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Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 146

by msi (#47718879) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

To say that you should forfeit that right simply to board an airplane because airplanes didn't exist at the time of the Constitution is like saying I also forfeit that right when I walk out my front door because the type of concrete mixture in my sidewalk and the breed of grass grown on my lawn didn't exist at the time of the Constitution either. Perhaps I can't even get protection in my house either if I'm wearing shoes or socks, since I'm using the novel rubber-blend sole shoes and the nylon socks to "travel" around my house.

Shh don't give them any ideas

Comment: Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

by msi (#46887919) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

and God actually said 'Thou shalt not kill'.

The correct interpretation is 'Thou shalt not murder'. A very significant difference. Besides, the Bible is full of tales of God telling people to kill someone, wipe out entire villages, towns and cities so obviously killing someone who has wronged society is not against Biblical doctrine (for whatever that is worth).

Are you suggesting that you have the same understanding of these situations as God?

Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

by msi (#46692613) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?
Sorry I fat fingered a one word answer

Apple have a monopoly on Apple goods which can tie you into their ecosystem as easily as the Wintel ecosystem and they discontinue much earlier and less transparently.

Capita have a monopoly on school management systems and discontinued their original SIMS product in the mid 00s and forced an upgrade to SIMS.net

Nokia dropped symbian like a rock in 2011.

Cisco EoL IOS releases after 48 months from release or 12 months from last sale.

Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

by msi (#46691885) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

I have read this a number of times and I can only assume you have never used a windows computer. The versions of office and windows are in no way restricted, I am running components form Office 2003, 2010 and 2013 on Windows 7 and Office XP, 2003 and 2010 on windows XP.

Windows Vista, 7 and 8 all have compatibility mode which tries with varying degrees of success to fool older pieces of software that they are running old versions of windows.

32 bit Office 2000 doesn't work on Windows 7.

Neither does it work on Windows 1. I have just had a quick google and there are lots of posts claiming to have it working on windows 8 however, you are looking back five versions of office before you find one which does not work.

Please name another software vendor who provide this level of support.

Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

by msi (#46687225) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Further, the software packages of this type from Microsoft are tied to a specific version of the Windows Operating system; that is, you can not take a version of Office intended for use on Windows XP, and run it on Windows 7 or later versions of the Microsoft OS platform. This explicit and intentional tying is monopolistic in nature. Further, the glue code for the vertical market systems previously mentions, *also* will not run on non-XP platforms.

Effectively, this means that Microsoft is leveraging their monopoly position in operating systems - specifically, with regard to the discontinuation of support for XP - into additional sales of non-OS Microsoft products, and to sales of middleware components and development tools. As a necessary side effect, they create a market for third parties to port code they've already written to the new middleware and applications components running on the new platform, without actually providing additional value for the intentional binary incompatibility of the user space code.

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Forced "upgrades" which aren't actually "upgrades", since they don't provide fixes without damaging binary compatibility, are almost always a bad idea.

Not that Apple is completely innocent of this tactic with regard to new iOS versions; they've recently disabled the ability to turn off sync and update downloads happening over the cellular data connection, even though there are usage caps and extra costs to the user if this is left on, and they consistently pop up complaint dialogs when they can't fit the update into the storage on a 16G iPhone, and suggest you delete stuff to make room.

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In any case, the Windows XP end of life has been handled very, very badly, and the papers author has some great points, from a legal perspective, given the findings of fact on the monopolistic power by the courts in the Netscape case.

I have read this a number of times and I can only assume you have never used a windows computer. The versions of office and windows are in no way restricted, I am running components form Office 2003, 2010 and 2013 on Windows 7 and Office XP, 2003 and 2010 on windows XP.

Windows Vista, 7 and 8 all have compatibility mode which tries with varying degrees of success to fool older pieces of software that they are running old versions of windows.

Apple and Steve Jobs who you seem to hold up as the paragons of backwards compatibility virtue are(where) awful at any form of backwards compatibility or support Snow Leopard (10.6 released 08/09) does not get the same level of patching that the Lion (10.7 07/11) and Mountain Lion (10.8 07/12) and Mavericks (10.9 10/13) get Leopard (10.5 10/07) is unsupported.

Microsoft is no longer considered to be anti-trust the sanctions imposed expired in 2007, Microsoft agreed to a two year extension and offered to continue complying until 2012 although the DOJ turned down the offer. So a case brought in 2001 for actions in the 90s and all punishments or restrictions expired five years ago probably has little baring on 2014 where their market share has dropped form 95% to 65%

Comment: Re: hmm, people out to make a quick buck (Score 1) 357

by msi (#46568149) Attached to: Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts
The US dollar may or may not lose it's status as the worlds reserve currency however, their is still a massive gap between that and losing credibility as a currency.

There are somewhere between 189 and 204 countries in the world depending on how you count them and they have about 190 currencies. where you place the US dollar in the order of credibility is up to the individual but I don't think many people are going to rank it below the Sudanese pound.

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