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[#] Tue Oct 13 2009 21:28:35 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Why, oh why, do people continue to use Microsoft? And when will someone hire me to work on a linux system instead of on fucking Microsoft's broken trash?

That's because linux doesn't make trash so it doesn't need working on. Windows, however, is a recursive error in itself.

[#] Wed Oct 14 2009 10:04:55 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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There is probably a tremendous amount of truth to that.

Who knew that the key to making an operating system popular for programmers is to make it as broken as is reasonably possible while still getting some modicum of work accomplished.

[#] Wed Oct 14 2009 11:39:57 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Aparently it's a well-known concept at microsoft.

(ok... big conspiracy theory coming... but i've heard it happen before)

The problem is, they find "hackers" and instead of pressing charges, they hire them for coding/debugging and pay them big bux to NOT hack... and they still mess things up. It's a marketing ploy, they submit broken code to the public and promise fixes so people buy the product and hope against hope that i'll get fixed and actually work when they're really just wasting their money on "security updates" which are just security checklists to see how many people are illegally using their OS. Why else would M$ continue with "critical security updates" for XP which is now declared a "dead" OS since it reached its End Of Life process.

Linux has no need for "hackers" (which is why a "virus" for linux is exceedingly rare) and thus less errors in linux code...

[#] Wed Oct 14 2009 16:26:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Linux has no need for "hackers" (which is why a "virus" for linux is

exceedingly rare) and thus less errors in linux code...

erm.... linux and supporting tools were written largely by hackers. (in the traditional sense of the word)

[#] Wed Oct 14 2009 16:54:12 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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well.. i meant "destructive hackers" not hacker in the traditional sense.

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 22:11:37 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Their shoddy engineering isn't quite *that* attributable to malice. They just figured out a long time ago that the road to market domination isn't necessarily reached by building the highest quality products and services.

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 22:51:54 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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yeah.. it's still a broken system no matter what you do or try to explain it..

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 12:31:01 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Hello, my name is Graeme Cobbett. Today, I donated $115 to a non-profit organisation which maintains and develops a free alternative to Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But I didn’t fund this myself: Microsoft did. Here’s how I did it.

[#] Fri Oct 30 2009 08:39:00 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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quit microsoft, stopped working with its products.

[#] Fri Oct 30 2009 16:08:09 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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quit ms, stopped working with its products, and forgot that they still own vast majorities of the markets they're in.
Real smart guy. Did he quit research, or did they push him out.

[#] Sun Nov 01 2009 23:26:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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MS may still have an abusively large market share in operating systems and office suites, but they ceased to be relevant. Take notice of the fact that they haven't managed to come up from behind and vanquish a newcomer any time in the last decade. Apple still rules digital music, Google is the undisputed king of Internet search (and by extension, Internet advertising revenue), and Windows Mobile is *still* a pathetic joke. Flash, PDF, Java, and other notably non-Microsoft technologies are still thriving, despite Microsoft's attempts to kill them.

Revenue trails relevance by quite a long time. Microsoft will be a cash cow for some more years, but they're no longer dictating the direction of the entire industry. And that's a good thing.

[#] Mon Nov 02 2009 08:31:04 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Only relevant to the last 10 years.... since Bill quit.

[#] Mon Nov 02 2009 11:20:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think that article gives Gates too much credit. I much prefer Paul Graham's take on the situation; read "Microsoft is Dead" [] in which he asserts that the focus shift away from the desktop has hampered Microsoft's leverage.

[#] Mon Nov 02 2009 14:38:33 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I wonder at this point how much of google's ad revenue comes from its own search results pages and how many of them are placements on other's websites and adwords and such.
I'd be willing to bet that their click throughs on their main google search results ads are less than 50% .
I realize that's kind vague, because all the search bars on other people's pages are really the same thing, but you could never go to and still provide google lots of revenue by clicking ads from your favorite other sites.

[#] Mon Nov 02 2009 14:47:53 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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seems as if microsoft has to fight harder to catch ground again.

[#] Mon Nov 02 2009 15:04:31 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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LMAO now that's a good one.

It seems now-days I only use Windoze for some games my friends work on. Otherwise you'll find me on my linux boot. Even then I could just get a VM and put windows inside linux instead of the other way around. I know it's grossly inefficient to put linux vm inside windows, but hey, I had to try. The next computer I get, or the next time I format this beast, I'll make linux my default and run windows in vm. Windows is dead, as so many have already staed. I'm going to just use it as a secondary now instead of my primary.

[#] Wed Nov 04 2009 08:11:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I wonder at this point how much of google's ad revenue comes from its

own search results pages and how many of them are placements on other's

websites and adwords and such.

That's the brilliance of the platform, though -- the ads on other sites are targeted by the search engine's knowledge of not only those sites' actual content, but their linkage from other sites. Only a big search engine with a big pile of analytics attached to it can pull that off.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 22:44:16 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So I upgraded to ubuntu 9.10 and as expected all sorts of shit broke.
The worst of it is my vmware modules won't compile, though I don't know why nor how to force it to try again so I can find an error message.
So some of my vms work and some have weird fuzzy mouse problems. Really annoying.
I love computers.

[#] Tue Nov 17 2009 10:51:04 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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VirtualBox does what I need; why pay for VMware if you don't have to?

[#] Tue Nov 17 2009 10:55:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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VMware Server is free (gratis) too. I was mainly sticking with it because it runs on older hardware that doesn't support VT.

My primary complaint about VirtualBox was that it was a big hassle to get the network configured. That was a while ago, though. Has it evolved to the point where you can just tell it "bridge to eth0" like VMware does?

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