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Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (Score 1) 315

by praxis (#47918151) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

> Java runs on far more platforms than just Windows and OS X. If Microsoft ports Minecraft away from Java, what are they chances that they support those platforms?

Depends on what you mean by "run". Does it mean "runs well"? "Runs fast"? "Runs, but only on one very specific version of Java?" It's not the 1990s any more. Java's cross-platform capabilities are not the advantage they used to be.

I mean runs sufficiently to play Minecraft. It does so on many distributions of Linux out-of-the-box. That's more than just Windows and OS X. Java runs to other degrees on other platforms as well, but for the topic at hand (Minecraft's future), Linux distributions are what I'm referring to here.

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 1) 351

by praxis (#47910859) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

On that basis you could argue that a formula 1 racecar would be a good car to do the weekly shopping in, just because it has a steering wheel, an engine, and 4 wheels, just like every other car.

There's a difference between "racecar" (a word connoting a car with a specific purpose: racing) and "car" (a word connoting a general concept with a steering wheel, an engine, and 4 wheels). The word "laptop" is generic (like "car"). Your definition of "laptop" (a portable machine with a price point under X per performance Y running Microsoft Windows): that's much more specific than the general usage of "laptop", more akin to "racecar".

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 1) 566

> how can you download software patches

When you want to, when you have cleared some space and you're ready. Just like you should be able to choose when to download anything, and how to use your disk drive space.

I recommend turning the option to download all music back to it's default setting: OFF. That way you can have control over the music downloads just like you have control over patches.

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 1) 351

by praxis (#47909951) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Of course I know what a macBook is. Thanks to it being waaay overpriced and having relatively dismal hardware specs, and also being locked into a proprietary Apple universe, I practically don't even consider it a laptop at all, let alone anything I would actually want to give money for.

Language is funny in that it's a shared method of communicating. If you want to redefine laptop to mean "laptop with a utility to price ratio over X" (however you measure utility) then you should probably say that as when you say "you can't buy a laptop without it", it's quite misleading to most readers that don't share that view.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 351

by praxis (#47909925) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

But why shouldn't Microsoft adopt those things? Apple has shown that they work. And Microsoft wanted to create a different environment than the other stores selling their products are offering.

Exactly! I don't disagree. The thread then devolved by a misunderstanding by AC "Because selling software in an online market place is clearly all invented by Apple". The entire topic has been retail stores, not online App Stores. Then ormico chimed in with "Because Apple invented selling products in physical stores?"

Ormico: they did not invent it but they did improve it. Revenue per square meter is a good metric of that. It makes sense to study what it is that they did to achieve that and have other business learn from it.

Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (Score 2) 315

by praxis (#47909433) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Last I knew, Microsoft was still the second largest developer of software for Mac (after Apple, of course). There's always hope in that direction *if* there's a market for it.

Java runs on far more platforms than just Windows and OS X. If Microsoft ports Minecraft away from Java, what are they chances that they support those platforms?

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 351

by praxis (#47885381) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Because Apple invented selling products in physical stores?

No, but if you've ever been inside a Microsoft Store you'll understand the original poster's point. They *do* feel very creepily similar to the Apple stores in layout, look and feel. No other store (other than those two) I've been in has the same feel. BestBuys feel different. So do Fry's. So do AT&T store. Pretty much any other store one might go into and buy a device that has a battery or plugs into a wall.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 351

by praxis (#47884775) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

windows stands or well I'm not doing office work suckers.

The first sentences of your comment were painful to read, but after several passes I understood you. The last sentence--quoted above--has stumped me even after several attempts to parse it. I gather you feel we are suckers and you do not do office work, but Windows stands or well? Could you please rephrase?

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