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Comment Re:So MS is basically bailing on the phone busines (Score 1) 155

Hmmmm.... do you really think that this was the reason why developers flocked to iOS and Android? The expectation/hope they would not be fucked over like those who had burned fingers with Microsoft?

Or could it be that it was really clear that developing and marketing apps for iOS and Android had (has) huge market potential and straightforward way to sell apps and see the money come in.

I could be wrong, but I suspect that the reputation or history of MS dealings with partners and with their own technology was not as important as major competitors coming up and saying "Here's what you do to reach our millions of prospective buyers. We deal with distribution and growing the market, you get 70% of the sale".
Between piracy, traditional distribution channels, customers used to not spending at all, there were/are plenty of reasons why developing for PC was never that straightforward. The realistic prospect of finding 10,000,000 people willing to pay you $0.70 each was a major reason, more than anything MS did or used to do.

Comment Re:Salesforce is an Oracle customer (Score 1) 32

it's all weird and incestuous :)

Salesforce partnered up with Microsoft, probably to run a lot of their stuff on Azure. I mean, the Microsoft Dynamics family is probably smaller than SFDC, but they are still competitors.
One day we'll probably find out that Azure runs on the Amazon cloud and Google is hosted in a farm of MacMinis from a basement in Cupertino.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 64

In terms of actual money changing hands, perhaps this is a way to get a lot of business networking to go through Skype rather than other VOIP services. In a beautiful slide deck that MS is distributing, there are some ideas about how Dynamics CRM and Office365 will use Linkedin, possibly in the same way that G+ contacts can be seen from Google search results and Gmail/Hangout contacts.

In a broader "let's do stuff for money and offer other stuff for free and hope this somehow works", maybe because it's the one social network with many millions of people that could have been acquired, thus keeping MS in a game where major companies want to sell hardware, software and a variety of cloud services. Twitter does a lot less than Linkedin, Facebook/Instagram and G+ are probably not for sale, and I heard that MySpace is taken :D

Submission + - Tennis balls banned from RNC 'event zone' at Cleveland but not Guns

GillBates0 writes: Tennis balls bounced from Cleveland 'event zone', but not guns. Here's a handy graphic of other banned versus allowed items. Ohio is an open-carry state, so local officials said they cannot prevent licensed gun owners from carrying their weapons around the external security perimeter. Dan Williams, a spokesman for Jackson, told CNN about open carry guns: "Bottom line, we're going to follow the law. It's state law. There's no state law on tennis balls."

Comment No. This is an unprecedented shit in nothing. (Score 0, Flamebait) 983

It is a remotely-controlled device, jury rigged for a purpose that is not at all its use.

I know people will become uncontrollably outraged about this, but it's a standoff weapon. Just like a spear, a bow and arrow, an explosive tossed through a door or window, a gun, or even a vehicle employed as a weapon.

The legal standard for lethal force is the same. Beware of academics or other commentators who will claim this is some kind of new territory for which there is no legal standard and that we have no idea how to approach.

But by all means: pretend this is an "Unprecedented Shift in Policing" instead of an improvisation under nightmarish circumstances.

Comment Re:Microsoft's Customers are Screwed.. Again (Score 1) 140

It's fair these companies see a new Surface AIO and an Xbox running Windows 10 applications as an attack, but it's equally fair for Microsoft to see this move as a vertical integration strategy that was blocked in the 90s but is commonplace in this decade. Google has Nexus, Android & cloud-based services; Apple has their own stack from device to software and cloud services... why should Microsoft miss out?
Not only there's profit to be made, as there's OEMs making Windows worse with bloatware and there's the risk that one of the other players locks Microsoft out of their walled garden.

If it's OK for Sony to have only their approved software running on Playstation; if it's OK for Apple to prevent 3rd party browsers to be added to iOS devices; if it's OK for Facebook to track what users are doing with their apps in and out of their website, why can't Microsoft do all of the above?

