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+ - Windows 10: Can Microsoft get it right this time?

An anonymous reader writes: Later this week Microsoft will provide more details of Windows 10, most likely focusing on how the new operating system will look and feel on smartphones and tablets. According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is likely to unveil a version of Windows 10 that's expected to work on Windows Phones and smaller Windows tablets running ARM and perhaps Intel processors. Microsoft will be hoping that by making it easier for developers to build for tablets and smartphones it can take some of its dominance of the desktop world and port that to the mobile world. That may help a bit, but will not in itself create the breakthrough that Microsoft wants: when it comes to mobile, Microsoft's Windows Phone is still a distant third in a two-horse race.

Comment: Re:Explain this to a non-Americal please.. (Score 5, Informative) 182 182

That's not really true. The Democrats only had a supermajority for roughly 4 months in 2009. With a protracted legal battle, the GOP kept Al Franken out of the senate until July of that year. Ted Kennedy would die later that year and Scott Brown won the MA election. The Democrats had exactly 134 days to pass any legislation before the GOP began filibustering.

Comment: Re:Obama in other times would be Reagan (Score 1, Informative) 409 409

Did... did you even read that link you posted? They had to update because they only played a truncated comment from Joe Biden. The full comment says...

We’ve learned that certain behaviors on the part of an abuser portend much more danger than other behaviors. For example, if an abuser has attempted to strangle his victim, if he has threatened to shoot her, if he has sexually assaulted her, and there’s a number of other signs, about eight others. These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face, which is totally unacceptable in and of itself.

As for which party hates women... Ooh ooh can I take a guess? Is it the one that The one that says women can't control their own bodies and are not entitled to birth control as part of their health insurance?

Comment: Re:How is this not a good idea? (Score 5, Informative) 409 409

Actually the number of companies folding under this program was even lower than congress thought... about 11% Maybe we have different interpretations of "maths" but a little more than 1/10 companies receiving clean energy loans and tax breaks isn't "many" to me. Fact Check talked about this several times during the campaign last year.

Comment: Re:useful (Score 4, Insightful) 314 314

I used to download gigs of movies to watch with before streaming Netflix. It was so convenient I never bothered to torrent any movie because I could just boot the XBox and watch them. Torrenting was never really about wanting it free it was about the quickest and most cost effective way to watch movies. Netflix is reasonably priced and easy to access... any other streaming service I tried was a nightmare or outrageously priced (Hulu was OK, but I wasn't really impressed with their streaming selection) With all the providers pulling their content because they feel they can either 1.) start their own streaming service and believe I will also "subscribe" to that or 2.) force Netflix to give them more per film. I'd be willing to pay twice what I pay now for Netflix if it meant they could significantly improve the size and quality of their online catalog but it seems the media companies are going to go for greed on this one and drive me back to torrents.

Any good sites for finding movies now?

Comment: Re:Actisoft...Microvision...whatever (Score 1) 157 157

PC Gamer here...

Warcraft, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, Starcraft, Starcraft 2-1, Starcraft 2-2, Starcraft 2-3, Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 4, Quake, Quake 2, Quake 3, Quake 4, Half Life, Half Life 2, Half Life 2-Ep1, Half Life 2-Ep2, Left4 Dead, Left4Dead2...

PC Gaming isn't "milking" franchises?

Comment: Re:Actisoft...Microvision...whatever (Score 1) 157 157

Mario, Mario 2, Mario 2 USA, Mario 3, Mario World, Mario is Missing, Mario Teaches Typing, Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, Mario Galaxy, Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario, New Super Mario 3, Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Strikers, Mario Baseball, Mario Party 1-7(?), Mario Land, Mario Land 2, Mario 3DS, Paper Mario, Paper Mario 2...

Legend of Zelda, Adventures of Link, Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, 4 Swords, Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Link's Awakening...

Comment: Re:bah! (Score 4, Insightful) 884 884

I think the real issue is the Republican talking points. Honestly, I'm sure politicians, even the assholes, work hard... and I'll give that they might be worth $175k a year. The asshole nature of this man is that he wants to strip moderate or low paying workers of their rights and telling them "They need to give more" but is NEVER willing to suggest that people who are well off ($175k IS well off) should EVER have to give anything. When I was teaching in Minneapolis, I made $37k a year. I paid for rent in 2 apartments and utilities, bought classroom supplies and commuted 30 miles a day to work. I still had more than enough disposable income to put some away each month. Now assholes like this guy say "Oh but public employees need to give back"... you know what, that's fine, I'm willing to take a pay cut... but the mere NOTION that someone who makes hundreds of thousands, millions or BILLIONS of dollars should have to pay higher taxes is OUTRAGEOUS to republicans and tea party members.

Social services, public employees, working moms, day cares... fuck, you name it, republicans want to cut it... but a wealthy individual should pay 39% taxes instead of 36%... that's UNAMERICAN and it stifles economic development!! Guys like Duffy are the worst kind of asshole... ones with the power to BE an asshole. Democrats might be jerks... but they're not blatant assholes out to strip working people of everything they have left... incensed at the notion that wealthy people should pay more taxes. Mark Dayton, multimillionaire grandson of the founder of Daytons/Target and president of Minnesota advocated raising the top tax rate on wealthy earners such as himself. Republicans like Duffy (and Mike Lemieur, MN 12B - 320-632-3922 ) say No! We need to balance the budget by cutting programs for working families and stripping public employees of their rights... but they'll be DAMNED if you try to raise taxes on high income earners (Sean Duffey, making $175k wouldn't even meet the higher proposed tax bracket... but is STILL an asshole about it).

Fuck this lot of Republicans... THAT'S why people are upset about this. Take take take take... but be damned if themselves or the wealthy should ever have to sacrifice.

Comment: Re:Ah, the Republican Party ... (Score 1) 884 884

No it didn't. Your policy went up because health care costs are rising and your insurance company is a bunch of assholes. The insurance companies helped craft the affordable health care act, they wouldn't have helped craft something that hurt their bottom line. They were promised millions of new customers when the insurance mandate is issued, so they would be able to lower premiums by having a larger pool of individuals. health care costs were still expected to rise, but the affordable health care act was enacted to keep costs from rising at an unsustainable rate.

Whatever you think about the law, your premiums didn't go up because of his daughter staying on his plan... they went up because your insurance company is full of assholes who raised your rates before the federally mandated premium rate increase limit goes into effect.

Comment: Re:Resist the Merger (Score 1) 354 354

Another significant note: ATT does NOT offer data-less smartphone plans. I have a smartphone that I use as a device for taking pictures/photos/music/etc... but I don't want to pay for internet, I get by with wifi connectivity without any problems. When the switch comes from tmobile to ATT, any customer with a smartphone and no data plan will be noticed by the ATT network and forced to pay an additional $30 a month... like your phone, rendering it unusable by virtue of ATTs network/pricing.

Comment: Re:Well, Obama did hire Goldman's top lobbyist (Score 1) 195 195

I'm guessing there is some truth to that last comment... not so much "true believers" but they give money to people they think will support their cause/initiative. Of course Unions are going to give money to Democratic candidates because they are more likely to support collective bargaining agreements and the concept of unions. Just like business, the oil industry gives money to Alaskan senators and pro oil drilling people. I'm sure there are plenty of Unions who contribute to republicans and plenty of businesses support democrats... but lobbyists tend to send the money to the people who are most likely to support them. It's probably more a case of both; Lobbyists pay representatives who agree with their values... and representatives continue to take that money and vote that way to ensure they keep getting the money.

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