A real programmer runs away at the thought of having to parse the Office file format. Have you looked at it? The fact that the document itself is 90 MB (zipped) should tell you something.
Right, and while one might think that that would be an easy and logical thing to do, it turns out that there are very few (if any) situations where raising the -mx to that of available RAM is the right thing to do. That said, I admit that the the defaults today are somewhat messed up too, but raising the default limit to the total RAM is an even worse idea.
You realise that that is exactly how the JVM works already? The upper limit you asked for is, in fact, the max heap size that you specify using -mx. The -ms flag specifies the initial heap size. If you never allocate more than that, the VM will not request more memory from the operating system.
Pretty much, although it's probably even more accurate so say it's been replaced by Excel.
The stock price was set based on those same third-party analysts analysis, so once the real numbers come out, the stock price adjusts. This is economy 101, and it'd be good to look it up before randomly commenting (I know, I know. This is Slashdot and I shouldn't expect that).
Clearly you never experienced the 70's...
Actually, it's technically not even over yet. The case is still there.
Just to pick one feature at random: The ability to customise the look of text styles? What if I want to change the font of all headings? Another one, for bonus sake: Can I do pivot tables in the web-based version of Excel?
Well, if you actually tried it you will see that the Web version is so feature-limited that it might just as well not even exist. I think the original release of Google Docs was more feature-complete than Skydrive Word, and that's saying a lot.
Most people have no access to Netflix anyway since it's a US-only thing.
Actually, that would be 16 EB. You were off by 4 orders of magnitude.
Bing, that integrates with Facebook, who are the champions of privacy, of course.
There is an open API. This API has been around forever, since it's the same as Google Docs. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a client already exists (I'm too lazy to google for it right now).
I also doesn't reproduce Shakespeare in its original Klingon...
Last I looked the i-devices were unable to sync without a proprietary application that only works on Windows or OSX.