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Comment Re:bullshit translator go: (Score 1) 119

The reason why anybody would want to write universal apps is not because of our three percent share in phones. It's because a billion consumers are going to have a Start Menu, which is going to have your app.

that was the whole point of the 3% phone marketshare and this is the circular logic thats been plaguing "thought leaders" at redmond for a decade. To have that button, you need a platform, and you didnt win phones or tablets so what pray tell is the start button going to show up on? transit cards?

You start the journey there and take them to multiple places. Their app can go to the phone. They can go to HoloLens. They can go to Xbox. ... And by the way, when we hook them on that, we have a phone app.

Stop. stop with the fever-dream of a phone. you lost seven billion dollars on the phone thing. real people lost jobs because of your half-assed insistance on dominating all markets forever. as of 2009, Steam had a 70% share of the digital distribution market for video games so clearly at this point both developers and customers think the X-Box crack is wack. Maybe if you treated your users like real people and not some sort of parasite theyd keep following.

This strategy is path dependent, which is a term I use that means where you start is not where you end up.

Yes. Bankruptcy court is still certainly not the lowest option you have. Take a look at how long SCO managed to fuck up the brand.

And therein lies a lot of the nuance. The fundamental truth for developers is they will build if there are users. And in our case the truth is we have users on desktop.

Sigh, here we go again with the MS hate.

Nadella said some great things and all anyone can hear is Ballmer shouting something about developers.

Universal Windows is a contradiction. Especially coming from a company with an on-again off-again relationship with allowing backward compatibility on X-Box. Your customers quit caring about your apps for their devices when google came out with docs. Web is the universal app.

Yeah, why couldn't they just resize the big-endian to make it a little-endian! Problem solved! Like, can't you just cram a disk in there and have it work? I thought consoles were some kind of sorcery that did whatever we wanted them to.

Yeah, because Google Docs has the same functionality as MS Office. I mean I could get into a debate with you about Libre Office; but seriously, Google Docs? My mind is being blown right now. I'd use the online version of MS Office before I'd consider using Google Docs.

The Web is not an app. I have no bloody idea what you mean by this. Do you even know what an application is?

Stop. stop with the fever-dream of a phone. you lost seven billion dollars on the phone thing. real people lost jobs because of your half-assed insistance on dominating all markets forever. as of 2009, Steam had a 70% share of the digital distribution market for video games so clearly at this point both developers and customers think the X-Box crack is wack. Maybe if you treated your users like real people and not some sort of parasite theyd keep following.

Still going on about the Xbox? Jesus Christ man they're giving you backwards compatibility despite huge technological limitations with a bunch of stuff they're working on to make it even better.

Everyone that got let go from Nokia was given a compensation package and not left out in the cold. And sure they lost money on Nokia. Sometimes you take risks and you lose, that's called business (or in this case, cleaning up Ballmer's mess). And here you are bitching about how they're trying to dominate everything while quoting MS saying they're going to consolidate their markets instead of diversify them. And fucking please, while we're at it, Google does the same shit (if not more) but they're a-okay in your book. How many markets are they involved in right now?

Yes. Bankruptcy court is still certainly not the lowest option you have. Take a look at how long SCO managed to fuck up the brand.

Nokia was having big problems before MS came up and took their handset division. They probably performed better because of the MS acquisition compared to how they would have done standalone. Also, I know MS totally fucked up the Lumia line. I mean look at all these shitty reviews about the Lumia 640!

And the idea that developers will build if there are users is a Ballmerism; and not one i might say most people are keen on. Developers want creativity and independence. you bought Mojang last year because, arguably, you couldnt bring any of that to the table. And once you run that franchise into the dirt (and you will) there will be an open source clone, or hell, even a successor on Steam, but it most certainly wont be tethered to the haggared burro you call an OS.

I can't even be sarcastic anymore. I'm sure it won't even make it through to your brain that I'm being sarcastic.

MS made great lengths in open sourcing .NET, leading the way for that "creativity and independence" thing (I don't even know what you mean by this, I'm just guessing you mean not locked down to closed source shenanigans).

