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Comment Re:This isn't Apple envy. This is Google envy. (Score 1) 249 249

Windows is losing ground in the mobile sector. The return rates are insanely high on Windows phones. The app selection is losing ground as the ones already made sit aging without updates. Win 10 ubiquity of apps etc is the same claim they had for 8/8.1 and 7 etc.

Comment Re:Die, white whale, die (Score 2) 249 249

How about that time when Starbucks stacked the ISO committees to get a ratified undocumented XML as a standard? Or that time when Starbucks had the FUD campaign threatening to sue corporations and home users who used other coffees, due to the Non Disclosed coffee patents they all were infringing?

Starbucks sucks, I won't step foot in one, but MS has a special sort of evil that has fostered a long term distrust and disrespect, that has only been achieved by precious few companies.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 249 249

The reason Apple's margins work are because of the scale to which they operate. The less than 2% market share which MS owned at the time of purchasing Nokia was no where near enough to operate at those scales, and the equation on their ledgers would and did look nothing like what Apple had. MS was desperate to get a hardware manufacturer, to make their phones which most others refused to touch. The math in buying Nokia was not entirely unlike putting out Win 8/8.1 in a touch format to force their entry into the tablet sector. You can't necessarily buy your way into a market sector. Look at Bing/Nokia/WinRT/Surface Pro's/MS Stores etc.


Submission + - "We screwed up," says Reddit CEO in formal apology

An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO Ellen Pao reached more than 175,000 signatures over the weekend, Pao has issued an apology. The statement reads in part: "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit. Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me."

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 484 484

You know they fired Sinofsky because of Windows 8... Is that because consumers are all petulant assholes? Perhaps if MS wasn't so desperate to try and force their way into the tablet space, Windows wouldn't feel like a bipolar experience. Win 8/8.1 reeks of desperation. I give credit to MS for trying to push the OS forward, but I do not agree that the way forward was forcing in a touch interface to get to the desktop application which is anything but touch friendly.

Comment Re:So, what was the nature of this agreement? (Score 1) 123 123

Verizon takes the subsidies offered by the city/state/county/township, and is beholden to commitments made in order to get the subsidies knowing full well that they will hold up the lawsuits for failure to meet those arrangements in court long enough that no fines will get levied.

Comment Re:They value control more than profit (Score 1) 123 123

The control freak nature was an attempt to control and prevent competition. It served/serves them directly to stifle competition thereby protecting revenue and preventing change. So in short, they are consumed by money and the best way to protect their revenue is through being control freaks. Control of a means of communication is power and money.

Comment Re:Feinstein as usual (Score 1) 164 164

Yes, but liberty and constitutional republics.democracies have always come with a known cost/risk. It is a signifier of respect for the citizens and their capacity to reason what is right/wrong and act thereupon. It is a citizens right to operate within a law or not. (Civil Disobedience). What she is asking for is akin to statist control. We don't need controls when we already have a fully functional judicial system of laws and penalties.

Comment Re:Read the bill (Score 2) 164 164

The FAA is already doing this. What part of Diane Feinstein needs to put input about what the updates to the software will be? I trust her lying Surveillance State pushing anti liberty perspective in no way whatsoever. The software and hardware I use is open source so people like her cannot control yet another aspect of my life.
If I drink and drone, and do something illegal I deserve the punishment. People like her would mandate we cannot drive our own cars, because what if we do something that endangers the children.

Comment Open Source Bitch. (Score 5, Insightful) 164 164

This is why the Flight Controller I use is Open Source. Control mongers like Diane Feinstein have no say in the software. This is the same lady pushing for back doored encryption. There is nothing in the interest of citizens that runs through her veins. One day she will attack open source as an enemy of the state.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie