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Comment: It's stupid (Score 0) 96

Development with a proprietary language is ultimately harmful to your own interests, whether you make proprietary software for a profit or Free software.

The one thing every business needs is control. When you make it possible for another company to block your business, you lose control. Your options become limited. Solving business problems potentially becomes very costly, involving a complete rewrite.

The one thing that should be abundantly clear to everyone by now is that making your business dependent on Microsoft anything is ultimately a losing proposition. They have a long history of deprecating their own products after customers have built products upon them.

Comment: Yes, it's free. Also, the patent system sucks (Score 1) 96

All Open Source licenses come with an implicit patent grant, it's an exhaustion doctrine in equitable law.

The problem is not patent holders who contribute to the code, you're protected from them. It's trolls who make no contribution and then sue.

Of course these same trolls sue regarding proprietary code as well.

Comment: Re:Not another new rendering "engine" (Score 1) 107

by Billly Gates (#49378509) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

HTML 5 is too ambitious.

What needs to happen is HTML 5.1, 5.2, etc.

W3C is trying to work this way. Google and Apple have their own organization. Why I welcome some of this I think it is a nightmare to have pictures api, 2 primptives, etc. It is like they want a visual studio + macromedia shockwave experience.

Just crazy for a web browser. It should focus on content and use special tools like codecs for particular jobs. WebGL should be doing the 2d primptives as an example right?

Comment: Re:Caught up to Chrome 20 from 2012 (Score 1) 107

by Billly Gates (#49378481) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

It is frustrating.

Here is a flip side? How would you like to write apps (assuming you are a developer) or shell scripts (if you are an admin) which are source compatible with Solaris 9, 10, 11, Linux (from 2006 - present), AIX, and same with c++? Talk about a nightmare!

IE is an extreme in the other direction and holds back developers 10 years. IN the good old days of the 1990s we had rapid growth and skillsets. If your browser was a year old forget it!

Then the pointed hair bosses started using it for mission critical apps written for IE 5.5 and IE 6. Then it became "Don't alienate customers! You wouldn't open a store and tell 1 out of 10 customers to leave would you! " So the changes on the web you see now are 10 years old from 1998 standards! IE 6 forced you to have an inferior web experience on Linux because PHB's said develop for everyone.

So where do we draw the line?

Comment: Re:the 8 ball was right! (Score 2) 137

For sending, Ctrl+Enter is your friend.

I think they mean "check" as in "verify".

I'm guessing the guy typed "Michael", clicked on the name that came up, and hit send. He didn't notice that it autofilled the name "Michael Brown" from the Asian Football Cup organising committe rather than, say, "Michael Smith" the internal employee who was supposed to update the approved official visitor database.

Comment: Re:Web developer headache? (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by Billly Gates (#49377187) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

Have you made websites recently?

I do not mean to sound critical about you personally? I wrote a kind of bad trollish review below. With that ouf of the way IE 11 is one of the most standard compliant browsers available. It does not support the most features but it supports those correctly. Webkit/blink is the worst. CSS 3 animations is like IE 6 you need hack after hack of -webkit to get it to work.

Why is it we accept Google doing this yet bash IE 6 as the anti Christ when it did the same in 2001? Spartan is a better browser than IE 11 but Chrome and Mozilla accelerating in the last year faster than the project Spartan could catch. So in a sense it is about Chrome in 2012/2013 but with more standards compliant. It still is beta in a rewrite engine stage so I won't bruise MS too much more on this :-)

After the new engine stabilizes they need to add quite a few features like interactive forms, pointer events, drawing primitives, stencil support in webgl, to catch up to the other browsers. However I do not know if the W3C standardized these yet.

Since IE users NEVER EVER UPGRADE the last thing MS wants is to implement a changed feature later on and be stuck for the next 10 years where developers curse them for writing 2 versions of that standard after W3C changes the final spec. This is what happened with IE 6 besides the bugs. CSS 2.1 was very very new and changed final after IE 6 came out. firefox implemented it the other way causing 2 rifts as it was assumed users and corporations would upgrade to IE 7 FAST and quickly. We all know they never happened and kept the damn IE 6 until 2011.

Comment: Re:WebM Support? (Score 2) 107

by Billly Gates (#49377163) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

Question for anyone who has tried it, does Project Spartan currently support Vorbis, Opus, VP8, VP9 and the WebM container format? VP8 and Opus are mandatory to implement in the WebRTC spec so hopefully Microsoft will at least conform to the spec for WebRTC, and bonus points awarded if they carry that codec support over to the video tag.

According to no. Just AAC and MP3. ... however in Microsoft's defense it is not a W3C standard as they all agreed to implement mp3 and mpeg4

Comment: Caught up to Chrome 20 from 2012 (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by Billly Gates (#49377155) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

Only 3 years behind webkit now

Only score 370 from which places it about where Chrome 20 was in 2012.

Just like IE years behind. Shame.

Also the address bar isn't obvious and will confuse the heck out of Grandma and office drones. No arrow in the address bar to show frequent sites. Again phone will be ringing off the hook for it back.

No thanks will ban this on the corporate desktop and put IE 11 for awhile when we switch to Windows 10 in the next 5 years until MS adds these features back.

I am trying hard not to be trollish as IE has drastically improved by the POS it was last decade! However, the faster MS is on changing and being not bad the further webkit and even Mozilla plow ahead even faster.

IE haters it is only beta so it might change and according to the trident team mentioned 3,000 bugs were removed when they re created the whole engine into something new. So kudos Microsoft.

But all this change freaks the hell out of business users and are parents still clinging to XP for life as the best OS and the last when that worked with things in the right spots etc

Comment: Re:Isn't the solution to block Baidu ? (Score 1) 129

Shouldn't we block Baidu and make GitHub unavailable from China ?

You'd have to convince everyone outside china to block Baidu. And as for blocking GitHub for Chinese users, China would love that. The only reason they're not blocking GitHub is that so many Chinese engineers use it. If someone outside China blocked it for them, they'd be killing two birds with one stone: censoring the VPN info and making another country look bad.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun