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Comment Re:Not a monopoly anymore. (Score 1) 280 280

Their OS is still effectively a monopoly in the desktop market. And on that OS you have to make a positive action in order to use some browser other than Microsoft's preferred choice, and since most people will never bother or even know there's a difference, that leaves their own browser with an unfair market advantage based upon their OS monopoly.

And besides, Microsoft has NEVER cared about user choice. Each Windows release removes more and more options and customization capabilities. Thus complaining about users not having a choice is like tilting at windmills. Microsoft doesn't care what Mozilla thinks, they didn't make an inadvertent mistake here by changing the user's preferences during installation, they did this change on purpose.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 192 192

But you do pay more when it's a necessity. Which is why there are different categories of ethernet cables. In an environment and usage where Cat 5 cable is good enough, then it's wasted money to use Cat 6. But if you're doing gigabit of 10gigabit traffic, then you don't want Cat 5 or even Cat 5e.. There are other factors too, you may need a cable that doesn't degrade and become brittle because you're in a high temperature environment, you may need waster resistance, you may have fire safety issues, etc. Getting the most expensive cable there may be a good idea, but you're not going to buy those at the local consumer computer store either.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 192 192

Even if you don't meet spec you will likely never see any problems with the cheap $1 cables unless you're in an extreme environment that's going to exacerbate the errors. The spec is like the "best by" date on food; it doesn't go from fresh and good to putrid poison on the date listed.

Increase the amount of electromagnetic interference and the cheap cable is going to notice it more, then wrap the cable up into a tight coil, stick it in a high temperature attic, save money by getting programmers to crimp on the connectors after 5 minutes of training, and use a hair dryer during operation, then you're going to see a more hostile environment and you may have to resend some packets. But use that cheap-ass cable that's way out of spec between two audio components in a specialized listening room then you're likely to never see a problem. Chances are any problems come from the cheap cable actually breaking rather than dropping enough packets to make a difference.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 2) 192 192

Ethernet at the MAC layer has digital data but the wires of course are all analog. If it wasn't analog there wouldn't be a bit error rate. The point was that even with a lot of noise the digital signal was still extracted correctly. The noise on the cheap cable was very bad, falling well outside the specs, and yet it still transmitted the data. The "noise" either causes the packet to be dropped or the packet is successful. The specification is about the limit of what is allowable so that it works even in a worst case scenario for what it is designed for, and they weren't doing anything close to having difficult operating environment for ethernet.

Comment Re:Button to open system settings (Score 1) 280 280

Personally I rather liked the 8.1 way, which was kinda similar to how Android does things if you haven't set a preference yet - applications could cause a dialog to appear that showed them the available applications to do X and set one of them as the default.

I'd like Microsoft to change it back to that. Who knows, if we put enough pressure on them, rather than demand they stop beating their wives, they might do it.

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 4, Insightful) 280 280

I don't think so, browsers have always, until now, been able to set themselves as default, even back during the Netscape wars.

And they're not asserting ownership of your computer. What they've done is created a hamfisted (and biased towards Microsoft - yeah, I don't like it either) interface that replaces third parties modifying your computer with or without your consent. They had a better system in Windows 8.1, and should revert to that, but nonetheless, I don't actually like the idea of a browser being able to set itself up as default. I prefer myself to make that decision. Fortunately, the mainstream browsers have, until now, always at least asked for permission before changing the defaults, but that's not something they should have been allowed to do to begin with.

If we want this changed, we need to be a little less hyperbolic, because the issue here is that the new change isn't user friendly and is biased towards Microsoft, not ludicrous claims that Microsoft is taking control of your PC in some way it wasn't before. If you complain about the latter, expect your ticket to be closed with a "INVALID. Not actually a description of a real problem."

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 2) 280 280

I don't think anything's changed about the degree to which IE or NewIE is part of the OS since Windows 7. What's changed is that browsers can't set themselves to be the default any more - the user has to do it explicitly in the system settings.

Personally, I thought the Windows 8.1 way of doing it was better. But I don't think this is as terrible a change as being suggested.

Comment Re:awkward! (Score 1) 177 177

Nonsense. It is true, however, that Windows and Linux use different (overlapping) subsets of the SATA (and SCSI) command sets and, in particular, use very different sequences of commands in common use. If you test heavily with Windows and not with Linux, then you may find that there are code paths in your firmware that Linux uses a lot but which are mostly untested.

Comment Re:Difficulty (Score 1) 242 242

The 'tray' that Raymond describes in his second article looks very much like the Shelf from OPENSTEP 4.1, which was released just after Windows 95. I wonder if some of the NeXT people were playing with early betas of Windows 95 and, as their company CEO later quipped, started their photocopiers...

Comment Re:Major change? No. (Score 1) 242 242

Win32s was released for Windows 3.1, but it just added some win32 APIs, not the UI. The UI was first introduced in the Chicago betas, which were eventually released as Windows 95. NT4 was released shortly afterwards and wasn't a bad OS, but hampered by the lack of plug-and-play support and perpetually having old versions of DirectX.

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