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2012-07-04 10:43:13 AM  
slideshow fails without mentioning Microsoft shiatting all over current WP7 device owners.

/slideshow fails for being a slideshow, too.
 
2012-07-04 11:05:02 AM  
No need for that to be a slide show. Fark that shiat.
 
2012-07-04 11:08:20 AM  
Two AWS failures in a month taking down large swathes of the Internet aren't even mentioned.

"Infoworld", indeed.
 
2012-07-04 11:19:54 AM  
What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a month and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

On a related note, typing "ice cream sandwich penetration" into google was strangely titillating...
 
2012-07-04 11:25:33 AM  

Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a 8 months and has just now hit 10% market penetration.


FTFA
 
2012-07-04 11:30:50 AM  

Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a month and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

On a related note, typing "ice cream sandwich penetration" into google was strangely titillating...


I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.
 
2012-07-04 11:32:13 AM  

Does Not Matter: Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a month and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

On a related note, typing "ice cream sandwich penetration" into google was strangely titillating...

I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.


or, can be as most people will be locked into what their provider is allowing.
 
2012-07-04 11:38:05 AM  

cmunic8r99: slideshow fails without mentioning Microsoft shiatting all over current WP7 device owners.


The worst part of it was, MS specifically said they wouldn't do that. They pointed at Android's update issues, and said that wouldn't be a problem for WinPhone users. And we get to their first major upgrade, and guess what?
 
2012-07-04 11:39:23 AM  
I still think the whole Facebook thing was intentional. Crash early instead of crashing later.
 
2012-07-04 11:46:54 AM  
Will the DoJ go after M$ and Nokia over the "Finally, you're not a beta tester" ads? Even Hitler has given in to the truth and realized he'll just have to buy another phone when WP8 comes out in a few months.
 
2012-07-04 11:53:33 AM  

Does Not Matter: Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a month and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

On a related note, typing "ice cream sandwich penetration" into google was strangely titillating...

I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.


I've had it on my Nexus since December 2011
 
2012-07-04 11:55:44 AM  

wildcardjack: Will the DoJ go after M$ and Nokia over the "Finally, you're not a beta tester" ads?


So that's where that came from! I was wondering why there are so many MS fanboys on the tech forums I go to talking about how they felt like a "beta tester" on Android...
 
2012-07-04 12:03:03 PM  
I look at the Facebook IPO as a financial failure, not a tech one. FB's tech failures are their continued devolution into further idiocy, with "features" that just clutter the crap out of your feed. Sharing was the worst thing they've ever rolled out.
 
2012-07-04 12:06:56 PM  

cmunic8r99: slideshow fails without mentioning Microsoft shiatting all over current WP7 device owners.


That was just so bad in so many ways. Apps aren't future compatible? This is Microsoft, goddamnit. I hope that Raymond Chen hunts these guys down and cuts out their hearts with a farking spoon.
 
2012-07-04 12:07:35 PM  

skodabunny: No need for that to be a slide show. Fark that shiat.


If the entire page doesn't reload on each click, like this one, then I don't see what your problem is.

/farkers gotta hate
 
2012-07-04 12:15:20 PM  

HeartBurnKid: wildcardjack: Will the DoJ go after M$ and Nokia over the "Finally, you're not a beta tester" ads?

So that's where that came from! I was wondering why there are so many MS fanboys on the tech forums I go to talking about how they felt like a "beta tester" on Android...


Yeah, this ad campaign

And here we have a thread about Hitler's response to finding out the Nokia Lumia 900 he bought was a beta. The fact they won't be able to upgrade WP7.8 to WP8 proves the campaign was a lie and all the fanboi's are beta testers.

"WP8 was supposed to shiat on Android and iOS and now it has shiat on me too"
 
2012-07-04 12:31:18 PM  
The Facebook IPO sold out almost immediately. It's only a failure to the rubes that bought into the snake oil.
 
2012-07-04 12:40:09 PM  
Just say NO to slideshows!
 
2012-07-04 12:59:46 PM  

skodabunny: No need for that to be a slide show. Fark that shiat.


