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(Slashdot)   Investors demand Bill Gates leave Microsoft. Fine, Bill will go cry on his giant Mount Everest of $100 bills   ( divider line
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2655 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Oct 2013 at 5:07 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-02 08:01:14 PM  
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ImpendingCynic: MrEricSir: Bill Gates and his posse are responsible for dozens, if not hundreds, of unnecessary incompatibilities that prevent technology from working together properly.

I'm not defending Bill, but to be fair, their customers would have been seriously p*ssed if MS hasn't preserved backwards compatibility. That's not to say that Windows 8 needs DOS 3.1 support, but there's probably a point (somewhere around Windows 98) where they should have cut the cord so we could all move forward.

I For one am okay with the notion that if I wanted to do some creative installing of various legacy drivers, I can get Redneck Rampage to run on a Modern PC with out the need to run in it an emulator.
2013-10-02 05:42:18 PM  
2 votes:
Instead of linking to a blog post about the actual story, why not link to the actual story?
If I wanted to read slashdot, I'd go to slashdot.
2013-10-02 10:16:09 PM  
1 vote:
Whoever was responsible for Windows 8, Windows Vista and the F***ing ribbon in office shouldn't be fired, they should be fired upon.
2013-10-02 10:02:54 PM  
1 vote:

EngineerAU: MrEricSir: Or their implementation of Java, which eventually got them sued and was a big reason Java never caught on on the desktop.

Java still exists but it's popularity declined because (a) most people were introduced to it through applets, which sucked (b) write once, test everywhere because it never lived up to it's most basic promise (c) SUN ignored the Java community, dribbling out fixes slower than molasses at the North Pole, and (d) Oracle doesn't give a damn about Java, it's just another thing in their portfolio to consume resources. But let me guess, 2013 would be the Year of Linux on the Desktop or some nonsense if Microsoft wasn't working with the grey aliens to keep you down.

Java is fine for server tasks. On the desktop, it's mostly used for malware. Microsoft dropped their VM over a decade ago so you can't really blame that suck on them. SUN and Oracle had plenty of time to do something with it. They chose to string along Java fans because they could get away with it. Your post blaming Microsoft's virtual machine that has long been gone shows just how right they were.

You're missing the entire point here -- Microsoft dropped their JVM because they refused to play by the rules, and Sun sued them over it. If that hadn't happened, Java would have come by default on most computers.

And if that was true, it's pretty reasonable to assume that things would have turned out very differently for desktop Java. Maybe Sun would have bought Oracle instead of the other way around. Who knows.
2013-10-02 06:24:21 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe if Bill paid a little more attention to his company and a little less to starving kids in Africa, they wouldn't have $900 million worth of Surface tablets on warehouse shelves.
2013-10-02 05:30:11 PM  
1 vote:
I think Bill is part of the problem. I understand the Microsoft vs Apple rivalry, but when you forbid your kids from owning or using an Apple product, you're going a bit far.

Sure it might look bad if Junior Gates is using and iPod, but make a device that he/she actually WANTS to use, not force them to use your crappy device.

Maybe if MS spent more time figuring out what people actually want in a device instead of trying to squash any competition and spending millions on marketing campaigns, they'd actually gain some market share.
2013-10-02 05:17:14 PM  
1 vote:
Headline: Investors Want Bill Gates Gone from Microsoft
Second damn sentence of the article: Those three investors hold roughly five percent of Microsoft's stock.

You're fired, Kolakowski.
2013-10-02 04:31:32 PM  
1 vote:
They should demand Windows 8 get treated like that season of Dallas and pretend it was all just a horrible dream.  Shipping Windows 7.1 any day now!
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