NO, Code execution in a browser CANNOT escalate privileges.... none of those applications have sufficient rights to change the
Way to miss the point. If they had the rights to write to
DC is harder to turn off safely. A high current contactor will arc under both AC and DC - but an AC arc tends to be self extinguishing
There's also the issue of touching the live wire. If you touch a DC main, your hand will spasm and you're likely to end up gripping it. If you touch AC, then you feel a buzzing at the frequency, but it's a lot easier to pull away.
He doesn't do laundry - but the charity he donates clothes is forced to do it. He's basically pushed the environmental impact, energy and cost of laundry onto some other 3rd party
That's fairly minor in comparison with the energy cost of having a new set of clothes shipped all of the way from China every time whatever he's wearing gets dirty. Does he really think that producing new clothes and shipping them half way around the world has a lower energy cost than running a washer-dryer for a couple of hours?
Windows Phone is pretty nice. It's main drawback is the lack of apps (which is hard to fix, as no one wants to develop for a platform with few users and no one wants to buy a phone with no software). It's main problem selling is that people associate it with Windows on the desktop, which is a usability disaster that somehow manages to get worse each version, in spite of having passed the point where people thought it couldn't get any worse some time ago.
7. DOS (vs CP/M)
8. Doublespace (vs Stacker)
9. Windows (vs GEM)
10. XBox (vs Nintendo / Sega / Sony)
It's actually hard to think of a successful Microsoft product that hasn't followed this pattern.
Elop came in when Nokia had failed to produce anything to compete with the iPhone or even with a moderately decent Android handset. He managed to persuade Microsoft to buy Nokia for what now turns out to be a significant multiple of their real value. Of all the companies that benefitted from this, Microsoft was pretty low down the list.
Furthermore Google is basically giving Android away
Half true. If you want to ship Android, it's free: go to AOSP, download, tweak to your device, ship. If, on the other hand, you want the Google Play store, then you have to pay Google, agree to ship other Google apps in the default firmware install, and agree not to ship competing apps in a few categories in the default install.
Microsoft lacks the design culture and brand to compete with Apple on the high end
A lot of that is marketing. It's far more a brand problem than a design culture. In terms of usability, I'd place Windows Phone a little bit ahead of iOS at the moment (which surprised me a lot, because Windows is a UI clusterfuck on the desktop, OS X is worse than it was but still in a completely different league to Windows 8.1 - I've not tried Windows 10 yet). Possibly MS moved all of their competent HCI people to the mobile team, or possibly management doesn't care as much about mobile so doesn't insist on multiple layers of design by committee. No one who's used Windows on the desktop would go out of their way to buy a Microsoft product though.
Symbian EKA2 was a great kernel design for mobile (and still does security and power management better than Linux), but a lot of the Symbian userspace APIs were designed at a time where 1MB of RAM was a lot, 4MB was huge. When 64MB was entry level, they were really showing their age: saving 1MB at the cost of a big increase in developer effort wasn't worth it. Nokia needed to provide a modern API and a clean migration path. They provided neither and they set up groups within the company competing to provide both and actively sabotaging each other. Maemo/Meego is an example of this: Switching from GTK to Qt shortly after launching the product doesn't instil developer confidence.
Windows Phone actually made sense for Nokia: they needed a software stack that let them differentiate themselves (and no one else seemed to be using WP) and they had managed to set up their corporate structure in such a way that it was impossible for them to develop it themselves. Some of their apps were really nice (their maps app, which was just bought by a consortium of German car makers was a lot better than the Apple or Google offerings, for example).