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Comment: Re:Well, that took a while (Score 1) 184

From what I could find that would only be for Android phones so how useful is that. Not much IMO.

Here's something interesting:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/29/why-did-microsoft-port-office-to-apples-ios-ipad-before-android
why did microsoft port office to apples ios ipad before android

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Comment: Re:Well, that took a while (Score 1) 184

that's why we are not hearing about and Android version. How does that saying go, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."? To Microsoft, Apple is the lesser of two evils and by making these PR statements the new CEO can look like he's now a new player while Bill Gates is behind him pulling his strings to do everything they can to try and save Windows. I doubt we'll see an Android version before the Microsoft Surface version if at all.

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Comment: Re:Done over 50 years ago (Score 2) 262

by Locutus (#46598641) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy
It was also done more recently as the late 1990s when the Rosen brothers created Rosen Motors and built a turbine and flywheel based system for cars. When they could not get any old school auto companies to buy into it they folded the company. I believe Capstone Turbines is the only remaining element of the company. It was created to make the compact turbines used in their auto system.

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/19/business/fi-55325

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Comment: Re:Cost of electric vs gas, and range (Score 1) 810

by Locutus (#45501389) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?
As more and more EV's hit the roads, watch the car rental business start expanding as they offer quick and easy rental plans for EV owners. Right now, their primary businesses is travelers but their is nothing stopping them from leveraging their parking lots to charge EV's and rent out vehicles for the occasional "long" distance trip.

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Comment: prices will go down when? (Score 1) 115

by Locutus (#45478947) Attached to: Toyota Announces Plans For Fuel Cell Car By 2015
When precious metals are replaced? Really? And just how long do they think fuel cells have been around and very expensive too? FYI, fuel cells have been around for many decades and have been in use for about the same period. Mostly by the space, aerospace and defense industries. TFA seems to throw out the concept of a quick reduction in price when it's an old/mature industry and technology already.

It made me wonder if another Bush wasn't in office somewhere pushing this hydrogen stuff again as a distraction to the growing BEV market. Like George and Dick did back when HEVs(hybrids) were hitting the market.

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Comment: Re:talk about R&D gone wild (Score 1) 206

by Locutus (#45478881) Attached to: Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop
anyone would have come up with that given just a bit of time. Personally, I didn't have a problem with how the OS/2 task list popped up on key stroke command and still think it's a waste of time/space showing the tasks at the bottom or top of the screen. If you recall, OS/2 3 had a task launcher at the bottom of the desktop. It wasn't docked to the screen edge but it wasn't bad with with little drawers which popped up/out to show more options.

I really think Microsoft was using PR instead of real research when they came up with the 95 desktop UI. At the time, OS/2's Workplace Shell was an amazing object oriented desktop with independent folder color settings, folder background settings, developer inheritance so all the bells/whistles you expect from a folder would be part of a new folder which might have a split view. I just recall how many times Microsoft claimed lots of money was spent on research when nearly everything they ended up with was sub standard from what others had already done. Unfortunately I don't think we'll ever get to where OS/2 or NEXT was 20 years ago.

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Comment: talk about R&D gone wild (Score -1, Troll) 206

by Locutus (#45469059) Attached to: Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop
$100 million and what does it look like? Oh wait, this is the same company which hired researchers to give us Linux facts, came up with and stuck with Windows 95 when OS/2 was NextStep were out there. And who can forget Windows Vista.

I wonder how the next CEO would feel about this kind of profit wasting?

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Comment: Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (Score 5, Insightful) 330

by Locutus (#45444537) Attached to: Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?
Exactly and the E10 used can, by law, only be corn based ethanol. So those crying of other ethanol producers being hard is 100% propaganda. The whole ethanol thing was generated by the corn farmers lobby and it had nothing to do with environmental or geo-political oil industry factors.

I'm hoping ethanol gets dumped.

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Comment: rewriting history (Score 1) 338

by Locutus (#44564661) Attached to: Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring
It's been said many times that Bill Gates likes to rewrite history to fit his reality, this sounds like yet another avenue for him to do so. If they ever figure it out and produce something then expect lots of very interesting book reviews in schools of the Microsoft employees kids forced to use it.

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Comment: Re:NT was originally a 'stop-gap' OS (Score 0) 213

by Locutus (#44396933) Attached to: Windows NT Turns 20
not too unlike how MS-DOS was a hack of the cheap and dirty DOS they purchased to sell IBM so they could get MS-BASIC on IBM computers. I heard lots of stories of how the delivered MS-DOS was crap and IBM had to rewrite lots of it to get a functional system and PC-DOS was born. Even DOS/Windows inside of OS/2 ran better than directly on the hardware.

Microsoft is well known for stop-gap software. IMO

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Comment: really? NT still lives inside each new Windows? (Score 0) 213

by Locutus (#44396919) Attached to: Windows NT Turns 20
And to think I believed their marketing rhetoric all the times they said Windows was a complete rewrite. Except all those times viruses were found to effect versions of Windows from the current all the way back to DOS/Windows versions.

NT should have never had a 5th birthday let alone a 20th but we all know how far a monopoly gets you when you use it with a club and hatchet.

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