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Comment Re:In other news (Score 4, Insightful) 141

Hell, man. I would say 90% of mobile apps are crap.

Most of the games aren't fun, and most of the ones that ARE fun throw so many advertisements and notifications at you that it's ridiculous, so they get uninstalled immediately.

As for productivity apps...they're even worse. There are precious few truly USEFUL apps on a phone. The vast majority of them fall into the "treadmill in your basement" category - meaning, they SOUND useful, but you'll never actually bother with them.

Comment It's hopeless (Score 4, Insightful) 267

This kind of "back-end" software is EXACTLY the kind of thing that contractors DREAM of. Nobody knows how it works, and the general public never has to see it, so they can't complain about it being a piece-of-shit that they paid for.

It's just like the air traffic control system "upgrade" they've been working on for nearly 30 years. The contractors have ZERO incentive to ever provide a working product. Much better to keep in in development forever.

I'm not one of those "government can't do anything right" people, but this is one of those things that is just a tailor-made pork-barrel disaster. I see why they don't want to even bother trying.

Comment MS is missing the obvious (Score 5, Interesting) 139

I still can't believe that MS blew it so badly.

ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS THIS:

1. Make a phone that could be fully integrated/managed with Active Directory and Group Policy, as if it were a normal PC. Including AppLocker functionality.
2. Put a fully-functional Exchange client on it. FULLY functional. Hell, throw Skype for Business on there, too.

That's pretty much it. Corporations would buy one for every employee. Managing Android and iPhones is a colossal pain-in-the-ass, and MS could completely take over the "business smartphone" market if they made a phone that could be easily managed. But...no.

Comment $5 million is NOTHING (Score 1) 116

This is another one of those weird "partnerships" that amounts to nothing more than an attempt to get some free press.

Toyota "investing" $5 million means that this will NEVER really be used in a production car in any real way.

And, even if it WAS something that was actually going to happen, this is exactly the kind of thing that Microsoft is truly terrible at. Have Microsoft EVER successfully partnered with a third-party? I can't think of a single time that worked. Microsoft seems to "partner" with whoever, then create some half-assed version of Windows or whatever that doesn't actually work, and then stops supporting it after the first year.

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 4, Informative) 249

Full integration with Active Directory, for fine-grained permissions over all aspects of the mail/calendar system.

For example, with Exchange and AD, I can create a distribution group, and delegate "ownership" of that group to a specific user, so they can add/remove users to that group. I can set that group to "open" or "closed", meaning users can either join it/leave it without owner approval, or not.

I can give an arbitrary user access to another users entire mailbox, or give them only permission to "send as" a different user, or distribution group.

I can allow only certain users to send to specific addresses, meaning I can have a "My Entire Company" distribution group that only specific people can send mail to.

And then there are similar permissions/delegation options for calendars, and Public Folders, and even Skype for Business. If you have VoIP phone systems, and compatible phones, you can even access all of your mail/calendar/Skype messages from your phone.

I can set deletion and archive polices for each user, or a group of users. I can set mailbox size limits per user, or per group. I can create a "discovery search", meaning I can allow access to a user's mailbox, but only for mails that meet a specific search criterion.

And of course, there is a cottage industry of add-ons for Exchange to do a million other things. Mimecast, for example, allows automatic off-site archiving of all email (with an Outlook plugin to search the mail), and automatic failover to Mimecast's servers if Exchange goes offline.

It's just endless. Exchange has no real competition. Is it perfect? No. But it's better than anything else for corporate messaging, by a wide margin.

Comment Re:I'll have to give it another look.... (Score 2) 111

Do ANY Linux desktop environments save window position? I don't think any of them do. It's up to the developer of the application to handle that, under Linux.

And you know what? The "your window position isn't always saved" thing drives me NUTS on Linux. It's one of the little "fit and finish" things that Windows and OS X do so well, but never seems to get taken care of with Linux DEs.

Comment Microsoft could TAKE OVER the smartphone market.. (Score 5, Insightful) 154

All they need are these features:

A phone that can be fully-managed with Group Policy/Active Directory

A phone that has a fully-functional Outlook client, with ALL the features of desktop Outlook that are practical to cram into a phone

That's IT. Most businesses would jump at the chance for those. Mobile security is a big issue, and there *still* isn't a truly good Exchange client for any phone (though some are close).

The fact that MS hasn't realized this stuff is mystifying. What are they thinking?

Comment A more interesting question... (Score 2, Interesting) 889

What Linux-only apps would you like to see available on Windows?

I honestly can't think of any. Almost all the useful apps available for Linux are available for Windows, too. And what's left is mostly Linux-specific system-management stuff.

And THAT is the problem with Linux on the desktop. There simply aren't any compelling applications that aren't ALSO available for Windows or OS X. Yes, security is good (though ACL support still sucks, which is ridiculous), and not having to worry about viruses is nice, too. But those are secondary concerns, honestly.

Comment Re:So now we have a new paradox... (Score 1) 172

He's not trying to "solve" anything, dumbass. He's trying to figure out how the universe works.

If information isn't *actually* destroyed by a black hole, that's something new about the universe that we didn't know. It's a new discovery.

Not all science is about "solving" things. In fact, almost none of it is.

Comment THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 2, Insightful) 71

I'm sorry, the fan-made "Star Trek" stuff is terrible, because the actors are terrible. It's as simple as that. They get pretty much everything right, otherwise, but without decent actors, it doesn't matter. I mean, the acting is high-school-level bad.

Good actors are rare. It's an ability you're born with, I think. You have to have "presence", and the right voice, and the right mannerisms...none of the actors on these shows have ANY of that.

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