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Comment Google webpass model could use this effectively. (Score 1) 90

Just the other day google put the halt to rolling out fiber in San Jose, CA. the rumor is they are looking at using their acquisition of WebPass to proceed at a later date with this rollout.

I'm wondering how close and feasible this technology is, and if it could be used with simple antennas mounted externally and one microcell every block? would it be comparable to fiber and have most of the speed and bandwidth? That would make the cost of rolling it out drop quite a bit wouldn't it?

Comment It only takes 10 hours to make this trip currently (Score 5, Informative) 84

You can already make this trip on a highway that is 4 lanes for a large portion of it by going up through oslo and central Norway. The reason it would take so long with the path they are wanting to connect is that this path is along the coast. Even after getting rid of the ferries it's still going to be winding and longer mileage. I suppose the coast might be a bit warmer and less likely to have winter conditions, but a gale along the coast already shuts down the highway in quite a few parts as it is.

They really just want to connect all the cities along the coast without having to take a ferry (down if bad weather) or having to drive a hundred kilometers or more inland and back out again.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 5, Informative) 321

In addition, the largest drop has been people under 50. People under 50 have never been exposed to above ground nuclear tests. Those stopped in 1963. And for the last decade at least, most urban areas of the country have not even allowed smoking in bars and restaurants, and we've had very effective maintenance medicines for common high blood pressure issues, heart related conditions, type 2 diabetes and others. These conditions being controlled help keep our bodies healthier and most likely allow our own immune systems to fight off more serious conditions.

Comment Next up: NO PROPRIETARY HTML! (Score 2, Funny) 154

The government website includes proprietary HTML. This should not be allowed. The HTML code on their website should be exactly the same as every other website. It should not include any customizations or references to anything that is not HTML, and the HTML itself should be laid out in a standard, easy to read manner that is not any different from any other site. This means everything else should match those other sites, including any use of frames, italics, bold and paragraph markup.

Oh yeah, and brink back the BLINK Tag as well!

Comment Re:That's all they know. (Score 2) 361

Actually, I think that's the issue. There are paid results on google too but google puts them at the bottom of every page and bing always puts 2-3 at the top of the first page ala amazon.

The main difference is google has become very adept at removing clickbaity sites from the first page and Bing has not. I don't think Microsoft is making money off any of those results, they are just not good at removing them.

Comment Re:More Microsoft PR Here Today? (Score 5, Insightful) 143

Microsoft is a 800 lb gorilla still. When they make a large, sweeping move that affects the world of developers, it will be covered. If Oracle was to offer a free version of their SQL database that was fairly full featured but limited in memory like SQL express, it would be all over the news. But aside from Apple, Google and Amazon, very few companies can make changes that affect as many people as they do, and you certainly don't see successful tools become free or get ported to other operating systems that were always (and still are) in the competing column.

Microsoft's announcements are not normal announcements. There's a few other big companies that could do things that generate this much press but quite honestly very few of them have as much impact as what Microsoft does. The motto of this website is "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters". It certainly fits the first bill, and for a vast majority of us who deal with the microsoft ecosystem on a daily basis (and sometimes even enjoy certain products) the moves that they have made are not only news...

...but they also matter quite a bit to us some of us..

However these same people do not usually complain about the release of yet another point patch for Ubuntu, or the release of a new flavor of tool. Those that do operate under the microsoft umbrella increasingly embrace other tools as well, and while we might not click and read all of the stories we don't begrudge the fact that they are here.

Comment I suspect this is more for IoT devices. (Score 1) 73

Having Windows RT with device guard could possibly be a good thing, since a company could have better control over IoT devices in the corporate world. Microsoft's approach with things like the Rasberry Pi could be a good long term deal for them. Keeping WindowsRT up and running could help with a future where ARM might be king.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 2, Insightful) 456

I wish I had mod points to vote this up. The Verge may be right, but they are totally apple fanboys who jump at any opportunity to make fun of the competition.

Microsoft may be able to jumpin at some point though with the bump in surface sales. If they rebranded as surface phone and launched a surface phone that's tied to a plan that is much like Google Fi they could potentially build a market for themselves. Especially if they used the hooks they have in the retail world at best buys and microsoft kiosks to push that. Then they could potentially build market share from there by offering the phones on other carriers once there's a buzz. This especially becomes true if they ever get android apps working on the windows phone which they are supposedly close to having available. .

Comment Re:Wait, Google and Apple don't do this? (Score 1) 168

So what you are saying:

Remove projects that are open source but are controlled primarily by profit making corporations like Oracle and Red Hat because it might convince kids to go down the path of developing using that ecosystem.

Block internet access to all sites that are not 100% public domain because the content on those sites might encourage the students to use sites that are not public domain.

We take away all library books that are not public domain yet because it might get them addicted to books that are written in more modern styles with modern storylines and themes, and almost of those books are owned by profit making enterprises.

Discourage any arts, photography, or writing of the student unless that student promises not to show it to others or makes it public domain. Because proprietary individually owned copyright that is granted automatically might encourage other students to create the same, causing mass hysteria.

I'm just running this out to it's logical conclusion.

Interestingly, my computer experience in High school consisted of time on a mainframe and some time on apple II's. I also had some programming time in Basic and even some Pascal. I also extensively used a VMS VAX system in college. I wonder why I am not still using those ecosystems today, outside of a macbook that boots up windows in a VM? Must have been all of that Atari, Atari 800XL and Colecovision equipment I had as a kid. Although full disclaimer, I did play the heck out of Rollercoaster Tycoon and Baldur's gate by atari.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't mention Amazon & iTunes cr (Score 1) 168

Or Amazon, Apple and Microsoft could not donate anything and not provide incentives to organizers. Or the schools can say "hey, this isn't worth it" and not participate. It's not like is buying $10 from Amazon, Apple or Microsoft to give to the users. Those credits are donated to that organization as well to give to educators.

Comment Headline doesn't mention Amazon & iTunes credi (Score 3, Informative) 168

More headline trolling details: Amazon & iTunes credits are given to teachers too as the link above states in the freaking post timothy made. But sure, go ahead and bash microsoft for putting money into a program that is trying to teach using a tool that is extremely popular among the very population that you are targeting.

Comment Wait, Google and Apple don't do this? (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Last time I looked Apple was constantly offering discounted iPads and apple products to lock schools and minds into the apple ecosystem.

Last time I looked Google was constantly offering discounted chromebooks and pushing schools into the google ecosystem, especially with gmail and google docs.

I'm sick and tired of the Microsoft is evil crap. Yes, 20 years ago they tried to embrace, extend and extinguish their standards over open standards to the entire internet. But they didn't win. The average consumer is not a microsoft consumer, they are a Apple or Google consumer.

So what did Microsoft do? They determined their core market was Office and Servers (through azure). Everything they've done over the past few years has been geared towards furthering those goals. Windows 10 is mostly a ploy to put those two platforms first, in the same way Google and Apple serve to put their platforms first.

But you know what's different? Microsoft is more open than they've ever been, ever. Heck, their Azure cloud service even has first rate support for running your favorite flavor of linux on their servers. They've open sourced much of their codebase for C# and have been focused on allowing their system to write code for themselves and any of their competitors.

Of course they are going to lean towards supporting their own systems and will make changes to the root of the product to enhance their other offerings. They are a for-profit corporation, just like Google and Apple. But they've been far more open and less heavy handed than those two in the last 5 years.

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