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Comment: Re:Xbox OS != Win2k (Score 1) 52

Contrary to popular belief, Windows XB wasn't a fork of NT 5 any more than CE or NT was a fork of Windows 9x. (Source: Xbox Engineering)

Before people inside Microsoft said that, other people inside Microsoft said the opposite. But good luck finding that reference now, because of all the people crowing triumphantly about the particular reference that you cited.

Comment: Re:WTF? What has this guy been smoking? (Score 1) 163

by drinkypoo (#49196917) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

That is due to Google releasing the awesome Chrome browser, because the web is too important an income vector to them, so they decided to pull it inhouse and cut out the policy middleman.

Which hilariously hasn't really panned out for them. I use Chrome and Firefox side by side on Windows and Linux (Pale Moon x64 on Windows, actually) and the only websites which are more reliable in Chrome are gmail and G+, and the latter of those still isn't very good. In spite of running G+ in Google's browser, their interface still takes longer than eternity to load and it still jumps around like crazy. And now that Chrome is approaching Firefox levels of functionality, guess what? It's just as heavy as Firefox, maybe even more bloated.

I've got FF in everyday use and will continue to use it. If they build an independant contacts application for mobile and web alongside a calendar and perhaps some simple docs management, preferably all of it encrypted, I'll be on board from day one.

That's easy enough to build in $CMS_OF_YOUR_CHOICE, you can literally get it by installing Drupal and some modules and enabling them. (start with views, date, and calendar.) You're going to need some online storage someplace for your files anyway, getting it with web hosting doesn't really cost more.

Comment: Re:sun? maybe, but who cares. (Score 1) 163

by drinkypoo (#49196863) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Even MSFT got the message when their sales tanked and punt kicked the sweaty one and his Metro crap to the curb

To be fair, Metro isn't actually gone. It's still a big part of Windows 10. You can even still enable the AOL start screen if for some reason you want to do that. So it's going to continue to rear its freakish head periodically for the next while.

Comment: Go to house.gov (Score 3, Insightful) 150

Get off your butts. Instead of whining on a forum spend the next 2 minutes of your life emailing your representative for the American slashdotter.

Remember these legislators only hear and get their information from lobbyists and pacs.

Tell them it is not acceptable to have a monopoly cut off your Netflix. If your representative has an R tell him or her that there is no free market and it harms innovation and our economy as a result. If he or she has a D explain monopolistic powers and pacs are writing rules.

Yes they check with their staff all day. If they get a surge of angry citizens they will notice. Remember the law to ban opensource and force drm? I posted that link and the bill died. We can change this if we act together. Religious right did this and won. It's time geeks do the same


House Republicans Roll Out Legislation To Overturn New Net Neutrality Rules 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the hooray-politics dept.
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 31 Republican co-sponsors have submitted the Internet Freedom Act (PDF) for consideration in the House. The bill would roll back the recent net neutrality rules made by the FCC. The bill says the rules "shall have no force or effect, and the Commission may not reissue such rule in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as such rule, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act." Blackburn claims the FCC's rules will "stifle innovation" and "restrict freedom." The article points out that Blackburn's campaign and leadership PAC has received substantial donations. from Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.

Comment: Re:Simple marketing strategy is simple. (Score 1) 52

If i were a shareholder id be very alarmed at Microsofts decision to hobble an already proven revenue stream with an on-again off-again business machine OS.

If you were a shareholder, and did your homework, you would know that the Xbox already runs Windows. The original Xbox OS was derived from Windows 2000, the Xbox 360 OS was derived from the original Xbox OS, and the Xbox 180 OS was derived from the Xbox 360 OS.

Comment: Re:They pretty much tried this already (Score 1) 52

So they are trying to say we can play the next Halo or Assassins creed game on the xbox, then jump to pc or phone. Realistically that's never going to happen,

It will, kind of, with streaming. The apps which are too big to run on your phone can be streamed.

Comment: Not Like Sun (Score 2) 163

by drinkypoo (#49196111) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

What killed Sun wasn't just aimless dicking around, it was the endless cycle of purchasing companies that had stuff they were missing, then laying off all of the top-paid employees — the ones who understood the products they'd just bought. Then they failed at an iteration of their Ultrasparc processor, it took them so long that by the time it came to market it would have been old and slow, so they skipped it. They never recovered in the land of single-thread performance, instead optimizing for the kind of workload which was already at the time increasingly being handled by cheap x86 clusters. This was an obvious road to destruction, and many of us pointed this out at the time, not that anyone expected Sun to listen to the people in the trenches by that time when they had proven conclusively that they were interested in no such thing.

Solaris provided only two innovative features probably ever: containers and ZFS. Both were too little too late to save Sun, and ZFS got open-sourced anyway, eliminating any potential competitive advantage.

Comment: Re:Amazing that this was ever contracted out (Score 2) 85

by drinkypoo (#49195427) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

It always amazed me that tech companies would contract this work out in the first place.

Contracting it isn't the biggest problem. Paying bottom dollar is. That means that you don't get the best people. Paying people more means they're less motivated to engage in profitable hijinks when someone asks them to plug something into your network, or photograph your documents. That's because happiness stops increasing dramatically with money after you reach middle class. Once your needs are met, bribery is less effective. Obviously not ineffective, of course. That's where loyalty used to come in. Problem is, corporations don't treat you with any, but they still need it from you. Solution? Treat employees like humans and pay them enough to live on.

Comment: Re:Funny Quote from Article (Score 2) 189

by drinkypoo (#49195405) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

At least now you have a much wider variety of civilian applications, some even not related to tracking, to point to in addition to the system's primary role.

To be fair, the system's primary role is arguably figuring out where you are without a sextant. They'd have done it even if they couldn't have used it for bombs and cruise missiles because it didn't work at higher speeds or something.

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 1) 189

by drinkypoo (#49195383) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

There are ways to go about it, but this isn't it...

I'm curious, which ways are that?

Find ways to avoid taxes (as opposed to evading them) like incorporating and writing everything off. Wars run on taxes.

Also, sneaking in and smashing something that's insured will just delay the inevitable. If you must take direct action, make it meaningful, and not just a fuckoff waste of time.

Comment: I guess I really hit the target with that one (Score 1) 625

by drinkypoo (#49195377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Everybody run out and incorporate right now. Apparently it's cheap in Oregon. Then you can write everything off, declare losses, and pay no taxes just like the rich. They're apparently terrified that you're going to do this, why else double-downmod this innocuous comment?

Incorporate now if you want the same rights as your corporate masters, or at least a subset of them.

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