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Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 868

by OldKingCole (#47566289) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
So your point is basically Israeli's should die more? Perhaps they should help Hamas enhance their military abilities further, maybe send some jet fighters their way. Israel takes few casualties because they invested their money in Iron Dome which intercepts 90% of Hamas rockets into populated areas AND advances public shelter programs. Palestinians take a lot of casualties because Hamas allocates most their resources in building it's terrorist infrastructure AND uses heavily populated areas to launch rockets from

+ - Microsoft's SkyDrive name in trouble->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Microsoft is once again in trademark trouble. After losing the name Metro as the trademark was owned by a European company, Microsoft is now again at the risk of losing the name of its public cloud service SkyDrive.

Microsoft was accused by the British Sky Broadcasting Group that the Windows make infringes upon its trademark Sky. A UK court has ruled in favour of Sky leaving Microsoft to either settle with the company and pay for the use of the name or change the name of its product."

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+ - Windows 8 Now Up To 5.10% Market Share As It Finally Passes Windows Vista

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the first half of 2013 now over, Windows 8 continues to grow its share steadily but slowly, while Windows XP and Vista decline. In fact, Windows 8 has now passed the 5 percent mark, as well as surpassed the market share of its predecessor’s predecessor, Windows Vista.

The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that June 2013 was an impressive one for Windows 8, which gained 0.83 percentage points (from 4.27 percent to 5.10 percent) while Windows 7 fell 0.48 percentage points (from 44.85 percent to 44.37 percent)."

Comment: Why did Facebook limit distribution of their app? (Score 2) 124

by OldKingCole (#43444869) Attached to: Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices
I think there's a more interesting issue here... Why did Facebook, probably the world's largest harvester of user information after Google, launch their new app for only few selected devices? Perhaps (conspiracy theory ahead) they wanted to create a hype by releasing the app for only those few selected devices, but allow easy port for people with the proper knowledge?

Comment: Re:hitler would be proud (Score 0) 132

by OldKingCole (#42374463) Attached to: Israeli Bill Would Allow Secret Blacklists For Websites
You're talking about ONE individual who most people reading /. don't even know and was murdered in 1948 for reasons you fail to provide. Even if I accept your story fully, how does that show anything about Israelies wanting to kill all Palestinians? I suggest you read about Palestinian Fedayeen, maybe your logic will lead you to think all Palestinians want all Israelies dead (if you're not convinced by Hamas and Fattah official statements)

Comment: Re:Let Google have access to my bank account? (Score 1) 190

by OldKingCole (#41878201) Attached to: Google Wallet May End Up Inside Your Actual Wallet

I just love in-liners... They tend to stick to details instead of ideas
*sigh* Ok, so to clarify, the bank HAS your information, of course. It DOES update it's policy from time to time, that's also true.

Now inline this:
Do you believe your bank shares purchase information with its commercial affiliates? If so, how does this demonstrate? Did you ever get targeted commercials according to your purchases?

And inline this:
Can you really not opt-out of the shit envelops they send?

Your comparison between Google and banks is actually pretty funny, you might as well have compared Google to your best friend who knows stuff about you.
It's what is done with this information that matters. Google publicly admits to have collected wi-fi data "by mistake", they store tracking cookies that expire in twenty years, they go over your emails, meaning they harvest data OTHER people, not using Gmail - too. Moreover, it is Google's mission to hold as much targeted information on you as they can, this is their main income - MUCH different than banks (we all know where these guys dig their gold).

Comment: Let Google have access to my bank account? (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by OldKingCole (#41873043) Attached to: Google Wallet May End Up Inside Your Actual Wallet

No thanks. I'm fine with my credit card company, who haven't, on even a single occasion sent an EULA update allowing them to harvest my information for whoever knows what reason, and do not try to harvest my phone number sugar coating with "security concerns in case I lose my password".

This company has grown too large and is WAY too much intrusive in its current form.

For those of you with nothing to hide, please try to picture the following scenario: Google opens an HR company, specializing in delivering EXACTLY the person you like for the job. By which criteria? ENDLESS! They can practically deliver a person who has no interest in porn, spends 30% of his online time reading /. and likes the color Blue! They have all this information owing to their damned tracking cookies and gmail reading.

Call me paranoid, but I'd like to fall into the category of "No known bank account" at Google inc. Do no evil my ass

Comment: Re:An absolutely critical product? (Score 1) 198

by OldKingCole (#41746811) Attached to: Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces

IMO Netbooks failed because they imitate laptops. Take an Asus transformer, and you got the device the netbook should've been - small, energy efficient AND running a more fitting OS than Windows for mobile devices. Asus got the direction this market is going to and moved from manufacturing netbooks to making the transformers, which are not $200 devices

It makes little difference to my point between if the netbook died before or after the tablet. It would've died when tablets arrived anyways. I think it's fair to say, due to the lack of interest in netbooks of any kind today, that this market has voted for tablets

One of the main advantages for the netbook was it ran Windows, making it fully compatible to the PC at home, just like Windows 8 will be run on surface and PCs.
Today however, Microsoft has to be very convincing to drive users into Windows 8 for mobile devices, as iOS and Android exist and synchronize with all kinds of desktops, windows included, quite nicely without running the same OS they do

Comment: An absolutely critical product? (Score 5, Interesting) 198

by OldKingCole (#41740319) Attached to: Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces

Maybe for Microsoft's survival.

The surface ARM is no more than another netbook (remember those? TABLETS replaced them), and the surface x86 version is just another ultra portable with touch screen support.

As far as Window 8 is concerned, Microsoft is used to shoving its products by leveraging its monopoly in the OEM market. The case with mobile devices however is very different. Microsoft HAS to prove Windows 8 is worth all the fuss (comparing to existing Android and iOS), with the only advantage (which is yet to be tested) of having apps for your Windows based x86 share information with their ARM counterparts (please spare the build-once for both platforms BS). This synchronization may have been a killer app in the early mobile device days, but today information is synchronized across all platforms quite easily.

Microsoft is definitely all-in on this one, if people adopt Windows 8 as a mobile OS, we may very well see Windows taking over the mobile devices market. If it won't, it's only a matter of time until desktop OS's (or at least Windows OS for most desktops) is obsolete, and so will be Microsoft.

Only time will tell, but my money is on a colossal failure for Microsoft

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