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Microsft Appoints Nadella As CEO; Gates As Technology Adviser

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With Allan Mullally disappointing analysts in need of a fresh story last month, Microsoft has now announced its new CEO. As rumored recently, Satya Nadella - a long-time Microsoftie since 1992 - will take on the role; but perhaps more interesting is Bill Gates leaving the position of Chair of the board to become a "technology adviser." Ballmer and Gates will remain on the board. 


The unofficial twitter announcement:

And the official one:

Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor; John Thompson assumes role as Chairman of Board of Directors

Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Bill Gates, Microsoft's Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company's portfolio of products and services, most notably the company's move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.  

"Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company," Nadella said. "The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly."

"Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft," said Steve Ballmer, who announced on Aug. 23, 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named. "I've had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya's leadership."

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.

"Satya is clearly the best person to lead Microsoft, and he has the unanimous support of our Board," Thompson said. "The Board took the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expected and deserved."

With the addition of Nadella, Microsoft's Board of Directors consists of Ballmer; Dina Dublon, former Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase; Gates; Maria M. Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College; Stephen J. Luczo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Technology PLC; David F. Marquardt, General Partner at August Capital; Nadella; Charles H. Noski, former Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr. Helmut Panke, former Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; and John W. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Instruments. Seven of the 10 board members are independent of Microsoft, which is consistent with the requirement in the company's governance guidelines that a substantial majority be independent.


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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:14 | 4399818 rtalcott
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who cares?


DOS is dead(?)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:19 | 4399845 SoundMoney45
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At least he has an easy act to follow, in contrast to Tim Cook.  I did not see mobile mentioned much in the article. 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:25 | 4399870 icanhasbailout
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looks like he won this year's annual Redmond "Steve Jobs look-alike" contest

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:49 | 4399955 max2205
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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:17 | 4400074 CH1
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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:33 | 4400364 eclectic syncretist
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Looks like an NSA cock-suckin asshole if I ever saw one.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:26 | 4399877 rtalcott
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Very true...although Jobs picked a good time to check out because things were going to get difficult even for him.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:31 | 4399890 superflex
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He looks like a child molester.  

Will probably require a web cam on every computer as part of his next Ultrabook specification.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:54 | 4399939 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Never trust anyone who looks like that, why can't people stop looking like freaks on purpose anymore.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:27 | 4399883 Oh regional Indian
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Look at all these Indian's in key us posts (yes, MSFT CEO is still a very big deal). Not to forget India hatign Preet Bharara, who obviously hates his brown-ness.

Very interesting. Fishy too. Nadella is the son of a VERY influential (now retired) Burro-crat (can never speall that damn word).


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:39 | 4400164 aerojet
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It was the first thing that stood out--MSFT appoints a  foreigner as CEO because they know any new growth is not coming from the US.  Windows 8 is crap, Office jumped the shark completely, their phones suck and nobody wants them,  their tablets are worse.  Nobody except gamers needs Windows anymore for anything.  Bing sucks...programming .NET sucks (C# is an ok language but it is just a warmed over Java clone, and the peg has been moved much farther on by languages such as Groovy and Clojure).  I can go on and on.  MSFT is just not a leader in any segment except that companies still buy Outlook and Office for their productivity applications.  The margins on that are pretty thin, though.

I bought an XBox for my kids, but I had a lot of trouble getting it patched from XBox live and ended up having to download a patch onto a thumb drive and then sneaker net it over to the box.  Contrast that to the Wii which just worked 100% right out of the box.  I completely regret the XBox purchase, it was something my kids wanted, but it has not been used much since Christmas and we actually hooked the Wii back up to the tv.  I was totally put off by the patching experience as well as the XBox Live revenue model.  Really, I think MSFT can just go eat a bag of dicks.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:58 | 4400484 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"Windows 8 is crap,"

Windows 8 is not an OS.

It's a POS.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:31 | 4400610 oak
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win xp forever and long life.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:37 | 4400622 Freddie
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LOL!  Your kids are lucky because you sound entertaining. 

