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  • Night at Central

    , figuerres wrote


    some of the voting "machines" are junk.  some of them even use MS Access database files to store the data and there have been cases where it has been shown how easy they can be messed with.

    Ick. Can I do a write-in vote for Bobby Tables?

  • Most epic method you've seen?

    The Productivity Power Tools has a structure analyzer feature that helps make sense of this kind of stuff, but yeah....don't do it.

  • Windows 10, first thoughts.

    @Niner502267: One big theme for 10 seems to be the convergence of form factors. What remains to be seen is how that will affect the development model. Hopefully they will allow desktop apps more access to WinRT. Best case is that the distinction between Modern apps and desktop apps goes away, and Continuum is a concept that applies to more than just Windows itself.

  • They might have well said...

    , magicalclick wrote

    That's all you got? Weak.

    I take it you just made that up then.

  • They might have well said...

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote


    So why do you think they backtracked the whole DRM approach for the XBox One?

    I don't know. It's likely they were feeling pressure from Sony capitalizing on public opinion. However, I'm happy to accept another explanation, if there's actual evidence. Inventing scenarios without proof, stewing on them and forming judgments based on them is ridiculous.

    It's like the old telephone game that kids play. Only, the first kid started out by saying "pizza chair algorithm Buzz Aldrin parasite" and the final kid said "The Illuminati cause chemtrails". Just because it's proper grammar and a complete sentence, doesn't mean it's a reasonable conclusion.

  • They might have well said...

    , magicalclick wrote


    They back tracked DRM because failure of Win8.


  • They might have well said...

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote

    OK, I am getting sick of this (doesn't happen so easy, as other "contenders" here can attest).

    We all know removing the start menu was a political decision which backfired later. You're trying throughout the whole thread to construct the notion that "this was all planned along", which is really ridiculous.

    If this was really planned, why all the unneeded angst? Why couldn't MS say in late 2012 that the start menu and other desktop niceties will be coming back soon and calm down everyone? Yet throughout 2012 and in the first half of 2013 MS kept sending messages out that the desktop is "legacy" and it's time to get with the times. Only after the backlash didn't stop they started to change tune.

    If this was really all planned, then it must be one of the lousiest plans in corporate history. Not only have they then unneccessarily scared off and alienated lots of their established customers - they hardly gained any new ones in the segment W8 was for.

    I don't see anywhere that people say this was "planned all along". I disagree with a lot of what you are attributing to them, however. You and other tend to roll in and see something you don't like, then you cook up, imagine, hallucinate a reason why they would do it that way. Then you get outraged over that fabricated scenario, ignoring even first party explanations, and attempt to rewrite or reinterpret history to fit your concept of reality. This is, of course, an argument that will be turned back on me, but there's nothing that can be done about that. I'm going to stand over here, out of range of the spittle.

  • They might have well said...

    @bondsbw: I think the issues are that software takes a long time, but for some reason IT people are the worst at understanding that. "ermagerd ONE line of code"

    Felix's investigations are somewhat evidence of this. You can find libraries in the OS that exist for one or two full versions before you see signs of user-facing features that utilize them. A new component may be introduced, but the surface area is exposed a little at a time, partially due to testing, but also because it takes time to make that replacement in components that who's dependencies it's replacing.

  • RANT: XML - programmers that do not follow the standard

    Last year I was hooking up to an interface that takes an XML document. They helpfully provided me with an XSD to help me out. However, the XSD didn't even validate, so there was no way I could validate my output. I had to reverse engineer my document structure from an example document, but the example didn't match what their interface wanted.

  • It's called...

    , spivonious wrote

    @Bass: Right, but how much processing power do you need for web browsing and casual games? The growth of the smartphone market has proven that the answer is "not much".

    I expect we'll see Windows Phone 10 devices using mostly Intel SoCs.

    If my phone can behave like a desktop, I'd expect it to merely be an extension of cloud resources, perhaps streaming apps from a beefier PC at home or from Azure.