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Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 344

I still think Microsoft will just be adjusting their position to force people to pay up after forcing/tricking people into "upgrading".

Exactly. Now MS can control people's PCs, I expect that, unless you sign up to a Win10 rental scheme, the interface will gradually turn into a big button that just says "Buy!". It won't even need a field to enter your credit card details because they wil already have it.

Comment Re:If you have the time... (Score 1) 344

It's highly unlikely that they will revert to previous Windows pricing once this free upgrade period is over. ... I fully expect to see a low-cost upgrade option available soon.

No, it will be a rental model. Those who have taken the free offer will find themselves being left behind with future updates unless they sign up to rental at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Let's bookmark this page for future reference to see who turns out to be right.

Comment Re:Same As Before (Score 1) 344

19% market share for an OS that has been free for a year is fucking pathetic.

so tru :-D.

same can be sed about da market share of linux on the desk,

But Linux has not been pushed onto people's desktops from a Win7/8 stepping stone like Win10 has. I am amazed if Win10 has only 19% share - I'd thought it was nearly unavoidable for non-experts.

Comment Re:Pisses me off (Score 1) 153

If the answer to layoffs is unionise then all your doing is giving a company cancer.

I'm guessing you are in the USA. Americans seem to have a funny and bad attitude to unions - the culture is obviously a lot different from the UK, at least.

In the corporate companies I have worked in the UK, many of the bosses themselves are in the union. I am senior enough to be regarded as a "boss" myself, and I am in favour of unions. I don't want to see workers treated like dirt whatever their level. From time-to-time in the UK a union gets too big for its boots (like the coal miners' union under Arthur Scargill in the 1980's) but that is more the exception; unions are generally regarded as a good thing, a line of communication between company and workers. The union often moderates the workers.

OTOH the USA seems to be an example of what happens without good company/union relations; and I'm seeing that everyone is worse off.

Comment Re:Learning to program will get mr a job? (Score 1) 153

A company doesn't need Salesmen when it can push out a product digitally and only a few people whine about it.

Exactly. Not long now, with Windows 10 adoption, for Microsoft's wet dream of software rental to come true. Once MS have persuaded people to "upgrade" to Win10 (or rammed it down their throats), thus giving MS control of their PCs, MS just need to let the unpaid Win10 user experience deteriorate and fall behind until the user caves in and signs up to rental for the perpetual updates that will come with it.

MS have said that Win10 is the last ever version of Windows, so they will soon be sacking thousands of developers too. Once people are on Win10 all MS will need is a security update team, and maybe some graphic artists to give the interface a make-over now and then.

Comment Re:This could change everything... (Score 1) 118

There's nothing impossible about HyperLoop. It's just impractical, completely unnecessary and solves no problem

You forgot "expensive". The hyperloop is going to need some massive civil engineering unless it can be built on an almost flat and empty plain. That is because changes in direction (in either the lateral or vertical planes) will need to be very gradual to avoid large g-forces on the passengers. So think in terms of a lot of tunnelling, viaducts, and property demolition (no-one will want to live under this thing). Some people would have us believe that it will cost no more than a large oil pipe line - that's just, er .. Hype.

Stockholm to Helsinki in 30 minutes? OK. But we can already do that. It's called airplanes.

Having said the above, railways (and the Hyperloop is one, albeit with funny rails) have an efficiency advantage over planes for a heavy traffic route. Whether Stockholm-Helsinki is heavily trafficked, and whether the Hyperloop can ever be enginered to carry more than a minority of premium passengers, I do not know.

Comment Re: Spruce goose (Score 1, Informative) 155

We should retaliate by deploying a large force of niggers to China. Niggers will steal from whoever is around, so we can be certain they will steal from China. Furthermore, nigger crime tends to destabilize society, meaning that China will be weakened from within.

Then you are in luck :-

http://www.scmp.com/magazines/...

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

>Seriously, if this happened in the UK there'd be a gigantic 'fuck off' from the customers

I live in the UK, what exactly are you basing this on? You and I both know that the proles would do fuck all

You are right, they would just swallow it. Any service you buy in the UK these days is followed up with a stream of add-on expenses, and most people must be paying up or it would not happen. BT phones is a prime example. Another is restaurants which advertise bargain meal prices outside, but once in you find the drinks cost a fortune.

The difference in the UK with ISPs however is that there is a huge choice, and indeed choice of phone companies, none of whom have a specific geographical area. They are unrelated to the physical network which is operated by Open Reach, who are paid through the phone compnies and ISPs.

Comment Re:Sun Tzu's The Ancient Art Of War (Score 1) 211

I was recently going through a stack of old floppies (yes I still have a FDD) on my 2.66 GHz PC and found a railway signalling simulation, done in ASCII graphics. It simulated a day of traffic covered in about 2 hours as I recall. I started it in a DOS VM and for a few seconds the screen was agitated and the PC speaker squawked blue murder, and then it stopped with a message on the screen that I was a lousy signalman and I was sacked! My day as a signalman was over.

Comment Re:DOS shareware games (Score 1) 211

Maybe games needed a "Torpid" button instead...

The "turbo" button was a "torpid" button. Contrary to the name, it did slow things (on my 486 at least) down to 4.77 MHz, for games. I guess the marketing people had a sense of humour, or thought that "torpid" did not sound very cool.

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