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Comment Re:Joke of the day (Score 0, Redundant) 497

The only reason Microsoft are growing is because they have a monopoly in a market that is still growing, hence they grow as the market grows. Outside of their monopoly everything the Microsoft does is a total failure. For example:

Windows mobile - Market share dropped from 65% to 15%.
Xbox - They're still down about $4billion, the current console has a massive failure rate and at the current rate of sales the PS3 is going to overtake the 360 leaving them in last place and with a massive loss fortune.
Search - I think they're down about $14billion and can't get most people to switch from Google even if they pay them. They've have been in an even worse state if they'd managed to buy Yahoo but fortunately their total inability to execute saved them on that occasion.
Zune - No impact on the market.
Kin - LOL?

Investors look at the company and see that everything they do is a failure so nobody has any confidence in them. Contrast this with Apple:

iPod - Massive success
iPhone - Massive success
iPad - Massive success
Mac - sales growing and setting new records each quarter.

This is why Apple's share price is through the roof while Microsoft's has been static for the past decade. Microsoft either don't know what the customer wants or are too stubborn to give it to them and instead want to continue to force unwanted products on the market through their monopoly. Look at XP - most corporations still want an efficient OS with a consistent interface but Microsoft want to force them to adopt a new OS which adds nothing but flashy visuals and an inferior interface. Why can't they give the customers what they want and put the XP interface into Windows 7 as a second desktop environment thus saving companies a fortune on training and pleasing users who prefer XP? They could easily do this but it's just not they way they do business and instead of listening to what the customer wants Microsoft wants to tell the customer what to do.

At some point Microsoft will face a challenge to their OS monopoly and at that time their inability to deliver desirable products will be the end of them. With the way the company is run things can only go downhill for Microsoft and that's why their share price shows no sign of growth.

Microsoft certainty aren't tanking as the summary said but it's only a matter of time before they are.

Comment O2's DSL Is Even Worse (Score 1) 272

O2 offer an "Unlimited" DSL package but by unlimited they mean you should try and use less than 10GB/month and if you use more than 40GB they cut you off:


I'm staying well away from any O2 services.

Comment Re:Impractical - Obsolete (Score 1) 284

There are a very limited number of syllables in Japanese and this results in a large numbers of words with identical soundings. If they abandoned Kanji and exclusively used kana or the Roman alphabet you would regularly run into instances were it was impossible to know what the author intended to say.

From things I've read I get the impression that there's a desire to reform the Japanese language, it's just that it can't be done without changing it completely, and at that point they may as well just use English. It's basically a legacy disaster that they're completely stuck with.

On the positive side, once you've learned to read Kanji you can read faster in Japanese than you can in English.

Comment Re:Windows XP is about to lose support (Score 1) 1213

Windows XP is supported by Microsoft until April 2014. If you think third party developers will stop supporting XP you have to realise that 69.1% of Windows PCs run XP. Do you really think developers will ignore over two thirds of their potential market?

XP will continue to be supported until people stop using it and people won't stop using it until Microsoft release something better.

Comment Re:Taskbar differences (Score 2, Interesting) 1213

Very intuitive? The Windows 7 taskbar is a massive productivity roadblock.

For example, imagine have multiple instances of the same application open and you wish to switch between instances. In XP each instance has its own button on the task bar (usually with the file you have open written on it) so you simply click on the instance you want. In Windows 7 there's only one button for each application so first you have to click that to bring up some pretty pictures. You then identify which instance you want and click that. That's two clicks instead of one, additional mouse movement and some time faffing around with pretty pictures. How is this an improvement?

Then there's the situation where you've just started using some new programs and don't know the icons for them. In XP the taskbar buttons have the names of the applications written on them so it's easy to identify your applications. In Windows 7 the taskbar only has abstract icons with no text so if you don't know the icon it can be hard to find your applications. This actually happened to me when using Windows 7 and because I didn't know the icons for some programs I ended up thoroughly pissed of trying to find what I was looking for. How is this an improvement?

The new taskbar also makes it hard to identify if a program is running (of if it's just a quicklaunch shortcut) and impossible to tell how many instances of an application are running.

Despite these reductions in the functionality of the taskbar it is now in fact bigger, so uses more desktop real estate to do less.

Sure, you can switch back to the old taskbar but how long will that last? The old start menu has been removed from Windows 7 so I'm sure the old task bar will probably be gone by Windows 8. Besides, the task bar is only one element of the Windows 7 interface that's thoroughly fucked up.

If they added the XP desktop environment to Windows 8 then I'd happily upgrade. However, there's no way I'll touch Windows 7 or any subsequent version until they provide a decent user interface.

