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Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 501

This is the real question. The PC isn't going to die, but if we aren't careful it will die as an open platform.

The DRM lockdown of the HW. Some nasty vendor specific HW on laptops that has closed drivers.

The nasty Intel Management Engine that is a whole seperate computer running in your PC, that can read all its memory. It OS,code and API are fully locked down, the machine will not boot without this stuff loading. A true Ghost in the machine. I imagine the 3 letter agencies must just love this stuff, if its not backdoored they would be fools. Amazed geeks aren't more concerned about the ME.

Comment Not really an issue just tidying up (Score 1) 140

Some posters seem to think this has been difficult for Linux/Red Hat/Fedora users. It hasn't been, the mp3 support is in third party repos that are easily added. This is simply moving it from these to a core repo. This will eventually happen with all patented things (NTFS, exfat, h264, h265 etc), just some will take a very long time. User's of other platforms should be more concerned with their lacking support for open codecs e.g flac, taking until Windows 10 or still not in iTunes. But can be added as trivially to Windows as mp3 can to Fedora.

Submission + - Microsoft removes the "X" from Windows 10 update leaving no way out 2

simpz writes: The Register reports that Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 update dialog and no longer shows the X close button. They say once agreed to there is no obvious back out method and it is now out of step with Microsoft's own documentation on this. They have a screenshot of this.

Comment Maybe they can now fix all the illegal characters (Score 1, Insightful) 260

And allow us to use files called CON, PRN, AUX, NUL, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, and LPT9.

Or use of <, >, :, ", |,?,* characters.

Or the other strange arbitrary rules, e.g. spaces allowed in names but a filename must have something other than spaces in it. There are many others.

But Linux also should probably not limit file paths to 4096, I'd have thought that might start to be an issue for people using a lot of Unicode.

Comment Re:What Microsoft Still needs to do (Score 1, Insightful) 163

1/ OOXML: I'm not saying you can't get some level of interop. Not being able to fully use OOXML in anything else is a huge inhibitor to adoption of a competing product. Putting a disclaimer on a product will massively inhibit adoption. The standard is now OOXML, if you don't have support that fully, people will be much less likely to use your product. There is a huge fear with end users of it not working perfectly.

What I'am saying, is that the signal MS is putting out by still not using an fully interoperable file format (by default) is MS doesn't embrace open standards but lock in. This isn't helping their case!

3/ Bundling: It maybe good business, but so is the mob's protection racket! This has been looked badly on by various courts around the world, including the Italian Supreme court that said (from Wikipedia) "a commercial policy of forced distribution" and slammed this practice as "monopolistic in tendency".

Again we are talking message here, this policy that makes free operating systems MORE expensive the commercial ones on the same hardware, just doesn't sit well with people who might value freedom over being abused cause someone thought good business. Well guess what this is now bad business as it makes us want to give MS a wide berth.

4/ FAT patents: Wow. Just Wow. Long file names on FAT, everyone who know this field thinks this technology was obvious. It's a very obvious engineering hack to make long file names on FAT. There were companies doing long filenames on FAT fully compatibly before MS (using a variety of methods, and often more backward compatibly than MS), it's just that MS could make the standard. I'm afraid you are just plain wrong on this one!

Even ignoring the rights and wrongs of software patents. There are companies that like Google that have patents on software, that only use them defensively, not MS they are using them aggressively on rather obvious technologies because they are exploiting their monopoly. Put another way, they are making a ton of cash on a something that probably took comparatively little thought (read R&D expenditure) to come up with.

Comment What Microsoft Still needs to do (Score 1, Insightful) 163

If Microsoft want Linux people to trust them they have a lot of ground to make up. And they claim they want this for Azure. Here are a few little things:

1/ Stop loading standards committee with your goons, then back genuine open document standards. Thereby showing you embrace openness and want your products to compete on features not just lock-in.

2/ Stop deprecating the few Linux desktop products you have or give them limited functionality (e.g. Skype) . Okay so you are interested in Linux on a server. But your desktop nastiness just makes us all think you aren't sincere on the server either. How about releasing some other Linux desktop products, if you really want to show willing.

3/ Stop being nasty to PC vendors that want to ship OS free or Linux based PC's (increasing price of Windows licenses).

4/ Stop threatening Linux/Android vendors with patents for obvious things e.g. FAT long file names., exFAT which is also pretty straight forward. And make them open standards, they are pretty obvious anyway! That just looks grasping and controlling. Lets face it MS, the only reason you have a patent of any value is you have a Desktop monopoly.

5/ Don't release new Linux products with functionality crippled compared to the Windows versions, and give some commitment to it's long term future.Not giving equivalent functionality (at the same time) makes me think you will move me over to Windows if I need a particular feature. And the lack of commitment makes us old Unix heads remember IE on Solaris and HP-UX which disappeared as soon as you destroyed Netscape in the market. Not forgiven yet for this piece of obvious nasty behaviour. Otherwise people like me who work in corporate IT will not touch Linux SQL Server with a long pole, we only use it now on Windows where we have no choice.

6/ And a little contrition wouldn't hurt, "we know we haven't been fair to this community in the past etc" style. Maybe you'll realise that the whole world will one day not be running Windows!!

Anyone who doesn't get why the above has really annoyed the Linux community, is probably the definition of a MS shill. These changes would benefit Windows users too!

Comment Being Screwed by MS (Score 1) 209

What did people think would happen if you invest in a platform you don't control.

MS have a long history of screwing partners, especially if the partner has started to make real money in an area.

My sympathy for these developers is limited, yes release on Windows but you maybe want to do another platform so you have a plan B.

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