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Comment: Re:Better way for Microsoft to earn trust (Score 1) 178

If you want to buy 20 machines today with a Windows OS, the only choice is Windows 8. Even though almost a billion PCs run XP, it is not possible to get a new machine with a legal licensed copy of XP without jumping through numerous hoops and shelling out loads of cash.

Odd, because the very first link I went to on Dell's website for business showed machines with Windows 7. I didn't even have to search.

Microsoft wants us to trust their word that it is not feasible to offer or support XP on new machines. This is not believable. Opening up the source code is the only way to prove or disprove Microsoft's version of the facts.

I haven't heard them say that. It just increases their cost in support for an OS that they get no revenue on, and backporting fixes to it takes considerable resources. Support has been extended multiple times, and even now you can still get support, but you have to buy a support contract from them for it, and yes, it is getting more expensive every year. Feel free to stay on it as long as you want.

Whether you agree or not is not important. Hundreds of legacy code developed for Windows platform using Windows development tools run only on XP and are not supported by 7 or 8. Customers are left with no choice but to rewrite code at great expense, often impossible since the vendors are no longer in business. In my view this represents a lock-in, whereby customers are forced to shell out large sums of money to obtain support for XP legally on new systems by investing in Enterprise Volume License Agreements and associated costs.

So you chose your vendors poorly, who didn't stand behind their poorly written products. I can write code on open source platforms that will likely break in future versions too. I can also pick bad vendors on open source platforms that may go under next week or next year as well. Your argument is irrelevant to your conclusion.

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1324

by KingMotley (#47360797) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

You are talking about insurance benefits. Benefits are earned and used by an employee, much like money is. It would be akin to saying that if an employee decides to buy with their earned money that the company doesn't agree with, that they should be able to deduct the cost of it from that employees paycheck because they don't want to give the employee the money to pay for it. Essentially giving the right to the company to dictate what the money an employee earns can and can not be used for.

Comment: Re:Given their past history (Score 1) 70

To be fair, both were and still are cross platform compatible. .NET (BCL) and C# can be run on any platform and contain nothing that is tied to windows. They didn't actually write anything that ran on other platforms, but that was because there was a (mostly) lack of interest on those platforms to do so. However, Mono does run on many platforms and runs .NET code just fine, as did moonlight which was available for the mac ran silverlight stuff. Everything that anyone would need to actually implement .NET on another platform is freely available, and C# was submitted as a standards document.

Now they also do distribute some higher level classes that are tied to the windows platform, but those are the exact things you would expect would be tied. Mostly UI stuff that has no counterpart on other platforms (Forms, etc). Just don't use any classes that contain "Windows" as part of it's name and you should be good to run any of your code on any implementation outside of Microsoft's version for Windows.

Comment: Re:No Way! (Score 1) 261

by KingMotley (#47128987) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

It is still an image/video in three dimensions. Yes, it could be better. But that would require higher resolutions, and better channel separation. True holographic movies would be horrendously expensive to produce and difficult to watch. It's the directors job to tell a story, and direct the viewers attention. True holograms would make that near impossible, and likely detract from the movie more than it would ever add.

Comment: Re:Not the right way anyway (Score 1) 583

by KingMotley (#47108955) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

As someone who could both use public transportation, or drive (I live in the suburbs, work in the city) -- and have done both, I would be crazy to drive. The train is often faster than I could drive (but not always, depending on the day), but the train doesn't get delayed nearly as often, and doesn't get in nearly as many accidents. Now, I've never been in an accident that was remotely my fault, and even then, I've only been in two while I was driving, the sheer number of close calls from idiots not paying attention is insane. Factor in gas costs and increased maintenance, and the train is by far the cheaper of the two.

On those alone -- safer, faster, more reliable I would take the train. However, I also gain 1.5-2.5 hours of my day back on top of those already compelling reasons.

Comment: Re:The Problem Isn't (Score 1) 278

by KingMotley (#47046581) Attached to: The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy

And there is the problem. You believe that free speech should mean that you can say whatever you want without consequences, and that isn't a right. Never has been, and never should be. You are free to say pretty much what you want, but you must face the consequences for saying it. You should also note that free speech is about what the government can prohibit, while there is no such protection from what private or non-government entities can limit.

Please read your constitution and bills of rights.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 355

by KingMotley (#46999443) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Personally, I would have liked a raid array controller that I could hook up my 12-drive raid-6 array and being able to attach it to a laptop.

Or attaching my OCZ Revo for a superfast scratch disk.

Or a 10Gbe connection (or faster) so I can access my local NAS box.

But I understand these aren't mainstream use cases, so what I could use to for isn't popular enough to keep such an option viable by itself.

Comment: Used games (Score 1) 227

by KingMotley (#46993989) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

I've never heard Microsoft say that there was a "no selling of used games policy"...ever. What I did hear was they were contemplating not using physical media, which sparked a bunch of people to make wild assumptions. When asked about it, Microsoft responded that you could resell them (based on licensing agreements by 3rd parties), and you would get a code that you could then give to someone else so they could download and activate it. Always seemed reasonable to me, but the wild theories about everything were floating around everywhere that had no actual basis in fact or statements from Microsoft itself.

Comment: Yes. (Score 1) 199

I don't post as an anonymous coward to hide my identity. I've posted when I was clearly in the minority, but I still post, and I've taken some crazy karma hits for it too. My karma is pretty good, so I don't mind the occasional hit because I'm not in the majority opinion, but I don't write inflammatory or troll posts either.

I'm pretty sure a lot of the commentary would be better off without AC posts as well.

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