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  • Google gets the better of Microsoft

    Rossj wrote:
    ScanIAm wrote:
    How long does it need to be reviewed?

    It is apparently 6000 pages, so you tell me - does it need 6000 pages, or is this just a tactic to get people to say "I'm NOT reading that"

    Last year at this time, while I was working on some network protocol documentation, I wrote a spec that described a small subset (9 verbs) of a protocol I worked on several years ago. 

    The spec took 120 pages to cover just the 9 verbs.

    So yeah, I could easily see a complete set of specs taking 6000 pages, especially if they completely cover all the functionality in Office.

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery rocks!

    Sven Groot wrote:

    Live Photo Gallery doesn't support x64 yet, so I can't check it out.


    I'm surprised at this assertion - you're saying that the 32bit version doesn't run on x64?

    Or does LPG require that drivers be installed to run?  If so, that SUCKS.

    Just because there isn't a 64bit native version of an app doesn't mean it's not supported on x64.

  • Will Microsoft make a stand?

    W3bbo wrote:
    My money says no, since they bent-over for the restrictions on the Zune.

    Anyway, according to some website, the big media people want you to pay to transfer music between devices. So that "My Music" SMB share on your computer? Yeah, that'll be illegal.

    Would Microsoft bend over and prevent sharing of DRM'd files (or rather, any media files) over your LAN, the Internet (via IIS), or anything?

    Consider the Zune, that puts a 3day/3play limit on any "squirted" music, regardless of its license (and thanks to a technicality they couldn't be sued for breaking Creative Commons or Copyleft).

    So who'se to say Windows Vienna or Windows VII won't?


    Right now, there's a huge grey area associated with multimedia content.

    In the US, the courts have clearly stated that you are allowed to make backups of media you have purchased, that right is unambiguous under current law.

    It is NOT clear if you have the ability to transform the content on the media you have purchased - so ripping a CD to MP3 might not be allowable (nobody knows - it's never been adjudicated, and the law is ambiguous).

    And if it IS allowable, it's not clear if you have the ability to store that content in a playable form on more than one device (so you MIGHT be able to put the content on your MP3 player).

    And if that IS allowable, it's not clear if you have the ability to play that content from more than one place at a given time (IANAL, but I suspect that if you are allowed to rip the content to MP3, you'd be allowed to play it back from a player other than an analog CD player (but I'm not sure)).

    If it IS allowable to play back content from more than one place at a time, it's not clear if you can share that content with the members of your family.

    It is quite clear that once you have ripped content, you're not allowed to share that content to anyone else - there are plenty of court cases that make that clear (for instance, the original Napster case).

    So there's a broad spectrum of rights from the clearly legal to the clearly illegal.  Right now where we stand on that spectrum is ambiguous - we literally don't know, and we won't know until the courts (or Congress) step in and define our rights.

    IMHO, the content owners would love it to be all the way at the restricted form of the spectrum (you can make a CD backup of the content but nothing else), but I suspect that the consumer backlash would be significant.  Again, IMHO the content owners know this and they're only going after the clearly illegal cases.

    They're not going to waste their time on the other parts.

    But this is ALL my opinion.

  • Vista UAC and Amazon.com -- MSFT staff Please read this!

    What's really annoying is that Vista refuses to run startup applications that are manifested to require elevation just to avoid this.

  • Windows Audio Capture

    esoteric wrote:
    Sadly, I wasn't able to get this to work under Vista.

    I see four methods so far:

    1) Set up an analog loopback via line-in. That sucks though, as it means that the signal goes through DA and AD phases.

    2) Set up a digital synchronous loopback via SPDIF. I can't do that though, as I lack the SPDIF input jack, and it's also not quite optimal.

    3) Search for a loopback virtual input device driver for Vista.

    4) Buy a soundcard with internal routing. But buying a soundcard for this purpose is too extreme.

    That's all the ideas I've got at the moment. I don't understand why that isn't there from the outset, if that's a correct assumption. It's so incredibly useful to have. The DRM system will surely be able to safeguard protected content.

    Maybe one could have an ASIO driver and force the output of the programs into it somehow, and then reroute the output of the driver to disk.

    If it is possible, then please, someone enlighten me!

    The funny thing is that I first tried to record it, and I didn't understand the volume was so low, until I noticed some strange background noise, and sure enough, it was my stashed-away microphone that had been recording.

    Vista has a digital loopback device built into the OS.  Simply initialize a render endpoint in loopback mode and you'll be able to open a capture client that receives all the output from that endpoint.

    It unfortunately means you'll have to write some code though Sad.

  • Is Vista a failure

    Maddus Mattus wrote:
    No Vista is not a failure. How can any software product be a failure? What are the standards for a failed software product?

    The gold standard for failed programs is Microsoft Bob.

  • hello from a new employee

    complete wrote:
    Yes, I am having fun.  And I have lots of questions too.

    This morning I have two.

    #1.  How do you turn on the lights during off-hours?  The room where me and a lot of other contractors work has its lights on some sort of timer where it goes off on the weekend when my boss asked me to come in and work.

    #2.  Is there a company library or something like that where I can go and read on the latest Microsoft Technologies and/or get certified?

    #1: In my building, just go to the lightswitches in the hall and turn them on.  It should work.

    #2: Yes it does (at least about reading).  You can find its location from the MSW site.  Certification's different - I actually think there are posters in the building up right now about certifications.  There are in my building.

  • Mac OS X with 100 bugs still safer than Windows

    AndyC wrote:
    Rossj wrote:

    Ah the market share argument. By the same token, why would anyone hack Vista? Maybe, and I speculate, its much touted security is a result of low market share?  I don't believe that - but surely the argument holds?

    Not entirely. The main aim of hacking into a system these days is to allow the running of malicious applications as part of a botnet. There is a lower barrier to entry if your mass-mailer (or whatever) is already running on Windows. Particularly given that a vulnerability in Vista is quite likely to also be present in previous versus of Windows.

    I disagree.  I agree with your central premise (the goal these days is to get malware on the box), but disagree that Windows provides a lower barrier of entry.

    The unpleasant fact is that most malware gets installed by the user.  They download the free smileys and get 0wned.  Most botnet clients will run just fine as a normal (non admin) user.  After all, what do botnet clients do?  They mostly send spam, or participate in DDOS attacks or surf the web and you can do that from any OS without requiring root privileges.

    Right now, most botnet clients are written to Win32, so Windows clients are the most attractive. 

    Remember that botnet herders are fundamentally lazy - they don't want to have to work to find targets for his botnet client, they wants to get the largest number of clients with the least work.  They can choose to target the OS with 5% market share or the OS with 2% market share, or they can choose the OS with 90% market share.

    I know which one I'd go for (if I was inclined that way).

  • hello from a new employee

    PaoloM wrote:
    LarryOsterman wrote:
    We just send them to meetings in building 7.

    Yeah, but soon that trick won't work anymore

    Actually it will.  The building that they're constructing there isn't going to be building 7 - apparently enough people complained that they picked another number for it.

  • hello from a new employee

    phreaks wrote:
    LarryOsterman wrote:

     I once got called onto the carpet for writing a comment in a public blog about where a particular piece of sculpture was...

    The bottom line is: "Post Smart".  Don't ever post anything that you think might be a company secret...

    Sounds like my College fraternity....

    I have to ask, is there a secret MS handshake?
    Although, I suppose though that if it is secret, it's existence is probably secret as well, and an official denial of its existence doesn't mean it doesn't exist???

    Do new hires get hazed, "Ya that conference room is in the 3rd subterranean bunker under building x, right next to the penguin hatchery, " type of thing?

    We just send them to meetings in building 7.