Anyone know is Playstation 3 or whatever is the latest PS is any good?  I saw the graphics in a store a year or two ago and it was amazing.  I heard they had overheating problems.   Yeah - Microshaft sucks.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:15 | 4401011 jmc8888
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Graphically?  PS4 is the way to go, console wise, and it's cheaper.

PC's will still absolutely thrash either console though. 

But most people prefer consoles, and as such PS4 is the clear and easy winner so far. 

All the 3rd party games will run better on PS4 as opposed to the Xbox One.


The Xbox 360 was a masterpiece of shit in terms of quality.   Let me put it to you this way.  I had two red ring of death failures, the scratch disc problem, a hard drive that failed, and the last year or two the 2nd disc drive had problems reading discs. 

Luickly for gamers both consoles seem to be better made this time.  But we'll see.


The original Xbox 360 had over 50 percent failure rate within a year or two.  Yeah, complete POS.

A billion dollar charge so it could fix the Red Ring of Deaths they suffered from, and the scratched disks even led to a class action lawsuit.  Me personally, I lost about a dozen games to the disc scratching and no the warranty crap places push on you when you buy games wouldn't exchange them.  So fuck those warranties too.



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:57 | 4400689 angel_of_joy
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"Windows 8 is crap"

Well, that's an understatement if I ever saw one...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:09 | 4400982 jmc8888
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They all will have their updates, it's the nature of the beast now.  Nowadays the developers target what they want in the OS and continually add more to it for the life of the unit.  Tweak this, add this, redo that, remove bugs, etc.  Just about every update adds something. But the Xbox One is basically a brick without the initial firmware update.  You could still play the PS4 out of the box.  But this won't be changing back.  You can just hope that when the next consoles are launched they are more ready out of the box like the PS4 was, rather then a complete brick like the Xbox One was.  Also it will take a year or more before a good suite of games is out for both systems.  You have the launch games, then a drought.  The next games of any note on either system don't come out until next month.  Infamous: Second Son on PS4 and Titanfall on 360/Xbox One/PC, as well as Metal Gear Solid Zero.  But your kids may not like those types of games.

In terms of gaming, which is fun, but otherwise useless....Xbox is $100 more, for a substandard version of most games.  The ESRAM is a major bottleneck, and raw GPU power is about 40-50 percent below the cheaper PS4.  Not to mention the other architectural advantages of the PS4 which in some ways is 400 percent better then the Xbox One.

I won't blame your kids, because well they're kids.  But the word is getting around, and had quite well by Novemeber, that the PS4 was the better choice.  Microsoft is fucked because the word around the campfire used to be in their pocket, and now it's biting them in the ass.

There really is little reason to pay more for less.  This console generation isn't last console generation.  Xbox label doesn't mean you are getting quality.   The Xbox One has 'potential', but that's because of 'Kinect', and at some point they need to actually realize potential or it turns into a waste.   Well it's been like five years for Kinect so that clock has long been ticking.  Few want it for gaming, and you don't need it for snap or voice control.  Even Nintendo's motion control gaming is mostly dead.   Hell Microsoft can't even showcase something coming out a year or two from now using Kinect. 

Now with the Xbox One, they can't fit the framebuffer in the ESRAM, it's too small.  Having ESRAM at all adds more complexity in making the game.  32mb's should have been 128mb's.  At least 64, which still would have had some major problems.  But 32 mb's, can't even really hold a decent 1080p framebuffer. As time goes on and quality increases, it can barely hold a 600p framebuffer, which is sub-hd. 

1920x1080x16/1024/1024=~31.64 mb's

Multiply Resolution WxHxQuality= total space needed in bytes for the framebuffer, then take that and divide by 1024 twice to convert bytes to MB's.  Remember they need to fit the framebuffer AND still have leftover mb's to boost bandwidth.

All used up for a crap 16 bytes per pixel quality *last gen quality*, and nothing left to boost the bandwidth of the 68 gb/s DDR3.

Just wait when it's 40 or 48 bytes per pixel quality.  Switch out 16 with 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 48 and do the calculations, and see how badly Microsoft fucked up...and no tiled resources won't overcome this. 

