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Comment Didn't we all see this coming? (Score 1) 576

MS are acting more like a creepy stalker than a software company nowadays. I used to poke fun at Steve Ballmer's odd public image and seemingly strange behaviour, but he ran a better MS than Nadella could ever dream of. Admittedly that is the perspective of a user rather than a shareholder, but you need to please one group in order to please the other. Maybe it is because Ballmer has somewhat more history with the company. Maybe he learned how not to alienate people. Even though people used to joke that MS were evil, they always made the product I wanted and needed. Their business practices could often be subject to vaild criticism, but their operating system was typically the best option at least for me. That has all changed. I don't need or want Windows 10. I've tried it, and it isn't too awful on the front end, but the shenanigans behind the scenes are too much for me.

Comment Re:How to migrate away? (Score 1) 229

Client-side Java applets for the web is, and always was, an abomination. It already isn't a thing, not sure why you think it is. Server-side Java ain't going anywhere fast. Silverlight is rapidly dying, but then it never really got started properly. It was pretty bad. I don't understand why you're unhappy with anyone using the .NET framework for the web, though. That's all server-side stuff though, and not in any way comparable to Flash.

Comment Re: adblock plus (Score 1) 92

I'm old enough to remember that too. I feel as though I may remember it differently than you do, though. In no way would I describe the content back then as superior. I would describe the primary content which we have now on the good websites as in every way a desirable evolution. Little things like advertising and malware don't detract from that, and I don't necessarily find the commercial content on the web a problem, as long as non-commercial content is also there. I'd be really glad to see a return to the days without advertising though. I can afford to pay for the content I want, if it is priced reasonably. Then there's the fact that some content is there because the provider wants you to see it. They won't seek payment for that.

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