I've been using that ribbon for three years and still hate it. Every time I need to find something I haven't used in a week I end up spending a minute poking around that ribbon trying to figure out where it is. The menus are far faster to deal with.
VC++ includes nearly all of C++98 and includes pretty much everything that matters to any professional developer. As for being riddled with bugs, you don't know what you are talking about.
The fact that John Carmack uses and prefers Visual Studio should prove that you are the noob here.
Your "man up" attitude is why Linux will never succeed.
Microsoft was quick to issue a denial to the press. "The information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate. We do not have anything further to share at this time." Translation? They are doing it. Maybe a few facts are off, but they are doing a port. It's not a flat-out denial; it's a claim of inaccuracy. That's all the wiggle room a company needs to avoid being called a liar.
It's an acknowledgement of two facts: the iPad is the tablet of choice at the moment, and the enterprise really likes its tablets. At the Tablet Strategy conference last April, Chris Hazelton from 451 Research said its own research showed 78.4% of companies surveyed allowed employees to bring in their own devices. That contrasts with just 18% of employers actually providing their employees with tablets. Supporting iOS and Android means no matter what tablet you use, Office will be there. And isn't that what Microsoft wants in the end?"
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FWIW, ARM isn't a pure RISC instruction set.
I think open source is great for some things (compilers, browsers), but it doesn't work for games. Games require too much of a coordinated development effort and involve multiple disciplines beyond programming.
According to this week's Anandtech's article, the Transformer Prime Tegra 3's CPU outperformans the iPad 3. It's the GPU that falls short of the iPad 3, mostly due to having less GPU transistors and not due to architectural weakness.
>> b) According to the summary, 36 hours would still be a complete miss (a third of 687 meters is still 229)
It's not linear. Read the paper: http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/gao/im92026.htm
In fact most markets are like this and not just games.
Most of the food people buy at the supermarket falls under this.
Most of the clothes people buy falls under this.
Most of the TV people watch falls under this.
>> It lost last gen to the slowest (PS2)
That's a deceiving misstatement. The only thing faster than the PS2 was the XBox, which came out far too late to have an effect on the PS2 market.
Also, in the current generation you can't really say that the PS3 is faster hardware than the XBox 360. The XBox has a faster CPU(s) and GPU, whereas the PS3 has only the SPUs (which are less accessible than CPU or GPU).
I find it hard to believe that these death bed efforts by the religious are due to an edict by God to preserve the gift of life. The 'snarky' theory makes a lot more sense.