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Submission + - Big Investors want Microsoft to Ditch Surface, Xbox, and Bing (

GuitarNeophyte writes: It's the morning after Satya Nadella's first day as Microsoft's CEO. Now that the confetti has cleared, Nadella faces tough choices about the path forward for the company. Two influential Microsoft shareholders have been pushing the Redmond software giant to abandon what they view as non-essential product lines so that Microsoft can focus on its core strength: selling enterprise software to businesses. Ballmer envisioned Microsoft as a "device and services" company and reorganized the company last year to better execute that vision. But now Ballmer is out â" though still on the board â" and with a new CEO come fresh questions about the fate of consumer tech at Microsoft. Some investors have suggested that Microsoft spin off its money-losing consumer products and focus solely on the enterprise. Even the Xbox deserves to go, Paul Ghaffari, the wealth manager for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said last year.

Comment Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

This is the standard hypocritical bullshit that the copyright cartels try to push. They want copyrighted materials to be treated as a purchase, when it comes to their own obligations, but they want it to be treated as a license contract when it comes to your rights. So they get to "sell" you "products" (after which they have minimal responsibility for ensuring that the product continues to work, etc.), but they can revoke or modify your "license" and they restrict how you use it (including prohibition on resale/gifting, which is normally allowed under the doctrine of first sale). They're trying to take the must consumer-unfriendly (not "customer-unfriendly" because customers actually get to *buy* things) of both property law and contract law, while ignoring the obligations or limitations of either.

Comment Pure apologist BS (Score 1) 261

Except no, you're full of shit, compromise doesn't have to happen. Humble Bundle games are sold DRM-free. Good Old Games sells all their games DRM-free, including ones that had DRM at initial release and even ones that are brand new, concurrently under sale through other vendors, and are DRMed there. Both of them allow unlimited re-downloading. There are other

Friends lists and audio chat and such have nothing to do with Steam. There's nothing very special about Steam's implementation of those features, either; I've been using online game services, with friends lists that tell me who is in what game and server lists and all that jazz, since the mid-90s. None of them required any DRM, either...

Steam doesn't allow re-sale, and it doesn't allow gifting. It doesn't allow sharing games (sharing *accounts* is not the same thing; even other DRM systems let me play X while my roommate plays Y even if we only have one copy of each between us). When (not if; it has happened multiple times) Steam servers go down, the games stop working. Steam can, at any time, modify or prohibit your access to their service and to the games you have "purchased". Steam can (and has before) modify their "license agreement" for the service - which of course means for all games running on it, as well - and there's fuck-all you can do about it except walk away and lose all your "investment".

SRM is shit. Steam is DRM. Steam is shit. QED.

Comment More than 400 bugs were eliminated? (Score 0) 179

More like, "More than 400 bugs were created due to poor programming, but, now we took the time to fix them, whilst creating a few more no doubt".

As a programmer, i see the word "bug" as a direct indication of poor programming. When i create bugs in my code, its an insult to my own work and i cant sleep until its resolved, even if this means rethinking the logic completely.

There seems to be a large gap between software with a few bugs, and those with endless amounts.
If my software was unstable, buggy and i just left them like these guys, i wouldn't really call myself a programmer.

Poor logic and lack of knowledge are usually what allows for 400+ bugs.
If this is trying to get publicity for ReactOS, its only achieved awareness of poor programming and lack of acceptable internal testing.

Comment Terminate but don't stay resident (Score 1) 40

Midnight is approaching on America's east coast, and with it my exile from Slashdot, maybe for a week, maybe for from now on.

I don't blame the current owners for wanting to make money off of the site, that's why they bought it.

But for over 15 years I've been a small part of Slashdot, but, I would like to think, one of some value to it, and it's been a part of me.

I've learned from others, been made to laugh by others, and, I hope, have returned the favor from time to time.

I've had a place to go where I felt welcomed and at home.

I fear that is going to come to an end.

The re-design that will have it looking like so many other sites isn't something about which I'm happy, but what bothers me isn't how it's going to *look*,

or even any reduction in functionality, but how I'm convinced that it is going to *be*.

How it's going to be is something where those of us who have, in so many ways, been the site, submitting stories and making the comments that make the stories so much more than just news a few days old, will no longer be the site, will no longer be the active content.

