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Comment Re:Very ugly (Score 1) 278

I really don't like that whole idea of the app screen being larger than the screen and you end up sliding things about to see stuff. They need to start paying some serious cash to steal designers away from Apple or something.

You do realize that once you have a sufficient number of apps, the iPhone app panel works just like the Kin one right?

They just don't get it, imo. The egg shaped one looks like a iPhone and Blackberry's retarded child. To be fair the rectangular one isn't too bad but nothing says cool about it.

I've read quite a few articles on this thing. Interestingly, the Kin 1 (egg shaped one), is getting all the good press and the Kin 2 (candy bar) is being derided as just another blah blah smart phone form factor. While I too am more attracted to the Kin 2 form factor, I think MS really did their homework and the Kin 1 will prove to be more popular among the devices target audience. Somebody here doesn't get it, but it isn't MS.

Cellphones

Submission + - Microsoft launches Tegra-based smartphones (idg.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The first smartphones based on Nvidia's low-power Tegra chips will soon be here, in the form of the new Kin devices announced by Microsoft. Nvidia says Tegra can bring advanced graphics capabilities with the low power consumption needed by mobile phones. The Tegra chips include an Arm-based processor, a GeForce graphics core and other components. The Kin will come in two models: the Kin One, and a wider, more powerful model called Kin Two. The devices will be sold exclusively in the U.S. by Verizon, starting next month. In Europe, Vodafone will be the exclusive provider, starting around October."

Comment Re:Phone for first-posting tweens (Score 1) 3

What I dont get is why would MS have 2 different phone platforms..

Theres two reasons with that:

Foremost, because MS has more then one type of customers. Kin is aimed at the younger social network junkies who want a lot of social network and multimedia stuff build in and don't really care about having an open development platform; these users likely don't have or want andriod/iphones and the Kin isn't meant to compete with those platforms. Conversely, Windows Phone 7 will be the full on development platform for power users that goes head to head with iphone/android.

Secondarily, winmo 7 was having some time-line issues last year, so the Kin ended up using some of the older, tried and true, technologies to reduce the risk of depending on winmo7 and to be able to get to market faster. I suspect in future iterations the kin will more closely resemble other Windows Phones in the backend.

Cellphones

Submission + - Microsoft Introduces 'Kin' Social Phones 3

adeelarshad82 writes: Microsoft has introduced two new phones for Verizon Wireless called "Kin," which are designed to appeal to social-networking focused teens and twenty-somethings. The Kin One and Kin Two, which were formerly known by the codename "Pink," are both sliding phones with hardware keyboards. The Kin One is a small vertical slider, while the Kin Two is a bigger, horizontal slider. The phone is called Kin because it knits together & kindred spirits. Kin phones helps young people communicate with different circles of friends, whether they be their closest dozen friends, hundreds of acquaintances, or celebrities they follow on Twitter.

Comment My strategy (Score 1) 342

My strategy is to just not worry about it. I post whatever I fee like on the internet and if my employer decides to fire me over it, tough shit for him. I'm an awesome employee and there's plenty of companies that would gladly hire me with full knowledge of my dirty liberal ways. Of course my stance is made easier by the fact that the software industry tends to be pretty relaxed about ideological stances or weekend indiscretions that don't effect job performance.

Comment To play devil's advocate (Score 1) 249

Microsoft employs a lot more Chinese developers then Google (or most anybody for that matter). MS pays those developers about twice as much as other tech companies and 10 times as much as the average labor in the area. Perhaps they are doing more good by spurring economic development in china. That development leads to more people being able to have internet access. More people will see the censorship and really no filter can prevent everything from getting through.
 
I suppose they could still employ people in China and just not offer their software there anymore, but that seems like a poor way to conduct business given a lot of the Chinese employees work on China specific stuff

Programming

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Comment Re:Do they get the Microsoft products for free? (Score 4, Interesting) 366

Do they get the Microsoft products for free? If they do, then there's a real issue there.

If not, it's the employees money to do with what they please. Upper management needs to STFU.

MS employees don't get anything free. They get steep discounts on MS software (85% or so off), but only a small discount on on hardware. I have, on occasion, seen xboxes for sale commercially for less then in the employee store. I did a year long contract for MS in the mobile division and I never heard of upper management discouraging iPhone use. The FTEs on my team used a wide range of mobile devices and I think it really helped to broaden people's horizons. I think management understood that. That said, MS is a very large creature and I saw only a little corner of it.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 999

The fact that anyone else in the rest of the country gives a damn is an example of how eroded state's rights have become. Why should I care? I don't live in Texas.

People care because textbook manufacturers try to create copies that appeal to the largest markets possible. Thus when Texas, a very large market in and of itself, cooks up a crazy curriculum for itself, the textbooks used nationwide get sucked down with it.

Comment Re:So, my guess is... (Score 1) 601

I think most slashdotters would be cranky if PF was trying to make it so the end user wasn't able to split the album up for private mixed tapes and whatnot after it had been purchased. In this case, PF is just trying to sell a product they created under terms to PFs liking. The end user can then buy or not buy it according to his/her whim.

Comment I'm probably the minority, but (Score 4, Interesting) 272

Honestly I'm not rooting for html 5 to replace flash/Silverlight for RIA. I don't like having to have 5 times as many tests in my matrix (one for each browser). I don't like having to write ajax shims whenever I want to use the db from the client. I don't like how hard it is to make reusable html controls that can't break other parts of the site. I don't like how javascript scales up for larger projects... the list goes on. I'm welcome some improvements to html+javascript and for using it to display documents. That said, It simply isn't designed for RIA. Flash/Silverlight are.

Comment One Step Further (Score 4, Interesting) 234

conventional rhythm of a sunny-day world

My problem goes a step further. I like to stay awake for 20 hours and then sleep for like 10. I spend the same amount of my life sleeping/awake as a normal person, just in longer chunks. Trouble is, left to my own devices, I effectively "stay up" 4 hours later each night untill I wrap back around. Before I had a job I could actually live like that. It was kind of a strange sensation brushing my teeth with my roommate at midnight; She was going to bed, i just got up.

Comment Re:Just imagine... (Score 1) 160

It ocurrs to me that the numbers I gave in that post are misleading. The failure rate is for an average woman in the first year. I suspect the average woman has a lot more sex then just once... All the same, my point about many women getting pregnant through no real fault of their own remains valid.

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