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Comment: Re:The Power of Standards (Score 1) 81

That's right, and if you multiply it by, say 100 million downloads, to keep it simple, then they have wasted about 3 years of time and 10 million dollars worth of disk space for no reason. It's likely to be an order of magnitude or even two higher than that over the lifetime of the product.

It's like saying that every time Office is slow or buggy then only a few minutes of time or pages of text are lost. If you multiply that by the amount of usage it's had in the last decade or two, the amount of lost productivity across every sector - government, education, finance, logistics... is huge.

We would all be driving nuclear powered hovercars today were it not for MS Office.

Comment: Useless features (Score 1, Troll) 81

Yep, we haven't figured out how to allow a user to drag an Explorer window that's looking for something on a network, but we have built directly into our OS support for a third-party program to talk to fourth-party hardware.

We still haven't figured out a reliable algorithm that can draw things inside specified a rectangular region of the display, but you can run Android apps and have their GUIs splayed out across the display like a grisly sacrifice.

We still haven't figured out just how much we alienated our customer base by trying to force all computers to be tablets, but we are sure _this_ version of Windows is gonna be the one that everyone installs on their desktops.

Comment: So now they want us to use their OS again (Score 1) 223

by aybiss (#49582875) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

So they've spent some more time muddying the purpose of their OS and they want us to bring our efforts to their platform, after years and years of making sure nobody could take their efforts under Windows to other platforms?

Good luck there MS, I for one will not be supporting you.

Comment: Own a gun? Then I want you watched. (Score -1, Troll) 577

The NRA always comes out and says stupid things like that if everyone at Charlie Hebdo had had a gun nobody would have died (when in fact many more people probably would have).

If nobody had had a gun then nobody would have been killed (probably).

If you have a gun for your personal use (ie you are not a farmer) then I want you watched as a terrorist, because that's exactly what you are (attempting to hold your physical power over me, without ever having earned my trust to do so).

Sorry if that upsets you Murricans.

Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by aybiss (#48374999) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

"Co-relation is not causation, I'm pretty sure all those shooters also regularly drank milk yet I don't see people blaming milk for suicides or homicides."

Easily the most pathetic argument I've ever heard from a gun nut. I think I could fairly easily demonstrate that the murder weapon used in a murder does have a *causative* role in the events.

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

by aybiss (#48374927) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Have they fixed the fundamental flaws in Windows or Office that have made everyone's life a PITA for 20 years? If I happen to be pressing 'Y' just as a dialog pops up asking if I want to format C, what will happen in Windows 10? Can I open two Excel spreadsheets at once without having to Google how yet? Can I open two spreadsheets that have the same name but are in different directories yet? Can Word be used for a numbered list without causing psychosis yet?

At least you could argue that Windows and Office now cost far closer to what they're worth I guess.

We have no sympathy for them because they have made numerous decisions like those and have never acknowledged let alone given any explanation as to why they felt they should arse-rape the whole huamn race like that.

Comment: Just shut the fuck up about it Slashdot (Score 1) 613

by aybiss (#48298045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Are you a guy who is lifting bricks into place to make a building when the sun comes up in summer and makes you too hot to continue?

Are you there milking the cows to get us some milk when the sun _doesn't_ come up in winter and it's so freezing you can't move your fingers?

Nobody gives a fuck what _you_ think about what time it is, office boy, and after reading these all comments, I thank fuck for that.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.