Honest Bender: Just say NO to slideshows!


Deslided
 
2012-07-04 01:11:47 PM  
I know RIM probably hasn't technically done anything in 2012, but the list seems incomplete without them on it somehow.
 
2012-07-04 01:14:57 PM  
11) Slideshow that requires javascript (in a day and age when browser security is a big concern to folks).
 
2012-07-04 01:34:03 PM  
Let me be the 31st or so to say that the InfoWorld slideshow should be at the top of their own list.
 
2012-07-04 01:40:41 PM  
They don't mention the RBC epic failure that lost them an entire day of transactions? Just on money alone that eclipses most of that list.
 
2012-07-04 02:04:56 PM  
Every one of these will pale compared to the Windows 8 release. When people realize there are two incompatible versions and no, they can't run x86 apps on their slick new tablet, or their new desktop requires them to mouse around the edges of the screen to pull out 'charms', they will Funkin' Gonuts.
 
2012-07-04 02:45:05 PM  

cmunic8r99: slideshow fails without mentioning Microsoft shiatting all over current WP7 device owners.

/slideshow fails for being a slideshow, too.


To be fair to Microsoft, even if the current owners did get Windows Phone 8, there's not a whole hell of a lot they could do with it since most of the key features of the OS are designed around support for hardware that isn't in the existing Windows Phones (multicore hardware, HD resolutions screens, NFC, removable storage). If you did happen to port Win Phone 8 over to the Lumia 900, the biggest thing you'd gain would be the new start screen, which is already going to be available in the 7.8 update. Hell, some of the stuff they announced for Win Phone 8 is already available for the Lumia 900, the camera extensions and Nokia navigation. I think Microsoft wanted to avoid the iPhone 3G update debacle where the phone was basically unusable after the iOS 4 update due to not having the hardware to handle the updates, as a single core Snapdragon would likely be when asked to run the NT kernel with 512 MB of RAM, but they were damned either way.

Sure you're losing some things like encryption and tighter Skype integration, and eventually you'll see some apps being WP8 only, but on the balance it isn't as bad a screwing as the Nokia N97 owners got (a terrible phone which never got a fixed and never received future Symbian updates like Anna or Belle).
 
2012-07-04 02:46:50 PM  
I know it is kind of on the more pedantic scale, but I would have thought that Blizzards complete clusterfark of a launch of Diablo III would have gotten a mention.
 
2012-07-04 02:47:54 PM  

Does Not Matter: Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a month and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

On a related note, typing "ice cream sandwich penetration" into google was strangely titillating...

I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.


The problem with that is the carriers control upgrades on devices since it's how they make sure their bloatware shiat stays on them, with 4 android gave people the option to delete anything they wanted and Google is in charge of updates just like apple so carriers don't want to let people do that.
 
2012-07-04 02:58:53 PM  

Mad_Radhu: cmunic8r99: slideshow fails without mentioning Microsoft shiatting all over current WP7 device owners.

/slideshow fails for being a slideshow, too.

To be fair to Microsoft, even if the current owners did get Windows Phone 8, there's not a whole hell of a lot they could do with it since most of the key features of the OS are designed around support for hardware that isn't in the existing Windows Phones (multicore hardware, HD resolutions screens, NFC, removable storage). If you did happen to port Win Phone 8 over to the Lumia 900, the biggest thing you'd gain would be the new start screen, which is already going to be available in the 7.8 update. Hell, some of the stuff they announced for Win Phone 8 is already available for the Lumia 900, the camera extensions and Nokia navigation. I think Microsoft wanted to avoid the iPhone 3G update debacle where the phone was basically unusable after the iOS 4 update due to not having the hardware to handle the updates, as a single core Snapdragon would likely be when asked to run the NT kernel with 512 MB of RAM, but they were damned either way.

Sure you're losing some things like encryption and tighter Skype integration, and eventually you'll see some apps being WP8 only, but on the balance it isn't as bad a screwing as the Nokia N97 owners got (a terrible phone which never got a fixed and never received future Symbian updates like Anna or Belle).