1920x1080x48/1024/1024 = 94.92 mb's

1024x600 (sub-hd) x 48/1024/1024=28.125 mb's

As you can see even a sub-hd resolution will struggle with the size of the ESRAM, when quality is near the end of the generation cycle.

This is going to make all deferred rendering dynamic lighting game engines, which basically IS the point of next-gen game engines, very difficult to run on Xbox One compared to PS4.  As these multiplatform games stop dropping support for the 360/PS3, this is when the power and architecture gap between the two consoles to really take off.   Now this doesn't mean the Xbox One is a generation behind, or anything like that.  More like closer to a third to a half a generation difference.  But that is pretty massive, and an epic fail for a competitor which launched before you and cost $100 less.

People can point to Forza, but that isn't an open world game. It's not a deferred rendered game.  It's basically a last gen game running in a higher resolution.

Oh and right now they are reserving 10 percent of the GPU for SNAP and Kinect.  Given how far Microsoft is behind they've decided to reduce this to 2 percent, the question then becomes, what are they giving up to get that 8 percent back, which won't really do anything to change the lack of power issue.

Having less power along with the ESRAM issues is why you're seeing games that run at a higher resolution, have more graphical elements, and still run at a higher framerate on the PS4, the cheaper product.  That's like saying the cheaper car has more power, better acceleration, and better gas mileage.  Oh and most people think the Xbox One looks like a 1980's VCR. So it's also aesthetically a big ugly box.

If you count PC games in the mix, the Xbox One will deliver the 3rd best version of games, and this will never change.

Microsoft fucked up big time with the Xbox One, and without all the reversals in asinine policies, dubbed 180's, it would have been a lot worse. (online only, needed Kinect plugged in, game trading and used game buying restrictions, etc)

Basically the only reason to buy a Xbox One is to play first party exclusive games, which Microsoft mostly stopped supporting when they pulled support making real games for gimmicky and horribly working Kinect 1 games on the Xbox 360.  They are starting some projects like at Black Tusk Studios who took over for Epic for the next Gears of War game, and of course 343 will be making a Halo...but both those franchises are now in the hands of a different developer then what made them what they are, and neither of these games will be out, rumored, until 2015 (Halo) and 2016 (Gears). 

There will be a rehash of Halo 2 that is supposed to be out this year though, but that's just a remake.  Also of note is that Gears of War was a trilogy, and then they made a fourth one and it wasn't well received, sales were massively down all the way to the 1 million range.  So who knows how much pull it will have in two years.

No doubt there are a couple of others, like Quantum Break, but is this a game that will become popular like a Halo, CoD, Battlefield, etc? Most likely not, it's not a FPS.  Remedy Entertainment's website who is making it calls it a "the genre defining experience that blurs the line between games and television."  Will that work?  Who knows.  Maybe it finds a niche, but lets not get ahead of ourselves and put this game on the same level as proven franchises, which are what sell consoles.

But since 90 percent or more of gaming is multiplatform games, people care about how those games perform, and they perform like absolute crap on the Xbox One.  There's massive differences and it's only going to increase as time goes on. 

Take Call of Duty:Ghosts for instance.  You have a massive 720p vs 1080p resolution difference between the two versions.  Even a recent patch that coincided with a DLC map pack has had users reporting that framerate has dropped.   Meanwhile the PS4 version at 1080p is actually running over 60 FPS but vsync locked to 60.  Go down the list of all the major 3rd party games, and they all have some major graphical differences between the PS4 version and the Xbox One version. The only exceptions are the small box, last-gen style games.  Like the unimpressive Madden series, which still looks like it's stuck in 2003.  Games set in a really small box, making it easier to render.  Or last gen forward rendered games.  Or all of the above.

