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Comment: Wasted Effort (Score -1, Troll) 133

by ibane (#26291391) Attached to: Browser Privacy Test

I'm posting this from Konqueror on Linux as god intended and all that; but http://windows.kde.org/ [kde.org] is the place to look if you want Konqueror goodness on Windows.

Technical limitations, M$'s long history of technical sabotage and the eminent collapse of M$ and Windows market share makes Windows ports a huge waste of effort. Privacy and security on Windows is impossible because the system is rooted by design and you a little more than a renter of a system you can never own. KDE could provide improved performance but M$ sabotage will eliminate that, the same way iTunes, AV and other popular software are routinely broken under Vista. Finally, Vista has failed and Windows market share is already starting to slip. What's the point of porting to eight year old XP, a failed Vista or an expensive and soon to fail Windows 7? It's time to tell your friends that software goodness is best found in the free software world.

Networking

The Other Side of the Sprint Vs. Cogent Depeering 174

Posted by kdawson
from the working-it-out dept.
Swoolley writes "A month back this community discussed the Sprint vs. Cogent depeering. Now a story I wrote for Forbes.com tells the inside story of the fight, based on the lawsuits the two companies filed against each other in Virginia state court. For once, thanks to those suits, the public gets to see the details of a confidential peering agreement between two of the Internet's largest autonomous systems, as well as the circumstances leading up to the depeering. (Which company is in the right? Read the facts and decide for yourself.) While some people have argued that the depeering is reason for more government regulation, the Forbes story makes the case that details of the recent Cogent vs. Sprint fight argue for exactly the opposite: keeping the Internet backbones free of government meddling."
Windows

Windows Drops Below 90% Market Share 595

Posted by kdawson
from the easing-the-stranglehold dept.
ozmanjusri writes "Online market share of the dominant Windows operating system has taken its biggest monthly fall in years to drop below 90%, according to Net Applications Inc. Computerworld reports that Microsoft's flagship product has been steadily losing ground to Mac OS X and Linux, and is at its lowest ebb in the market since 1995. 'Mac OS X... [ended] the month at 8.9%. November was the third month running that Apple's operating system remained above 8%.' The stats show that while some customers are 'upgrading' from XP to Vista, many are jumping ship to Apple, while Linux is also steadily gaining ground. A Net Applications executive suggests the slide may be caused by many of the same factors that caused the fall in Internet Explorer use. 'The more home users who are online, using Macs and Firefox and Safari, the more those shares go up,' he said. November has more weekend days, as well Thanksgiving in the US, a result that emphasizes the importance of corporate sales to Microsoft."
Microsoft

+ - M$ Has it's First Hiring Freeze.->

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twitter writes "Network News broke the now hotly denied story of a M$ hiring freeze.

Microsoft has instituted a hiring freeze, likely spurred by the worsening economic conditions in the U.S., according to a source close to the company. ... On Friday, the software giant started sending a note to employees informing them of the decision, according to an employee who saw the letter but asked not to be named.

The denial story shows that the original email was genuine and has more details:

On Friday, some employees received a note saying that the company was re-evaluating open headcount and wouldn't be adding new headcount.

But Gellos [M$ spokesweasel] said the company intends to continue hiring new workers. "This year we expect lots of growth and that we will hire lots of people," he said. "I think the nuance is in the fact that in light of the economy it's important that we do the prudent thing and evaluate projects that we're working on."

It is important not to blame this move on the economic climate alone. Healthy companies will prosper and grow in the adversity, especially as M$ loses their ability to interfere. Companies that don't have anything people want to buy will sink into debt and fail.

Anyone think this will hurt Steve Ballmer's chances for a $20,000,000 bonus?"

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