"Microsoft is launching a new holiday TV spot today. It’s a departure for the brand tonally, and for that dip into emotion I give the spot high marks. But the idea itself – Microsoft employees walk to an Apple store and serenade Apple with a song about peace – comes off as a cry for help.
"Here’s the spot entitled, “Let There Be Peace”: [roll video]
"Microsoft is jealous of Apple. They are jealous of Apple’s brand, its people, its products, and most of all its success. Apple, on the other hand, I’d wager doesn’t really think about Microsoft, let alone feel any jealousy towards them.
"So who is really at war and desperate for peace?"
In the same vein, it's worth remembering that there are still those who are very suspicious of Nadella's declaration that "Microsoft loves Linux". It's fine that Microsoft recognizes the value of Linux and Open Source and pays it the sincerest form of flattery, namely imitation; but it is still necessary to insist on compliance with the GPL.
Ballmer must have forgotten why he isn't CEO any more...
A reminder -- when Hitler arrived in Paris, one of his first actions was to order the local law enforcement offices invaded, to confiscate records of firearm registration, so that all citizen-owned firearms could be confiscated easily and efficiently. This in anticipation of the French Resistance.
Especially an accountant with an anger management problem, whose idea of how a company works is based on close observation of college football.
Yup, I've already seen at least part of every episode. Probably I slept through at least part of each later episode. I agree, very good series, though for me it begins to drag a bit toward the end.
"Microsoft has added Debian GNU/Linux to its list of supported Linux distributions on Azure.
"On December 2, Microsoft plans to announce availability of Debian as an endorsed distribution in the Azure Marketplace. (The blog post announcing the Debian addition actually went live on December 1.) Microsoft is making the announcement in collaboration with credativ, an open-source services and support consultancy.
"From Microsoft's announcement on its Azure blog:
"Debian is a free operating system that comes with over 43,000 packages and runs in many architectures and even different kernels. The 64-bit version of Debian GNU/Linux for Intel architecture is one of the most popular Linux distributions in the market, used by developers, governments, enterprises, application architects and derivative developers alike."
"Microsoft users can provision Debian-based virtual machines in Azure using Debian 7 (codename "wheezy") and Debian 8 (codename "jessie), both built by credativ.
"Before today's announcement, Microsoft already supported a number of Debian releases running on Hyper-V 2012 R2.
"As an "endorsed" distribution, the Debian images available in the Azure Marketplace are supported by Azure's Linux and open-source developer support teams. Microsoft and credativ will continue to offer "the most updated version sof Debian as Marketplace images, as well as to keep a transparent, community-oriented process for building the images," Microsoft officials said in today's blog post."
--showing once again which way the wind is blowing. Microsoft is evidently quite serious in its "love" of Linux.
Actually, the existence of Christianity is very strong evidence for the existence of Jesus, though it doesn't tell us much about him. As I said before, the movement had to start somewhere, somehow; and such phenomena nearly always start with some individual.
Incidentally, there was something on TV last evening that you might profit by watching, if it comes back. It was an episode of the Frontline series on PBS, a rerun of "From Jesus to Christ", a compilation of the views of modern scholars on the early history of Christianity, based on much deeper scholarship than the general public usually hears about. This was the first of three or four programs on that subject. The next of the series I assume will be broadcast next week.
Right. I don't recall whether Visual Studio itself will run on Linux. If not, it's questionable who would bother to port it to Linux. I won't, and even if someone does, I won't be using it, for the same reason that don't use Windows.
Still, it's interesting how far over backwards Microsoft is leaning.
Are there really that many IE users left?? Most of them must be in third world countries like North Korea...
Agreed, it's all claptrap, and most especially I agree that in many, perhaps most, cases religion is what any political system tends to devolve into if it lasts too long. In our own case, we hear talk of "desecration" of the flag of the United States. By definition, desecration can happen only to a RELIGIOUS symbol. Thus many people have begun to think of the political system of the United States just as they would think of a religion.
On a deeper level, the real problem is that we haven't left our simian ancestors far enough behind. There is hope that, with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, we can adopt a sane system of government eventually. Interestingly, that is what was proposed in the 1950's version of "The Day the Earth Stood Still".
I don't pay much attention any more. I long ago concluded that at least his current purpose is to generate politically-themed noise, to drown out any discussion of Microsoft. Politics and religion -- the two topics best adapted to generate storms of meaningless chatter.
-- all of which gets back to an old puzlement of mine, namely what did people back then actually think "the Lord" was? I'm not a Biblical scholar, by any means, but I understand that after a certain point he was referred to usually as "the Lord", not "God'. In English, the term means literally "the keeper of the loaves".
Oh, one other thing -- The claim of divine ancestry was routine back in those days. For example, the Emperor of Rome was always claimed to be the son of some Roman deity, be it Mars or Jupiter etc.
It is an undisputible fact that Christianity exists. It is overwhelmingly likely that it started with one man, as most such movements do. (The modern Mormon phenomenon is a good analogy.) It matters not a whit what we assume his name was (though we know for sure it wasn't Jesus -- that's a Latinization of a name more like Jehoshua, which in English translations of the Old Testament is usually rendered as Joshua.
"NEW YORK—Developers can now debug apps running on Linux servers or IoT devices from the comfort of Visual Studio. Microsoft today released a preview of a Visual Studio extension that adds remote debugging using GDB of Linux software.
"This was one of many announcements made at Microsoft's Connect developer event today as the company aims to give its developer platform the broadest reach it's ever had, able to handle Android, iOS, and Linux development, alongside the more expected Azure, Office, and Windows. Visual Studio 2015 already made big strides in this direction, and Microsoft is pushing ahead to try to make Visual Studio the best development environment around.
"The free and cross-platform Chromium-based code editor Visual Studio Code is being open sourced today. A new build has also been published, adding an extension mechanism to the editor. There are already some 60 extensions available, including new language support (such as Go language), richer debugging, code linters, and more."
Despite the reservations of skeptics, it looks more and more as though Microsoft has "got religion" -- i.e. adopted the Open Source ethic, fhough for its own private reasons no doubt, as all other corporations supporting it do.
Please see the original article, there is more...
Don't know about that, and don't know that Jesus can be held rresponsible for writings long after his death (Revelations) but there is one passage where he is quoted advising his followers to sell all their worldly possessions -- and buy swords. Not the image your average believer has of him.