Oh... I mean uh...
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So in summary:
I guess we need to move on to a totalitarian dictatorship, communism, or something else.
@cbae: That's the best post yet. Nicely done. It's funny but it does seem like Maddus, while living in a country that is doing well for its citizens overall, feels repressed by socialism and would rather have the ability to further his personal economic plight without regard to his fellow countrymen. Sounds like an American to me.
How, do you think, is Microsoft [Ballmer] envisioning the future? I cannot see this playing well with the web [in other words the web was, and still is kinda in conflict with Microsoft's business.]. The good time lasted (and is still lasting) from circa 1990 to a few years more.
I would surmise Ballmer has been lost in knowing where to go with Microsoft and these stutters we've seen with their technology switches is part of that. I would however wholly disagree about web vs. xaml. While the web does have a vast array of open source APIs, libraries, etc. that can be useful people still prefer regular apps for their shiny iPhones rather than web apps. I abhor Google Docs with its wonky nature (even on Chrome) and much prefer desktop apps (even Open Office) over it. From a developer's perspective I much prefer xaml/C# over html5/JS. From what I've heard about the html5/JS/WinRT stack it doesn't get any better when coupled with a framework specific to the OS on which it's run.
Not true for the U.S. It was greed, lack of regulation (and the enforcement thereof), and absolutely no measure of corporate accountability that lead to this and recession in the past. The masses keep getting lead around by their noses by the few, both powerful and political, with their easy-to-swallow messages of hate, envy, and greed. No body wants to follow a long term plan. We have one of the worst recessions since the great depression and everyone is pissed that within a year things aren't back to normal. No one wants to do the hard work of building an economy that is based on hard work resulting in tangible value. It's all fraudulent financial gimmickry (big business, hedge funds) coupled with a me, me, me attitude (no individual responsibility, ridiculous compensation - both executives and unions/government). Pointing the finger solely at government is pretty damn naïve.
Yes rods for everyone; let's make huge investments in education. If corporations would rather outsource to cheaper labor markets than train/re-train their local workforce then we'll take the money for education from them in the form of a tax.
@JoshRoss: As for the phones I'd understand if it were WM => WP7 but the extra stutter to W8, and for me the last nail in the coffin of SL, was overboard IMO. I'm sure the next Xbox will expunge the last bits of SL from Microsoft's "actively being developed" portfolio. I sure hope they do better with metro under W8 than they did with WP7...
Yeah too bad Microsoft ADD'd their way through WPF and then to SL and now to WinRT so quickly. No focus there...
Better on the phone front? WM then to WP7 then to W8... Lot'sa focus there too.
@spivonious: You're right; the original award winning Live Mesh did allow you to share files like that. That's how I shared photos with my GF. It was totally opt-in too so if 100 people wanted to share stuff with you you didn't have to accept the files to sync (magicalclick's issue). It also had a great change history pane so you could tell what was most recently added (especially useful when the folder you were sharing had multiple sub folders).