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Comment Re:Give up PCs? Not likely... (Score 1) 221

"EFI firmware should check PCs for known checksums of child porn and report them to the authorities, and why would you want to disable that unless you're a paedophile yourself?"

"This technology isn't reliable. Just today another security flaw was found in the phone-home software that was supplied by a major PC brand, and it's the third one they've had recently. Cyber-crime is the fastest growing type of law-breaking and your bank spends a lot of money on IT security. Do you really want to force your bank to leave back doors so the hackers can get in and empty your account? What about hospitals? A back door there could mean the next big terrorist attack is breaking in and stopping all the equipment working so your loved ones die, without ever leaving their hideout on the far side of the world. Back doors let evil people into important systems to do evil things. The people who want your computer to include a back door are evil and you can't trust them."

Yet we have none of this for the machines that are locked down today.

But most machines sold today don't have this problem. There is still plenty of choice for those who want an alternative. Try locking things down so small businesses can't run Linux servers any more and have to pay a fortune to MS for approved Windows versions, and see how long your plan lasts.

The sad part is that this isn't true any more. A lot of children these days grow up with only a mobile phone, not a PC...

Well, I don't know where you are, but I recently had an interesting conversation about my old school. Back in the '90s, we had a dedicated computer room with maybe 1 PC for every 25 kids in the school. Today, I'm told, the ratio of computers to kids is almost 1:1, and the kids are actively taught how to use these tools in classes, including things like programming, making a simple web site, and so on. Being able to write a mobile app is something a lot of the kids enjoy, because they all relate to that kind of software now in a way that was reserved for the geeks in my generation.

Of course, I have no idea how representative that anecdote might be. It's based on second-hand information, and it's about one school that has always been successful, in one education district of one country. But if it's even close to the wider reality, surely that is a promising sign for the future. Enjoying the benefits of modern technology shouldn't be reserved for the privileged few.

Comment Re: Windows 7 (Score 2) 357

I deal with a diverse range of web sites/apps (part of my work is freelance/consultancy, so I see a lot of variations). It's certainly true that some big businesses still use IE8, but in my experience even the stubborn hold-outs have been starting to give up, particularly since XP support ran out unless they paid serious money to retain it. I haven't had a mandatory requirement for IE8 support even in B2B work for several years now. Actually the highest use of older IE versions I see is often from places like China rather than big businesses, but again even that seems to be changing.

So while I would agree that IE8 still has some market share on some sites, the idea that 10% of all pageviews across the web are on IE8 is so wildly inconsistent with any primary data set I have access to that I still struggle to believe it. Given the other anomalies here, such as the relatively low Chrome figures compared to other summary sites and the insignificance of Safari despite Apple selling hundreds of millions of iSomethings per year where the Safari engine is the only one any browser is allowed to use, I'm still inclined to think this data set comes from sites heavily biased towards desktop/business use.

This is all something of a distraction anyway, of course. The original point was that Edge use is still down in the noise, and neither the IE8 nor the Safari data points change that even if they really are accurate and my experience really is wildly unrepresentative.

Comment Re:The real Bill Gates of India (Score 1) 83

Waaaah businessmen are mean poopyheads!!! Are you nerds really so naive that you think that almost all successful CEOs aren't equally as ruthless? You don't succeed in business by being a wimp.

What I meant was one wouldn't brag about being like Gates if more knew his tactics. Perhaps ruthlessness is a necessary evil of a modern society, but people should at least be aware that it's being used.

Note I admire Steve Jobs far more than Gates because Jobs had a nose for what FUTURE consumers and movie goers would want (even though he was a still a jerk). Microsoft merely purchased or copied good existing products made by other co's and bundled them together.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 346

we don't know the reasons the Polynesians expanded. It is highly doubtful a lone couple of polynesians set sail on the high seas to find new islands. The amount of provisioning and boat building...analogous to modern government sponsorship

What's even more likely is that tribes who lost a war were tied into their own boats with meager rations and set to drift at sea. Most probably died, but a few got lucky. Perhaps this was part of a ritual.

Comment Re:The real Bill Gates of India (Score 2) 83

A lot of non-IT people don't know what a jerk Gates was. He was brilliant at killing off competitors using targeted sell-at-loss campaigns, bait-and-switch "standards", bundling, and locking one in to product upgrade cycles.

But that stagnated business software evolution and robbed the market of choice. I bet he'd make a great military general.

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