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Comment Re:Old dog, old tricks (Score 1) 372

OMFG. Are you fucking kidding me? Where's Microsoft Office for Ubuntu (or any linux distro)?

You can use it through MS Office online. Why bother to create a native product for a platform that virtually nobody uses? They create a native product for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android but building native clients for Ubuntu or Solaris or FreeBSD doesn't make sense so they offer the web client. Microsoft aren't alone in doing this, companies like Adobe and Autodesk are the major players in terms of content creation applications and also target those platforms but not the minor players because it isn't worth the effort.

Minor players in the desktop market are much like Meego, Windows Phone and webOS in the mobile space, they are good operating systems but they were late to the game and don't offer any compelling, disruptive features that would entice users - and developers - to switch from the incumbents or even to expend effort to support them.

Comment Re:Old dog, old tricks (Score 1) 372

Oh for god sake in this day and age where we have so many viable options for personal computing in both hardware and software there are still people whining about how one company's notification about how their browser is better is so much more "evil" than the banner on their competitors website that says their browser is better. Its like all the effort that has gone into making Linux a viable desktop alternative over the years has been a waste, every time the slightest thing happens in the Windows world the so-called geeks fly off the handle because after all this time they're still using whatever Microsoft's latest Windows is. It's a notification popup, if that is really that bad then use another operating system.

Comment Re:"Google works better with Chrome" (Score 1) 372

Chromebooks, iPads, Android devices... these are mobile devices and are a completely different market.

Well they're just not, as far as personal computing goes pretty much all personal computing tasks can be done on all those devices. By your definition Google has a monopoly on Chromebooks and therefore should not be allowed to ship their Chrome browser on it, but that would just be silly.

There is a reason many people have a phone, tablet, laptop, and a desktop.

I don't think that's even a fact, I'd say very few people have a phone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

Most people have both a desktop device (laptop/desktop) and a mobile device (tablet/phone).

Again with this "most people", what is it they are doing on their desktop that they can't do on any other device? There are some things certainly but it hardly affects the majority of people.

As for Linux distributions and Macs, certainly, they are viable in many ways but MacOS only has 4.9% of the market and linux 2%.

So they aren't a viable alternative because fewer people use them?

Ultimately yes, it does come down to market share.

No, it doesn't, if you think it does then you don't know what a monopoly is. A monopoly is about "market power" this does not just mean market share and you also have to define the market you are talking about.

The simple reality is that so long as Microsoft has a monopoly, people making a product or service that integrates with a computer or software can target that platform and reach 90+% of the market.

Actually the reality is that despite Microsoft's position even the most desktop-centric software like Photoshop, Maya, AutoCAD, etc are available on the Mac and some industry-leading software, like Logic Pro, is only available on the Mac.

Comment Re:"Google works better with Chrome" (Score 1) 372

Microsoft does have a monopoly and is actively trying to use it to dupe people into adopting their new products.

Oh come on, there's more to it than just market share and as far as personal computing is concerned these days there are a wealth of different options, Microsoft barely has a majority (in fact I'm not sure they do anymore) in personal computing anymore. There's various Linux distributions and Dell even supplies Ubuntu pre-loaded on their XPS, Inspiron and Precision products, there are Chromebooks, there are Macs, there are iPads, there are Android devices, are these really not viable alternatives for personal computing?

Comment Re:This is like blocking software from rooting pho (Score 1) 141

Not really, since they sold hardware locked-down that they've already announced to no longer be supporting soonish. Meaning that they now are also slamming the door on third-party improvements and will, once support stops, leave you with an unfixable security risk.

Which is industry-standard these days. I'm not saying that's a good thing but it's exactly what you get from any iPhone or iPad that is out of support or any bootloader-locked Android device that is out of support or devices like the HP TouchPad or Palm Pre.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 141

The issue with "secure boot" is control, and it has always been.

The manufacturer defines the level of control and in pretty much every instance the user is free to completely turn the feature off if they wish (is there any PC hardware that doesn't have this?). In fact for a time Microsoft even mandated that no PC could declare itself Windows Certified without the ability to turn it off.

It's a devious scheme to appropriate the pc and turn it into a closed platform like a console.

By who? The manufacturers are the ones that dictate whether it can be turned off or not, take Dell for instance - they sell their XPS, Inspiron and Precision lines with Ubuntu as an option for the operating system and these systems can also run Windows, you think Dell want to alienate their customers by restricting them to only running approved operating systems? Those customers would just move to other manufacturers. In fact in the ARM realm we have seen some OEMs move away from locking down bootloaders because that is what their customers want.

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 1) 237

The ignorance of your post is just staggering. Microsoft's DRM implementation is not the only one, it is also not the standard one nor is it the only one Netflix supports (which is precisely why Chrome and Firefox can play DRM Netflix content at all). So what exactly is your objection here?

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 1) 237

So how can others make use of this copy protection?

They can license it from Microsoft or they can create their own or they can do what Chrome and Firefox do which is to use widevine. Why can protected media path do 1080p and widevine can't? Well that comes down to the efficiency of the implementation, not of the browser but of the DRM implementation.

That's right, they can't because Microsoft is the creator of the 'standard' and controls the keys to the kingdom

What are you talking about? Protected media path isn't a 'standard', it is just one implementation of DRM, there are others too. What do you think Chrome and Firefox currently use?

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 1) 237

All the browsers had 1080p support on Netflix years ago. This is a DRM downgrade.

Yes then they required DRM. The supported solution was widevine, however it lacks the performance to do >=1080p so Microsoft came up with protected media path instead, Chrome and Firefox continue to use widevine.

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 1) 237

BEcause to play 1080p you need to run the protected media path, which only Edge has the rights to do so.

That's somewhat correct but the reason you need to use protected media path to play content in 1080p is because the solution Chrome and Firefox use is called WideVine - this is a DRM solution that Netflix officially supports and is what is used on Chrome and Firefox -- but it does not offer the performance to be able to >=1080p resolution.

There's nothing about *speed* or *efficiency* stopping them.

Well actually there is, but it's not that Edge is more efficient than Chrome or Firefox, it's that protected media path is more efficient than widevine.

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 3, Insightful) 237

Microsoft did magically disable 1080p in the other browsers, it's right there in the summary.

The other browsers never had 1080p so please feel free to explain how Microsoft could disable something (magically or otherwise) that they never had? What they did was create a DRM solution that was acceptable for the content producers, the other browser makers have failed to do this. If Microsoft didn't create their DRM solution then Edge would max out at 720p content just like the other browsers.

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