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Comment A list done by a 15 years old (Score 2) 285

This truly is the crappiest list I've seen, and I have seen crappy lists. Creating a 'cool' site like Quora somehow gets you on that list, so does answering StackOverflow questions. I guess you either have to create websites or have Google on your resume to be on that list.

How about creating 2 of the most successful and important operating systems the world has ever seen ? Namely, VMS and Windows NT.

Oh yeah, David Cutler for example isn't on that list, I guess he should have stuck to creating websites in PHP...

Leslie Lamport anyone ? Oh no, he didn't work on some crappy website either, doesn't count !

Comment Re:It's a huge undertaking (Score 1) 305

There's no need for patching, the code builds and runs on ARM, it simply doesn't ship because it's not needed. There's no enterprise software that will run on if for a couple years anyway and by then next release will be there. So removing it saves on testing, RAM, HD space and support along with battery life & security (less attack surface).

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 305

If you do a poll on Windows 8 and the new Metro interface, you'll actually find that the majority is positive. It's obviously not 100%, but it's more than 50%. People are actually excited about Win8 coming.

So you might want to get a larger sampling than the people who tried it in your shop.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 305

And what enterprise you think will buy non-x86/amd64 tablets ? There's no enterprise software for them and there won't be for a few years at least. The iPad has barely any itself.

MS will arrive with Win8 tablets that can run existing entreprise software, that can join domains : the x86/amd64 versions.

There's no point in having those features on the ARM port because there's simply no software to take advantage of it and there won't be for a significant time.

Comment Re:You're not a cross platform kinda guy, I see .. (Score 1) 305

The truth is that you have absolutely NO basis to claim that Windows NT (it's latest incarnations being Win7 / Win8) is not portable today. You're just making baseless claims based on your wishes.
You have absolutely no clue as you've shown in your previous posts as to how MS develops Windows, even less when it comes to secure software.

Now feel free to prove me wrong, give FACTS showing that NT is not portable TODAY.

Comment Re:You're not a cross platform kinda guy, I see .. (Score 1) 305

If you weren't such an idiot you would know that :
- Windows NT was built with portability as a central goal. It didn't run on x86 to start with, they chose the i860, an exotic CPU on purpose to avoid x86-centric assumptions. It ran on a wide variety of CPUs from x86 to i860 to PPC to Mips to Alpha to even Sparc (not released publicly) to Itanium to amd64 to now ARM.
- Linux was originally built as x86 only, totally contradicting your claims, they had to pretty much rewrite the kernel to make it portable, so the OS built from the ground up with portability was NT, not Linux !
- Microsoft is viewed today by pretty much the entire security industry as THE company when it comes to secure software development. Every security head from Dan Kaminsky to Charlie Miller to Bruce Schneider will tell you that. You clearly have no clue about the subject

So really, you're clueless and got it totally wrong.

Comment Re:Left out the best part (Score 3, Interesting) 574

That's probably due to the fact that Iran has never invaded another country, while it found itself attacked by Iraq without any valid justification. Back then Iraq was supported by pretty much the entire western world. I won't even go into how the CIA overthrew Iran's elected government to replace it with a dictatorship(the Shah)

End result: Iran has every reason to build up its defences. History has shown Iran that the western world's propaganda about justice and fairness only applies to them, not to other countries, that the western world will support unjustified attacks on Iran and thus they need to be able to defend themselves.

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Comment Re:never mentions design or economics (Score 1, Insightful) 596

The funny thing about this article is that he essentially never mentions (a) design flaws or (b) perverse economic incentives to sell defective software. IMO these are probably the two biggest reason why MS has such a terrible reputation on security.

If you actually knew what you're talking about, you'd know that MS has a VERY GOOD reputation on security. It used to be awful, but they completely cleaned up their act these past few years and now when you talk to security consultants(IO Active, Leviathan, iSec partners, ...) and ask them who's doing a great job, the first name they pronounce is ... Microsoft

In the security world, your reputation is based on real things: the # of issues your code has, how hard you make it for people to exploit your code, whether your system is secure by default, ... not by the number of times you show up in the news, because that last one is purely driven by your market share, not by the quality of your code.

Take a look at SQL Server, compare its security record to any other database with a decent market share on the market.

Comment Re:Good Press for Microsoft? (Score 1) 493

So you're telling us that the installs you have done were botched and had to be redone. Why would that say anything about the quality of Windows 7 ?

Because let's be frank, if you can't keep a Windows 7 stable, you have no business touching other people's computers.

You sound *EXACTLY* like a Windows fanboy complaining about Linux because he has no clue about how to use it.

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