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  • I got the Microsoft Phone Display Doc!

    What I would like to see is being able to "borrow" monitor, keyboard and mouse of a PC from the  lock screen. You attach your phone via USB and you can take over.

    Make it optional, password protected, and give the option to the PC owner to decide what gets shared, if anything (such as printers, internet access, some local drives).


  • Should Microsoft invite this guy to their next language conference?

    No, because Bjarne Stroustrup could frown hard enough to cause a minor earthquake.

    Seriously, I only made it to half of the second video and then had to give up; maybe that's what the game industry considers top-notch programming, but at that point we should add triple-A games to stuff you better not see how it's made (along with sausage and laws).


  • Could you code like this?

    , TheTraveler wrote


    What about this?

    Code Canvas in Visual Studio (5 years old, 7. min 46)

    What way you think working with code goes?

    HoloLens, or something like that.

    For text editing, it would just be the overlarge screen (without an overlarge notebook); but there's a lot more to invent in other areas. I don't remember ever seeing a UI designer that didn't feel cramped, for instance, with all the tool boxes and dialogs fighting for screen space. Debuggers, too.

    Might even lead to a reasonable way to code without writing text, someday...



  • Office 365 Outlook  - Clutter

    , ScottWelker wrote

    Seriously? Do you let someone else manage your Inbox? Why would you defer this responsibility to "machine learning"?

    In a sense, yes. I don't know what you do, but I have plenty of junk-mail filters on every mailbox I have and this looks exactly like the same concept, except labelled differently.

    Might not be for everybody; it probably depends on how many messages (and how much noise)you receive every day.

  • Google is now Alphabet

    , cheong wrote

    How is "HOME BOX OFFICE, INC" related to that?

    That's why it's funny.




  • 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...