WP7 should have been able to support HD resolutions and multi-core CPUs in the first place.

What's worse is they knew the Lumias and newer Focus phones would not be capable of supporting WP8 way before those devices came to market.

And the N97 only came to my house briefly, and went back because of the crappy resistive touchscreen.
 
2012-07-04 03:18:39 PM  
Microsoft hasn't yet realized that their sluggish processes for building a desktop OS don't work in the mobile/tablet world -- there's significantly more competition and the user expectation that a slick, monolithic OS will cover everything from video chat to maps.

It's a new world for MS, and they have adapted poorly thus far.
 
2012-07-04 03:23:45 PM  
My mom trying to check her email should top this list every year.

/the google said I need cookies!
 
2012-07-04 03:26:06 PM  

v2micca: I know it is kind of on the more pedantic scale, but I would have thought that Blizzards complete clusterfark of a launch of Diablo III would have gotten a mention.


I don't play it but the amount of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth that followed the ending of Mass Effect 3 could have warranted an honourable mention.
 
2012-07-04 03:34:04 PM  

Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.


The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.
 
2012-07-04 03:39:05 PM  

animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.


Its true but Apple has complete control. Google has to deal with all the OEM's and carriers and that's where the obstacles come up. They need to address this.

I've been running ICS on a Samsung Galaxy since February or March, a phone that isn't even going to get it through legit channels. Thank God for CyanogenMod.
 
2012-07-04 04:03:05 PM  

animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.


My iPad 1 became pretty much useless after I updated it to 5.x. Apps crashed way too often due to memory constraints (256MB, about 170MB usable by apps). Jailbreaking and keeping a close eye on memory use helped, but then I was spending too much time worrying about keeping memory usage cleaned up.
 
2012-07-04 04:18:26 PM  

jayhawk88: I know RIM probably hasn't technically done anything in 2012, but the list seems incomplete without them on it somehow.


I was thinking that, too. Does complete and utter persistent failure at everything count as doing something?
 
2012-07-04 04:33:10 PM  

Lsherm: jayhawk88: I know RIM probably hasn't technically done anything in 2012, but the list seems incomplete without them on it somehow.

I was thinking that, too. Does complete and utter persistent failure at everything count as doing something?


How about announcing their savior of a new OS was pushed back until next year, putting it in the vapor ware category?
We could count that, couldn't we?
 
2012-07-04 05:00:10 PM  

animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.


Just wait until the IPad 1 folks realize that iOS 6 can't be installed on it.
 
2012-07-04 06:15:54 PM  

animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.


As I pointed out earlier and as others have stated after me, the OS of most devices is in the control of their carriers which do not like letting them upgrade whenever they feel like it and only when they deem its OK. ICS is set up to let the owner of a device delete whatever they want including any carrier/device installed bloatware.

The carriers and device makers really don't want to give users the ability to delete their crap.
 
2012-07-04 07:00:16 PM  

wildcardjack:
"WP8 was supposed to shiat on Android and iOS and now it has shiat on me too"


What surprises me the most is that... people fell for it. This isn't the first time Microsoft have done this and it most certainly won't be the last. Of course this won't stop the dyed in the wool fanboys from getting a WP8 (and then 9 and then 10) powered handset.
 
2012-07-04 08:49:40 PM  

cmunic8r99: animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.

My iPad 1 became pretty much useless after I updated it to 5.x. Apps crashed way too often due to memory constraints (256MB, about 170MB usable by apps). Jailbreaking and keeping a close eye on memory use helped, but then I was spending too much time worrying about keeping memory usage cleaned up.


This is a real problem with Apples update system. If you update old hardware you run the risk of apps becoming unstable and crashy. I like that they do give the support and features but my advice is if an app works fine, don't update it.

I read change logs very carefully. Back when I was rocking an ipt2g, apps would be updating for Retina displays which made the app bigger and probably less efficient so I was very careful about what I updated. I never updated the OS past 3.1.3 because anecdotal evidence said ios4 was balls for anything below 3GS.
 