Xbox One has Kinect, the NSA spy device for which Microsoft claims is amazing, except mostly what it's used for is audio controls which can actually be done with any microphone, and other then that it has little purpose.  Oh it has purposes and things it does, but they are so minor, and mostly convenience based because people can't be bothered with picking up their wireless controller and hitting a button.  That saying 'Xbox On' and it recognizing you with the camera is more convenient.  Yeah, by a sliver...and such a nothing benefit.  Another benefit is that you can switch controllers with someone sitting next to you and the xbox can recognize this...yes..because I'm too stupid to know which controller I'm using and want to play switcheroo with the controller like some five year old, and on top of that it's important ONLY because I want to be a psycho for all the worthless achievements who is sad that somehow I might be registering achievements for someone else because I would then be holding their controller, but since Kinect is there it can make sure I still only achieve achievements that are connected to my account. 

You know achievements, which boost your ego supposedly because you did something important, except, it's some crap in a video game that didn't actually achieve anything, and in reality isn't important.  That's why you need Kinect so if your five year old switches controller with your eight year old, they can still keep track of who did what, achievement wise.  Because you have to be able to prove you had fun to someone else who obviously cares and will use social pressure on you if you haven't completed some achievement or not, or gasp won't believe you beat the last boss in a game unless you can prove it with an achievement.  Play games for fun, because you sure in the hell aren't achieving anything...and no, no one cares to look at your achievements.

But beyond this where are the kinect games?  They package it in the box, and force you to buy it, yet where is the software?  When are people going to realize that Kinect is a niche product.  We've had Kinect for about 5 years now, and this is the 2nd version, yet all there has been is dancing games, that most people don't care about.  Where's Milo?  The thing everyone actually wanted, was never made, and Milo will never see the light of day, and was most likely simulated anyways. All they have right now are minor gimmicks, and they have to pull power away from an underpowered system just to run these gimmicks in a game.  Oh and most of those are also on the PS4 version of games, which you can choose to buy the camera or not.

HDMI in so they can track your viewing habits, and yes all the ad participation (nuads) they want to make you a guinea pig about.  Not to mention all the crap like during the presidential elections they can do the CNN tracker thing where morons sit there and push buttons indicating which liar they believe.  Oh and if you aren't in the U.S., the HDMI in replacing your cable box probably won't work.  Select countries only please.

Again the only way the Xbox One makes sense, is for exclusive games.  That's it. If you like the CoD, Battlefields, AssCreed, GTA, etc, etc...well don't buy an Xbox One for those games.   Only for Halo, Gears, Forza (not the one already out, that's last gen in a higher resolution), and Titanfall...which of course is also available on the 360 and PC, and the developers want to bring the sequel on the PS4.  They don't have much else.  Kinect Sports was supposed to be there at launch, and yet it is still delayed.

If Nadella wants Xbox to succeed they need to buy/open half a dozen gaming studios or more and start having them pump out exclusive games...the problem is, none of these games would be ready until 2016.  The only way to compete with a console that outclasses you in every way gaming wise, is to make games that the other can't access. Also they need to massively drop the price to below what the PS4 is at.  That is, if they want the brand to not get left in the dust.

This also would only catch them up to what Sony is doing, as they already have the studios, and those studios are known to put out a bunch of games.  Not a bunch of stuff on paper, but actual studios., with actual track records, that are hired, and many already working on games.  Gamers know Sony will support the PS4 with games.  They also know Xbox One isn't that way.  Nadella needs to change this.   The best way to do this is to open studios, but they can also buy them or moneyhat a game, but this also pisses off gamers who see it as buying exclusivity and taking options away from gamers.  But is still an option for a dying brand.

Sony has the best console 3rd party version.  It has its suite of 1st party devs to pump out exclusive games.  It has its lower price.  It also hasn't recently pissed everyone off.  Nadella has a lot of work to do.  He needs 1st party exclusives, and a lower price.   Offer a Kinect-less version.  This puppy needs to be $349 ASAP, and even then I don't like its chances because its still inferior.  It needs games, but good games take 2-3 years to make. 

All of this will cost money they didn't expect to spend, but after having a bunch of morons design the console, there are no good answers.  So the question is.  Do they let the Xbox brand sink?  Do they try to become competitive with Sony? Do they sell it off?

Also get a leash on your PR morons who talk out their ass and spout bullshit so obviously wrong it makes them look worse then Baghdad Bob. 

