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Comment Cultural Interest (Score 1) 387

Interest in space wore off when the glamorous visions of the Space Age wore off, and as a culture we became aware of the banal realities of it.

But kids have started to get interested in space again, thanks to Chris Hadfield's charisma and social media savvy.

We need to *keep* them interested, though.

Comment Already Too Late (Score 1) 152

"I strongly suspect, with what a spyware-fest Windows 10 has turned out to be, Linux is gonna get a BIG boost in users in the not-too-distant future, once joe-six-pack figures out all of *his* data is now Microsofts... "

The eternal wishful thinking of "The year of Linux on the desktop".

Most people already keep their personal communications in Hotmail or Gmail already, so I don't see too much of a fuss going on. Concerned people will just stick with Windows 7. If anything, Joe Sixpack will pick up a tablet* for his casual consumption once his laptop or desktop becomes too sluggish or dies. Things are going in a simpler direction, rather than more fiddly.

So, unless you want to qualify Android as Linux...

(*I'm not talking about business computing/gaming/enthusiasts, so calm down.)

Comment The OS was right, everything else was wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 141

I agree. Microsoft got Windows Phone right. The OS is excellent

They were just years late to the party, decided to go home and change their underwear the moment they got to the party (the WP7 vs WP8 fiasco), found out they didn't actually have any friends (app developers) at the party, and they brought a prostitute (Nokia) as their date.

Comment It's RTM / Inevitable Disaster (Score 4, Interesting) 317

Yup. The current "preview" build, 10240, is the RTM build. For all intents and purposes, Windows 10 is in its final release form.

In any case, given the history of these things, it's inevitable that Microsoft is going to push out an automatic update that massively screws up millions of machines. At the point, the very next update they're going to push out is an update that disables automatic updates.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 2) 249

Nokia's Linux-based phone was "flying off the shelves" (I honestly hate that term) to pimply smartphone enthusiasts, in limited production quantities compared to the rest of their line. Not to mainstream consumers.

I'm not saying it was a bad phone, from everything I heard it was pretty good, but it wasn't some guaranteed "hit" in the waiting.

Going with Windows Phone turned out to be a bad choice, but the other choices they could have gone with may have also turned out to be bad. It could very well have been a no-win situation. They just went the most controversial route.

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