2012-07-04 10:39:26 PM  

animal900: Does Not Matter:
I'm pretty certain Android 4.0 (ICS) was announced in October of 2011 and began shipping on handsets in January of 2012. Does that make it a failure? Surely it does if you imagine that all Android handsets and tablets should be upgraded to the next operating system.

The three year old (and three generation old) iPhone 3GS can run the latest version of iOS, as well as version 6 coming in the fall. The current major release, 5, came out around the same time as ICS 4. I'm willing to bet it has a much larger penetration than ICS. The (legit) upgrade paths on Android devices is borderline criminal.


I had two Android phones, and each was only ever able to upgrade once. A year after each said upgrade came out. They are both rotting in the pit under the outhouse where they belong.
 
zez
2012-07-05 12:07:20 AM  

NutznGum: I've been running ICS on a Samsung Galaxy since February or March, a phone that isn't even going to get it through legit channels. Thank God for CyanogenMod.


I've been running ICS for months on my $99 HP Touchpad. A device that wasn't even supposed to run android.
 
2012-07-05 12:11:44 AM  

zez: NutznGum: I've been running ICS on a Samsung Galaxy since February or March, a phone that isn't even going to get it through legit channels. Thank God for CyanogenMod.

I've been running ICS for months on my $99 HP Touchpad. A device that wasn't even supposed to run android.


Oh thank god for those guys, the touchpad runs so much better. Although one of my touchpads did die with a power issue where it wouldnt even recognize any charger, not even the touchstone, still under warranty so I sent it in and they fixed it without even mentioning the mod I had done to it.
 
zez
2012-07-05 12:17:03 AM  

steamingpile: Oh thank god for those guys, the touchpad runs so much better.


To be honest, there wasn't anything really wrong with the device out of the box except for the lack of programs (refuses to say a**s) In fact i like their chat program so much that I usually boot into WebOS when planning on doing nothing but IM for a while.

/the whole flip up to close needs to be licensed by someone, it's too good to die
 
2012-07-05 12:33:10 AM  

MrEricSir: Microsoft hasn't yet realized that their sluggish processes for building a desktop OS don't work in the mobile/tablet world -- there's significantly more competition and the user expectation that a slick, monolithic OS will cover everything from video chat to maps.


So they make a desktop OS that tries to act like a tablet OS and fails at it.
TA DA!
 
2012-07-05 01:42:45 AM  

zez: To be honest, there wasn't anything really wrong with the device out of the box except for the lack of programs (refuses to say a**s) In fact i like their chat program so much that I usually boot into WebOS when planning on doing nothing but IM for a while.

/the whole flip up to close needs to be licensed by someone, it's too good to die


Oh yeah but there is literally nothing for the touchpad, Im amazed nobody bought it up to get all those free customers, unless they would have had to honor those warranties, I dont know but I know they sold a shiatload right at the end of the run so it would seem to make sense for google or someone buy up the OS just to get people to dual boot ICS.
 
2012-07-05 09:52:51 AM  
Quikster was in 2011!

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
 
2012-07-05 03:59:51 PM  

gingerjet: Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a 8 months and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

FTFA


A lot of that was phone vendors. I just got ICS on my Razr last week. Love it so far, but MOtorola was pushing it out to Asia months ago but the US was stalled until Q2 this year. I would guess the numbers are going to climb a lot more when people start updating their phones.
 
2012-07-05 05:10:44 PM  

FunkyBlue: gingerjet: Great_Milenko: What about Ice Cream Sandwich? It's been out for a 8 months and has just now hit 10% market penetration.

FTFA

A lot of that was phone vendors. I just got ICS on my Razr last week. Love it so far, but MOtorola was pushing it out to Asia months ago but the US was stalled until Q2 this year. I would guess the numbers are going to climb a lot more when people start updating their phones.


In the US at least, it's almost always the carriers. And yeah, you're right, when people start upgrading to new phones (anywhere from now to 12 months from now), ICS penetration will be the same as Gingerbread's penetration.
 
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