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+ - Microsoft Admits Keeping $92B Offshore to Avoid Paying $29B in US Taxes-> 3

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Corp. is currently sitting on almost $29.6 billion it would owe in U.S. taxes if it repatriated the $92.9 billion of earnings it is keeping offshore, according to disclosures in the company’s most recent annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount of money that Microsoft is keeping offshore represents a significant spike from prior years, and the levies the company would owe amount to almost the entire two-year operating budget of the company’s home state of Washington."
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Comment: Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (Score 1) 148

by walterbyrd (#47725687) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

> Do you honestly think, if Linux was superior to Windows in all the right ways, it would have achieved something better than single digits in terms of desktop usage?

Mostly it's about apps. Windows hugely wins on apps. Since windows has the huge majority of market share, everybody writes apps for windows. Nobody runs a PC just to run the OS.

> The issue of use goes further ahead than just clicking an icon. What if you try to go to a web site with a particular Flash widget you want to use, but it fails to work because it requires at least Flash 13 and the main Linux Flash plugin was abandoned at Flash 11? Yes, this is a problem at times that does occur. Maybe not for you, but it has for me and my wife.
> Or what about if you can't print in borderless mode because the people who made the printer drivers for your printer in Linux didn't add a GUI option for it?

Minor annoyance. Windows has tons of them.

> In Windows 8 the desktop is still there, the desktop conventions are still there.

Windows 8 is completely different, and it sucks. That is not just my opinion. Sales have been in the toilet, even with MS trying to force it on everybody.

> You can find Windows admins a dime a dozen, and with that selection on offer it's easy to pick the good ones as well. I don't know ANYONE who uses Linux as a primary desktop operating system, much less admins available.

Sorry about your ignorance. I used Linux desktop at my last job - a contract job at IBM. I know lots of people who use Linux desktop.

> Why must we keep explaining this? Can't you just accept Linux, on the desktop, has deficiencies?

And Windows doesn't? You MS shills just keep parroting the same crap you did ten years ago. "Linux is sooooo hard to use" etc. Ten years ago, maybe you had something of a point. Lots has changed since then. Desktop Linux has become much better, and windows has gotten much worse.

> Not all of those are of its doing, but rather Microsoft's dominance, but they do add up to make it less desirable than Windows for most people regardless. Just accept this as a fact of life and fucking MOVE ON already.

WTF are you posting about? I was asking what is hard to use about Linux. In Linux you launch your apps, and close your apps, in very much the same way as has been traditionally done in Windows, or MacOS. You MS shills constantly blather on about Linux being so difficult, as you have to be a software engineer to use Linux. But you cannot really defend your silly memes.

Comment: Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by walterbyrd (#47724171) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

> I'd argue that using windows is easier for most people than it is using Linux.

Why? When I want to launch a browser, I click the browser icon. What is so difficult? When I want to print, I can clink the printer icon. And so on. I would say it is *much* easier to go from Win7 to Gnome2, than from Win7 to Win8. People keep posting about Linux being difficult to use. Why? What is so difficult about it?

> Not to mention, they would need to retrain all their personal to use linux

You mean like having to retrain people to use Win8? Win8 is radically different than previous versions of Windows. How about retraining people to that "ribbon" crap in ms-office. Why is it: if somebody does not want to learn the new MS whatever, that person is lazy and stupid. But, nobody should suffer the burden of learning Linux?

> make their own variant for security purpose


> and then actually Support that version of linux. In the end, that would cost too much.

What makes you think so? What makes you think supporting Linux would cost more than supporting Windows?

+ - Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software-> 2

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software."
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Comment: Re:Leave New York (Score 1) 229

by walterbyrd (#47713395) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Then why so camera shy?

Seems to me: the more government wants to spy on it's citizens, the less the government will tolerate having citizens watching the government. It is supposed to be the other way around. Our government is supposed to be accountable to us.

I wonder: Would the Ferguson incident have happened if the police knew they were on camera? What about Rodney King? Or Mark Duggan (in UK)?

Of course Micheal Brown was on camera, when police were not around. That was published everywhere. But nobody would dare photograph the police, and the police know it.

IMO: if something is happening out in the open, and you are not actually in somebody's way, then you should be able to record it.

+ - How patent trolls destroy innovation->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

"After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

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Comment: Explain what you mean? (Score 1) 573

by walterbyrd (#47703979) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

> Linux, plain and simple, is not user friendly.

Ten years ago, Linux was not as user friendly as Windows. Today, it is very much the other way around.

Updates in Linux are *much* easier than Windows. No waiting to shut down the PC, now waiting to get started. It's all in the background, far more friendly.

Gnome2 is far more like classic windows than that horrifying Windows 8.x crap.

LibreOffice is more like classic ms-office than that ribbon crap that ms uses.

Linux installs go far faster, and more easily, than Windows. And you can re-install whenever you like.

Linux boots faster, and is far less susceptible to malware.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 573

by walterbyrd (#47703883) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

I prefer Linux as a desktop. Especially since Vista came out. XP was okay, it has been all downhill for Windows ever since. While Windows keeps getting worse, Linux keeps getting better.

Linux boots faster, is far less susceptible to malware, has a much better interface (except for Gnome3). I can re-install Linux any time I want, with no headaches about registration. I can use my old printers and scanners with a 64bit system. Linux uses less system resources than any version of Windows since XP. My Win7 laptop keeps getting bogged down, no malware, but for some reasons it gets slower after a time, that does not happen with Linux. Linux updates in the background, without affecting performance, Windows will not start, or stop, when I want it to, due to excessive updating all the time.

All JMHO, or course, but I think Linux is better desktop than Windows - by a mile.

+ - Breakthrough discovery of quantum computing methodology->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "A research team led by University of Chicago scientists have discovered a new methodology to document quantum mechanical behavior of electrons contained in the flaws of diamonds. The scientists blasted a region of a diamond that contained a nitrogen atom with repeated, quick pulses of a laser beam, which enabled the team to control the quantum state of the area as well as observe the electron state of a single electron."
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