Comment Re:Can't Even Boycott the Bastards (Score 1) 439

Why boycott BP? Do you think the other oil companies would do anything differently? Do you think "I'll buy from those nice ExxonMobil people because they care far more about the environment than profit"?

It's a bit like boycotting a particular hard disk manufacturer because one of your drives failed. The exact same thing would happen with any other manufacturer so there's no point boycotting one when they're all the same.

That is, of course, unless we're talking bout Samsung. They really do make the most unreliable shit. I'd never buy any of their fucking drives again! Bastards! :)

Comment Re:It's Sad... (Score 2, Insightful) 117

You're actively broadcasting information about your home network and then complaining when somebody listens. That's like setting up a facebook account and then whining when somebody looks at it or talking very loudly in a room and complaining when people listen. You're being absurd!

Why not just use a wired network? I don't like broadcasting my information to the world so I exclusively use wired network connections. You on the other hand also don't like broadcasting your information to the world but keep doing it and just whine about it.

The only information Google ever collect is the information you give them, be it through using their services or buy specifically buying a wireless rooter to broadcast it to them. If you don't like them collecting information stop giving it to them. Far from Google being your problem it seems to me that you are your own worst enemy.

Comment Questionable Accounting (Score 3, Funny) 56

From the site: "The ‘fact tables’ are approximately 70MB. With a fast broadband link of 8mbps, it will take approximately 10 minutes to download this file."

70MB at 1MB/second = 600 seconds!?!? This left me rather concerned as to the reliability of the figures on the site. I never went on to look at the data but I can imagine it would be something like this:

Expenses: £100,000,000,000.00
Bureaucracy: £500,000,000,000.00
Propaganda: £25,000,000,000.00
Big Brother: £50,000,000,000.00
Foreign Wars: £10,000,000,000.00

Total: £1.23

Comment Rape Capital of the World (Score 4, Informative) 240

South Africa is the rape capital of the world:


Why are the more worried about porn than actual crimes? Any logical person can see that banning porn would likely make the rape situation even worse. I'm glad to see they've got their priorities straight.

The whole world seems to be in a state of insanity regarding porn at the moment. We've got the Australia's small breast ban and cartoon laws, Canada's Cartoon laws, the UK's Extreme Pornography laws, the US's Obscenity Laws and Agnes Chan leading the lunacy in Japan. Could I ask these moral crusaders to kindly fuck off.

Comment Re:So... (Score 3, Informative) 647

Yes. Pictures of women over 18 with small breasts are illegal on the grounds that it is "virtual child pornography":


Drawings of girls under 18 are banned because that too is virtual child pornography:


Basically then if they want to arrest you I'm sure they could find something in your porn collection that's illegal, whether its a girl with small breasts or some cartoon porn.

Much like Canada they're very concerned with "virtual" things down there and far less concerned about real crimes. No doubt they'll be banning virtual murder and virtual dangerous driving in computer games next.

Comment Re:Menu Bar..? (Score 5, Insightful) 570

I use Bookmarks menu to access and organise my bookmarks. I use the history menu to open tabs I've recently closed or go back to websites I've recently visited. I use the tools menu to access options, addons and clear history. I use the file menu for print, work offline and occasionally import.

In answer to your question then, yes the menu bar is very useful. It provides rapid and structured access to a lot of functionality. When I use an application with a menu bar I can always find the functionality I'm looking for easily but in applications without a menu bar (Office 2007, Chrome etc) I can never find what I'm looking for.

Menu bars provide a consistent interface across all applications so even if you haven't used an application before you know where to find options and featurs. Removing it gives every application a custom interface, making it very hard to use unfamiliar applications. Put a Office 2003 user in front of Office 2007 or an IE6 user in front of IE7/8 and and they'll struggle to use the application. However if you get an Office 2003 user to use Open Office or an IE6 user to use Firefox they'll be able to adapt very quickly thanks to the consistent interface menu bars offer.

When Microsoft started the trend of removing menu bars with Vista and Office 2007 I believe their aim was not to improve the user experience but to lock users into their applications. An Office 2003 user can adapt rapidly to any other Office suite thanks to the similar interfaces, however if someone is only familiar with Office 2007 it will be very hard for them to adapt to other suits because Office 2007 has a completely custom interface that is inconsistent with all other applications. This way they're locked into MS Office and Microsoft wins again.

The removal of the menu bar is a travesty of interface design but it's a massive win for Microsoft and, bizarrely, organisations such as Mozilla seem happy to help them along.

Submission + - Google does no evil? (l7world.com)

Zironic writes: Apparently after someone pointed out the existence of lolicon on manga websites google has gone on a banning spree and threatened to cut off any manga related website that hosts mature manga, I wonder what happened to that anti-censorship stance.

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