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Comment Firefox aka "the java applet browser" (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Although the world has largely switched to Chrome, the remaining use for Firefox is as the one browser that is still willing to support Java applets. Lots of people who work in IT have a VM or a jumpbox whose only purpose is to run Java applets inside of Firefox (for example, to do maintenance on some piece of equipment with a Java-applet-based configuration tool -- I'm talking to you, EMC) -- and *never* *run* *updates* because changing the browser or java version even slightly will break the whole thing.

Comment Some things just aren't wanted. (Score 1) 399

In the 1960's, the "obvious" future was "picture phones." In the 1980's the "obvious" future was "picture phones." Now everyone has a video-capable telephone, but do we use them? Sometimes, yes, but we never got to the "obvious" future where every single phone call was a video call. 3D Television is the same way. The technology exists, anyone who wants it can have it, but it's just not something the mainstream market has any interest in.

Comment Verizon tried this in NYC (Score 5, Informative) 56

Verizon tried this already in 2003. It was a pretty cool idea, because they already had the phone booth real estate, and the presence of telephones at each one meant that they could use their existing DSL infrastructure for backhaul.

Fast forward to 2012. Wifi is in far greater demand now than it was nine years ago, now that everyone's got tablets and other devices. Perhaps it is an idea whose time has come. However there will be stiff competition, particularly from cable companies in suburban areas where the wires are overhead. Many cable companies are now deploying thousands of devices that look like this on the wires. They're Wi-Fi hot spots with built in cable modems. Once the density gets high enough, subscribers are likely to find one in nearly every public place they find themselves in.

Comment Re:none (Score 2) 423

Windows 8 will be a trainwreck. Too many changes for most users. The issue is windows 9 (whatever that will look like).

And everyone in Microsoft land will be so delighted that Windows 9 sucks just a bit less than Windows 8, that they won't mind the fact that the "Windows 9 Certified" program will prohibit OEM's from allowing the user to disable UEFI Secure Boot.

That way, when Windows 10 comes along, you won't have a choice.

Comment Re:Legal framework (Score 1) 393

Because that's not what Microsoft said. They said that Windows 8 certification on x86 will allow disabling UEFI (for now at least), and that Windows 8 certification on ARM requires complete Microsoft-only lockdown. It is expected that after a few years of the industry getting accustomed to Secure Boot, they will tighten the screws, and Windows 9 certification on x86 will also require Microsoft-only lockdown.

Their goal is for computers to be like smartphones, where the only operating system you are permitted to run is the one that shipped with the device.

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