...and I didn't even touch Windows 8.  Hint:  Give the option of a true Windows 7 like interface AND Metro, while fully supporting and progressing both.  Give people options, don't limit them.

All the pretending Microsoft has done over the last year or two needs to stop, or else, why did they change CEO's at all?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:42 | 4400173 RKDS
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Microsoft is doomed.  In less than 10 years, it'll be all Indian and half of them will be related to each other.  Small businesses had better stockpile old hardware/software and/or learn to program for themselves, because nothing, and I mean nothing, coming out of Microsoft by then is going to be worth bothering with.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:56 | 4400684 johnconnor
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this is very likely to happen, I have been working on the IT industry for years and always the first thing a typical Indian with hiring power does is to bring another relative/best buddy from his/her homeland. I have seen entire groups and department where every single member is an Indian national, not a single US person or foreign from another country. They all come as H1B and in 4-6 years they became greencard holders and in another 3-5 years they will be US citizens. I have even seen bringing fresh college graduates from there, 25 somethings, to start a position where they had absolutely no experience whatsover, you could have hired any US person with a technical background for the same job. Also, many times I have seen people complaning to HR (and I have complained too) about that but they always look to the other side.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:44 | 4400685 johnconnor
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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:43 | 4399943 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I belive that ol'boy would jerk a rod.....

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:43 | 4400418 eclectic syncretist
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...or smoke one.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:50 | 4399962 The Dunce
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I care.  The boys at microsoft are a bunch of bastards.  They have their feet on the neck of global copyright laws.  Assholes.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:45 | 4400396 Kirk2NCC1701
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And they are better at Info-Trolling better than almost anyone:  They target prospects purely for picking their heads and profiling competition.  Get them into a phone interview, start mining for ideas, mental models and tech/product development.

What differentiates them from most, is that they actually put the info into a sort of dbase.  It's a great way for what may otherwise be mediocre middle-managers to "leverage"** from peers in the tech world.

** A nice, sanitized weasel-word for: borrow, plagiarize, steal other people's ideas, know-how, etc.  Hey, come to think of it, it reminds me of a group/tribe of people who are just like that.  Damn Kling-ons!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:43 | 4400647 flapdoodle
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Don't worry, DOS is very much alive!

Its beats on, hidden deep within the recesses of Windows 8 - everything else that you see has just been added on top of DOS as an app!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:56 | 4400924 The.Harmless.Who
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Calling all 7-11 employees.... 


one's gone missing!


(sorry couldn't resist)


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:15 | 4399823 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Someone needs to oversee the cloud products backdoor NSA and government integration into all Microsoft products. Bill is in da club now so he would be the perfect choice. Microsoft cloud is the vehicle for mass data collection in decentralized databases for the government to access at will these days.

Follow the money and government contracts....

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:19 | 4399837 ebworthen
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Good, the NSA computers can choke on my poetry.

I'd bet the NSA is more interested in Google docs and cell phone traffic but...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:38 | 4399925 Oh regional Indian
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I think Larry Elison and Oracle are equal partners in that game.


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:26 | 4399824 ebworthen
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Mr. Satya,

Please, give us an Operating System not a swipe marketing tool for the dull.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:16 | 4399827 Stoploss
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Bill, either fix your fucking software, or get the fuck out...............

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:18 | 4399833 Keyser
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10 more years of dead money in MSFT, that's what it means. 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:20 | 4399847 mofreedom
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I'm sure Nintendo would be a good buy for the Super Mario / Donkey Kong brand.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:28 | 4399885 ebworthen
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That's actually not a bad idea.

They could make it the kid/family fun brand that meshes with and funnels into XBOX.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:14 | 4400052 mofreedom
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If the Japanese wanted the gut-rot Jim Beam I suppose selling Nintendo would require many a hari kari (sp?).

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:45 | 4400428 ReactionToClose...
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Hey ....don't trash my favorite bourbon! 

I don't often drink bourbon, but when I do, i drink Jim Beam ..... (once/twice a year)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:33 | 4401058 jmc8888
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As of a couple years ago Nintendo was sitting on $50 billion in cash.

