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Comment Re: Windows As A Service? (Score 1) 150

The barrier for ReactOS as much as for Linux is software from vendors that they will only support on MS Windows. It may work but if you hit a problem and they won't help because of an unsupported platform, that can be scary for some organisations. Esp with legacy software and closed source so called "industry standard" stuff. The sea of change can be slow sadly.

For home users this is a different situation, they can find workarounds etc. Third party apps grow around annoyances etc. Enterprises are already paying a subscription model and using KMS for OS and Office etc. Different needs, different risks.

Comment Re: Windows As A Service? (Score 1) 150

Group Policy is pretty much just an interface to registry settings. I'm sure most changes can still be made by amending the right keys. You could even push down those key changes with group policy on AD or use DSC or other methods like auto hotkey or a deployed powershell script running as system on a scheduled task etc.

Comment Re: Windows As A Service? (Score 2) 150

In all seriousness though they won't need to. What may end up happening is Windows remains free but to do anything on it requires software from the windows store
or hosted on Azure. Kinda like CoreOS - Windows could slowly end up being a vehicle for docker like containers of software or services. Subscription based etc. I would assume
that they would allow third party or open source but take a cut for delivery or for disabling advertising through the delivery method.
Everything will be a gateway to Azure and Windows store. To some extent I'm not against payment for something good. I'd just prefer it to be an open model with nice generic standards and without the cloying stench of vendor lock-in. Competition is good for all.

Comment What is new about this? (Score 1) 729

You don't have to run every game at over 70fps.You don't have to buy the highest spec corei7. It's like buying a car, you don't have to have a Bugatti or a complicated but cheap to buy kit car to enjoy a track day at your local circuit. An easier or cheaper machine can still be fun. Maybe less performance but the compromise to be made is much the same. Sure there are experts who are mechanics by day who can build a Caterham themselves on a shoestring with cheap parts from scrapyard's etc. But that's just how it is.

If anything the compromises are easier these days because computing is cheaper. I'm sure there are many here who forked out huge money for Pentium 1 at ~200mhz and then discovered the game they wanted to play needed an additional 3DFX Voodoo2 card etc. I remember my first computer was £1612 Irish Pounds and voodoo card was probably another 150 or 200. Probably several month average salary in today's terms. Even before the Dell XPS and Alienware a good gaming computer didn't come cheap. RAM is cheaper, storage is a lot cheaper now.

But most games now want to reach as large a target audience as possible so most games will work fine on a meagre hardware if you turn down the detail and accept it isn't going to perform like a beast without some effort and learning.

It's not like modern pcs even need to set jumpers to assign IRQ and so on. Things are much more accessible than ever for the budding homebuild pc enthusiasts.

Comment Re: If U don't do anything illegal (Score 4, Insightful) 56

Maybe you just wish to conduct normal law abiding living with some privacy from governments which aren't democratic (Tor is a global resource don't forget) or large corporations looking to exploit any data on individuals for profit. Data has a value and quite often it's taken without users knowledge and sold onwards without giving them any say. Given how terrible some government's and companies secure your personal data from blatant criminality using your data for their gain, everybody has a vested interest in privacy even if theyre law abiding.

Comment Tor is a broken concept (Score 1) 56

When an encryption method ia broken, normally there is a newer stronger and more secure method recommended. The flaws in Tor are hardly news now but still there is no viable and usable alternative.
Any attempts to be anonymous or simply not be tracked and recorded in the databases of multinationals and so on is a lot of hard work these days of turning off and opting out and disabling things.

Is there nothing better on the way? Is a dubious and untrustworthy Tor connection the last refuge of online anonymity?

Comment Re: Simple way out (Score 1) 74

Microsoft already ruined Nokia they may as well ruin what's left of Blackberry.
Microsoft kinda has the opposite of a Midas touch with mobile phone devices.

Shame really as despite Nokia having an increasingly untidy ux with Symbian, it was better in many ways than anything we have now. Certainly it multitasked extremely well and things like Nokia Beta Labs had cool stuff like the sleeping screen which was just very intelligent use of technology.

I don't think Blackberry was innovating in the way Nokia was up to its last phones as much as trying to cup the water of old successes in its hands, always a futile and diminishing problem.

Too little too late with both companies. For nokia it was slow to fix it's ux to keep up with Apple and a persisting with resistive screens instead of capacitive. For blackberry it was a reliance on its messaging and taking wild stabs at markets without a cohesive plan. Blackberry playbook for example, what a mess esp for developers.

I hope Blackberry can find itself and Nokia plans to rise again with new phones after MS. But I fear both will be rejoining a very cramped and changed market. Nothing short of revolutionary levels of innovation and desirability will bring either back to the levels of Apple and Samsung and upstarts like Huawei.

Comment Re: desktop computers still sell? (Score 1) 249

It could also be that corporate and educational implementations that people are looking at ltsp and equivalent vdi thin client solutions using Linux?

Windows licencing and some of the Citrix/VMware stuff can be hideously expensive to implement. Aside of browser agent strings, I suspect traditional desktop solutions are being bolstered by exorbitant licence costs in many businesses. Software like x2go and ltsp could start to make some more traction here if they manage to get more diverse client support for tablets and phones etc.

It's not just the home user market that's important anymore.

Comment Re: Yay Linux! (Score 1) 249

A target for desktop applications I think is the point here. A desktop end user uses browsers and plugins like Java or flash. A server OS is going to be running serious services like DNS or dhcp or ssh or a web server. Very different exploit targets.

The main issue is so much more work was required in the past to port malware to a different operating system. Nowadays with Java and flash and JavaScript it's a bit easier for nasty stuff to get in. And users can l have a false sense of invincibility clicking things with blind abandon without the sanity checks and anti malware you'd require as a default in Windows systems.

Comment Re: Edge on Linux and OS X could kill Firefox. (Score 3, Insightful) 260

One of the main problems with Firefox is they have put in next to zero effort to making it nice for enterprises to deploy and manage. Sure there are third-party group policy templates and you can get special builds from other sites with commercial support etc but Google and MS give you that free and properly maintained.

I like Firefox personally and use it. But I don't deploy it to users as a first or even second choice as that's just going to generate work in maintaining and support calls.

If Mozilla don't get this, that users get familiar with what they use at work and then use that at home they are failing to understand people.

The home user was always very relevant but it's a changing environment. I would be sad to see Firefox end up the shambles that was the demise of Netscape Navigator.

Edge is just not finding a place. It feels kinda beta and is not cohesive in the way you would expect... is there even an Edge for mobile devices? Edge is probably better described by what it isn't than what it is. And that's a dull place of forgotten IE icons burried where you go as a last resort after you try chrome and firefox. Probably for the 5 people left with a Lumia or windows phone but I've yet to see it on Android. Firefox is there, it may be far from the usage of Chrome on Android but at least it's there at all.

Edge and plugins is something they need to sort out fast. No plugins is a death knell for many home users.

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