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Android

+ - Microsoft Makes 5x from Android as Windows Phone-> 2

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twitter writes "Given Citi numbers, Microsoft is making more from licensing Android to makers than it is from their own phone. It is easy to understand that no one wants a Windows phone but why is Microsoft being paid for Android? Because Microsoft is allowed to threaten competitors with patent lawsuits.

A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft. Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million.

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Microsoft

+ - Apple Valued $100 Billion More than Microsoft->

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twitter (104583) writes "Congratulations to MG Siegler who predicted a year ago that Apple's valuation would pass Microsoft's. It did without looking back and today Apple is worth $100 billion more than Microsoft.

Microsoft will not be re-taking the crown as the most-valuable tech company any time soon, but they’re flirting with being knocked down to the number three — or even number four spot. In the past year, while Microsoft’s stock is down slightly... Google is much closer to Microsoft in terms of market cap than Apple was when I wrote that post last year. ... IBM is a little bit closer at $202 billion. ... They have a shot of passing Microsoft too.

The author points out HP is worth $108 billion and that Apple is now worth an entire company more than Microsoft."
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Microsoft

+ - Conflicted Microsoft Financials Indicate Fraud?->

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twitter (104583) writes "Microsoft has published self contradictory financial results, found early by a sharp reporter.

not all the numbers in the 10-Q filed with the SEC and the earnings press release were the same. The revenue and operating income (loss) breakout by division were completely different. And not only were the numbers for last quarter different, but the numbers from the same quarter last year were different.

Techrights suspect the company is again juggle their books to make things look better for investors. Microsoft is hurting after the failure of Vista and Windows 7 is not doing much better. Is Microsoft finally imploding?"
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+ - GNU/Linux is fastest growing OS at Big Companies.-> 1

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twitter (104583) writes "A survey of 1,900 people at companies with more than 500 employees shows that GNU/Linux is growing faster than other OS at the expense of Windows and Unix. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has some insightful commentary on it.

These businesses are moving to Linux far faster than they are to Windows or Unix. ... conventional wisdom is that Unix users are the most likely to switch to Linux. ... it turns out that, by a few percentage points, Windows users at 36.6% are more likely to be heading to Linux than Unix, 31.4% ... 36.4% of businesses reported some Linux desktop use in their company. ... while total cost of ownership (TCO) remains a strong number two, the first reason these days for people to switch to Linux is its perceived technical superiority and features. ... 58.6%, said the recession hadn't played a role.

One thing that SJVN missed is that, "and 66% of users surveyed say that their Linux deployments are brand new (“greenfield”) deployments. This greenfield market share grab is a good indicator of a platform’s future performance." Hurry up, already, I want my GNU!"
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+ - ACT Caught Subverting EU Pannels for M$-> 2

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twitter (104583) writes "Wikileaks has published a document that exposes Microsoft efforts to harm free software in the EU through front groups. RAND is promoted, free software advocacy is removed and other changes are made on Microsoft's behalf. Anti-trust regulators should be alarmed.

The file is a draft for an expert panel formed by the European Commission. This panel is divided into workgroup (IPR, Open Source, digital life, etc.). ACT and Comptia have been infiltrating every workgroup, even the one on Open Source (WG 7). They are doing the best they can to drown any initiative that would not only promote OSS in Europe but also that could help Europe create a sucessful European software sector. ... [the document has] original and modified text (in glorious colour, so it's really worth downloading it and taking a look), which means that we can see what exactly an organisation sympathetic to Microsoft –and partly funded by them– is worried about

it is important to have the public know how actual policy making is being influenced by lobbies that are precisely under the legal scrutiny of the European Commission. The urgency of the publication of this document is real in the sense that outside pressure would force the Commission to "clean the committees"

This is an issue that Boycott Novell, aka Techrights has been tracking for some time."
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Microsoft

+ - Lawsuit Claims WGA is Spyware.->

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twitter writes "Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), Microsoft's euphemistically named digital restrictions scheme, is the target of another spyware and false advertising lawsuit.

Microsoft this week was sued in a Washington district court for allegedly violating privacy laws through Windows XP's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) copy protection scheme. Similar to cases filed in 2006, the new class action case accuses Microsoft of falsely representing what information WGA would send to verify the authenticity of Windows and that it would send back information [daily ip address and other details that could be used to trace information back to a home or user].

