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Windows 8 - Deeper Impressions


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Microsoft Bob was born out of a short-lived fad too: The "living room" shell, that was somewhat hypy between 1994-1996 in consumer "multimedia" PCs (but got rejected fast). If the current MS leadership would have been in place back then, they would have replaced the Windows GUI with Bob.

 

Good point. And no doubt they would have done exactly that.  :rolleyes:

 

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Uh-oh:

 

Microsoft will unify Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox into ‘one converged operating system’

 

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella has confirmed that the next version of Windows, probably Windows 9, will unify the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox operating systems into “one single converged operating system.”

 

Have they really learned nothing??

 

OTOH, maybe the news is not quite what it seems:

 

Nadella’s “one operating system” ain’t new and won’t be one OS

 

 

As such, the idea that the allegedly confusing set of operating systems is going to go away is ill-conceived. The names may change, but the differences won't; the operating systems will look different and support different applications, and we're highly unlikely to ever see x86 desktop applications running on ARM Windows Phones. From the practical end-user perspective, there are going to be just as many Microsoft operating systems as there ever were.

 

As long as the Desktop survives in a fully functional form and the UI deficiencies injected into it by Windows 8 get fixed, I'm cool with that.

 

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Lest anybody think that Russian officials are heroes for giving asylum to Edward Snowden:

 

Russian government offers money for identifying Tor users

 

The Russian Ministry of Interior is willing to pay 3.9 million roubles, or around US$111,000, for a method to identify users on the Tor network.

 

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The Scientific Production Association for Special-Purpose Equipment and Communications of the Russian Interior Ministry is offering a contract for researching methods of obtaining technical information about users and user equipment on the Tor anonymous network, according to an entry on the Russian government's procurement portal.

 

And then there's this winning combo of journalistic impartiality and euphemism:

 

It's not clear what Tor de-anonymization would be used for, but the fact that the tender comes from the Russian Ministry of Interior suggests that it could serve law enforcement investigations.

 

:whistle:

 

Wonder what Snowden might be thinking now of his protectors.

 

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If you work in the, umm, adult film industry, then you can classify all that video watching on your tablet as "research."  ;)

 

And maybe one could get away with it also saying that he is "looking in the existing market to evaluate the possibility of entering that business" :unsure:

 

:lol:

 

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:thumbup

 

...or a university professor could be using his tablet to review adult videos for an article in a "cultural studies" academic journal.   :yes:

 

(I remember reading once that researchers had discovered that the measurements of Playboy Playmates tended to change along with the state of the economy.)

 

@NoelC: see how easy it is to get "real work" done on a tablet?  :D

 

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In anti-surveillance news:

 

How to defeat facial-recognition machines and look like a rock star

 

The National Security Agency revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden have produced a cottage industry of companies providing technological innovations that seek to defeat the NSA surveillance state.

 

The bulk of this effort is focused on encryption services that secure all manners of online communications from the NSA's prying eyes. But what about privacy in the non-virtual world?

 

Brooklyn artist Adam Harvey has developed a low-tech solution to protect your privacy—fashioned even before the Snowden revelations—using makeup and hairstyles he says could defeat facial-recognition machines. Privacy enthusiasts must be willing to look like Marilyn Manson or a rocker from Kiss, but this method just might make you safe from the facial-recognition technology that is being embraced by everything from sports stadiums to the FBI.

 

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