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Comment: Re:Where's the replacement? (Score 1) 639

by iampiti (#48906887) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
It enrages me to no end the current trend of using OSs to sell you services: Google did it with Android (understandable since they live off your data, but I'd pay money for an Android which wasn''t tied to Google's services), and now Microsoft is doing it with a desktop OS. The free upgrade during the first year to Win 10 further confirms this: They're desperate for you to move to their data-grabbing, service-selling new OS. I'd rather pay some money and get a clean OS like what Windows was until 7

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 1) 427

by iampiti (#48028523) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices
I cannot believe this has turned into a discussion of whose bloatware is less bad. The obvious good solution is to allow the user to uninstall anything.
I undestand Google has every right to get money back for all they invest in Android but ...20 apps? I think it's a bit too much. Ideally they would provide other ways of compensating them (like good old money)

Comment: Re:I read this article differently: (Score 1) 112

by iampiti (#47660901) Attached to: Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers
Well in this day and age in which mobile OS's are severely crippled compared to PC ones and that is considered fine by the 99% of population it certainly doesn't surprise me that the new generation consoles are severely limited also.
On one hand I understand that for many regular folks their smartphone or tablet is now their main computing device, and for millions of people in less developed countries may be their first and only one. It makes sense then to make a OS easy to use and secure, but that doesn't mean it has to prevent us experienced computer users to do things like running software downloaded from arbitrary places or letting us manage our storage as we see fit.
iOS has always been a severely limited OS, Windows Phone it's a close cousin only with fewer applications, and Android, the one that was closest to a general purpose OS is being crippled by Google in the newer versions (e.g.: Removing the ability of writing to arbitrary locations on the EXTERNAL sd card in KitKat). A sad state of affairs :(

Comment: Re:One mistake Sony Made (Score 1) 172

by iampiti (#47605949) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap
For the uses you mention, I agree with you that the typical 6 inch readers are garbage. But larger e-ink displays can be quite nice for that use case if the software is good enough.
I have a 9.7 inch e-ink reader by Onyx and the hardware is pretty good. In that screen size many books with diagrams look nice and you can see a nice amount of information at once. Alas, the Onyx software is passable but could be much better. I wouldn't recomend this particular model for a demanding professional, but as I said , with the right software this kind of technology can be very nice. Have a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Imagine the software of the device shown in the beggining with the screen shown at about 2:35.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 1) 336

by iampiti (#47594773) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
I bet they'll switch Windows to a subscription model like they've done with Office. I know you can still buy copies of Office in the traditional manner and run them for as long as you want buy they're pushing people to the subscription option.
Like Adobe, it seems it's the only idea they have for solving the "good enough, why change?" problem (for them) of mature software.

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