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wottowwottow 2288 posts  |  Last Activity: 16 hours ago Member since: Jul 2, 2006
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  • Google it.

    Bing not the answer...

  • Reply to

    Biannual Linux upgrades brick many machines

    by linuxcheatskate Dec 12, 2014 4:56 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 13, 2014 1:20 PM Flag

    Nothing changed while I took a break. Softie shills still as frightened as ever...

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 5, 2014 1:26 PM Flag

    "I don't have to tell you which part of the post is a lie..."

    LOL what a clown you are. SCO made the same argument in court; i.e. claimed that SCO didn't have to provide any evidence to support its lawsuit against IBM, because IBM already knew what it had done wrong, and should be compelled by the court to provide evidence against itself, in the "discovery" process. Needless to say, the judge had a good laugh at that.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 5, 2014 12:51 PM Flag

    "I count 4 major lies in your post..."

    You can count? That's news to me.

    You didn't specify what in my post is false, just asserted there were falsehoods. In other words, you didn't say anything at all. Why do you bother to post without saying anything?

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 5, 2014 11:31 AM Flag

    $238 million is $238 million. Get a grip.

  • Google it.


    "Microsoft's Windows Phone is a fine platform with a huge app problem.

    "Popular apps available for iOS and Android simply aren't there for Windows Phone.

    "Worse, Microsoft's app store is filled with fakes and ripoffs — and some of those are among the 100 most popular.

    "A 30-page report published today by Jackdaw Research highlights how bad the situation is."

  • Reply to

    It’s official: America is now No. 2

    by hawcreekl2 Dec 4, 2014 3:51 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 5, 2014 10:40 AM Flag

    The prediction was made on the basis of trends that were set decades ago.

  • Reply to

    It’s official: America is now No. 2

    by hawcreekl2 Dec 4, 2014 3:51 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 5, 2014 10:07 AM Flag

    Economists have been predicting we would reach that point for 15 or 20 years, so it's no surprise. It was only a question of exactly when we would get there.

    China has about 4.6 times our population, last I checked, so if China has reached parity with our GDP, then their GDP per capita is still less than 1/4 of ours.

  • Reply to

    SystemV-style init, getty and login for Linux

    by free.tard Dec 4, 2014 1:41 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 3:44 PM Flag

    I haven't had to concern myself with such matters in a very long time, though perhaps I should, just to keep my hand in.

  • Google it.

    Wouldn't be surprising at all, as it has been doing just that for years. A year or two ago, the Board authorized $40 Billion to be used for that purpose. Maybe the story here is about allocating even more for stock repurchase.

  • Reply to

    Google's core business is in trouble

    by krishna.nandamuri Dec 4, 2014 1:39 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 3:01 PM Flag

    In trouble? That must be why Google still delivers about 90% of all search results worldwide, as it has for years. Other non-core activities such as Chromebook, Android, Google Earth, the self-driving automobile need scarcely be mentioned.

    I'm not in the pay of Google. Google has never heard of me, except that, like millions of others, I use Gmail, Google search, Google Earth, SketchUp, Android, Chromebook etc. You hear a lot about Google from me simply because Google is prominent among Microsoft's rivals and is well known as a user of Linux for just about everything it does.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 2:42 PM Flag

    I can post here, just as *anyone* can, bozo. You'd like people to believe you own the place, but you don't.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 1:41 PM Flag

    Oh, please. Market performance has demonstrated beyond all doubt that Microsoft can't compete in mobile, and all the bloat in personnel and funding hasn't helped at all. The reason is simple -- Microsoft has missed the boat. Most of the potential market has already decided who it's going to buy from and and committed to a product line. The market is already nearing saturation, so there is no room for Microsoft to enter the market with a similar product.

    It's much the same reason Microsoft was able to shut other vendors out of the PC market. Now the shoe is on the foot, and you are unable to face the facts of the matter.

    It might be thought that Google faces the same problem in entering the enterprise computing market, but Google is entering with a markedly different product having major competitive advantages. So it's not the same phenomenon at all. Chromebook is a "disruptive" phenomenon.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 1:04 PM Flag

    "I'm not a GOOG partisan, at all."

    Neither am I. But this board is saturated with over-aggressive Microsoft partisans, Microsoft employees or contractors, no doubt. I call them softie shills, because I have no doubt Microsoft pays them to defend Microsoft in on-line forums.

    You just observed one facet of their typical behavior, which I suppose could be called paranoia, though I object to psychologizing. To them, anyone who doesn't worship Microsoft must be a Microsoft "hater", and must be so because he/she is in the pay of some organization Microsoft sees as a competitor, or at any rate an enemy in some sense because it isn't an ally.

    This attitude is undoubtedly a reflection of the hyper-competitive personality of Microsoft co-founder and former President/CEO/Chairman and still major stockholder Bill Gates.

  • Reply to

    Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft

    by jeffbeck283 Dec 3, 2014 6:33 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 12:16 PM Flag

    Of about the same vintage:

    "If Windows Is Dying, This Guy (Not Google) Killed It
    (Google it.)

