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Comment: What they should have done? (Score 1) 161

by ebvwfbw (#47487215) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

This memo isn't in context. Back at this time they were in the midst of an anti-trust action. Microsoft missed the perfect opportunity. Here's what they should have done:

1) Sell the windows/dos OS to IBM. Lock, stock and barrel, they keep their apps/office. No brainer, probably could have bagged 20 Billion for that.
2) About 3-4 months later, move all the office and apps to Linux. Again, a no brainer. They also get to screw IBM again like they did with OS2. I know they had an effort to migrate their apps in 1998 in a middle eastern country that is in the news.
3) Dismiss the action against them since IBM has the crappy OS now. They get a real OS that they don't have to worry about. Linux gets a unified GUI and apps. By now Windows would be just another bad joke, like Exec 8 and MVS.

Without that OS still around, the whole world would be different today. Probably for the better.

Comment: What's worse than Win 8? (Score 1) 516

by ebvwfbw (#47161433) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Win 7 running under Citrix. Everyone gets a VDI! All 5000-9000+ of us and they wonder why it's a POS. Even though it's running on a perfectly good PC to begin with. Nope, gotta centralize and use 2X (at least) the licenses. Slow I/O? Well, buy more servers to slow it down even more!

Funny... but I know where this is the case and it's far from funny.

Comment: Premise was wrong (Score 1) 772

by ebvwfbw (#47126363) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Creationalism, Evolution in its various (heh evolved/revised) forms are just theories.

Stick to science. Scientific method. By that evolution was disproved years ago and replaced with a new theory called the same thing. Seems to me at least three times in just my lifetime. To measure scientific ability by a belief in evolution is just a political test. It's good they admit this now, something I told them 40 years ago to the look of deer in headlights.

Scientific method, wonderful stuff. Disproves all kinds of political BS if they would just apply it.

Comment: Re:Printer Ink (Score 1) 288

by ebvwfbw (#47090013) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Asked a long time employee about that. What happend to HP equipment on the bench, hospital, etc. He said the Compaq managers came in, some accounts that made it in from digital and did the same thing all over again. Outsource everything, that'll solve it! Yes, solve it into insolvency. Now hospitals have Phillips/Seimans equipment. Frequency counters - who knows. Industries they used to own, given away.

Don't know HP anymore. That company died for me years ago I think. Maybe Meg can fix it. She's on the right track.

Comment: Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 1) 453

by ebvwfbw (#46972509) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Well, I'd argue it like this: The only means of interstellar communication we know of so far is Electromagnetic waves. ...

And I'd argue that you're not up to date. Gravitation waves were discovered in the 1990s. Theory is that with gravitation you can traverse the entire universe in a matter of seconds, like touching a spider web in any place effects the entire web. Of course, you're mileage may vary since T&S is relative.

Comment: Re:frosty piss (Score 1) 664

by ebvwfbw (#46924945) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

As a devil's advocate, US police are woefully underfunded. They might get a bunch of SWAT stuff from the government, but actual basic policing, substations, and other items needed to process all but murders and attempted murders are not funded. ...

Man do they have you snowed. They have plenty of money. Read the budget sometime. Probably get you really, really pissed. Doesn't matter which one, city/county/state budgets.

You will lose an important disk file.