The complaint further argued that Microsoft portrayed WGA as a necessary security update rather than acknowledge its copy protection nature in the update. WGA's implementation also prevented users from purging the protection from their PCs without completely reformatting a computer's system drive.

There were at least two other lawsuits launched in 2006 over WGA. According to the Wikipedia article, none of them have been resolved. The system is built into Vista and Windows 7. It is something that should be avoided by people who value their privacy and any business that has to follow laws such as HIPPA."
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Windows

+ - Beyond Trust Warns that UAC is Still Broken.-> 2

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twitter writes "Enterprise users looking for a reason to upgrade from XP will be disappointed with Windows 7 security issues. BeyondTrust, a Least Privilege Management provider for Windows, warns that UAC changes are ineffective and not up to Federal regulations.

Despite growing CSO and CISO recognition of the need to deploy end-users as standard users, and requirements by the Federal Government for the removal of administrator rights under the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandate, Windows 7 includes no significant changes to UAC for standard users.

"For enterprises, there is little benefit to the changes to User Account Control in Windows," said John Moyer, CEO of BeyondTrust. "Windows 7 introduces cosmetic changes to reduce the prompts that plagued Vista, but it does nothing to fix the underlying productivity and usability problems for standard users... Windows 7`s UAC slider puts end-users in charge of the security decision of what to run with administrative privileges, which is essentially an invitation for malicious users, hackers and malware."

It is amazing that Microsoft can not do what Unix and every gnu/linux distribution has done for decades, provide real user privilege separation. Where these are provided, it is easy to add GUI front ends like kdesu, so that authentication is simple and painless for the few times it is needed."
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Microsoft

+ - M$'s Anti-Linux Training at Best Buy.->

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twitter writes "Best Buy is one of the few national computer retailers that has survived Vista and the recession. Here's how Microsoft is training their employees. It's like a throwback from the badly discredited "Get the Facts" campaign.

I work at Best Buy (insert boos and hisses) and I was doing some Microsoft ExpertZone training. ... during my training modules, a "Linux vs Windows 7" module appeared. Here are screenshots of the lies Microsoft is portraying.

Okay so here's where it starts getting bad. [bogus claims that gnu/linux won't work your ipod, do video chat, play World of Warcraft and so on]

If you have been paying attention, you know that the first slide is a lie. Windows 7 won't provide familiarity, choice, compatibility, or peace of mind, really. Windows 7 is a service pack for Vista that comes at a cost to your freedom and privacy. Best Buy is in for a world of hurt if they believe what Microsoft is telling them."
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Upgrades

+ - Ubuntu is Quickest and Easiest Upgrade.->

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twitter writes "It should come as no surprise to long time Debian users that Ubuntu is the quickest and easiest modern OS to upgrade. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols took a stab at upgrading Windows, OSX and Ubuntu. OSX and Ubuntu tied for ease but Ubuntu was faster. He ran into the same problems with Windows as others have.

With Windows XP, I found, as I expected, that there is no easy way to upgrade. ...I had to reinstall every, last application, fonts and drivers. ... The only version of Windows that can be upgraded without jumping through hoops is Vista. Even Vista, however, can only be upgraded easily from the same version to another or to Windows 7 Ultimate. [Mossberg had to reinstall all of his programs with Vista, so the few who suffered through that may not really have it easier.]

In stark contrast, Ubuntu was easy to upgrade. There's simply no comparison. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is also an easy upgrade. Just like Ubuntu Linux, all you really need to do is put in the DVD, make a few mouse clicks, and go have lunch while it runs. Once installed, both Snow Leopard and Ubuntu ran perfectly. That's more than I can about Windows 7. [typical Windows networking problems follow]

Unix just works and the more freedom you have the easier it is. With more vendor free software support on the way, the difference will grow."
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The Media

+ - Internet Driving Literacy Revolution->

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twitter writes "From the why Johnny can read and write dept.

A growing body of evidence supports the common sense conclusion that the internet is driving a historic literacy revolution. Andrea Lunsford, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, organized the Stanford Study of Writing and collected 14,672 student writing samples between 2001 and 2006. What she found was an outpouring of purposeful, varied and technically good writing.

"I think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't seen since Greek civilization," she says. Young people today write far more than any generation before them. Students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos, assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across. ... In interviews, they defined good prose as something that had an effect on the world. ... The brevity of texting and status updating teaches young people to deploy haiku-like concision. ... new forms of online pop-cultural exegesis, from sprawling TV-show recaps to 15,000-word videogame walkthroughs, has given them a chance to write enormously long and complex pieces of prose, often while working collaboratively with others.

