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All IE is doing is performing a search for whatever you typed in, if it can't find the domain. If your search engine is set to Bing, it will search there. My search engine is set to Google, so it searches there.
Nothing to see here, other than FUD perpetrated by the
It is unique because while one guy might act this way (finding a bug and stopping), there are potentially millions of others still looking for bugs. For commercial software, the few guys who might be looking for bugs will find them, get busy fixing them, then have to move on with adding features or something to keep the commercial product viable.
So actually, the point that you are implying (commercial software is better than OSS) is pretty far off the mark.
"I just had to use a version of Office with the ribbon for the first time a few weeks ago, and I had a hard time with it."
That seems to imply that you're only a first time user
The fact is that the ribbon IS a much better interface than menus, and exposes options and settings that are easy to reach and understand. The ribbon is a GUI revelation, and anyone who says different is just afraid of change.
Some of us don't enjoy having our data spread out all over the place on multiple systems with multiple drives. I don't want to have to worry about if I'm going to want some file while I'm traveling, so why not just take everything? That's what these allow people to do.
Wow, I can't believe how badly the "MS Windows" "remote access" model has polluted your point of view. X was created and exists for exactly the reason that you can have 1 application running on a big, fast, central server and the display shows up on your local/slow machine. This allows a huge benefit in pooling of resources and management.
When MS Windows had VNC, and finally Remote Desktop, the model was completely backward. You had to connect to the whole local screen and had to see the whole desktop. This makes it virtually impossible to actually *use* the apps on the remote side. As you have noted, the only good use for it is troubleshooting something when you don't have local access. Citrix is a hack on top of that to give the appearance of single application remote access.
So the X model is meant to actually be useful in day to day applications, while the MS model is only useful for troubleshooting or screensharing, and you're complaining that X is broken? You only think that because you don't know a world where things actually work well.
You've fundamentally missed the point. It's not about public vs. private, it's about placing the notice in a place that general citizens would have a reasonable chance of running across it in daily life. Unless your (and everyone's) daily web surfing involves checking government web sites every day, you're not going to see these notices. Even if *your* habits might bring you across it, 99.9% of other people won't. The point of having it in the newspaper is that most people (in the past) would be reading the paper for other reasons, and then just happen to stumble across the notice. THAT is the point.
Vista has no such concept of OEM vs. Retail disks. All Vista discs are the same, and it will also be the same with W7. Some OEMs distribute modified disks that auto-install with a specific license key, but those can be easily modified to remove that behavior. Any Vista disc that prompts you to enter a key will work with an OEM or Retail license key.