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Comment Re:Why are we picking on Microsoft? (Score 1) 229

you're saying this, as if you were forced to use this software.

If the government would make it illegal to use these softwares, you would not say "But that's the majority of software i have", but "hey, i use some of the alternatives". Or at least pretend to.
So why act as if your existing software is an unstoppable force, which requires you to use windows?

Comment Re:Firewall/Router blocking settings? (Score 1) 229

Forget it.

You cannot stop an operation system from spying on you, if you cannot trust it. If you need to firewall it, the trust is not enough. And MS can do stuff like sending the data while fetching the next windows update. Secured with TLS against YOU. Either you play with MS or you need to give up on them. You will not sufficiently stop them, as long as windows runs at the level of the operation system kernel.

Comment Emojis got useless (Score 1) 264

Idea: Encode Smileys in Text
Realization: Display an image instead of rendering a glyph.
Okay. Like different fonts, now everybody can have different smileys, but with a standard for codepoints. no questions anymore, if :) is a smiley or only :-) is one.
Now different vendors implemented the smileys in totally different ways (apple rendering a yellow heart (btw. WTF), android a hairy heart (even more WTF)).
Next: The big apps like whatsapp bringt their own (or a apple clone) set of emojis.
So we can get back to application specific smileys with :smile: or a simliar encoding. This will remove the need for complicated unicode handling (did you read the section about composing i.e. colors and smileys?). And while we're at this: Why does a smily need a skin color? Smileys are yellow.

Comment Eat your own dogfood (Score 1) 113

Its the "eat your own dogfood", what helps.

A person has a problem, solves it with code and shares his program. He improves on the program, as he uses it and needs it, others benefit, too. He will be way more efficient and his product way more useful, than a hand full of programmiers, with some unclear specification, which needs to be worked on to check bulletpoints on a TODO list. They will do what they are told to, while he will do what he needs for his program to work fine. And if he sees that some idea won't work out, he will find another solution, instead of pushing hard until the TODO list item is finished, even when the feature will be useless.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup