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Comment Re:Escalation? (Score 1) 315

The only one of those things that a legacy USB connector is is orientation specific. They're not bulky. They're ubiquitous. Your mouse dies and you need a new one at 3 in the morning? Run over to the local 24 hour drug store, they'll be there. Need to send a large file to someone with a bad internet connection? Send it on a USB thumb drive, you know if they've got a computer they'll be able to open it. This is the new spec, but there's no reason to remove the legacy completely at this point. Just like most new car stereos still have a CD player even though most people get their music online now. It's ubiquitous. Everyone can, and will continue using it for a long time.

Comment Re:Yes... (Score 4, Insightful) 218

Yeah, those are legitimate concerns with a web app. But pretending that developing a standalone app doesn't have its own set of equally painful problems is ridiculous.

With a standalone app, you've got to worry about things like .Net versions, DLL hell, installation packages, keeping users up to date, windows versions, etc... Yes, modern languages will typically take care of most of this for you, but to pretend like they don't exist is just being naive.

Comment Re:I probably would've gotten the death penalty... (Score 4, Funny) 629

Back in Windows 3.1, you could use qbasic to write a file with a non-standard filename, which would exceed the 8.3 format.

8th grader me thought it was the height of comedy to write files with names like "[Teacher name] is dumb" to the desktop.

Any attempt to remove or rename the file using the command line or UI would cause Windows to crap all over itself and crash.

Comment Re:No words (Score 4, Insightful) 144

Yes, this is monumentally stupid on their part. But I'll be shocked if there's any real consequences for it. The other manufacturers are all watching to see how much backlash there is, and how quickly people forget and move on to see if this is something that they'll want to do in the future as well. Consumers won't care about this, and business will carry on as usual soon enough.

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