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Comment: Re:That's not the only thing that's gone... (Score 1) 270

by lord_mike (#46729495) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Their whole .NET strategy seems to have been, "Well, Java's popular now, so I guess we better do bytecode, too," even though there was no compelling reason to do so. Non-Intel Windows machines were long gone, so there was no reason for Windows application portability. Now that they have a good reason to make applications hardware independent, they abandon the .NET thing that they pushed so hard on everyone. It's simply bizarre.

Comment: Re:"They were strongly pushing portable .NET when (Score 2) 270

by lord_mike (#46729417) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

.NET was cross platform--at least cross hardware. Yes, it was Windows-only, but a .NET application could run on an ARM machine or any other hardware that might run windows, since .NET was hardware independent byte code. Yes, you were still stuck on some form of Windows OS to use it, but now that they are selling windows on both ARM and Intel, it would seem to behoove them to support a portable hardware application strategy, yet they have essentially abandoned it.

Comment: Re:People sure do like to beat the cancer thing (Score 1) 270

by lord_mike (#46729209) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

By "even more liberal", you mean less free, since BSD allows anyone to essentially take code for their own personal use without giving anything back to the project (like Apple using the BSD kernel to make lots of money, but not allowing the BSD folk any access to the Apple code that interacted with it).

Comment: Re:That's not the only thing that's gone... (Score 1) 270

by lord_mike (#46728889) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Windows was cheap. For most people it appeared to be "free". A lot of their stuff seemed pricey at the time, but they were always cheaper than their competition. SQL Server cost less than Oracle. IIS cost less than Netscape Web Server. Windows Mobile cost less than Palm. Visual C cost less than Borland. Office cost less than Word Perfect. Mcrtosoft's pricing is what drove a lot of these guys out of business. Microsoft's products were cheaper quality-wise, too, which is why they have such a terrible reputation.

Comment: That's not the only thing that's gone... (Score 4, Interesting) 270

by lord_mike (#46728479) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Their motto of "Developers, Developers, Developers" also disappeared with Ballmer's exit. Everything is now getting locked down to the max in their attempt to be like Apple. What makes it worse is that they don't seem to have a direction as far as application development goes. They were strongly pushing portable .NET when there was no need for cross platform applications, but as soon as ARM gets into their mix of products, they drop that strategy and go with a native code strategy. It's all mixed up and extremely confusing. Their complete lack of direction is certainly not welcoming to developers trying to figure out how they should target the Windows platform, and that doesn't even take into account their confusion on user interfaces as well.

Microsoft's previous success was based on offering very cheap products that were friendly to developers. Yeah, their products were buggy and unfinished, but they were a bargain, and you could always "embrace and extend" them as you saw fit. Now, they are trying to market themselves as a premium luxury product like Apple (at least the consumer end) and walling the garden as much as possible. They're locking down the hardware, too, and alienating their hardware partners, who were the greatest drivers of their previous success. It's a big change. Can they do it? Hyundai managed to convert themselves from being a discount car manufacturer to a more upscale brand, but Hyundai didn't have the problem with their brand reputation that Microsoft has. Microsoft has made cheap crap for so long, I don't see how they manage to convince everyone that they are now an "upscale" high quality manufacturer of products and services.

Comment: Re:Still ugly (Score 1) 164

by lord_mike (#46341133) Attached to: Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

They also cause impotence due to extra pressure on the perineum from the skinny seat and bent over posture. It's much better from your manly bits to be in an upright position. Much less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels supplying those vital areas.

I never liked the old "ten speed" or racing bikes. Maybe it's because I'm older now, but I'm much happier on a "comfort" or "cruiser" bike. It's easier on my carpal tunnel wrists as well.

Comment: I've never understood... (Score 1) 222

by lord_mike (#46295381) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

....all the hatred for Kinect. People cite privacy and all that, but the hatred for Kinect goes back much farther than that. There was incredible hatred for the device at the initial release well before there were any privacy concerns. That's a shame, since it is the most innovative thing that Microsoft has ever developed. Download Kinect Party and play the demo for awhile--it's incredible that they actually were able to make something like this even work!! I have always thought it was very cool. The kids love it--a lot of them don't even know how to play a standard controller game. In fact, the only real "failure" of the Kinect system was by developers failing to realize its full potential. The reason it wasn't "optional" in the XBox One was that it's an important interface into the whole system--ideally, with its incredible revolution, it would also act as an add on controller in games (although that's not been realized, yet). I don't understand why people clutch so tightly to their 20 year old controllers like it's the Bible. Can't we try something new?

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