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Joshua Ross JoshRoss Drinking Ovaltine since 2004
  • Belgium cultural appreciation thread

    Everything else being equal, I think the beer out of Belgium is very nice.

     

    -Josh

  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    magicalclick said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    Is that even debatable? I do not see Open Source Restaurants out there. You always have to go miles for that super popular unique restaurant. It would be so cool they all Open Source, thus, we can get the same food in our own house?

     

    I guess that you've never eaten at a Chinese restaurant. Take the time to click the link and watch the video.

     

    -Josh

  • Is there a quick way to download all Windows updates without installing them?

    Shining Arcanine said:
    spivonious said:
    *snip*

    Prioritized I/O is not a feature I use and hardware-accelerated UI is great, but my applications do not need it.

    Did you try WSUS Offline Update?

  • Bing Destination Maps

    I just tried out the Destination Maps feature in Bing Maps and I find this idea interesting. Typically there is either too much info or too little on a map. The highlighted-route technique seems to help, as does the chop-the-route-into-a-bunch-of-segments-and-take-snapshots way of doing things. But, this sketchy style of simplification seems to solve the too much/too little problem nicely. I wish that it worked a little faster and the maps did a better job of showing, hiding, and simplifying roads. However, you have to leave room for improvement in these kinds of things.

     

    EDIT: Happy Birthday Bing!

     

    -Josh

  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    fknight said:
    AndyC said:
    *snip*

    This is exactly right. People would rather risk criminal fines, lawsuits, and closure of their business than use Linux. That's how good Windows is.

     

     

    Now that is a product testament.

  • Visual Studio 2010 Profiler

    vesuvius said:

    I would also recommenb you try using nDepend as that is where a lot of features in the higher visual studio versions have come from.

    The level of integration with the IDE is really something. There is so much coverage that these tools allow one person to review. If I could only become more prolific, when it comes to writing code, I would have more to review.

     

    -Josh

  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    PaoloM said:
    JoshRoss said:
    *snip*

    While disturbingly amusing your reason is Smiley, the answer is a bit simpler: people pirate things that people want. And they go to great lengths to pirate things they want, and they just don't want to get things they don't want, even if they're free.

     

    I have to admit, it surprises me every time I read about piracy rates for Windows. I mean, there's a reasonable alternative completely free and still... people just don't want it.

    Perhaps it also comes down to economics. The perceived reward for pirating the software is greater than the perceived risk. There was an interview here with Cormac Herley, that covered idea that people choose weak passwords because the perceived cost of the alternative was too high. I would argue the same principle applies here. As I see it, there are four options: make Windows less attractive, increase the actual risk of pirating Windows, increasing the perceived risk of pirating Windows, or do nothing.

     

    -Josh

  • A Roku Channel for Channel 9

    This week on C9 has a podcast, and I hear that the Roku will have support this fall. I don't know how many people subscribe. But, I have to image that if many people did, other shows would get ported. Were you looking for video content or forum content on your device?

     

    -Josh

  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    PaoloM said:
    Shining Arcanine said:
    *snip*

    Look, I'll make it simple for you so we can set this once and for all.

     

    Why do you think people pirate Windows?

    Probably the same reason they watch amputee midget porn; there is something innately screwy with their internal wiring. 

     

    EDIT: I was expecting midget to be on the channel9 naughty words list. Hey Charles, do you want to add that one?

  • If Microsoft does not like piracy, why does it not...

    I've got a better idea. Instead of sending pirates on another course, Microsoft should harness there computer to solve problems, like folding @ home. This works great when a person is not in front of the thing.  When someone is in front of it, make them identify things in pictures to improve Bing image search or have them fill-out recaptcha requests to digitize old books and magazines.

     

    Hell, if they are going to steal crap from you, you might as well steal crap from them.

     

    -Josh