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  • MS AI looks really cool


    @magicalclick: The self driving car will likely never happen, and be another Google glass, though there may be some limited vehicles within programmed ranges in a city centre for example, humans are the biggest obstacles for driverless cars.

    I have worked on forensic imagery and also a company trying to implement this in CCTV for airports e.g. the cowards that detonated nail bombs in Brussels recently. Ideally your AI needs to be able to detect lots of moving targets simultaneously, the minute you have one 2D object overlapping another, you have one of the as yet unsolved problems in computer science. 

    Exciting, yes, but a long way off

  • Annoying "Get W10" updates

    @Ray7: As far as I'm concerned, Microsoft's Get Windows 10 (GWX) app — which is on every patched Windows 7 and 8.1 PC around — ranks somewhere between adware and malware for annoyance value.

    Microsoft have moved to a subscription based model where they use Agile software delivery. the irony is the people that wrote the agile manifesto explicitly say don't use it anymore because they have realized it does not work. While everyone at Redmond has their head in the sand, they are shipping substandard software thinking it is going to take over the world where people are just moving to competitors products.

  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?


    , MasterPi wrote


    or some way to leverage the Health platform beyond just collecting data and creating dashboards/recommendations)

    I saw a programme on TV that showed how woefully inaccurate all the band technologies are at present. The test was to have a group of people walk up a landmark (like Big Ben) where they already know how many steps there were to the top, and all of them were off by a lot. If I do 100 steps and the band calculates 81 then this is not a technology I am going to ever use.

    Plan is to wait until there are substantial improvements in accuracy of these devices, and hopefully vendors can publish some test data showing reliability and accuracy, otherwise I am better off counting in my head.

  • Windows Phones that will get Windows 10

    Disappointing, I have an iPad 2 much older than my HTC 8X that is running the latest iOS perfectly

  • blowdart getting technical

    Some people only scan through the coffeehouse so may miss this https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Seth-Juarez/ASPNET-Core-Authorization-with-Barry-Dorrans

  • Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner and Singularity

    , davewill wrote


    When this tipping point occurs, the make up of the top 50 or 60 people will be key to the rest of humanity.

    We are already there in some ways. Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri, Google, Facebook, and IBM's Watson are 5 out of those fifty. If you add reaper drones and military missiles, you soon hydrate half that list. The other half will probably be nuclear power and GM food as those are mans real dependencies i.e. energy and food.

    Microsoft's future is turning everyone into a permanent customer by yearly subscriptions, capitalism has its benefits, but protecting the environment and improving all humans lives is quite bad business e.g. you could subsidise the majority of the populations major illnesses through free medicine, but this goes against the balance sheet bottom line for all pharma companies.

    Maybe AI will allow humanity to take accountability for each other and not the balance sheets of the top 2% of people, but it is more likely mankind is actually fervidly after a system where 50 or 60 people control everything and we will either sleepwalk or jump in voluntarily into this "brave new world"

  • MS buying Xamarin

    @svelasquez123: I loved the end to end demo they did for the Iowa caucus race app here on channel 9.

    The cost benefit of JavaScript frameworks has meant the default for most companies has been HTML. I have been doing HTML development for the last few years, this may swing the focus back round to native apps.

    I thought this would never happen if I am honest, probably because Xamarin refused to sell, everyone has their price I guess.

  • Problem with XAML designer in Visual Studio 2015

    , busezgi wrote

    @vesuvius:I am using Windows 10 and this link takes me to Windows 8.1 update page. Also, when I go to my windows 10 update panel, I see it freezes 13% updating, but it doesnt go further.

    I stuck in the same issue with Visual Studio design view.

    You need to try and correct the issue with Windows 10 Update on your computer first, as that update that keeps failing, likely contains the fix for the designer issue you are seeing.

    I would also try ensure you update visual studio to the latest update pack and any updates

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    @Bas:I think the world is amid a transformation where a lot of companies are looking to create their own software platforms. Agile development allows these non-engineering based companies to develop something that usually requires skilled engineers.

    Web development has been the chosen technology for a lot of these companies as everyone seems to do what everyone else is doing, you could say it is viral.

    JQuery is an old technology and not worth using now according to Ward Bell. AngularJS is deprecated as TypeScript introduction in version 2.0 will mean a complete rewrite. Both these technologies have lasted less than half the time WPF has, even now as  I write, there are countless jobs listing AngularJS as their most sought after skill, yet its already deprecated and anything you do now will have to be rewritten, that is the market for you.

  • I suspect MS has gotten sabotage by corporate spies.

    @magicalclick: Microsoft use an Agile software delivery mechanism which means they consistently ship software with a lot more unbelievable bugs than they used to, if you use Apple software you will find fewer issues as they develop the way Microsoft used to and release software when it is ready.