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Comment: Broken how? (Score 0, Interesting) 223

by odies (#33966866) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Says Software Vendor Model Is Broken

How is it broken? There are different ways for companies to go by.

You can already buy commercial products that are made for general usage, like Microsoft Office. They can be feature rich products too, since they're used by many and different people and companies need different features. Since the products are made for large amount of customers, price for a single user or company is relatively low.

If you require something that the commercial products don't offer, you can either hire a development house to build it for you or do it in-house. That way you get exactly what you need, but the price is higher since it's made specially for you. If there is a mismatch between what you want and what commercial products offer, you go this route.

Now, the CEO of Red Hat basically says that model is broken, but offers no alternative. He says open source magically fixes it my offering services and support. But what is there to offer if the companies still need to go the second route if such product doesn't exist? And if it exists, what is broken with the commercial model? They do also offer support.

Comment: Re:You can view it with Google Docs (Score -1, Troll) 72

by odies (#33943976) Attached to: Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

No, I can't view it with Google Docs. Apparently it requires some plugin or a cutting edge browser (but not too far off the beaten path). What the hell is wrong with people? This is content which would work perfectly fine with completely static web pages. Massive FAIL, Google.

Things keep repeating themself. It's the same way Microsoft used to push ActiveX back in the day.

Comment: Re:Slideshow? (Score -1, Offtopic) 72

by odies (#33943934) Attached to: Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

Because for presentation Microsoft PowerPoint creates fantastic environment. Not only can you pinpoint the most important points, but it lets you elaborate and further detail things while still keeping with the baseline. You can also accompany your presentation with images, sound, videos, hyperlinks and interactive content. If you're ever been or held an presentation, you know how much better it goes if you can dynamically further the discussion and presentation while you're keeping it. That's not something you can get with a plain list.

Comment: 3-D (Score 0, Insightful) 261

by odies (#33915632) Attached to: <em>Hobbit</em> Film Finally Gets Green Light, To Be Shot in 3-D

Cue in the usual "I don't need 3D", "Why don't they make better movies instead of playing with technology?" and "In the old times they at least made good movies" that fills every slashdot story that has something to do with 3-D movies.

Look, it's an extra technology that improves movie for those that like the 3-D effect. It doesn't affect the quality of the movie. Good and bad movies will still be made. It's weird that here on slashdot, a news for nerd site, people are so much against emerging technologies.

I personally like the 3-D effect in movies. In fact I even like it in games - Left4Dead is a lot scarier when the infected run towards you in 3-D.

Also, the technology gets better in intervals. Recently there have popped up Nintendo's new handheld console and 3-D tv's that work without glasses. The effect will only improve over time, but you need to take the intermediate steps to get there. Just like with every other technology, starting from human history and the discovery of fire and a wheel.

Comment: Comparing (Score 0, Insightful) 480

by odies (#33892182) Attached to: Microsoft Admits Is a Contender

Of course Microsoft knows OpenOffice, or for that matter any competing product is, well, a competing product. How does them releasing a video of their users comparing the products mean they're somehow extremely worried about it, or "losing" how this story makes it sound? Nice way to turn it around.

Comment: Re:Right goal. Wrong tool. (Score 3, Insightful) 93

by odies (#33890916) Attached to: Microsoft Looks To Courts For Botnet Takedowns

Because Windows is installed on 95% of computers and all the casual users are there. Linux users mostly, at least somewhat, know better what they are doing. On the other hand, there has been similar trojans on Mac OS X too.

And privilege escalation? Why would sending email or keylogging the current user need root access? It doesn't.

Comment: Websites are responsible too (Score 3, Funny) 427

by odies (#33873572) Attached to: Survey Shows How Stupid People Are With Passwords

In addition to securing web and database servers and only storing the passwords as hashes with salt added, websites should do more to protect the user passwords. This for example is why Slashdot hides your password as ******** if you accidentally happen to write or paste it to a comment - a practice every website should do.

Comment: Re:This is the reason (Score 2, Funny) 129

by odies (#33864218) Attached to: iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data

None of those are what Windows Mobile 7 is trying to compete with. They're going after somewhere between iPhone and Android, which is a sweet spot. I agree however, I don't Android is going to take off anymore. Not the same way as iPhone and WM7 anyway.

Even while Microsoft is now targeting more mainstream users it doesn't mean its not a good platform for business users. Integration with Office and other tools is great and WM7 doesn't have the childly feel that i associated with iPhone.

For gamers there is Xbox Live integration and the fact that developers can really easily port games between Windows, Xbox360 and WM7 is making it even greater. I think I should actually start developing some game for those platform, it's a sweet deal. And everybody knows that Visual Studio is the top class development environment, and Microsoft is even providing things like XNA that make the development a lot easier and faster.

This means it's going to be the game changer and has a really good possibility of getting a significant market share in the mobile market.

Comment: This is the reason (Score 3, Funny) 129

by odies (#33863994) Attached to: iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data

There is one really simple reason why Apple is now opening up their iPhone. They wont however do it fully, just a little bit. And the reason? Windows Mobile 7. From the announcement it looks like a real competitor for iPhone. You also aren't only capable of getting one kind of phone, you can get the one that suits you best.

WM7 will also have the app store and by the looks of the announemenet, intuitive UI and great user interface. It basically has everything that is good in iPhone, but gives you more freedom in choosing the type of phone you want.

If Apple doesn't start opening up things and let the kinds of Adobe and Flash on iPhone, people will move away to a superior platform. And by the looks of it, that is going to be WM7.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.