Anyone who trusts Microsoft is a moron.
Microsoft Transparency is an Oxymoron; unless we are talking about Aero Glass transparency.
Anyone who trusts Microsoft is a moron.
so in my book; that's much better than good enough. The original site should be nuked from orbit and this one should be put up instead. Pure and simple.
Redirect facebook.com and microsoft.com and all their servers and namesakes to 0.0.0.0 or to 127.0.0.1 in the root DNS servers. Problem solved.
First they donate it to non-profits
Then they donate it to schools
Then to universities
Then to the hospitals
Then to the politicians
Then to the developers
Finally they donate to the existing Windows XP users.
But nobody is interested; not even the pirates; since nobody wants to be infected with Windows 8.x.
where the list gets narrowed down daily and the winner is announced after 3 days? In the case of MS, looks like this joke will go on for a year.
My hunch is that Elop already holds the reins to the ruins; this media contest is just a soapera.
As another poster pointed out; I intended to say non-x86; not non-Intel. In 2001; I was buying about 250 desktops from HP(Vectra VE5 if I recall right); and the marketing folks from HP sang loud praises of the 'Merced' project which later morphed into the Itanium range. The guys claimed that the architecture was entirely done by HP (primarily to support HP-UX) so I presume even though Intel did the design and production of the chips; they could not implement TCPA in that.
Not a single major hardware or device maker seems ready to support Linux on non-Intel architectures. Intel, MS, HP, Cisco etc. are part of the TCPA alliance; even Linux on ARM based servers have taken a very long time to arrive.
How is that different than Free/libre software or commercial projects?
The motivation for developing a non-free commercial software is to make money; not necessarily by making a superior product.
Open source code is developed to engineer superior products, period. Which is why open source alternatives are more largely adopted by users than proprietary ones. Hence the ad industry needs to bribe open source developers; to make them foresake their ideals, and compromise their users.
All open source projects are heavily vulnerable to bribery; honesty alone triumphs.
Ad industry goons have gazillions more cash to throw than ideologists in the open source world can say no to.
Maybe the cranes from Siberia or swallows from Russia?
Established proprietary s/w vendors have big pockets; and much more self-interest and motivation to keep Open Source Software inferior. Honesty is the not only the best policy for open source projects; it is the only policy that works in the long term.
Replying to myself.... found this recent link talking about the possible launch of the product in December. Bad news for MS I guess:
since they are no longer bound to share-holders; and can innovate for the sake of innovation? No need to bow down to MS Overlords and do as they or the so-called markets please. They can afford to lose a billion bucks in chasing their own dreams.
Putting a rocket on the moon is a purely technical problem; nothing social or political about it. Automating the healthcare industry involves several players:
1. The care givers
2. The care receivers
3. The insurance agents
6. Software, platform and hardware architects
4 and 5 interfere with 1, 2, 6 and 3. Unlike in the case of NASA, there are more than hundreds of players providing (6); and they are answerable to their shareholders unlike NASA.
It is a complex social problem. To suppose that it is a mere technical and managerial challenge is a flawed assumption.
Exactly what kind of integration are you suggesting Microsoft and other companies like Intel and AMD pursue?
The exact same integration that Microsoft and Intel have already successfully provided with the Surface Pro for instance. On the Surface Pro, the SIM card, the camera, the applications which make use of these devices (making calls, receiving calls, sending an SMS, taking a picture, a video, sending that video etc. etc.) are all integrated and provided by Microsoft themselves. On the desktop, since each SIM vendor or camera vendor writes his own drivers; there's no standard or uniform way to build apps to address or make use of these devices. Unlike on the Windows Phone or the Android Phone. And yet the desktop has more powerful hardware and a more versatile OS than phones and tablets. A pity.