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Comment Very limited perspective on Windows 10 - Part Two (Score 4, Interesting) 259

Sorry, as soon as I walked away, I realized there were more issues in regards to the perspective on Windows that are a problem:

Edge. Sorry, I don't think it's reasonable to have to maintain a web page for Edge and IE because Microsoft won't use Webkit/be compatible with everything else out there. Companies need to provide responsive pages for tablets and smartphones - they shouldn't need to do the same amount of work for Microsoft browsers (that aren't even fully compatible with each other).

All that crap information on Windows 10 (and 8). If ANYBODY involved with Windows 10 S has ever seen how kids work in a classroom, then they should be clearing off the time/news updates/sports updates/weather/etc. that is in the Win10 scrawl at the bottom. This is just a distractor for kids which takes their attention away from the class material - unfortunately getting rid of it will get rid of potential Microsoft revenue streams so it's not going.

So, why do we want Windows 10 S to succeed?

Comment Very limited perspective on Windows 10 (Score 5, Interesting) 259

The author seems to want Win 10S to succeed because it will result in better Windows Store apps, with a simple install process, which can be used by all Windows users.

Right off the bat, doesn't this place an unreasonable amount of confidence that anything coming from the app store will not be evil?

Secondly, all my problems with Windows 10 have been outside the Windows Store experience that I don't see endearing the product to the education market. I have a couple of Win10 machines with 32GBytes of eMMC; doing an update is hell as it requires an external USB thumb drive and takes multiple hours - something that can't be tolerated in a classroom environment where there are dozens of PCs. I've bitched about my problems with the Win10 Bluetooth stack and I don't see anybody in Microsoft fixing that, even as the need for BT is growing with different external devices.

Next, I feel like Microsoft is going to continually look for opportunities to monetize the platform. Office 365 revenues flat lining? Say, let's start charging all those kids using Win 10S machines, the schools are just wasting money on hot lunch programs that should be going to Microsoft.

Finally, there is the privacy issue. Win 10 seems to be designed around collecting user data and exploiting it. Is this something parents want to have happen to their children? You can say that Google and Chrome do the same thing but it doesn't seem to be a core part of their business model. I wouldn't be surprised coming home to a kid that is demanding an Windows OS'd phone because the computer at school told them how much better it is than their stupid Android or iOS phone.

I know I'll get replies from numerous AC's who feel that I'm being unreasonably harsh towards Microsoft and what they're doing with the Windows 10 S platform, which is much better than ChromeOS even though nobody's seen it before but I just don't see Microsoft having the right stuff or approach to take on the education market in way that is positive for students and not completely exploitative.

Comment Incentive for Oregon & Washington States (Score 1) 417

The only launches that take place in California are for polar orbits. California is used for these launches because the Earth turns away from the rocket's path and if there is a problem, the rocket drops into the Pacific. There is no advantage being close to the equator (like is had with Cape Canaveral).

I would think that Oregon and Washington state would offer the same advantage for polar launches and would like to bring in the space launch business which they can do now by simply not charging a state tax.

Comment Going for a settlement with Apple? (Score 4, Interesting) 98

For Qualcomm and Imagination, I would think that their contracts with Apple were pretty iron-clad. Apple didn't become one of the biggest companies on the planet by signing deals that wasn't in their favour. Potential for abuse by Apple when the contracts were drawn up aside, I would think that the contracts are pretty solid and Apple knows exactly what it's rights are and has protected itself.

This means that the only recourse for (former) suppliers is to go after Apple, primarily in the court of public opinion, to see if there's a chance for a settlement to avoid Apple's public reputation being damaged. Although after Jobs, I don't see how it could get any worse on that front.

Comment Then rename Win10S laptops to "Edgebook" (Score 5, Insightful) 302

This goes with my previous post. With "Chromebook", the name tells you what you get.

The backlash is over the fact that Microsoft is performing a bait and switch telling you that this is a Windows machine and you should be able to configure it the same way you can with any other Windows machines.

But, if you're locked in to a browser and you want to compare it against the locked in browser of a "Chromebook", then you need to label it the same way - call it an "Edgebook" and let the market decide whether or not they feel it is superior to the "Chromebook".

Comment Webkit (Score 4, Interesting) 302

The real issue is that Edge/IE are not Webkit based browsers, which mean that they are unpredictable when viewing/accessing certain content.

If Edge displayed pages & content in exactly the same way as:
- Chrome
- Safari
- Firefox
- Opera
- etc.
then I don't think there would be the same outcry by locking in the browsers.

Comment Chromebooks vs off-site BM 1176 with cards (Score 1) 143

Seriously, pencil in the cards and wait two days for a print out to see how your program ran. All that instilled in me was a hatred for off-site card based programming.

I know it is difficult to give up the educational space, but I can't see how Microsoft has a chance. Based on previous posts, I'll know I'll get hammered by Microsoft fanboys/employees (who post as AC) who feel that Win 10 is competitive against ChromeOS, but it really isn't.

ChromeOS works very well, has a good ecosystem and has many different very good, inexpensive laptop systems for schools to choose from. Apple has a reasonably good infrastructure and great, but expensive, products for it.

Microsoft, honestly I think they would be better off looking for a new market that doesn't have an established standard platform like the educational market does with ChromeOS. I don't think they can provide a compelling solution at a good cost that they don't try to monetize at every turn.

A big part of the appeal of the Chromebook (to schools) is that there isn't the feeling that for just a few dollars more, customers would get a better, safer, faster experience like Microsoft, in Windows, is always pushing for.

Comment Re:Not even like religious belief, just media hype (Score 1) 284

Interesting to see an AC believing Dr. Hawking over Mr. Kelly.

As far as I know, and I would love to get a better understanding of what he has done, Dr. Hawking has never programmed anything in his life.

Mr. Gates seemed to have done some work in the early days of Microsoft but hasn't programmed in 35+ years.

Mr. Musk would be the most credible source, but I guess his love of seeing his name in print out weighs his need to maintain the image of a practical visionary - this seems to be a problem as I would think that making wild, incorrect assertions will lessen interest for people investing in his wild, correct(?) assertions and companies based on them.

Comment Re:DATA strings in BASIC with Z-80 instructions (Score 1) 111

I did programs on front panel switches a few times on an old IBM System/7. 16 bits (although used IBM notation which was inverted and backwards) and, if I remember correctly, 1k switches (ROM - or "ROS" as IBM called it) and 8k RAM. Execution speed was 500 kHz.

There was an assembler, which produced values in standard notation (and have to be inverted and reversed on the front panel switches for the IBM standard notation). The 1K was basically a bootloader to load the ram from cassette recorder storage - these were IBM owned machines (used for manufacturing test).

NOT fun times. System/7 machines were cranky (which was why they were replaced by the Series/1) although fairly easy to add IO - it was in a seven foot tall, 19" rack.

Comment Not impressive at all (Score 1) 111

Did I mention I once programmed using two wires I shorted together at different lengths of time to gets ones and zeros and had to read back the data on an oscilloscope? It was for a one bit computer and we considered ourselves lucky to have it, as zeros had only be invented a year or two before.

More seriously, while not very fast, a trackball and screen doesn't seem that unreasonable - especially from the perspective that I would expect Sakurai san to spend more time on the game design so to minimize the time entering/reentering/editing the code through debugging. Maybe that's why it turned out to be such a great game.

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