Instead, we'll just be the audience.

(We can be the audience--something I don't remember Malda ever calling us--in lots of other places.

Like the places where those stories were fresh news a day or a week before they appeared here.)

And at that point it won't, for me at least, be Slashdot any more.

It won't happen overnight.

But it will happen.

Unless the current owners realize that they're going to be discarding that which made the site successful in the first place.

And only by removing ourselves for a time do we stand a chance of getting them to see that.

Perhaps not enough of us feel this way to make a big enough empty space when we leave, and perhaps we're deluding ourselves as to how much of the current

Slashdot content we create, in which case our leaving won't have made enough of a difference to have any effect.

We shall just have to see.

But at least we will have done our best to make our case.

I won't be here to see replies to this.

Maybe in a week or so I'll come back to read them if there are any.

Or maybe I'll still be gone and no longer contributing in any way to the site's statistics, and will just have to learn of them by word of mouth elsewhere.

Maybe enough of us will wind up together at the same some other place for it to feel a little like the old Slashdot if there's no reason for us to come back

to the original one.

Well, like I said in the post I began this thread with...

So long, and thanks for all the Karma.


Comment Define OK (Score 1) 3

They're moving the site from the altslash name to the soylent name and it has to propogate out to all the DNS servers out there for the URL to get linked to the actual IP address.

It might not be ready as soon as Slashcott starts, but they only started on it like this past Thursday.

If you do IRC, here's where you can find where they're talking about it (and a bunch of other stuff, like LED strings and bacon steaks...

" instead of slashdot meet us on freenode in channel ##altslashdot "

Comment fluorescent 40 watt: $4. led 40 watt: $472 (Score 1) 158

> I think the increased efficiency and longer life will balance out in their favor at the end.

The efficiency of fluorescent tubes with a modern ballast is comparable. So the only two factors are cost and lifespan. At say 2 years per tube, about $20 will cover ten years of use. With bulk discounts, it might cost half that, $10.

An LED fixture with approximately the same light output is $472. For now, and probably for the next 10 years, florescent, halide, and some other options make sense for bulk lighting, but LED doesn't even begin to come close. Led makes sense for small amounts of directed light, such as a reading light, or an accent light on a picture. It makes no sense for lighting an entire office building, factory supermarket, parking lot, etc.

Comment Re:Faster to AWS than Linode (Score 1) 213

Google doesn't give Youtube the money to upgrade their infrastructure? Verizon's fault!

If YouTube is slow for you, it's not because it's slow at Google's end. This is why Google is starting to rate carriers by video performance, because they're tired of being blamed for what carriers are doing (or not doing). The rating project is so far only rolled out in Canada: http://business.financialpost....

Comment Re:Here's some options... (Score 1) 526

Or how about just buy some replacement speakers and install them? They're $8 on ebay, and most people on Slashdot have the skills to do so. Hell, there's tons of youtube tutorials on how to fix your computer.

If you want to stick it to Dell (because they ARE responsible), then by all means, take them to small claims court. But instead of building a time machine, hiring a lawyer, or getting all angry, mad, and ruining your day (if you're not going to sue)... just pay the $8 and get replacement speakers on ebay, or use external desktop speakers.... and install the BIOS update that prevents the issue in the future.

Comment Re:It's all the same (Score 1) 367

I'm perplexed by your line of reasoning. Apparently, having the Google account that purchased the app is insufficient credentials to post a rating/comment, yet if that very same account were to create an empty Google Plus account then it's somehow magically legitimized?

If only apps that have purchased the app could rate, that would be even more effective, at least for paid apps.

Comment Re:marked as SPAM (Score 1) 40

And that point could have been made just as easily in one of the threads where they think objections to beta are off-topic, but there's something about an off-topic complaint about off-topic complaints that seems a blend of the recursive and the hypocritical.

This thread was created specifically for those of us who have already made the decision to take part in the Slashcott.

And this thread has been not even visible in the Firehose long enough that they had to specifically go looking for it.

And since it had been labeled SPAM and they came in to take exception with someone who took exception to that label, it seems likely that they've been keeping an eye on this thread for some time for whatever reason.

If one wants to debate the merits of the boycott badly enough to dig around for posts that never got out of purgatory, this one

should do quite nicely.

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