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Comment: Re:Insightful video (Score 1) 243

by MHolmesIV (#43743775) Attached to: Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad

Um, what? Citation needed.

They scan and flag pictures you send via and, and probably upload to skydrive. If they didn't, they could be legally liable for distributing kiddy porn. they do not randomly scan your PC or thrash your hard drives, unless you're talking about the system indexer, but that isn't searching or flagging anything, and you can turn it off if you prefer long-ass slow filesystem searches.

Comment: Re:Unusual? (Score 2) 95

by MHolmesIV (#43318893) Attached to: Microsoft Makes Millions Renting Campus Space to Vendors

Exactly, MS increases it's "rental" charge, the vendor increases their hourly rate to recoup the cost, and essentially, the entire $25 million MS "made", they already paid to the vendor in the first place. It's like if I give my kid a $100 allowance and then "charged" $10 for his rent. I might as well have just given him $90 to start with.

Ooh, unless I want him to move out, I suppose.

Comment: Re:Why are ISPs in bed with big content? (Score 2) 292

I would hazard a guess that the folks pirating movies on their networks are also the network's heaviest users. Dump those few people, and their infrastructure costs don't go up as fast. It's a win-win for the ISP. (A pirate pays the same monthly fee as a regular user, but they can support hundreds of regular users on a single pirate's monthly transfer)

Comment: Re:Remember the old addage (Score 5, Insightful) 488

by MHolmesIV (#41518871) Attached to: TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript

Rubbish. Not a good view of the technology. You might want to watch the channel 9 video and see how the language works before sounding the war horns. Essentially it's an overlay on javascript code that allows the developer to infer useful information about their code. The output from the "compiler" is bog standard javascript, no microsoft extensions at all.

So if the "carpet" ever got pulled out from under you, all you would do is go back to editing the standard .js directly.

Comment: Re:Looks bad for SBB (Score 2) 274

by MHolmesIV (#41432493) Attached to: Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission

Except it is a clock in the phone, and if you watch the shadow on the second hand, it's clearly in three dimensions. And it's not copyright, it's trade dress, exactly what Apple sued Samsung for, with the difference being that Samsung's designs weren't nearly as exact a copy as this is.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Breaks Windows (Score 5, Interesting) 671

by MHolmesIV (#40948591) Attached to: CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

Well. Windows 8 is one of the first operating systems in history that uses less resources than it's predecessor. That alone should be cause for celebration. There are a lot of changes under the covers, like a rewritten network stack, faster and better file copying and moving, class drivers for printers etc that most people won't really notice other than it just feels better in use. If you don't like it, stick with Win 7. I can't help but feel that if Apple had introduced the start screen concept, people would be hailing it as the most impressive invention in the history of computing.

Comment: Re:The every other version problem (Score 1) 671

by MHolmesIV (#40948469) Attached to: CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

Um, windows 2000 was released before Windows ME, and since they were based on two completely different codebases, you're stretching a bit. Windows 2000 is the successor to Windows NT 4.0. Windows ME is a hacked together in panic release in the Windows 95 codeline (when consumers found 2000 wouldn't run a lot of their games, they balked)

Comment: Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (Score 5, Informative) 820

by MHolmesIV (#40772861) Attached to: Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets

Sorry, it's you who didn't read the facts here. This administrative action is against _all_ buckyballs, not just the old 13+ ones (which were fixed in 2010)

You're looking at 2 year old actions and assuming they relate to today's one, but they're only tangentially related.

Here's the press release about the current action:
You'll note that in this release they point out that in both the previous actions, the company was cooperative. That is also pointed out in the actual complaint here:

The founder's bizzarre political allegations aside, they are not being misleading about the CPSC complaint.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.