The revolution, it seems, was not televised. Established media has repeatedly and wrongly hammered the internet as the worst thing for literacy ever, as if more communications could be bad for communication skills. Video editing will broaden and complement the revolution that the read write internet has brought."
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Portables

+ - 5 Netbooks M$ has Killed.-> 3

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twitter writes "PC World has a list of Netbooks that M$ has killed because they might hurt Windows 7 sales. The list includes some nice hardware and options that include gnu/linux.

Think most netbooks have single-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive because their manufacturers like conformity? Right. The reality — never officially acknowledged — is that Microsoft doesn't cheaply license its operating systems to netbooks with specs that are too good (see the limitations at TechARP)

Actually, the details have leaked in the past and manufacturers have complained in public. It's time for the anti-trust cops to do their job."
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Power

+ - For Battery Life, is Windows 7 the Worst OS Yet?->

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twitter writes "Major Windows fan George Ou, admits that Windows 7 battery life is not as good as XPs. Is Windows 7 the most power hungry Windows yet?

According to Ou, "What I have found is that Windows 7 battery life is (very slightly) better than Windows Vista. However, it's not quite as good as Windows XP" ... Personally, I've found the battery life on my laptop dipped noticeably after installing Windows 7 RC on my Windows Vista laptop. What's the mileage for you early adopters out there, who have tried out Windows 7 already?

No one really knows what Windows 7 will be yet because it's not on the market, but XP's power management failures are well documented. It is amusing XP is held up as a gold standard and a shame that M$ designed ACPI specifically to harm free software but have been unable to deliver for their own customers. I get good power management with Debian on older hardware and Macs have always done better than PCs."
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Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo Joins M$ in the Slog Against Google.->

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twitter writes "Yahoo's new management has not taken long to get behind M$'s war against Google. Boycott Novell remembers the details and puts the story together:

Microsoft used its might inside the government to break apart those two willing partners ... one year later, Yahoo! is headed by a former Microsoft ally (Autodesk CEO) and a poisoned board of directors.

in contrast to Yahoo!'s recommendation of Firefox 3.0 last year (under Jerry Yang's leadership), Yahoo! now promotes IE8. Yahoo, and Amazon have decided to join together in the soon to be formed Open Book Alliance. Microsoft supported more aggressive actions, including lawsuits, against Google's book scanning [after giving up their own failed book scanning effort].

So Yahoo has joined the likes of Citrix, Corel and Novell and become a M$ vassal. Good bye, Yahoo, it was fun while it lasted. How sad it will be sad to see you look like Hotmail."
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Windows

+ - Early Windows 7 Trouble Report.->

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twitter writes "Here we go again. Vista 7 is RTM and people have started to use it. With real use comes real problems. Here's what happened.

I was humming along with Windows 7 for most of this past week. And then something happened. My browser crawled to a stop yesterday. Im not sure what changed if anything but it was like someone had secretly snuck into my netbook and swapped the 2GB stick with a 256MB module. The CPU kept hitting 100 percent, so browser tabs were taking 15 seconds or more to render content. Thats a productivity killer for what I do, and after a few hours of torture yesterday, I went back to Windows XP.

It's like Vista all over again."
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Music

+ - People Want Freedom and Ownership in Music.->

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twitter writes "A survey by Music and Entertainment Industry Management research group at the University of Hertfordshire, for UK Music, found that young people continue to shun streaming and DRM music.

among 1,808 respondents aged 18 to 24 that three-fifths of them used p2p services, and four-fifths of those did so at least once a week. ... The average size of CD collections was 70 (for 14-17 year olds) and 98 (for 18-24 year olds), ... 77% of respondents said that they would still buy original albums even if they subscribed to a music download service. ... [for] sleeve notes, the sound quality and the desire to own a physical object. 44% of respondents said that one reason for wanting a CD was that it "cannot be deleted"

These results are clear and consistent. P2P performance and variety will never be matched so it will be a preferred method of discovery. People avoid artificial restrictions, advertising and other annoyances. If they were happy with the limited selection vanishing music the recording industry provides, they would all still be listening to advertisements on radio. The more you give people, the more they buy. Most changes since the same thing was shown in 2006 have only made the situation more obvious. Music fans buy music but want freedom and an honest deal."
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