* Posts by Charlie Mason

21 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Jan 2009

Linux chief challenges Microsoft to pony up on patents

Charlie Mason

No way

I can't see Microsoft do that. Not because of any disliking of the linux community, but because it poses a real threat to them.

This would basically allow (for instance) Google to reverse engeneer Windows and put all the bits it likes into a free Chrome OS. Not bad for end users, but terrible for Microsoft itsself.

Also Microsoft currently rules the business end of computing. Giving up their patent rights would make it more viable for others to enter the market with similar code.

Not that this would not be good for everyone. More choice, cheaper software etc. Microsoft remains a business run by financial motives. There seems to be no reason that alligns with their financial motives to remove their patents (development they spent billions on).

Hackintosher aims 'blazin' guns' at Apple

Charlie Mason

Way around this

The EULA states: "This License allows you to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so."

So slap on a sticker which reads 'With Apple's OSX' and include their logo.

Dell Studio 15

Charlie Mason

nuther user

I'm pretty damn pleased with this one.

I also like the subtle touches like the power button not working when the lid is closed so you don't accidentally turn it on when it's in a bag.

Opera CEO: Unite not a security risk

Charlie Mason

And that explains their marketshare....

Sure the internet as a whole might be better off..

But still they'd be adding more ways into a customers computer. And that's why they have none..

Customers that is.

Google code cloud punts on-demand embarrassment

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I usually find your stories silly and laugh at them.. I reckoned that was what this column was for.

This one actually made a very valid point.

My compliments.

Oracle kills Virtual Iron-ware

Charlie Mason

Trade iron for a box?

Perhaps they're seeing more bread in Virtual Box which they can get off Sun?

Microsoft to bomb Europe with IE-free Windows 7

Charlie Mason
Paris Hilton

That what I would have done....

Don't include a browser and only place a link to the Live suite which will probably include IE now.

So not only will a lot of people download IE8, the people that didn't give a crap in the first place will now also get the entire live suite which they would otherwise probably have missed.

From a marketing point of view this is brilliant. From the UK perspective this is probably exactly what they didn't want...

Paris... cos she outsmarts them all.

Google Squared - the Cuilest search app ever

Charlie Mason
IT Angle

As always....

the point you are trying to make is mostly bollocks, but it's fun to read.

Blears is latest to scurry away from Brown's Cabinet

Charlie Mason


You Britisch people make the best comedies.

EC pressure on Microsoft grows

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And the next fine is for....

... adding software that automatically does stuff on your computer without your permission. Like Google chrome updates.

... not shipping all browsers.

I'd love to see em ship Netscape 4.1. Just to spite the EU.

I do appreciate the EU trying to make sure a competitive market exists. But this time the underdog (Opera) started crying whilst a direct competitor (FireFox) managed to get one damn big piece of the pie without legislation.

This ruling could harm FireFox too seeing it is seen as (almost) the only alternative to Internet Explorer. All their marketing work will go down the drain this way too... but no one really seems to see that.

KOffice 2.0 available for early adopters

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Yeah why jump into a highly profitable market when there are zillions of niche products to be made with no customers in sight.

There's a businessplan!

Red Hat sticks lawyers on non-neutral Switzerland

Charlie Mason
IT Angle

Why no public bids?

Because Switserland is not a part of the EU and therefore does not fall under EU regulation.

Which basically means it, as a country, can bloody well buy whatever it wants.

I see no one complaining when you buy a car you like. Your money, your purchase, your rules.

Novell boss in semi-apology over Microsoft pact

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I grow tired of the haters....

Who cares really. If open source is better, good for you. If MS products are better... fine.

If one was really better than the other then why all the advocates?

Will Big Blue mainframes run Windows?

Charlie Mason

No way

IBM doesn't want this. This will create more players in the mainframe market which is 100% theirs at the moment.

They have a monopoly, why would they want to risk that?

Google designer quits over performance obsession

Charlie Mason

Sword of data?

Data had a phaser not a sword.

IBM 'in talks' to buy Sun Microsystems

Charlie Mason
IT Angle

Little Suntain

Is it just me or does that bloke look a hell of a lot like David Walliams from up close?

Charlie Mason
Paris Hilton

Office anyone?

OpenOffice and StarOffice come into the equation too... Making the IBM office offering pick up some speed again.

MS packs yet more tweaks into 'near-ready' Windows 7

Charlie Mason

Did you read it right?

The beta is over. This means they reckon Windows 7 is feature complete. The RC will leave room for bugs to be fixed, just no features to be added.

So why the rants about it being buggy or released as beta?

I'm all for giving Microsoft a hard time... but at least give em a proper shot to defend themselves.

Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official

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Well I for one would rather see them crippling their websites than the people living there.

EC will force users to pick a Windows browser, says Microsoft

Charlie Mason
Paris Hilton

@Unable to remove IE

So if the problem is not being able to remove IE from the OS... why isn't that the charge then?

Paris: Cos she seems to make more sense.

Opera sings praises of Microsoft-browser statement

Charlie Mason

Why not strip it then?

What I can see happening if Microsoft is asked to remove the browser is they'll offer a download link which downloads IE, WMP, Live mail and whatever else they have. So we're back to square one.

What I'd like to see them do is stop providing Windows to the EU. You don't want it the way we sell it? Ok we won't sell it anymore. Let's see what uproar that provides.

Or just remove IE and add the notion that with this version of windows you cannot get updates or patches seeing this is integral part of windows.

Regarding solutions so far:

- Use the command line / wget

--> how would including wget or ftp not be bundling?

--> how would you get your granny to figure this out?

- Add a list of browsers

--> why would Microsoft ever promote their competitiors. That's just retarded.

--> how could Microsoft be held responsible for providing the correct links if they are located on other people's servers OR how could Microsoft be held responsible if they did not have the latest version available.

--> would these browsers need patching by Microsoft? I gues not.

Both solutions so far are bollocks imo. Having antitrust for being anti-competitive, sure. Making Microsoft provide other people's software to harm their own business, no way!