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Comment Re:A news? (Score 2) 184

My Samsung handset is stuck in 2011, and the upgrade path for it ended in 2013. I'm not talking about a software path, but a hardware path: the QWERTY keyboard. It's the main reason I got a smartphone. Now there are none, so I'm going back to a feature phone soon (I'm also tired of paying for "4G" that Sprint never bothered to install in my area).

And before anyone tries to say on-screen keyboards have improved: that's not the point, they're still on the screen obscuring half of what I'm looking at, which is even worse because I do as little as possible on my phone in portrait mode.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 508

Precisely. Lack of activity can mean death or maturity.

I use KDE because I can make it behave exactly the way I want (with about three exceptions that aren't outright bugs), it doesn't try to hold my hand longer than I want, doesn't talk down to me, and doesn't deliberately try to be oversimplified or minimal or trendy.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 2) 396

I agree. I think MS is slowly abdicating development to *nix/FOSS so they can get it off their plate. They don't want to develop standalone software products anymore, they want to move everything to SaaS and more or less follow IBM's footsteps. But it'll take at least a decade, especially to get their enterprise customers (who are the only ones MS understands and cares about) on board for that transition. I bet in a few years we'll see OEMs actually be more allowed to preinstall other OSes. There may not be a consumer-level Windows in 10 years.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 5, Insightful) 396

After 20 years of MS trying to kill the shell, they relented and decided the Windows platform needed one. But in typical MS style, they asked themselves "How can we make a shell that's notably different from everything else that already works?" and someone piped up "OOP is the Way of Everything." Welcome to another episode of Redmond: Not Invented Here Syndrome.

Comment Not SSD Drives (Score 1) 209

These are all platter drives, but you can only discover that in the comments at TFA.

There are so few 8GB HGST drives, and they're so new, that the current data about them is statistically insignificant/unreliable, as is any model with less than 500 units and 200k drive days.

Comment Re:Theyre not trying very hard to make people pay (Score 5, Insightful) 91

Their motivation has changed. They still want Enterprise to pay for it, but they want consumers to use it, thereby subjecting themselves to telemetry, data mining, and OS-level advertising. MS has decided that consumer data is worth more than consumer money. They're obsessed with users as a commodity now; that's why they bought Skype and LinkedIn. They don't care about those services, they want the users.

The Win10 deadline came and went as almost everyone suspected, and with this change in consumer strategy they have zero incentive to raise the "price". I expect them to start moving up the non-enterprise end of life dates on previous versions instead. Win7 support ends in 2020? Not so fast, it's 2018. If you miss that deadline, pay $119 for the "safety and security" of Win10.

Comment Re:Windows as a Service (Score 1) 535

No, they want to build a closed ecosystem and control/profit from every aspect within it. If MS wanted to entice developers, they would have open sourced Visual Studio a decade ago and made it platform/language agnostic.

No one really likes Microsoft, and Microsoft has never known how to connect with consumers in an open market. Their only consumer success story against viable, established competition is XBox.

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