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  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    , Lizard​Rumsfeld wrote


    Well you would just use Adobe Reader for the desktop if you need that,

    it is scary how dumb I can be.  I did not think of that. Thanks for the tip.


  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    8.1 also broke my Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobiltiy Client.  The app is still on the PC, but the connection fails. I have to try to reinstall.  But I am kind of worried. This is a VPN client we had upgraded to specifically for Windows 8. Now after the 8.1 upgrade it does not work.


  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    The PDF viewer has a print button now ( which highlights the question of why was it not there in the 8.0 viewer. Who made that UI decision? ). 

    But still, why do I have to use the metro PDF viewer at all?  I don't see how to view multiple PDFs in the desktop.  I can right click in the PDF viewer and navigate to multiple PDF documents. But alt-tab from the desktop only lets me navigate to the current PDF I have open.

    And things like navigating from the PDF table of contents are harder to do. Search does not remember what I searched on before. And would be nice if I could use booleans in a search.

    Can I go to the windows store and purchase a 3rd party desktop PDF viewer?




  • IBM employing Watson in new fields

    , Dr Herbie wrote


    Actually in many insects the movements are not conscious -- e.g. Cockroaches use hairs at their tails to detect air currents (such as a human foot coming down on them) and their nervous systems autonomously make then run away to escape

    not disputing this but interesting that more evolved animals like mammals and humans dropped this feature of their nervous system making independent decisions. Does a mammal feel pain if the pain signal does not reach the brain? If not, why would evolution drop that ability from the feature set? And why not enhance the nervous system even further, kind of an implementation of multi core processing in the evolved being?  For example, enhance the insect "feel the air current" feature by adding the ability to see things as well.


  • IBM employing Watson in new fields

    Isn't search Google's area of expertise?  Is search any better than it was 10 years ago?  Does not seem like it.


  • Democrat and Republican lambasted Apple for working the system in a way they said was unfair, if not unpatriotic.

    , Ray7 wrote


    The tax is applied when the money is repatriated, which Apple would need to do to pay the shareholders. 

    because dividends are something paid by the corporate entity, which is Apple.  AOI can keep its money off shore because it is another corporate entity?  Which raises the question to me of why not move the entire Apple corp off shore? That way the corp could distribute its non US earnings without paying US taxes at all.

    A Samsung has a big advantage over a US based corporation in this regard. It can have research facilities in the US, but its global earnings are likely taxed at a much lower rate than the US company with the same degree of US based research and production.


  • Democrat and Republican lambasted Apple for working the system in a way they said was unfair, if not unpatriotic.

    I don't follow why the foreign holding company that has all of the Apple money can't just send the money direct to Apple shareholders, avoiding the need to pay American taxes on money transferred to Apple America.  The thinking of conservatives is corporations should not have to pay any income tax. Just as with partnerships, taxes on profits should be paid by shareholders when the profits are distributed via dividends.


  • Who needs Windows when you have Android?

    $8 per device is not very much. And the patents last for 17 years, correct?  Many windows patents must date back a decade or more, right?


  • why does java have a classpath? ( or why doesn't .NET have one ? )

    So I am seeing that in Java the CLASSPATH is the path of the directory that contains the Java classes your app is running. How is it that Java has a classpath and .net does not?  In .NET all the assemblies are copied to the bin directory of the .exe file. There is the GAC, but how commonly is the GAC used for user written applications? 

    So why doesn't Java do the same thing?  Even the PATH environment variable that is so important in Java and Unix, not so in Windows. Is the difference because Windows apps copy all the binaries into the bin directory?

    I kind of like the CLASSPATH and PATH approach if it enables me to keep from having multiple copies of assemblies across the system. But maybe that convenience breaks down as each app is built against a different version of the same named assembly.

    Interested to know the official rational for Java having a classpath but not .NET.


  • The sharks smell blood

    , evildictait​or wrote


    Revenues have nearly tripled from $25.3bn (£16.6bn) in 2001 to $74.3bn in 2012, and operating income has risen from $11.7bn to $25.3bn.

    Ballmer has not grown the scope of the business.  Media center has gone nowhere in terms of integrating with the cable box.  My windows phone has nothing from the user perspective that makes it stand out.  A windows tablet should have been to market before the iPad. A windows mobile should be running on any phone with a cpu. And now MSFT is nowhere with robots.