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William Kempf wkempf
  • Microsoft patent strategy backfires

    Microsoft threatened to sue B&N for patent violations with their Android based tablet. They settled out of court with one of the strangest settlements I've ever heard of. They created a joint company. It was thought the intention was that B&N would agree to make readers for Windows and WP, and Microsoft would get rights to use the B&N eBook division for some planned eReader they were making. None of the above ever became a reality, however, and B&N just paid Microsoft to get out of the deal. That's how patents are involved here, so @fanbaby wasn't wrong there. His trying to slant it as a loss for Microsoft doesn't really add up, but other than that... :)

    The bad news from all of this is that it appears Microsoft is going to abandon eBooks entirely. I was looking forward to their eReader software. Now, for Windows 10, we're left with a very horrible Kindle reader, a better Nook reader (that may be abandoned now?) but without the ability to sideload, and very little else. Win8/10 really needs a decent eReader. Preferably one compatible with all 3 of the big DRM schemes (Nook, Kindle and Adobe).

  • OMGz my head is spining.

    @JohnAskew: Oh, BS. Microsoft (or anyone else) can't have promotions like this without consent of the copyright holder. They, in turn, make money either directly (if there's some agreement we don't know about where Microsoft pays them even though the consumer paid no money) or indirectly (meaning this is a form of advertising meant to drive revenue elsewhere). I highly doubt any artist is being screwed, and if they are it's because they allowed it to happen.

    In case anyone's web search skills fail them, here's the context for this thread: http://winsupersite.com/xbox-music/microsoft-offers-incredible-music-promotion.


  • Censorship

    Stores of any kind have always, and will always, have control over what they sell. That's not censorship. There's also no "big brother" here. Big brother involves the government, something citizens have little control over. Don't like the choices the "big 3" give you, take your money elsewhere. There are choices, such as Linux. If the government were to make moves that restricted your choices here, then we'd have something to worry about.

    I'll be honest, I'm not a total fan of locked down devices. I honestly believe we should be able to side load anything we want onto them. That's a trend that does bother me. I also, however, like app stores and the vetting that at least in theory can happen there. Unfortunately, none of the existing app stores do a good job today, and the stores are FULL of absolute junk and even malware and other such dangerous software. In an ideal world I'd have a locked down device by default with a high quality app store and the ability to purposefully circumvent the protections by side loading.

  • Visual Studio 2013 deployment of class library

    I think there's a question in there somewhere, but it's missing. :)

    What do you mean by "deploy onto another machine"? That's very cryptic and so there are numerous answers. The most basic answer is that you simply copy the DLL to the other machine. Really, that's it. Depending on what your purpose is, there's plenty of other answers, though, going all the way up to bundling it as a NuGet package.

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , JohnAskew wrote

    So, back to the point, is this good, bad, or ugly... or all three?

    /me thinks good.


    The only one I can say for sure is that it's ugly, though it's likely all three.

    We hate the telcos and cable companies, but they got where they are with the power they have because they were government regulated. Local governments allowed (even encouraged) them to become defacto monopolies, for instance. There's as much chance of government control making things worse as there is for it to make things better. The only thing you know for sure is that it's going to be ugly, because politics are always ugly (just read the comments on this thread already).

    Another way to look at it... things are bad right now because a very few companies have complete control over the Internet. Those are the same companies that are most effective at buying... err... lobbying politicians, so they'll remain in control even if government takes control legally. Cynical, but pretty darn accurate.

    On the flip side, things are bad because we don't have free market competition here. But it's also the free market that allows companies to do what ever they want so long as they have customers willing to buy from them.

    The answer is somewhere in the middle, but it's hard to find. Objectively, I don't know what the answer is. I do believe some regulation is necessary, but it needs to be done with a very light touch... something governments aren't known for.

  • What are the changes that Microsoft is making to the privacy statements?

    I get the concern and the emotional reaction, but honestly, if you don't know what changes were made that means you don't know what terms you had already agreed to and were under. So, the emotion is a bit misplaced.

    I've just read through the link you provided. I don't see anything alarming there, or anything that is likely a big change from the past. It's pretty basic stuff, the same as you'll find for nearly every site, but spelled out in plain English instead of obfuscated legalese.

  • Why no Silverlight or Flash

    , sysrpl wrote

    @wkempf:Oh okay. In my experience frameworks can make things better.

    jQuery makes selectors, measuring DOM structures, and ajax easier.

    GSAP makes tweening css, creating timelines, and animation playback control easier.

    But if you are telling everyone that in your expert opinion the javascript and html stack is hopelessly broken; that all javascript frameworks fail to improve development on that stack by adding power, or flexibility, or ease of use, then I guess you win. Conversation done. I'll send out the mass email telling everyone to stop using it.

    You don't understand what I'm saying, so let me clarify.

    Yes, libraries can make it easier to accomplish specific tasks by doing some of the work for you. There's a reason I'm more proficient using WPF than WinForms, for example. But the problem with the HTML/CSS/JS stack isn't a problem of lack of libraries. While fancy libraries can help, to some degree, the fundamental problem still exists and so while the libraries can make things "easier" they have no hope of making them "easy".

    Languages, on the other hand, like TypeScript, those can make a much bigger difference and "almost" make things easy, because they actually fix one of the flaws in this stack. Even then, though, you're left with other flaws that simply can't be fixed, IMHO. The Browser was designed for documents. It's simply not intended to be a vehicle for running applications. We should stop fighting this fact and accept it. Develop a new system. One as open as HTML but intended for running applications.

  • Why no Silverlight or Flash

    @sysrpl: I meant HTML/CSS/JS. A framework on top of that won't change much here.

  • After upgrading IE8 to IE11, the most important things started to suck

    @fanbaby: I don't get it. I tried those searches in both Google and Bing and get nearly identical results? 

  • Why no Silverlight or Flash

    @sysrpl: I call BS. Just like everything, some things will be incredibly easy. But actually USE this stuff for something significant and then talk to me about how easy it is. I've got lots of experience with this stack of technologies, and I'll laugh in your face if you tell me it's easy.