    Quoting from Business Insider

    "Microsoft is the biggest enterprise software company in the world and one of the most profitable.

    "But it's flagship product, Windows, is the walking undead, thanks to Microsoft's two huge gaffs: missing out on mobile, and Windows 8, which turned Windows into something the typical consumer doesn't recognize.

    "By building its own Surface PCs and smartphones (with the purchase of Nokia's mobile phone unit), Microsoft has ditched the strategy that originally made Windows win the world. Instead of leaving the PC hardware to many partners, Microsoft wants it all.

    "To no one's surprise, this isn't going over well so far. Sales of Surface PCs are lukewarm and one of Microsoft's biggest hardware partners, HP, is openly running to Google and calling Microsoft a competitor.

    "But Google didn't cause Microsoft's death spiral. Neither did Steve Jobs.

    "The credit goes to something called free open source software (FOSS) and an operating system called Linux, which came from a guy in his dorm room 22 years ago named Linus Torvalds.

    "FOSS is a vastly different way to write software. With FOSS, anyone can use the software for free, copy it, distribute it, change it, in some cases, even sell it (or sell services around it).

    "If there's a bug that needs fixing, or a feature that needs adding, users are free to do it themselves.

  • Google it.


    "This week’s DockerCon event in Amsterdam was set to be a high profile showing – the first time this white-hot open source initiative was showcasing itself in Europe. The event was somewhat overshadowed by an announcement from CoreOS that it is launching a competitive containerization initiative. But notwithstanding the blemish, the event goes on and, as was expected, Docker (the company, not to be confused with the eponymously named open source initiative) is announcing a raft of developments. So what’s in the news?

    "Orchestration for multi-container applications

    "Some of CoreOS’ criticism about Docker was that it was going well beyond its initial focus on delivering a great container offering. That is to be expected as Docker looks for a viable business model. One of the directions it needs to go in is enabling multi container applications to be built and run. This is, after all, the way real enterprises build applications – an isolated container is pretty much useless in an enterprise development context. Docker is announcing platform services for orchestrating multi-container distributed applications. These orchestration capabilities are designed to enable developers and sysadmins to create and manage distributed applications that are composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers."


    Containerization bids fair to revolutionize the development of applications for the enterprise. Another movement Microsoft didn't originate and may be missing out on. Would certainly have missed if Ballmer were still in charge.

  • Reply to

    What ails Google?

    by deep.distrust Dec 4, 2014 11:28 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 11:56 AM Flag

    Tsk tsk, don't show how frightened you are of Google.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 4, 2014 10:57 AM Flag

    Googled it.


    "Google Inc. plans to boost the commissions it pays some outside firms to sell its workplace software, signaling a more serious challenge to Microsoft Corp. ’s dominance at larger companies, according to people familiar with the matter.

    "The outside firms, known as resellers, now keep 20% of the revenue from Google’s Apps for Work software and services. One common package, which includes Gmail, Docs word processing and Drive cloud storage, is sold to companies for $50 a year per user; Google charges $40, leaving $10 for the reseller.

    "Google will increase these commissions for top-performing resellers to encourage them to sign up more corporate customers, help employees use the software, and fix technical problems, the people said.


    Google getting more serious means Microsoft will lose more customers. Microsoft can no longer afford to be smug.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 4:35 PM Flag

    Pardon me, but it isn't clear from what you say whether you're planning to work in Linux or BSD. They are sorta related, but not the same.

    SIGWINCH is defined in GNU. Whether the corresponding signal is actually implemented, I can't say.

    bash on my system is version 4.2.25(1) I can't imagine what you're looking at, that would have version numbers as low as those you're seeing.

    I find the version of vi on Linux quite adequate. It's actually VIM (vi IMproved) 7.3. Don't see why you'd need the BSD version if you're porting something to Linux.

    As to termcap, I've had no truck with it on a modern PC. It served to adapt Unix to the welter of CRT dumb terminal models and versions that used to exist in pre-PC days. There seems little need for that, these days.

  • Google it.


    "As tech shoppers peruse the aisles this holiday season, an increasing number are considering the humble Chromebook.

    "Analysts say sales of the low cost, no fuss laptops that run Google’s (GOOGL) Chrome operating system software could triple from last holiday season, but acknowledge even that would still represent only a small fraction of all laptops sold.

    "Chromebooks don't run the gamut of programs that work on Mac and Windows computers. Instead, they rely mainly on web-based software running in Google’s Chrome browser. That has limited their popularity, but the spread of wifi connectivity and growing usage of cloud-based apps has increased the Chromebook's appeal.

    "Even Adobe is producing a version of its venerable Photoshop app to run on Chromebooks now.

    "Consumers choosing Chromebooks are focused on affordability and versatility, says Stephanie Van Vector, an analyst at ABI Research. The devices are cheaper and easier to maintain than most comparable laptops and, with a built in keyboard, seen as more productive than tablets."


    So, Chromebooks still not putting Microsoft out of business, but the trend is as ominous as ever...

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