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  • Booting and shutdowns in Windows 8

    @wastingtimewithforums: I don't see why you should expect a BSOD. New hardware won't have any driver installed, so it should just not work; and since each driver is reinitialized on resume, any driver that refers to missing hardware should just fail gracefully (assuming that drivers are written correctly). At worst, the new hardware you just popped in won't seem to work.

    At this point, I would expect that any driver failing to reinitialize on resume would trigger a full enumeration, and that the same happens as part of the driver installer. This would cover all the scenarios I can think of, with "power users" messing with the command line, and everybody else just popping in the CD that came with the device (something they may have to do anyway).

    Considering that the vast majority of users will never ever mess with their hardware, I think that's an excellent idea.

  • Where do I report a problem encountered using my WP phone?

    @Doctor Who: In Mango, there's a keypad button to the right of "end call" that brings up the full keypad. It's not a feature I use very often, so I can't say if that's new or there was something similar in NoDo... the good thing is that apparently the problem was already taken care of.

  • Possible schwag to be given out at Build

    ,DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    Thinness is the least of Microsofts worries here. IMO:

    1. Windows was written first for CISC instruction set. RISC versions have come and gone (alpha, powerpc). One of the many reasons Windows did not take off on RISC chips early on is because its performance was not overwhelming better on the far superior chip. RISC to Windows is second class and as such will perform poorly as they'll be using shims and shortcuts to get Windows running on RISC.


    I'm confused. I regularly port code from RISC to CISC and viceversa and never had to write a shim: the C compiler will take care of optimizing my code for the specific architecture. Also, unless I'm much mistaken, the only area where the Alpha really shined was floating point math; not something an OS would have much use for.

  • Scanner Mouse!

    @Richard.Hein: hard to tell from a video, but the quality of the scanner looks good. My only issue with the device is that considering the number of documents I scan vs the miles I push the pointer around the screen, I'd rather have an excellent mouse that also happens to be an ok scanner than the other way around.

  • Culprit in Low WP7 Numbers

    @DeathByVisualStudio: Once all the competitors have an even remotely comparable feature set, the commercial success of a device bear little or no correlation to its technical merits.

    As technical enthusiasts, we tend to get carried away about some feature that, in our opinion either crushes the competition flat or makes the whole platform a total failure. The general public will happily ignore it (probably because they can't even spell it) and base their decisions on more relevant parameters like "what did my friends buy?", "who offers the best deal?" or "does it come in pink?".

    P.S. Yep, the Google conspiracy theory is ludicrous.

  • The Courier makes an ​appearance..​.

    ,cbae wrote

    ...in a patent filing.

    BTW, does anybody else think the idea of being able to patent a gesture is ludicrous?

    Welcome back, Courier... I won't hold my breath this time, though.

    As for patenting gestures, I agree that it's ludicrous. I would venture to say that it shouldn't be possible to patent something for which no future alternative is imaginable... if you patent a device, a sensor or a technology, even if unique, chances are that a viable alternative will turn up someday. But there's only one way I can make a specific gesture and no amounts of research will ever change that.

  • VC++ vNext eating into the market of Visual Assist X


    I do hope that this means that there's a committment to make the C++ editor get at least on par with C#: there are quite a few options that are sorely missed if you constantly switch between the two.

  • Nothing for Money, now on WP7

    @figuerres: natural selection as applied to personal finances. I agree in principle, but in practice it doesn't take much to make a mark out of a generally careful person. I recently risked becoming the owner of a crappy 2.99 game thanks to a couple of overactive young relatives who cannot even understand the UI language of my phone. Yes, it would have been my fault and yes, I would have still loved the two little earthquakes had they made a 499.00 purchase. But I still feel that the industry should make life harder for scammers, not for the general public.

    @cbae: yes, it's not a new concept, but that's beyond the point. Apple retains the right to take down an app for unspecified reasons (which is what it did with the original "I am rich"); Microsoft doesn't as far as I know and, as others pointed out, there's no way they would ever risk doing something like that. These apps are just egregious examples, but the same would apply to calculators returning wrong results, programs that corrupt your data, games you cannot possibly play, maps limited to the uptown area of Ittibitty, KA.

    User review can only help to a point (spammers, anyone?) and cannot get an app removed in any case. Might be an acceptable situation for stuff that goes for pennies, not so much if you go in the double digits. Totally unacceptable when it involves serious money.

    Peer review seems the only way out to me.

  • Nothing for Money, now on WP7

    Just in case you missed it, there's an amazing app in the WP7 marketplace that shows a one dollar bill on your screen. For just 0.99 EUR. Judging by the description (my devotion to the experimental method is not unlimited), it seems that all it does is showing the obverse and reverse of the bill.

    If you find that's cute, you cannot possibly miss the other apps of the same kind... up to the incredible "€500 bill" that goes for just about 425.00 EUR.


    This set me thinking... the submission process currently only allows Microsoft to bounce apps that are flawed or that break some of the rules. It's not their place to determine if an app is worth its asking price. Add the no refund policy and you get an explosive mix.

    Essentially, nothing can stop anyone from writing a correct but worthless app, slap a ridiculous price tag on that (doesn't have to be so spectacularly high) and rake in the profits from the occasional fool. Ok, maybe it takes a very special fool, a one in a million fool, which makes this not much of a concern for WP at the moment. But all of a sudden, having a Marketplace integrated in Windows, with its hundreds of millions of users, doesn't sound like a good idea.

  • Invent a better solution for a deceptively simple problem (AKA how I change de folder)

    ,androidi wrote


    edit: I think this method may need to verify that the parent is actually a console, otherwise there could be interesting results - as in starting this from debugger shows the parent is devenv.exe.

    Maybe. In its current form, the program is just a dumb CD replacement, it doesn't have any side effect unless you pass an argument, which rules out most accidents. For the purposes of our little excercise I considered that to be good enough.

    For production use, this might require further scrutiny: if the side effect is generally benign, you may want to think twice before limiting the scope of your program to CMD alone.