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Comment Re:there's a simple solution (Score 1, Troll) 353

In fact, they lost the grip when they first shipped MS-DOS that was a decade behind other operating systems with its single tasking and lack of memory protection and small memory limits

It's probably time to get over MS-DOS. The unfortunate fact is, if a Unix-influenced OS was ever going to take over the desktop, then a Unix-influenced OS would already have taken over the desktop.

Do not use their OS, if you find it unacceptable. It is unacceptable to me, so I don't use it. Problem solved.

Translation: "I'm either self-employed, retired, or independently wealthy, so I don't have to use Microsoft products. Bwahahaha."

Comment Re:A mystery (Score 1) 115

This is pretty standard on most European cars (and in fact true of all modern vehicles with traction control). The braking system is biased towards the rear brakes, which keeps the car from nose diving during hard braking. Also, in slippery conditions prior ABS/ESP kicking in, it allows the front wheels, which steer, to stay turning longer before locking up (and triggering ABS/traction control).

All of these conditions are a sign that it's time to ease up on the loud pedal. You should not be activating traction control, ABS, etc. routinely on public roads.

Comment Re:A paltry $150 million? (Score 1) 58

ROFL. Modern first-person shooters before Wolf3D? I don't think so.

You are standing in an open field west of a small house.
Visible through the window of the house is a troll, bathed in
the sickly green light of a VT100 terminal. The troll looks up
from his keyboard and glares at you.
There is a mailbox here.
Opening the mailbox reveals a rocket launcher.
Suddenly the front door of the house flies open with a bang.
The troll stomps out of the house indignantly.
The troll roars! Brandishing his spiked club, the heavily-armored beast charges.
What do you want to fire the rocket launcher at?
Who do you want to troll?
You miss.
The troll swings and connects for 3 damage.
You have 97 health points and 14 rockets.

Comment Re:Of course they do (Score 1) 218

Yes, that's correct, and it's why Uber has to fight dirty, to put it a bit more diplomatically than the GP poster did.

The taxi monopolies are immoral in themselves, and they have no place in a democratic society. We vote with our phones every time we call Uber instead of a taxi.

When the law does not respect the people, the people will not respect the law.

Comment Re:An American patent? (Score 2) 65

No, the issue is whether the patent's teachings might be of any use whatsoever to anyone who seeks to implement similar functionality.

If they aren't -- and they definitely aren't in this case -- then the claims are obvious, and no patent should be granted on them.

The incentives are completely misaligned at the USPTO. Their policy is to rubber-stamp everything and let a bunch of subliterate hayseeds in East Texas sort it out. This policy has no downside for the patent office at all... just for society as a whole.

Comment Re:Possibly good news (Score 1) 99

Anything that involves letting the general public interact with your business model is fucking scary. How exactly is Valve -- or Apple, or Microsoft, or anyone else -- supposed to do that without going overboard in one direction or the other?

If they exercise too much "accountability," as you put it, people will accuse them of being Nazi plantation owners who want to lock developers and customers alike into their walled garden. Not enough "accountability?" Then people will complain that their store is a garbage fire. How can they possibly make everyone happy?

Comment Re: Meanwhile in the Apple ecosystem on iPads.. (Score 3, Insightful) 183

Microsoft is convinced that the name "Windows" actually carries some goodwill with consumers. Where they got that idea must be one of the best-kept secrets in the business world. The only time most people have ever heard of "Windows" is when their computer breaks and they have to call someone to fix it, either at work or at home.

The "Windows" brand has negative consumer value. Until someone at Microsoft wakes up and realizes that, they will continue to churn out flop after flop, from mobile phones to locked-down iPad competitors.

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