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Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 2) 148

The pedantry here is ridiculous. "Everyone" in my prior post is obviously slightly hyperbolic in the context in which it was used, and a normal colloquial usage. The reality is that over 90% of everyone's PCs are running their software, and if you isolate that to business/government PCs it's almost 100%.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

Stupid Slashdot should have a 1-minute edit option...

Also, if you're worried about companies being "morally bankrupt", please point me to any large company that isn't. Such a thing does not exist. If you're going to boycott any company that's morally bankrupt, you're going to starve to death while you live under a bridge.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

That's impossible to avoid because there's only 4 networks in the US (Sprint, T-Mo, AT&T, Verizon). All the MVNOs work that way. The difference is that the direct customers of those networks get a worse deal, probably because of name recognition and also because they have to pay for all those fancy brick-and-mortar stores, whereas MVNO customers get a much better deal. The only way it really makes sense to be a customer of the mainstream networks is if you use a LOT of data and can't avoid it. But mostly, people subscribe to Verizon or whoever, pay $200/month, and blissfully stream all their music constantly, instead of subscribing to a MVNO and paying $30/month for just what they need.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 148

IOW, the faithful will in the not too distant future will be able to prove their loyalty with their wallets, forever and ever, world without end, amen. We'll see how that works out. It won't take all that long until you have paid much more for your Windows machine than that stupid hipster and his "overpriced" Mac.

I'm quite sure Windows isn't going anywhere for at least the next quarter-century, especially in business computing. We've had alternatives now for ages, but they just don't get any adoption. Customers have proven, over and over, that they simply will not abandon MS Windows and Office, no matter what, even when they're forced into using a horrible, tablet-ified, spyware and ad-laden version of it.

This isn't like the NFL; no one *needs* to watch sports, it's purely entertainment, and tastes change. Computing is different; businesses aren't going to go back to doing everything on paper, or back to 1970s mainframes. At this point, MS would really have to shoot themselves in the head (not the foot) to get businesses to abandon them. It's just too easy for them to pay the licensing costs and deal with the problems and stick with Windows than to explore alternatives.

Comment Re: The death spiral is continuing. (Score 3, Interesting) 148

But little that could be seen to change the computing market.

Why should I care what IBM does? If they need my interest, what can they do to capture it?

What makes you think they care about changing the computing market, or your interest? You seem to think that the role of companies is to change or improve the world. It isn't. The only reason companies exist is to make money. If IBM is doing that, then it's successful in its mission.

Comment Re: Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

I completely disagree. I blame the Democrats for everything.

I don't blame the Republicans. They're just being Republicans. It's like blaming a rabid dog for biting someone.

But the Democrats brought all this down on us with their shenaningans and their insistence of coronating their queen Hillary instead of working to give us a candidate worth voting for. So a bunch of people voted 3rd-party, or sat at home, and we got this.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

Yes, and what exactly is the problem with this? If you don't like it, don't subscribe to AT&T. I don't.

Personally, I use Ting. There's no activation costs at all, and I can activate my phone myself from their web site. (Not an employee, just a happy customer.) Why anyone continues to use the mainstream cellular companies instead of the MVNOs I have no idea.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 5, Informative) 148

This is some seriously delusional thinking. Microsoft not critical or relevant? What are you smoking?

First off, IBM is still here if you haven't noticed. They got out of PCs, but they still do lots of other stuff and are a huge and profitable company.

But back to MS: they absolutely are critical and relevant, because everyone's PC runs on their software. That isn't going to change, probably ever. If Windows 10 couldn't convince people to dump them, nothing will. They might not have gotten anywhere in mobile devices, but that doesn't matter because they still have their Windows and Office cash cows, and those aren't going anywhere, and there's no threats to them (do you see businesses switching all their workstations to OSX or Linux? Nope).

MS is doing the right thing: cut employees, and cut all long-term investment, and just keep slapping some new lipstick on the Windows and Office pigs. Corporations in particular will happily continue to pay through the nose for MS's enterprise products, and consumers are happy to use Windows 10 with its built-in spyware and advertising which MS makes money from indirectly. MS doesn't need to invest long-term, they just need to keep milking their cash cows. They can do this indefinitely, because the whole Windows 10 experience has proven, without a doubt, that customers simply will not leave that platform no matter what, and no matter how much it costs them.

Comment Re:May I suggest ... (Score 1) 64

That's pretty expensive. There may be some prepaid plans that are worse ($30 for 1Gb+unlimited V&T is probably hard to beat), but once you get to the regular subscriptions from the big four, especially family plans, it's really poor value.

I was always surprised Google structured Fi that way, it struck me that building a phone service around a price schedule is doomed to failure. Sooner or later everyone else changes their prices (or what you get for those prices) and suddenly your innovative pricing doesn't look so great any more.

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