They bought Mojang for HoloLens. That's also how business works. Don't bitch at Microsoft that Notch sold the company to them, you can thank Notch for selling out (for a fair bit of money, I'd do the same thing).

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In summary, you're the one that needs to stop talking.

Comment Re:That's cool though (Score 5, Insightful) 273

Indeed and it's not fine.

It's not being fair, that's being unfair. It's unfair to those who hold themselves to a higher standard of truth and realistic accuracy that someone with a handful of internet links can waltz in and be given the same platform. Why bother actually researching anything when you can just complain you're not being given an equal voice and have it handed to you because you poor little thing being left out in the cold by the big bad mean people.

But hey diversity is always a good thing right?

Dear University of Toronto, please remove your head out of your ass. Homeopathy should not be given any legitimate platform, nor should any other form of ridiculous pseudoscience. If you want students to have a critical lens, then teach them more rigor about the scientific method and drawing proper conclusions. Teach about flawed experiment designs, fabricated data, and the dangers of pay to publish journals.

Sometimes I don't even know why I bother.

Comment Re:Acquired skill (Score 1) 159

And nothing to do with all that coffee you're guzzling.

Oh, I can get by on 3-4 hours a night too! Hell I can do it without caffeine. But let's not delude ourselves into thinking we're functioning perfectly fine on this little sleep. The legendary short sleepers the article is talking about don't ever sleep in and they don't set alarms to wake themselves up. You jumble up their circadian rhythm and they'll still be paddling along just fine. They don't wake up tired; they wake up refreshed.

One of the things scientists found when they studied this was that a lot of people (like yourself) claimed to be short sleepers, but were, in actuality, just suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. You grow so used to feeling tired that you acclimate to the feeling. That's all it is. You're definitely not performing at peak capacity.

Comment Re: Altough I agree (Score 1) 61

The Nokia purchase didn't immediately start being a cash cow? Oh no!

Investors scramble (and I am one) to ask why isn't this investment paying off right now. Short term profits! Short term profits! Gimme money now!

Or you can hold out and wait for MS to actually use the Nokia assets to build up and become formidable marketplace. Here's a great idea, let's withdrawal from the mobile market altogether!

Nadella is not that retarded, he knows the importance of the mobile market and how important it is. MS needs a piece of that cake if they want to stay relevant in current times. The enterprise/desktop market was fine and dandy two decades ago. But it's not anymore. Consumers demand more and more from their mobile devices. Eventually a mobile device will be most people's PCs.

Nokia is their only avenue to success and even though they're losing money now, they won't be in the future. So let your short term investors scream their heads off anytime they see red ink without actually critically analyzing the figure.

Comment Re:Underneath: Typical Microsoft abuse??? (Score 4, Interesting) 277

Are you kidding? They were making poor business decision after poor business decision. They've completely turned everything they were doing on their head. I know I got rated down because I must be a M$FT fanboi, but realize I'm an investor and know good business practices when I see it. Just to name a few...

1) Backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Since the Xbox 360 uses big-endian it's no easy task to import all that to the Xbox One's little-endian architecture. But the fact they're doing this on a business rather than technical level screams a huge dedication to their users, who they could have just left out in the cold. It makes money because people will be more willing to buy an Xbox One if they can take their 360 collection with them. This is a complete reversal of the previous decision.

2) A change to the subscription business model. The slow change to the subscription based model is a step up for revenues everywhere and demonstrates that MS is business savvy and knows how best to earn revenue from consumers.

3) To the cloud! The cloud is just something people are going to have to accept one way or another. Because of the growing proliferation of the internet and the introduction of the IoT, everything will soon be connected to one global netspace. It's unavoidable and MS is (smartly) one of the few (like Google) leading the charge. If it wasn't them it would just be someone else.

4) .NET goes open source. MS does care about developers who develop on their platform. Increases market proliferation. And as much as people whine about it not being enough, it's more than reasonable from any business perspective.

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