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Comment: Re:Amazon (Score 2) 192

by ilsaloving (#48621751) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

You mean, like Nokia?

I've read plenty of articles in the past about partners complaining that they showed Microsoft something, Microsoft temporarily working with them, and then showing them the door while coming out with their own product. I tried googling for such just now but there's so much noise I can't find the specific articles I was looking for.

They may well be trying to clean up their act, but they have a lot, and I mean a LOT of bad-will that they have generated over the years. If they think that people are going to accept these supposed changes at face value, they're mad.

Comment: Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (Score 2) 192

by ilsaloving (#48621605) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Why is parent modded troll? This is *exactly* the kind of thing Microsoft has done in the past. Not just once, but repeatedly. The most obvious one was Java, and it took a lawsuit from Sun to get Microsoft to stop trying to commandeer the platform. Microsoft then dropped Java in a big public hissy fit, and came out with .NET instead.

Comment: Re:Haters gonna hate (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by ilsaloving (#48535061) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

I don't think stability is the word you mean. Backward compatibility. Microsoft really did bend over backwards to make sure old stuff would still run on newer versions of OS, even when it was to Microsoft's detriment.

Stability, however, is exactly the word I *wouldn't* use for Windows. ;)

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 2) 525

by ilsaloving (#48374561) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

They didn't open source all of .NET. The only open sourced the bits that are critical for .NET being viable for cloud computing, which is an utterly self-serving decision that smacks of desperation.

If Microsoft really wants to raise eyebrows, they should open source the ENTIRE stack, including all the APIs necessary to write desktop applications.

So far all they've been doing is playing a game of "Gee, maybe if we open up this one particular little tidbit, that'd be enough for people to bite and give our stuff a try." and hope that nobody is paying attention to the man behind the curtain.

When your abusive SO repeatedly offers you their hand, only to punch you in the nose when you take it, how long does it take before you stop putting any faith into their protestations about "having changed", etc?

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

by ilsaloving (#48374539) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform


You don't just wipe away a conniving corporate culture by replacing the CEO and adding a little more lipstick.

Microsoft has spent the last several *decades* screwing people, companies, and industries over, and they have yet to show they have changed. Just look at what happened to Nokia.

They have a well established history of offering people a carrot, and then sticking them in the back when they turn around.

Microsoft lost everyone's trust a long time ago, and it is THEIR responsibility to show that they've changed, and everyone else is under ZERO obligation to give them any benefit of the doubt whatsoever. They want to show they've changed? They have to demonstrate it, not just once, but repeatedly and consistently. If they do that for, oh, a few years, without falling back to their old ways, then maybe we can BEGIN to trust them again. Maybe.

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

by ilsaloving (#48374489) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

That's because Windows and Office are still their big cash cows.

Want to use a PC? You use Windows. Want to write documents and spreadsheets? You use Office. They have a massive monopoly on those two things, and right now they are coasting on inertia. If people don't like Windows 8, what do they do? A few switch to Apple. Fewer still switch to Linux. The vast majority just stick to Windows 7. In other words, Microsoft still makes money even if they fuck up royally.

But as soon as you step outside that core, look what happens. Practically every single venture they have attempted, has flopped on it's face. XBox had a good run, but Microsoft did an excellent job of torpedoing that with the XBox One. Remember Zune? How many BILLIONS have they lost on surface now?

The *only* thing that is keeping Microsoft afloat right now is that core Windows/Office property, because it's not worth the effort to switch away from it. But for anything new, people are generally avoiding Microsoft like Typhoid Mary. As they should, given the number of entities (and I'm talking Partners, OEMs, and even international standards bodies) that Microsoft has screwed over, only a fool would trust Microsoft to so much as squeeze their raging blackheads.

Comment: Thank you Alienware (Score 1) 138

Thank you for having the guts to try something new and different.

It's so tiresome to always have Apple be the one that experiments with design, followed by everyone else copying whatever Apple did whether or not it was a good idea. When Apple introduced their gumdrop iMacs, everything else went translucent. Microwaves. Clothes irons. It was absurd.

eg: We recently got a bunch of PCs, and they included mice copied from Apple's absurdly-flat mighty mouse or whatever they call it. Had to throw the damn things out cause they were unusable. Apple should be barred from designing mice.

Comment: Only one truely needed feature (Score 1) 77

by ilsaloving (#48176221) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

There's only one feature that Android desperately needs, and it's one I doubt that will ever happen.

Google needs to copy iOS's control over app behaviour. The unfortunate fact is, most developers are no where near as good as they think they are (regardless of platform), and there are way too many apps that will obliterate your battery even when they're only running in the background.

This is inexcusable for a mobile operating system that, by definition, runs on devices with limited battery life. It's even worse when you have a phone that doesn't have an easily replaceable battery.

Too bad this will never happen. That's why I gave up on Android and switch to iOS, despite Apple's obsessive control freakery. When all's said and done, I need a device that I can trust to work reliably. If I wanted a device where I *needed* to screw around and poke at it right down to the OS level just to make it work properly, I'd be using Gentoo.

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