Microsoft Caves and Other Stuff 4/16/13

Posted: April 16, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Note:  Any discussion of the Boston Marathon Bombings will be incidental, except for my initial speculation offered in a second. 

The reason for this silence is that as far as I know there is very little hard data about perpetrators or reasons. People will have their own wildly differing theories but there is no proof. 

My personal wildly unscientific and unprovable assessment is that this will turn out to be foreign Islamic radicals in the US on valid visas; but that is just speculation based on the style of attack, AND  again there is no proof and I can certainly be wrong.  That’s all that I am going to say on the matter for now.

OK on to the show

The VergeMicrosoft will introduce boot to desktop option to bypass ‘Metro’ interface in Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue)

So they are caving – kind of – you will have the option of skipping the start screen and going directly to the desktop.  It’s a sop to IT departments that think its too hard to teach users to point at the corners or hit Win + X.

Ars TechnicaFTC May Investigate Patent Trolls

Finally someone besides George W. Bush that all the world’s woes can be blamed on and the FTC is taking them on.

Ars TechnicaContrary to Initial Reports the Boston Cell Phone Were Not Shut Down

AP had a report from a law enforcement official who said that they had been shut down but all the providers and the FCC say that the system was just overwhelemd with traffic.  (see incidental reporting)

Hacker NewsClimate Scientists Struggle to Explain Global Warming

This kind of sums it up –

"The climate system is not quite so simple as people thought," said Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician and author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" who estimates that moderate warming will be beneficial for crop growth and human health.

TechcrunchMore H1B visas on the way but employers will have to pay more

it (the immigration bill – ed.) nearly doubles the number of high-skilled visas (H1-B), from the 65,000 to 110,000, with a maximum of 185,000 in the future. However, as the Washington Post reports, it will also require employers who heavily rely on H1-B visas to pay fees and higher salaries.

More details here

  1. Mark E says:

    Had the “opportunity” to use win 8 over the weekend (not fully my choice, wife decided to go laptop shopping and borrowed a friends computer).

    Very cute.

    Just what I want, to replace the friendly pictures that I get to chose to look at when I start my computer and instead be greeted with the same little boxes on my phone.

    The whole time we were trying to use the thing, my wife (who is not one to use foul language) was reduced to muttering — ‘what the f-#** is a charm, I just want to do ….’ and ‘I don’t want to touch the d@##4 thing, I just want to open up my browser’ and ‘S**@ key board short cuts, I thought that those went away with Windows for Workgroups back in the 90s!”

    I just kept channeling the Obama-phone lady — “Win8, it sucks”

    I know that Gates and crowd were big commie-libs, but do they really need to destroy what little productivity remains by forcing this POS?

  2. Sockless Joe says:

    I’ve been seeing conflicting reports on Win9/Blue. I’ve also seen that they might do away with the “desktop” paradigm altogether.

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