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Comment It's not a complete loss (Score 4, Insightful) 425

What happens in my house: my son gets a Lego set. He excitedly spends hours building them (or one hour, if it's a small one). then he plays with it a little. A few days later I find it in pieces and deconstructed all over the playroom. A few days later, something else comes out as he institutes his own creations and modifications.

It's not a matter of lacking the manual, as we have kept every manual for every set he ever received. He knows where those manuals are, too.

To me, it seems like Lego has stuck a good balance.

Comment Keep it sane (Score 2) 780

In general, I like this approach. However, my faith in Microsoft's ability to produce a sane design for CLI management is not high. They have been moving toward this for about 5-6 years now, so it shouldn't surprise anyone. However, working with Powershell is no walk in the park. Sometimes I think they assign commandlet design to different members of the team. Those team members (thousands of them!) work on the commandlets from their own point of view with little oversight into the syntax or object model.

For instance, the object types that you would expect out of one Powershell commandlet (after you figure out the syntax, that is) is not what the next command expects as input. This has been the most frustrating part of Powershell and I keep hoping that eventually they will attack this with a more holistic approach to produce something with a little more clarity and sanity.

Comment Nothing to do with parabolic instinct (Score 1) 234

For me, the enjoyment of Angry Birds has nothing to do with parabolic instinct. It has everything to do with causing destruction with different methods and giggling over the silly graphics and sounds. The game is entertaining. This feels like an attempt at a scientific explanation for popularity. Why can't a game just be fun?


Submission + - Goodbye, Silverlight. Hello HTML5. (

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like Microsoft might finally be realizing that Silverlight can't cover every platform, according to this conversation with Bob Muglia.
"Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said. 'But HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform,' Muglia said."


Submission + - Early Kinect Games Kill Xbox Live (

Stoobalou writes: Microsoft's Kinect controllerless controller isn't due to ship until November 4th, but one retailer has jumped the gun, leaving a number of gamers with a bit of a quandary.

The un-named distributor has sent what Microsoft describes as 'a very small number' of Kinect systems to lucky buyers who might not consider themselves quite so lucky if they try to use the device and its bundled games.

Installing the games will require a firmware upgrade, which is nothing out of the ordinary, but in this case the upgrade hasn't yet been released. Attempting to install the non-existent update seems to fool the console into thinking you are trying to play a pirated game and locks the user out of Microsoft's Xbox Live on-line service.


Submission + - Apple Implements the CalDAV Standard for MobileMe (

Vermyndax writes: "Apple announced the new MobileMe Calendar beta on July 6th. The press picked up the story and plugged the gorgeous new iPad-like interface for all devices. It would seem, however, that the mainstream press missed the real story. MobileMe's new Calendar application is an implementation of CalDAV, the proposed calendaring standard. This may be the same implementation that exists in Snow Leopard Server and is open-sourced. The hidden gem in all of this is that Apple plans to bring this CalDAV connectivity to Outlook users on MobileMe. Where might they take it next?"

Comment Free market is speaking (Score 1) 381

The free market is talking to us right now about the death of newspapers and old media... much in the way it spoke about the lack of innovation in the U.S. auto industry. We love free markets and malign other countries that do not subscribe to it.

Yet here we are, looking to tax people to bail old media out. We can't have our cake and eat it too.

If the gummint wants to talk about new taxes, why not put it toward something like education or hunger?

Why can't the workers in the old media jobs learn new skills and bring their old skills to the new media jobs?

Comment It costs money (Score 1) 180

I suspect this is another one of those cases where the customer (government) wanted all kinds of features and monitoring but started to cut corners when it came with a price tag. It's amazing how little gets accomplished when the customer wants the pie in the sky features and doesn't realize it costs money.

Yes, I realize this works both ways. It could be that the requested monitoring and features were priced outlandishly by the contractor. In the end, everybody loses. All in all, I'm not going to hold my breath that whatever "technological error" produced this situation will get corrected. I fully expect it to be swept under the rug.

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