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Comment Possible features people are interested in (Score 1, Troll) 376

1) Crashes
2) Ridiculous limitations
3) No apps available and those that actually are available, are outdated and unstable.
4) Endless bugs

Microsoft + anything = problems eventually arising. Perhaps all these people have too little excitement in their lives?

Comment Microsoft is dead (Score 1) 157

Over the years I had multiple Android devices. They always had the apps and features I needed.

Then I bought a Windows phone. And all of a sudden I didn't have some apps I needed. Also, I didn't want any games on my phone. What did I get? A "games center", which I could not uninstall. Thanks Microsoft. Are you assuming now that consumers use their devices for gaming? My current Android phone, on the other hand, has everything I need and some handy quick access buttons Microsoft didn't think of. Even a Windows fanboy and Microsoft admin I know admits that he likes his newly bought Android phone.

I recently noticed a family friend who I had always assumed to be a Microsoft guy and dev, switch to Mac because "it doesn't suck". On servers he uses Linux. Yup, no more M$. Everything Microsoft does either ends up sucking for the consumer (having to fork over $$$) and/or sucking for the developer (having to learn a new API for no real reason). There is a point where people snap and they just switch. All Microsoft has left is a desktop OS (which has a reputation for insecurity, instability and with the current iteration of privacy invasion) and an office package (for which competition is showing up).

If the desktop Linux distributions (yes, I'm talking to you Redhat, Conanical and SuSE) get their act together and start fixing the multimedia stack and Apple cuts the price of its Macs. Microsoft is in for some real trouble.

The only market on which Microsoft isn't facing competition is gaming, but that is changing with console games getting more inventive in regards of dealing with the limitations of the controls.

So, it has become a question of when, not if, will Microsoft close its doors.

Comment Re:Windows phone apps (Score 1) 157

Microsoft is already trying to fill up the VoIP gap... with Skype. You know, like that wonderful bug infested, slow and unstable thing it is on windows phone?

One thing I noticed, though, is that it functions perfectly on my android device.
What I have noticed too is that all the Microsoft apps take forever to update and all the non-Microsoft apps I have installed update quickly.

To me, it just looks like Microsoft is doing some things terribly wrong... as usual.

Comment Re:But now (Score 3, Insightful) 349

If I performed a criminal act, I can reasonably expect to be tried in the country where the crime was performed as the laws of that country were violated.

Seeing that McKinnon performed the "crime" of "breaking" (bad security is no security, therefore he did not break any security) into government computers in his home country, not inside the U.S., he needs to be put on trial in his home country.

In addition, the U.S. has shown to have completely no respect for human rights. So, he can reasonably be expected to be exposed to torture. Why would this guy be sent off to a strange country to stand "trial" for a crime he did not commit? I can imagine he'll just disappear once he enters the U.S.

Comment The price of freedom... (Score 1) 745 Americans refused to pay, because it didn't convenience you.

And now, when it's nearly too late, you start to whine that you haven't got any freedoms anymore?!?!

Live with it. This is what you wanted, this is what you get. If you're willing to sacrifice someone else's freedoms, you're also sacrificing your own.

Comment Education is very, very important. (Score 1) 1138

Education can't be high enough. Educate your people until they die, because uneducated people are vulnerable and easier to control.

Educated people are trained in using their brain. That is something a company doesn't want. A company wants lots and lots of zombies which do not know their rights and can't think for themselves.

Basically, what these economists are saying is good for commercial entities. But for countries or not-for-profits this mind-set is fatal. This is the way to grow a third world cheap labor country, but that's the direction the U.S. is going anyway.

Education is one of the pillars of freedom, as is privacy and the ability to speak your mind. Problem is, in the U.S. it is ok when your speech creates fear (suppresses freedom) as well as the government functioning in such a way that all three are being limited further and further.

Comment One hint: (Score 1) 504

Read your contract. What does it say about copyrights?

By the way: where are you located? If you're in the EU, chances are you own the copyrights.

In short: read up on local authors rights and copyrights. Trademark laws do not apply.

Also, do you work on this project in your own spare time? If so, chances are you can shove the GPL down the throat of your employer.

Comment Foolish of Nintendo (Score 1) 249

Everyone is busy with stopping piracy, but nobody takes a look at why it is happening and taking away the cause of piracy.

Ofcourse free is very cheap, you'll never be able to counter that. But people will be more likely to pay for your game when it's really cheap (say in the range of €2 to €5). Providing access to additional payment methods is also a good idea, as some people become able to pay as they don't have access to a credit card.

Game quality is also important; people want value for their money... currently they can't be certain of that, so they download the game they think is interesting first, before they even think of buying it. Once downloaded, it gets a lot more difficult to buy the game in question (the user already has it).

And then there's the famous DRM. Digital Restrictions Management. Nearly every type of DRM has it's share of problems (word choice deliberate). If it doesn't cripple your computer, the game stops working after N years, because the producer decided that you should buy the next edition of the game.

And *gasp* people do not like that. Gosh. Strange. Extra reason to download a cracked version of that game.

Money poured in DRM is also money not invested in actual quality of the product.

End result: investing in DRM is actually having an effect of increasing piracy. In addition people will be less interested in buying your products, giving you less money to invest in new games.

Nintendo is investing in piracy, so they get piracy.

Comment The U.S. is guilty as well (Score 1) 913

Why was that oil rig even capable of collapsing into the ocean? Are these things constructed that cheaply? I'd expect these things to be filled with containment measures for when something does go wrong and if something goes wrong mechanisms should kick in to prevent a disaster like this.

But ah, yes. BP wanted to cut some corners for even more profit and so decided to bribe the U.S. government into relaxing the rules about security, safety and environmental protection.

Comment Re:some fine police officers who don't deserve (Score 2, Informative) 299

Problem is: if an officer testifies against one of his coworkers, he gets the whole force on his neck. If he leaves the force for not agreeing with that kind of misbehavior, he gets the whole force in his neck. If he moves to another jurisdiction, he just gets that whole force in his neck.

The problem isn't corruption in itself, the problem is fear of harassment among the officers. In addition the law enforcement is above the law, which seems fine, but actually helps corruption and abuse quite a bit. The rules are 200 years behind in relation to the needs of today.

Comment Re:Good move... (Score 1) 432

You compare the U.S. coal power production to the worldwide wind power production.

Shall we change the U.S. coal power production to worldwide coal power production? I think the numbers are a bit more fair at that point, don't you think?

Countries like China don't care about worker safety. So yes, more accidents happen there.

Comment Ecological impact, anyone? (Score 1) 432

This might actually affect the ecology too, as the towers provide space for coral reefs to grow. In addition remains can clutter around the pillars, which could attract more wildlife to the area.

But err... what about the wave and wind-breaking effects of the towers? What's the ecological impact of that?

And from what materials will the towers be built? How does the government intend to make sure that all the wiring needed to transport all the power is secured properly (wouldn't want to electrify the water)? Is the covering of the wiring of adequate quality?

And how about the bird population (if there's anything left)?

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