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Comment: Re:Let's be clear (Score 2, Interesting) 278

by el cisne (#44905075) Attached to: Ballmer Admits Microsoft Whiffed Big-Time On Smartphones
Thought I was logged in, sorry. Exactly! They have over time appeared to be outwardly a 'market share protection', 'monopoly sized market share protection' company. Windows is the castle keep. Everything else serves to augment and bolster it's position. That is where the money and the market power come from. All things serve Windows. Even Office is subservient, to help promote and hold Windows share. They are not a technology company, they are a 'market share product protection' company that happens to use software and licenses and such to operate in. That's largely why their efforts fail or near-fail when they are not able to tie them to Windows' dominance somehow and/or threaten other industry players with their lives if they don't play ball.

Comment: Re:I guess I'm not an expert then.... (Score 2) 297

by el cisne (#43530571) Attached to: Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates
This. Had a boss one time ask me for an estimate. I was intimately familiar with the C++ code and said 3 months. He didn't believe it, so he asked someone else who told him 6 months. Yet another told him a year. Who did he go with? His buddy that told him two weeks. FML

Comment: Oh, come on, now. Really? (Score 1) 128

by el cisne (#39037061) Attached to: Amazon Blocks Video Streaming On BlackBerry Tablet, Blames Apple
"Amazon will likely succeed only in alienating customer with PlayBooks who have already purchased lots of streaming video content."

Isn't that a bit dramatic?? I mean look at this, "RIM sold into the channels approximately 150,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the third quarter...".

Ok, that is Q3, and you can go back to April 2011, but still, just how many are there really who a) bought a PlayBook, and b) "have already purchased lots of streaming video content" ??

I venture to think Amazon maybe "doesn't give a shit".

Comment: I embrace our mechano-eukaryotic overlords (Score 1) 250

by el cisne (#27426663) Attached to: Yeast-Powered Fuel Cell Feeds On Human Blood
Um, do we really, really want to implant something that thinks parts of us are food? It's not like the yeast are gonna say "whoa, we've had enough! If we get any more food we're gonna start multiplying like crazy, and we don't want that!"

AND they're connecting them to a mechanical device? Can you say "flesh-eating robots devour mankind"? ;-)

I embrace our mechano-eukaryotic overlords

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond