No, you're not getting it right, this is a service as in a process always running on your computer, not as in a cloud based compiler. The point is your program can dynamically call the compiler with additional source code to be compiled so your program can modify itself even though it's in a relatively static language like C#.
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In a native app. If your web app already supports most browsers, just pick the most convenient one for each platform - mshtml/trident on windows for example. Otherwise just host a webkit variant. The steam client from Valve has done both at various points in time.
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's own LiveJournal account, which he termed 'revolting and illegal.'
I agree. LiveJournal accounts can often be revolting and illegal.
Every organization that has ever partnered with microsoft has lost, big time
I don't know, Intel, AMD, Dell, HP, Lenovo and a large number of other companies have done quite well over the last 30 years selling hardware for MS software.
(standard disclaimer: as my profile states, I work for MS, but not on anything related to phones)
Here in reality-land, what would have been is irrelevant. What matters is how statistics like this will effect developer and publisher behavior. The answer is exactly what the grand parent poster said - they'll begin abandoning the PC as a platform except in specialized cases where they can induce onerous or clever DRM like storing content on servers and come up with other mechanisms that require authentication.
You can't expect people who make, sell, advertise, distribute games for a living to sit back and say "Oh, 90% of our users are pirating our game, I bet they wouldn't have bought the game anyway if they couldn't have gotten it for free," even if that were the obvious logical conclusion to come to (which it really isn't). They're going to say "Oh shit, 90% of our users are pirating our game, let's stop that and hope even a couple percent of them end up buying it and that will give us 10, 20, 30% greater sales," even if it's not necessarily possible to prevent a most of the piracy.
You mean like the one mentioned in the article? 'The next day, it [Microsoft] posted a "Fix it" tool that automatically unregisters the HCP protocol handler, a move Microsoft said "would help block known attack vectors before a security update is available."'
As far as pushing this to users automatically, people get angry when you break shit without asking them.
A skeptic, that is to say, anyone who can recall Microsoft's behavior over the past 20 years, might wonder if Microsoft ran the official SVG test suite on all competing browsers to find areas where they failed. They then built a second test where they know the others will fail.
You mean like Hickson did with Acid3? Whatever set of tests you're using, if they're incomplete (and they always will be), they will be biased in terms of coverage. Some test suites like Acid3 are meant as a bludgeon to wag the dog of a competitor or certain organization, some are designed to ensure that features you care about are supported in they way you believe they should be, and others are just QA guys doing their best to make sure their product works. In any event, whichever set of tests you code to, you will have the highest passing rate on those tests, it doesn't need to be malicious.