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  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!


    Thirty something years ago, the dean of my university blew a fuse when he found out that the enormous amount of CPU time spent running Eunice (a particularly bad Unix emulator on VMS) was not due to our interest in OS technology, but to the barely playable version of "rogue" they left in there by mistake.

    His rant about science and technology being doomed, given how all the new generations cared for was playing silly games, would have fared really well in this thread.

    I never credited the guy with any foresight, looks like I owe him an apology.

  • Windows 10 is mobilised

    , spivonious wrote

    @bondsbw: I suspect that's their reasoning as well, but why not just call it "Windows 10"? It's the same OS, just compiled for ARM, or MS has been lying to us.

    If they called it "Windows 10" without an obvious qualifier, some people would expect it to run their desktop applications. Remember WindowsRT?

  • Dual Boot++ -MS Patent

     @cbae: the submission is dated 2007; virtualization was all the hype, back then.

    The age of the patent is also evident in this little gem: "More particularly, it is not uncommon for a consumer to become frustrated with the wait-time of booting a smartphone today."

  • Hololens ideas.

    , Dr Herbie wrote


    Did someone already mention city tours?  Look at a historic building and have the history of it read to you with overlays.  Put some tourist guides out of work.


    This is especially useful with archeological sites, where you could show virtual reconstructions over the ruins.


  • Windows 10 on Rasberry Pi 2

    , Bas wrote

    @Blue Ink: I wonder how this works if you run Windows. If you could use it as a way more powerful Netduino, that'd be great.

    In a sense, yes, but you get to program in C++. I guess a .NET MF port would be possible (one is being attempted on codeplex), but Microsoft doesn't seem to be interested and that's a pity.

    Be warned, though: this sucker takes minutes to boot Windows, which is perfectly fine for a desktop PC (well, not anymore, really), but not what I expect of an embedded device. Not much of an issue for devices that stay on 24/7, but still...


  • Windows 10 on Rasberry Pi 2

    , kettch wrote


    At this point, the advantages of the Pi are community and accessories. Maybe that's not important for commercial customers, but for hobbyists it's vital.

    As for community and accessories, the Galileo is compatible with the Arduino.

  • HoloLens UI is a better approach than GG.

    , LaBar wrote

    Voice as a UI has yet to take hold. We still don't like talking to our devices. The tech is not solid and it's just easier to hit a button. In time I think it will be the default UI, but how long?


    Forever, probably: there are basic privacy problems that make voice UIs unacceptable in public and there aren't practical solutions to those (unless you would consider learning Klingon, or Elvish).

  • HoloLens

    , Ian2 wrote


    So it probably feels more like wearing a hat than a pair of glasses?

    Not just any hat. Extra points to the team for the restraint shown in not naming it the HaloLens.

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , Richard.Hein wrote


    This is the problem of identity, and the philosophers debate continues.  If you can substitute in place, one cell at a time with a machine, as Descartes wrote, then eventually you could be replaced with a machine.  Descartes believed everything then was rational and man was a machine.  We lived under that idea for a while - and still do - but Godel proved it wrong.  The universe is not all rational, and the Incompleteness Theorem proves it. 

    No, it doesn't. The Incompleteness Theorem is about mathematical logic, not about the universe, or reality. It's like saying that something cannot happen because it would violate the rules of chess (or poker, for that matter).

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote


    You are making the assumption that a tiny computer has the capability of replacing anything sentient. That's my problem with this. It simply can't. We can plug electrodes into our brain and use prosthetics, but that's not the same. There is no tiny computer that can replace a single ganglion, or a set of nerves that work in tandem. That's science fiction.

    Now I lost you. First off, Is a single neuron sentient? Is an E.Coli? Why? (please don't answer "because it collapses wave functions" or we are back to square one).