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  • Ubuntu! Ubuntu! Ubuntu!

    emet wrote:
    It seems to be a little biased towards Windows, at least the different "features" he is comparing. But a well thought out review none the less.


    Installation - If this section is biased towards windows, then you've proven one of the biggest complaints about Linux.  However, it's not, because Linux distros have come a long way with regards to installation.

    Hardware and PnP - Uhmm... if this is a bias towards Windows, Ubuntu's got problems.  In fact, Linux in general does have issues with hardware support, but I find it wrong to consider this comparison biased just because Linux doesn't support every piece of hardware under the sun.

    Software installation - Since you brag about apt, I guess you don't consider this one biased.

    Word processing - Since Windows doesn't come with anything other than WordPad, I'd say this was biased towards Ubuntu.  If he hadn't dinged them for the fact that Office is a separate purchase I'd have a different opinion.  But then, in that case I'm sure Vista would have one this category easily.

    Indexing/search - Maybe a Vista bias, since this is a core feature of Vista, while it's just an add-on program for Ubuntu.

    Multimedia - Since this is the #1 thing computers are used for, if Ubuntu can't live up here then it simply can't live up, period.  Can't call this one a feature that leads to a Vista bias.

    Image editing/picture management - See multimedia.

    Backup/Restore - A core requirement for computers since the beginning.  Don't think you can use this one for declaring bias either.

    So, which sections lead to a Vista bias again?

  • Get ​Instantiati​ng Class Name

    Generically, no (at least not with out some fragility).  For specific use cases, you could manage it through reflection and StackFrame objects.  But I agree that it's a better design to make something like this an explicit passage of meta data then to rely on reflection.

  • Changing Targeted .Net Framework - Visual Studio Orcas

    nodtek wrote:
    Sorry I'm using BETA1 - Got the versions incorrect.

    As for this drop down box, I can't seem to find it (definately using BETA1 I just checked) - Are you able to take a screenshot for me please?

    Thanks kindly.
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  • Visual Studio.Net (​Express/​Full) Request

    earnshaw wrote:
    Well, you could have an enhanced refactoring tool that would simplify a nasty nest of IF statementz by automatically creating methods.  It would be up to the human in the loop to give them appropriate names, which could be aided by the refactoring tool.

    The IDE already has this capability, though you'll have to extract individual blocks instead of having some wizard walk you through all the branches (which is probably best any way, from a usability point of view).  And this is the proper solution here... a "tree of ifs" is a code smell that should be fixed.

  • Microsoft redefines the term RIA. Literally !!

    Do a Google search for "rich interactive application".  I get 10 hits.  None of them are MS related (obviously Google hasn't caught up to recent blog posts yet).  Interestingly, though, at least 2 out of 10 are directly linked to Adobe.  Should we accuse them of being deceptive instead?

    I think the rebranding of RIA is stupid.  Interactive makes no sense, and whether for good or evil purposes, it is a rewriting of history.  But I'm not going to attack MS or its employees for doing so.

  • Mono releases new GUI toolkit, changes everything.

    Wha?!?  What kind of lame joke is this?

  • whats your style for anonymous methods?

    public void SomeMethod()
       InvokeDelegate(() => if (something) MessageBox.Show("Hello"));

  • Peace At Last

    Jason Cox wrote:
    Agreed. Granted if this was reported 2 years ago, it should have been fixed 1 year and 10 months ago at most, but the disclosure forced Microsoft to have to rush a patch out, probally without all the testing they would have liked to have done, and some people have suffered for it.

    I love how the article says they 'helped protect users'. Now instead of having a an undisclosed flaw that malware writers werent targeting, its now fully disclosed and anyone who doesnt update is screwed.

    I don't agree.  No matter the reasoning, 1 year is certainly more than enough time to "sit on" a security report before going public.  Microsoft can spin it all they want, this time they should have patched earlier.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    Are you a developer?  If you are, I don't understand how you can ask the questions you're asking.  It doesn't take much effort to understand what people have told you, and responses like "well, if you implement it correctly there won't be any problems" would be statements you should feel reluctant to utter.  First of all, as all developers know, there's no such thing as bug free code.  Period.  End of discussion.  Second, you can't discuss improving code with out addressing concerns with your concepts.  Otherwise, you're only going to make things worse, not better.

    Again, you seem to be looking for something that can't exist, and has certainly never been promised for you.  Vista is more secure.  That doesn't mean it can't be hacked.  It means it's more difficult to do so.  This specific exploit doesn't prove otherwise, and this circular argument is pointless.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    JChung2006 wrote: 
    SecretSoftware wrote: 
    Okay, Advice Accepted. Though I will not change FF, because its more responsive than IE. IE is heavy.

    Security isn't really a concern for you then, is it?  So why are you making a fuss when you choose to use a browser that doesn't protect you from the very exploit you're complaining about?

    I am a security freak. I mean I am the paranoid type. Simply because all my business is in my pc networks.

    How does using FF make you careless in security? Why is this exploit even FireFox's problem? or any other browser's problem? Its a core OS problem.

    Plus, FireFox was paraded as being , and still more secure than IE7, with cross side scripting and all the rest of these stuff.

    Why are people making all the blame fall on the browser and not on the Windows Vista Team for shipping a faulty DLL?

    How is it a core OS problem?  Because this specific bug is in the OS (granting a large description of what an OS is)?  Then why is IE more secure in this case?  Doesn't that make it sound like it's not just a core OS problem to you?

    Try to be more than just paranoid about security.  Try to understand it.  You'll be much better off (and maybe a little less paranoid).