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Comment Re:Steam? (Score 1) 128

Or EA Access for that matter. EA Access is an annual subscription service ALREADY available on the XBox that gives you "free" copies of older EA games, early beta access, and 10 hour trials of the newer titles. If you like the games, you can buy them at a discounted price from the EA store.

So, yeah, it doesn't sound like Microsoft is doing much "innovation" here. They are just ripping off and expanding on an existing service already available to XBox customers.

Comment Re:This always worked for me... (Score 1) 214

Nowadays, we do team voting on sprint planning stories to come up with a more educated guess as to how long it will take to complete something. We then debate and come up with complexity estimate, which seems to be more accurate than random guessing from management.

Unfortunately, we don't really follow the scrum rules properly in our organization. Management now shows up during the planning meetings, and they chronically undervotes on the complexity of tasks in order to cram more overtime work into the sprint. Worse yet, they then have the gall to complain while we're always behind on our sprint goals. Grr.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 15

Yeah... I'm hoping that most of that money goes to the developers and not the CEO of Yik Yak. I doubt the dev team is going to stick around unless they got some huge signing bonuses.

That said, I'm kind of glad that Yik Yak going away. It was a prime example of the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, and basically created modern day minority hate groups on college campuses:

https://www.quora.com/What-is-...

https://gimletmedia.com/episod...

Comment Re:This is very important news. (Score 3, Interesting) 50

I'd like to think that most businesses and IT professionals aren't going to install a Windows patch written by "Zeffy" on their customers computers, when doing so basically insures that what little support that they were still getting from Microsoft for Windows 7 installations disappears once they find that installed.

Besides, the existence of this patch isn't going to fix the lack of new or updated drivers for Windows 7 on newer hardware.

Personally, I find it kind of kind of scary that people are still trying to install an 8 year old OS on shiny new hardware, especially when knowing that you're not going to be able to get security patches for it about 2 1/2 years from now. Didn't people learn this lesson the hard way when they tried to cling onto Windows XP long after it left mainstream support? Once again, many people are going to eventually end up with is a bunch of unpatched systems still running out in the field, just waiting become a botnet the second someone installs malware or misconfigures the firewall at the site.

Comment Windows 7, the next OS that will not die (Score 2) 168

It looks like Windows 7 is going to become the next Windows OS that will not die, replacing Windows XP as Microsoft's most problematic legacy OS. Windows 7 is less than 3 years away from it's end of support date at this point, and people are still doing new deployments of it every day.

No wonder Microsoft is trying to block Windows updates on new AMD Ryzen and Intel Kaby Lake PC's.... they're trying to force organizations to upgrade to Windows 10 sooner than later to avoid having even more unpatched systems to deal with 2 1/2 years from now.

Comment Re: more good ideas... or to act on them (Score 1) 263

The big problem that I have with TED talks is that almost nobody who watches them acts on what they learned. Most people will get briefly inspired about some guy making a 10 minute speech about something like making affordable public housing out of shipping containers or using drone technology to stop Elephant poachers, but then 99.9% of the people who watched will do little more than give the video a thumbs up or maybe share it with their friends. And yes... I'm just as guilty of this as everyone else.

Someone should probably have a TED talk where they give people a homework assignment at the end. Perhaps they should ask people write a short paper on how they put at least one of the ideas that they learned into action. Better yet, make part of the TED ticket price refundable once that paper is turned in. Otherwise, this is just a waste of time for most people.

Comment Re:TED ideas = super obvious ideas (Score 0) 263

I know that you're trying to be funny, but they actually have TEDx talks now which are basically smaller and privately organized versions of a TED talk.

Maybe you should call your version TEDxx or TEDxs. We'll leave TEDxxx for the obvious porn parody that someone will eventually make of these shows.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

I think that it has more with Microsoft wanting to avoid a repeat of the Windows XP support debacle, where people were installing fresh copies of it just a few months before it was about to go End Of Life.

These people then started screaming that couldn't get security patches for their 13 year old operating system, even though they probably shouldn't have installed it that new PC to begin with.

Even now, there are still a ton of unpatched Windows XP systems out in the field running as information kiosk systems and POS terminals. That's not good for anyone, because they're just waiting for someone to turn them into a botnet the first some some dumb IT guy accidently connects to them to the Internet.

Comment Re:Brick by design (Score 4, Interesting) 206

I think that Microsoft is longingly looking at Apple's iOS App Store, knowing that they're getting something like a 20% cut of all revenue that's generated from application sales. They probably also want to use this to force independent application developers to put their applications in the Windows Store as well or risk not having access to this new hardware.

They would probably be willing to sell their branded tablet with a razor thin profit margin if they knew that they would be making that money back on the backend every time they sold an app or processed an in app purchase. The walled garden approach (while annoying) also cuts down on casual piracy and malware installations as well.

Of course, an obnoxious feature like this would probably end up getting hacked within days of release if for no other reason than developer spite towards Microsoft. They would be better off leaving a "allow third-party applications" checkbox buried in the security settings screen like Android has. That should be enough to keep most end users from accidentally downloading malware, while giving power users the ability to install their "legacy" applications.

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