720 posts • joined 15 Aug 2006
Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)
Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside
Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview
"I don't have to pay for licences and certified retraining"
.NET Core, ASP.Net, SQL Server Express, VS Developer Edition, all free and who's making you do certified training?
"We also never hear what MS feels about Googles Firebase platform"
The one where you have to pay for licences?
I had a Windows Phone.
As an OS it was not bad, especially if you tied it to a wider Windows ecosystem and you didn't mind a Microsoft version of the Apple walled garden approach.
The problem was with apps of course. The Facebooks et al were there, if grudgingly updated at a quarter of the frequency of the iOS\Android equivalents. The killer for me was the lack of 'second tier' apps - your local transport company or energy provider, or college. They all have iOS\Android apps, why would they bother their holes getting stuff rewritten a third time for a platform with a tiny market share?
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
Re: "We want to ask developers, what is your pain point"
> Went ti update powershell - a fucking command shell. 500M download.
Well then it updated a load more than PowerShell. PowerShell 4 is part of the Windows Management Framework download, and that's under 50MB even with everything included.
Ah 'Epsom' printers.
Years ago I used to work in an office of dimwit tech support people. I had to print out an A3 sheet and stick it on the wall, as follows:
(picture of racecourse) = EPSOM
(picture of printer) = EPSON
(picture of popular Gaulish cartoon character) = ASTERIX
(*) = ASTERISK
... before I disemboweled one of them.
Politics is nothing to do with it.
The facts are as stated - the software they need mostly doesn't exist on Linux and LibreOffice is a poor relation for any sort of serious corporate use. It's blindingly obvious. It's why every company I walk into uses Windows. They're not 'all about the pork', they're about running the software they need to do business with the minimum of bullshit.
"By then the MS lock in will be total" - when you're a city council it doesn't matter if you're locked in. Had they got the Linux project to work, they'd be locked into that. It's not like they'd be able to change distros or something at the drop of a hat.
I had a WinPho for 18 months or more.
As an OS it was very slick. Of the two 'walled garden' phone operating systems, I'd take it over Apple's Fisher-Price UI any day.
What killed it for me was app support. Not necessarily your Facebooks et al, but 'mid range' apps. Your local transport provider's real time updates app. Your local gym chain fitness class booking app. They all have iOS and Android versions, but never Windows.