MS will be selling high end laptops, smartphones, VR headsets, AIO computers and even a headless-iMac-like-device (xbox). There will be less that 90% of PCs with their software/services on them, but MS should end up with a healthy slice of a much larger market than what existed in the 90s. Can't fault them for pursuing this.

Comment Re:REAL safety requires a different approach. (Score 0) 307

To bring down a murderous nut-cult, you have to do what the Brits did to the Thuggee. You have to infiltrate them, identify their leaders, and kill them. If the Brits had been worried about offending the peaceful worshippers of Kali, India would STILL be plagued by ritual murders today.


Wow, I hope to God (or Goddess) that you know that what you're referring to is fiction: .

Kali continues to be (peacefully) worshiped as a very popular form of the Goddess or the Mother of the Universe in Hinduism in India, Nepal and even in Tibet and some forms of Buddhism but I'm not entirely sure about the latter.

Comment Re:Feasibility of a rerun? (Score 1) 693

Oh yes, there's no doubt about the legitimacy of the result. The Leave.EU campaign has won, and not going ahead would need extraordinary reasons or someone *seriously* risking losing face.

However, the Irish had 2 votes for the Lisbon Treaty, the Dutch also had 2 votes. Things can change, and an economic crisis can trigger a change of strategy. There's easily 15 million voters unhappy with the result and if they initiate a new political movement, they can certainly can represent a threat of a demographic crisis on top of an economic crisis if they don't get a sweeter deal.

Comment Re:Feasibility of a rerun? (Score 4, Informative) 693

It's done. We're out, and we're now going to have to live with the consequences of that vote.

I'll disagree with that bit. The referendum is not legally binding and until the divorce paperwork is done, the UK is a member even if the other members decide to treat us like a cheating spouse :)
With Cameron resigning, his successor will have 2 years before a general election, during which it may become very clear that the Conservative party is deeply fractured because of this key policy. Same with Labour.
Some time is needed for government-capable parties to re-group and win a general election. It would surprise me if no new-new-Labour or new-Tory party presented themselves on a platform of NOT going ahead with the Brexit. Either alone, or in an alliance between Greens, LibDems and new-new-Labour.
In the meantime, Scotland is getting ready for a break up. If the Conservative party wanted this to have England all to themselves, it's working really well, except for the sudden dip in the markets, possibly to be followed by recession.

Comment Re: This is what passes for innovation (Score 1) 595

Harsh, but true.
I use a Nokia HB 121 bluetooth receiver which suits the way I want to use my gadgets (without the radio being against my head), but it is more complicated than just plugging the jack to the phone. If find the sound quality to be good enough compromise for the convenience of leaving the phone on the table/pocket/etc but in absolute terms it does not sound as clean as a direct connection.

Comment Re:Supported/ Fuck "Supported." (Score 1) 230

Please never use Microsoft as a recommended licensing model. It's never the lesser evil, but I digress...

Just to clarify, I used the example of Microsoft enterprise licensing because it's the one I am familiar with and could well be related to what's happening in the original article. There's no recommendation on my part and I am fully aware that in the 1000+ product lines that Microsoft has/had there are many license types and variants and I don't know all there is about them. IANAL, etc, etc.

The situation is simple. The health provider is using software without a license, and the software developer refuses to issue a license. To draw an analogy,

If it's simple why do we need an analogy!? Why doesn't your analogy include cars???!?! (I'm joking).

I suspect that throughout the article there is an oversimplification in language, leading to the omission of the type of contracts in question - this is probably NOT about a software license. Instead I thin it is about a maintenance and support entitlement that the company does not wish to extend, while the customer might be prevented by law and insurance audits to use a business critical piece of software without it being somehow under a reliable and enforceable support agreement. Microsoft (probably) are not a party to this agreement but get named here because the vendor cannot seriously commit to any suitable support SLA due to every MS component that underlies their 'solution' being itself obsolete and out of support.

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