Just listened to the interview all the way and it seems you stunned Gates with the: "what would you ask yourself?" question.
I got the impression that he was processing a recursive function. In LISP it would be
(defun ask(question) (ask(question))
...or something like that (sorry, I haven't coded LISP in a while)
i.e. "But if I was in his chair, he would be in my chair, and I would be asking HIM what the question would be if HE was in MY chair, and then he would be thinking about what it would be like if HE was in MY chair, which he already IS..."
He recovered gracefully, though. He always does.
I just posed the same question to myself... my CPU spiked and yeah, my I/O kind of dropped off too.
I'll have to remember that question. It's a good way to put people in a trance state. LOL
So is it Remote Desktop or Terminal Services? A friend of mine calls it "RDP" which, strictly speaking, is the name of the protocol, but it sounds a lot better to say "I'm gonna RDP to the server" than it does to say "I'm gonna Terminal Service(s) in to the
Also, um, did we see anything remotely new here? I know that if you've never used it, it's new to you, but I'm not sure Remote Desktop and "thin clients" are new concepts to the average Channel 9 viewer. I mean, you might as well do an 11-minute video on
the command prompt...
And for those of you feeling smug about having Windows XP SP2:
What is the difference between the .NET Framework service packs and Windows XP Service Pack 2?
The .NET Framework service packs are not the same as Windows XP Service Pack 2. Both the .NET Framework Service Packs and Windows XP Service Packs are part of a global Microsoft effort to make its products more secure. The .NET Framework Service packs are providing
security enhancements and bug fixes to the .NET Framework bits (that are compatible with several versions of the Windows client and Windows server operating systems). Windows XP Service Pack 2 is providing security enhancements and bug fixes to Windows XP.
LOL "Sitting on????" Like it's done, but they won't ship it because they can't come up with a cool icon for the executable?!?
My guess is that if they did ship it tomorrow, it might have (on the side of the cardboard box) "System Requirements:
Windows Longhorn 2006 (or later)."
Still, it is a very cool app. I'd like to see these concepts extended to browsing items other than pictures and movies -- the next "Windows Explorer," if you will. A lot of those functions -- sorting, instantly filtering, zooming in on a selection
-- apply to all documents, not just "media." (X1 3-D, anyone? Or should they call it "Direct X1?")
The movie thumbnails should actually play a short loop of the movie (a la DVD title menus).
Music thumbnails should show the album art and play the song on hover.
If MS can get to work with hand/arm gestures and/or data gloves, then I can pretend to be Tom Cruise in "Minority Report" when I'm searching for my expense reports. LOL
Yeah, so what hardware will Longhorn/Avalon need??? Is 64MB a requirement for a Tier 1 experience, or is that subject to change? Please change the subject to "Joe Beda mentions a specific graphics card and suggests Longhorn might just possibly
work with it, but don't hold him to that."
Also, have you considered "Presentation Manager" as a name for the desktop compositing engine? Now that you guys are working with IBM again, I think it's fair game. LOL
Then again, I still refer to the Enter key as "Carriage Return," I believe lines should terminate at 80 characters as God and Herman Hollerith intended, and I expect Ctrl-G to physically ring a metal bell.
Well just to keep it short could not audio/video become the new text of humanity. I mean we have moved from picture grams to alphabets to grammar structure, So why not the next step. Flash yellow, flash blue blue, High tone, Flash red, low tone, kaleidoscope
of billions of pictures, there you go the entire world history beamed into your head.
At first I was like "What drugs are you on and can I have some please" LOL But I think I see what you're getting at....
Let's assume that the compositing and communications problems go away -- everyone can easily create any video they imagine and easily get it to anyone.
You could easily communicate certain concrete ideas (such as, "She sells sea shells by the sea shore"), but you run into difficulty communicating abstract ideas (such as "She sold sea shells
last Tuesday by the sea shore of Tampa Bay, Florida,when she suddenly experienced a feeling of overwhelming ennui.")
You could obviously add a caption to the video ("Dateline: Last Tuesday, Tampa Bay, Florida") and even a thought balloon above her head ("Sigh....") but that's resorting to text, isn't it?
You could come up with a vocabulary of images and sounds to represent abstractions like "last Tuesday" and "ennui," but all you've done is increase the amount of bandwidth required to communicate those ideas.
Basically, it seems that if you don't use a common vocabulary, your audiovisual "language" becomes completely subjective and hard to understand -- like staring at a piece of modern art and asking yourself, "What does it mean? What is the artist trying
On the other hand, if you do use a common vocabulary, all you've really done is re-invent the pictogram (such as Mandarin or Bliss symbols).
Eric, I think you should re-consider. With genetic engineering, and then nanotechnology humanity will never be the same. We are already transitioning into Humanity 1.2 or perhaps 1.3 with all the prosthetics, memory drugs, lasix surgery, etc.
Sure, in a relatively short period of time, we may see technological breakthroughs in human lifespan, healthcare, quality of life. You might have new knee joints grown in a vat, or have nanobots scrubbing your arteries until they're minty fresh. It's possible
everyone will have better than 20/20 vision via adaptive optics, and live as long as Methuselah by taking drugs that repair frayed telomeres.
But will this really constitute an upgrade of humanity?
Won't people still lie? Or steal? Or kill? Won't they still be greedy? Or racist? Or just plain stupid? Unfortunately,
H. sapiens seems to be hardwired for all those things. Until
that changes, I think all the technological improvements amount to a coat of fresh paint on a '74 Pinto -- hardly even a minor version upgrade.