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[#] Mon May 28 2012 22:38:53 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I still miss using my old Newton MessagePad (the 2100 was great - the hardware finally caught up to the software) - there were things it could do that current tablets can't. It's pretty much eclipsed now, but it was still great stuff.


Of course, since it doesn't have Angry Birds, it doesn't matter any more. Wait - someone's writing a clone of it for the Newton.

[#] Mon Jun 04 2012 10:29:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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hm, big question Y the openbsd guys not rather had chosen openwatcom
instead of pcc...

Because they're just as brain damaged as Richard Stallman, but in the other direction. They ought to just use GCC.

[#] Fri Jun 22 2012 09:45:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Seen on the 'net today:

"Microsoft used to be run by an evil genius. When it came time to replace him, the board grossly misinterpreted which of those two qualities was the important one."


Nokia is on its death bed, which doesn't bode well for Vista Phone 8. Microsoft is also trying to push its own tablets now, using the "Surface" brand which some people associate with the myth that Microsoft invented multitouch. Hmm.

If we go with the classic notion that every "platform" market eventually consolidates around two players, Microsoft will continue to be an also-ran in mobile (both phones and tablets).

[#] Fri Jun 22 2012 12:43:05 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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So basically, we now have 3 evil overloards instead of one....  

[#] Fri Jun 22 2012 15:11:21 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Yes, but you are only suppose to hate Microsoft... wait I am sorry "Micro$oft"... see what I did? I spelled it with a dollar sign!
It makes me cool. Microsoft is evil because it is an operating system that wants you to use their word processor, their spread sheet,
their web browser, their search engine. They also take over other companies.

[#] Mon Jun 25 2012 10:43:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Two evil overlords. Google has yet to do something I consider evil.

[#] Mon Jun 25 2012 11:07:36 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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<laughs>  You mean like forcing you to sign into all Google services if you use an Android phone?  Oh wait, that's what M$ does....

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 07:47:38 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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There is no difference between Microsoft and G¤¤g£€, it depends on who you want to control you.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 09:51:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, you think Google is teh evil, try this little experiment.

1. Install fresh copies of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

2. Count the number of clicks required to make Bing the default search engine on Chrome.

3. Count the number of clicks required to make Google the default search engine on IE.

While you're at it, run a stopwatch to time each of those operations as well.

Then come back and tell me who's trying to be ebbil.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 11:08:32 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Now try NOT to have a google or gmail account on a non-rooted android phone.  ;-)

I'm not saying they're not innovative or good competion for Apple or MS - hell, my next phone will prob be an android, if BB goes belly up. 

But none of that means that they don't have their own ways of "forcing" usage, collecting information they shouldn't, or manipulating consumers in ways that a non-evil, "benevolant lord" wouldn't.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 11:46:44 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Ok, you think Google is teh evil, try this little experiment.

WOW! That proved it, Google is NOT evil!

1) I can't install IE on my Linux system.
2) I never said Microsoft wasn't evil, I just said Google was evil.

I read an article years ago on how Google decides what is evil and what isn't. I don't like their data mining, I don't like that the CEO
said something about people shouldn't worry about their privacy. I don't think any company should track you or monitor
what you do on any site but their own. Data mining and data collection is not a good thing for any reason. I know google isn't the only
company doing it. Google are not the good guys, google is not your friend.

I will end up with Android phone on my next purchase. I might go with a regular phone and a netbook but will probably be assimilated.
Apparently you look down upon people who want their privacy.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 11:46:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Actually you can totally run an Android phone without any Google on it. I've tried it, and it's doable without any loss of functionality. You can make calls, run apps, etc with no problem. The primary thing you lose is the ability to install apps from the Play Store, which I don't consider a big deal; after all, it's not too much to expect you to sign in to Google to use a Google service. If that's still a problem, go ahead and install your apps manually.
Android lets you do that. iApple goes to great lengths to stop you from doing that.

If you're looking for a big bad monster other than Apple or Microsoft, may I humbly suggest *actual* badguys like Facebook. Amazon might also get there in the not too distant future.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 14:50:16 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Not looking for monsters...frankly, I'd rather they all just drank their "good boy juice".  That said, you're right about fb having a solid place on the list.

What's Amazon done?

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 17:18:46 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Di Jun 26 2012 20:50:16 CEST von Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

What's Amazon done?

Killing your local small bookstore where the clerks could really tell you something about most books they sell?

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 19:23:18 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I don't look at Amazon as a book seller, but I don't purchase a lot of books. Barnes and Noble has both an on-line and retail division,
and purchasing on-line is cheaper.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 19:26:13 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Hmm, interestingly, I don't think I ever considered them a "bookseller" either.  In fact, of all the things I've purchased from them over the years, I don't think more than a handful were actually books! 

When it comes right down to it, I still like "manhandling" my books before I buy.  :-)

But point taken.

[#] Wed Jun 27 2012 06:39:39 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Agreed, they also sell a lot of electronic devices and I do buy them there. But since MediaMarkt/Saturn/other big consumer markets killed the smaller electronics shops already, I do not see them as harming that wasteland any more.

But yes, I am a book guy, I study philosophy, psychology and computational science, so I often need specific literature you do not find online. Even when you find ebooks, I prefer ink on dead tree because it doesnt strain the I as much when you have to read a lot.

I mostly look online for used books or original versions of books that are OOP. For this I started using which is an aggregation site for services like abebooks, ebay, amazon, zvab, booklooker and whatnot. If I really need to order fresh books online, I try to spread usage on other pages, like

I also stopped using german equivalents of BarnesNobles, since my favourite bookstore here is even able to order books the big ones do not offer. They especially impressed me when they were able to order german translated prints of a Marquis de Sade book which I needed but couldn't find in any library either. The big stores in town were not able to order this book.

[#] Thu Jun 28 2012 10:55:37 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Fucking Microsoft.

They made several breaking changes in their ATL code that my predecessor used extensively.

Now, I can't upgrade this thing to the current compiler very easily.

I want to throttle my predecessor for embracing MFC and ATL so strongly.
He has made working with his code even more horrible than it already was, given his inability to comment or write anything remotely intelligible.

[#] Thu Jun 28 2012 19:48:12 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Turned out to be easier than I expected, but it was still fucking annoying.

[#] Sat Jun 30 2012 23:00:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Now stop that. When Microsoft releases a new API you are expected to immediately migrate to it. You must now develop in Metro and only Metro. Get coding, citizen.

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