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I wasn't presuming to know how he lays down his words, as much as digging a bit against the likes of Cortana.  Perhaps one day automatic language processing logic will have the wisdom and smarts to be able to differentiate between "review / experiment" and "review slash experiment".  But that day is not this day.

 

Have you done an Internet search on Cortana, by the way?  Most here probably know that she is an unclothed female icon of Halo video game fame.  I'm surprised Microsoft is able to get away with promoting Cortana into Windows without some backlash.  Even though they're not showing an image of her they're being pretty sexist just by using her name and voice.  They must figure most everyone making decisions in the Windows world must be male gamers.

 

Sex sells.  Who amongst the gamers wouldn't want to talk to Cortana and fantasize about her digital likeness?

 

Don't get me wrong, the gaming industry finances a lot of high tech development, but there still has to be SOME real work done SOMEWHERE.  Authors need to be able to create the games and use high end tools to draw images of the likes of Master Chief and Cortana and animate them.  I guess maybe Microsoft figures folks doing that kind of stuff will just stay on old Windows 7 workstations.

 

Too much of a good thing.  If all the world cares about is fun and games, who looks after our survival?

 

-Noel

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Have you done an Internet search on Cortana, by the way?  Most here probably know that she is an unclothed female icon of Halo video game fame.  I'm surprised Microsoft is able to get away with promoting Cortana into Windows without some backlash.  Even though they're not showing an image of her they're being pretty sexist just by using her name and voice.  They must figure most everyone making decisions in the Windows world must be male gamers.

 

I had no idea she was wardrobe-challenged. It might be pushing Forum rules to illustrate what we mean. Maybe somebody braver than me...

 

 

Sex sells.  Who amongst the gamers wouldn't want to talk to Cortana and fantasize about her digital likeness?

 

Umm, I guess I am not immune to that concept.  ;)

 

But seriously, you are right: fun and games are all well and good, and PC gamers in particular have driven a lot of the developments in CPUs and GPUs, but we do need to preserve an environment where the actual work of designing chips and games must take place. Metro Tileland is not that environment, and yet MSFT keeps pushing it on the public while increasingly impinging on Desktop elements.

 

--JorgeA

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Have you done an Internet search on Cortana, by the way?  Most here probably know that she is an unclothed female icon of Halo video game fame.  I'm surprised Microsoft is able to get away with promoting Cortana into Windows without some backlash.  Even though they're not showing an image of her they're being pretty sexist just by using her name and voice.  They must figure most everyone making decisions in the Windows world must be male gamers.

 

I had no idea she was wardrobe-challenged. It might be pushing Forum rules to illustrate what we mean. Maybe somebody braver than me...

 

 

No problem:

 

Cortana.jpg

 

 

Cortana_H4_Render.png

 

cortana___halo_4___model_12_by_solarnova

 

 

And here's a soapy video .. Shodan was more interesting.

 

I must say I am not a fan at all. I am not a prude or something, I just find this in-your-face T&A very cheap. I had no problems with Lara Croft (the blocky breasts were more amusing than anything) but this character looks really like a immersion-breaking cyber-whore. A half-naked prostitute or stripper in a setting like GTA makes perfect sense, but this is just there for the tits. No professional military organization would use such porn AI avatars.

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Microsoft Makes Troubleshooting Windows Update in Windows 10 a Tad Bit More Difficult

 

Microsoft states the change is to help with performance and to reduce disk space usage, which makes sense, considering Windows 10 will be a single code base that can install on any computer or device – including those with minimal storage.

 

Ugh, yet one more way in which they're making life harder for serious users with serious systems, ostensibly for the sake of casual users with toy devices. :angry:

 

One side effect of this "complexity for simplicity" idea, though, will be to discourage tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers from solving their own computing problems. This would tend to eliminate the middle ground between the Tech Priesthood, who protect the Cyber Mysteries by wrapping them in these increasing layers of procedure and mumbo-jumbo, and the rabble (the rest of us) who are expected to give up and just do what the experts say.

 

--JorgeA

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trust me

with winblows there will always be in a need for geeky helpers and/or "DOY" no matter what area is in question

they are locking the system down more and more

that only brings more rebelion than peace :D

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These writers seem to be getting confused about this "platform" thing with Windows 10. It is a marketing brand that can be "installed" on different hardware. For the moment, the only bit of software that works across all the platforms is the Modern apps that are in the Start Screen. The OS versions themselves are still heavily hardware dependent... you cannot just buy the Windows 10 from the big box store and install it on anything you want. There will still be 32bit, 64bit and ARM versions.

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I have the feeling that the (young?) (inexperienced?) engineers at Microsoft can't even conceive of the difference.

 

My question is this:  Why did ANY executives at Microsoft survive Windows 8?

 

And the phrase comes to mind:  Too big to fail...  Twice?

 

-Noel

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These writers seem to be getting confused about this "platform" thing with Windows 10. It is a marketing brand that can be "installed" on different hardware. For the moment, the only bit of software that works across all the platforms is the Modern apps that are in the Start Screen. The OS versions themselves are still heavily hardware dependent... you cannot just buy the Windows 10 from the big box store and install it on anything you want. There will still be 32bit, 64bit and ARM versions.

 

Apropos ot this...

 

Windows 10 may offer limited features on existing low-end devices

 

Funny -- the whole point of the "One Windows" concept and of eventually removing version names and just calling it "Windows" was supposedly to eliminate confusion. But in an important sense this will add to the confusion since of course a low-end phone can't do everything that an i7-5770K box can do, and yet we're expected to call the OS on both of them "Windows."

 

In practice, people will still vary the names for each type of machine, even if Microsoft refuses to do so officially. "Phone Windows," "PC Windows," what have you. There is a need and a use for this kind of naming differentiation.

 

--JorgeA

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ETW is nice. Now you can capture CPU, DISK usage and the WU activity and see how WU impacts your system. Those old log was useless as hell.

 

 

Here are a couple of comments about that news:

 

I had a look and it's like building a car to get from the back of your house to the front

 

"Note: The process will be significantly improved in the release version of Windows 10." KB Article 3036646

 

So there is hope that in the end we might end up with something that is (as you note) more useful, while being no harder to use than the current method.

 

--JorgeA

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Not sure if this belongs better here or in the Microsoft to kill off the Windows Desktop thread, but here's an interesting discussion touching on some of the points we've been talking about recently:

 

Is "Mobile Only" The Future?

 

...How far can smartphone performance be taken and can smartphones become the sole computing device that many people need? It’s a fascinating question, and one that needs to be looked at on many different levels.

 

[...]

 

However, there is more to a computing experience than raw compute—the input and output (I/O) capabilities are, arguably, equally important. Most obviously, the size of a screen associated with a computing device makes an enormous difference in the quality of the experience you have with that device.[...]

 

I know there are plenty of reports of people using their large-screen smartphones to do everything (particularly in parts of Asia), but is that because that’s all they really need and want? Or is that because that’s all they can afford or all that they can easily access? Everywhere I’ve been in the world, I see lots and lots and lots of large screens, and it seems to be basic human nature to want to see things (and work with things) on larger displays. Until we get to foldable screens, you simply can't fit a large display in your pocket.

[emphasis added]

 

--JorgeA

 

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