" titles for download, plus games for the Vita and the PS4. MS isn't seeing a red cent of my money until they get rid of "metro" (on ALL platforms).
"break-away republics, terrorist insurgencies, and the rise of corruption and organized crime" You know the difference between a "terrorist" and a "patriot"? It's who writes the history books after the event, nothing more.
So, what should I learn? Silverlight?
.NET? C#? C++? Not even Microsoft knows what the hell they will be using in 3 months! Surely I am not the only one to notice this?
Considering EVERYTHING MS makes is "beta", I am not sure that's true! You should specify, "not enough SLASHDOT beta hate..."
Well, considering that if you blink, you will miss yet another shift in development platforms at Microsoft, I don't find the lack of dev support surprising at all! After all, why learn one platform when you can learn FIVE!
Since anyone who can read is not the target audience for either the Xbox or Windows 8!
You are incorrect about the FCC's authority to enforce Net Neutrality. YES, the courts DID strike down the FCC, but they also told the FCC EXACTLY how to properly frame their enforcement to get it to stick. Go read up on it before just talking out of your butt.
"I'm happy! I'm happy!" *WHACK* - Throws IIS on the cart....
Yeah, well on the plus side, you don't have to worry about the NSA tapping into your wifi! Seriously, metal lath and plaster? May as well be living in a Faraday Cage!
Amen to that!