Them being bought out isn't going to happen.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:51 | 4401859 StychoKiller
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Hmm, is that in Yen or actual FRNs?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:20 | 4399836 MilwaukeeMark
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Unable to bully and control the desktop experience, MS is proving to be a ninety-eight pound weaking-nerd. Sort of like back in high school when the president of our chess team always vanquished his opponents until, once back on the playground, he got the shit kicked out of him.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:24 | 4399857 MilwaukeeMark
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In hindsight, I suppose when you choose to name your kid Felix (Wasserman) you are kind of setting up the outcome.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:31 | 4399893 gwar5
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Our chess team was so tough....  for just a wrong word, they'd reprogram your pocket calculator when you weren't looking.



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:22 | 4399855 ebworthen
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I was kind of hoping Alan Mulally would get the job so my car would ask me if I was sure I wanted to start it in the morning and my operating sytem at work would rust out around the wheel wells.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:38 | 4399924 Colonel Klink
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If your car was designed by MS, in order to start it you have to grab the door handle, antenna, and turn the key at the same time.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:18 | 4400076 superflex
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If you want to use a key to start your car, you'd have to touch swipe through three layers of gay looking metrosexual buttons to access the "Use Key" option.

The good thing is before you can start your car, you'll be aware of updates to your twitter and facebook status.


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:43 | 4400198 Straw Dog
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If your car was designed by MS, you would have to press the "Start" button to shut it off.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:22 | 4401947 StychoKiller
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"At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the
computer industry with the auto industry and stated :

'.. if GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.'

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft; we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.
You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows,
shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.
For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car unless you bought "CarNT", but then you would have to buy more seats.

6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive-but would only run on five percent of the roads.

7. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced
by a single "General Protection Fault" warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same sized butt.

9. The airbag system would ask, "Are you sure?" before deploying.

10. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Dept.

12. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

13. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:25 | 4399860 gwar5
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Meet the new CEOperative for the NSA.  Gates needs time off to euthanize the Third World to clear up Lebensraum for the elites.


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:24 | 4399864 Doode
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Chicago Booth represent!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:26 | 4399865 youngman
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I hope they fix Windows 8.....I have had it for two months now...still cant figure it out..and why they think it is better...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:30 | 4399886 ZeroPoint
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Do yourself a favor and wipe it for Linux or Debian. Kubuntu is especially good for having the desktop any which way you would like it.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:37 | 4399917 rtalcott
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Gave up microsloth for Linux summer of 2006....could never go back...and the amazing thing is that I can run hardware for damn near forever...finally retired the old 3 GHz was getting a little slow but anything newer runs a reasonable desktop...not going to be an engineering workstation but good enough for most people and most things.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:15 | 4400056 flyingcaveman
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Microsoft free since 2005.   No more buying a new computer and licence every year.  Still running a 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 and I'ive managed to save up $60.00 to buy a new used computer, but people are throwing away better computers than I have now.  When its time to upgrade I just swap out my hard-drive and boot up my new computer, no fussing around with registration or licencing numbers our whatever they make you do now.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:27 | 4400114 Ident 7777 economy
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 " No more buying a new computer and licence every year.  "


IF you know where to go, that isn't really an issue ... and I'm not talking any warez sites either ... 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:33 | 4399902 FieldingMellish
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You are supposed to skip every other Micro$oft OS. 98 good, 2000 bad, XP good, Vista bad, 7 good, 8 bad.... speaking of which why can't they stick to a single naming convention for more than a few interations?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:20 | 4400083 superflex
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2000 was excellent.

I think you meant Windows Me

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:15 | 4402808 bigmango
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Yes 2000 was maybe the only decent OS that company ever made and I dumped MS the minute they quit supporting it.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:37 | 4399918 Colonel Klink
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Because that way everyone has to get recertified to know where the links are to everything again.  It's all about the money flow!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:25 | 4399867 Hulk
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Hi, my name is Satya Nadella, but you can call me Bob from INdiana !!!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:33 | 4399907 flyingcaveman
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:27 | 4399873 ZeroPoint
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I am a software engineer who's made a career from Microsoft. I would never use their products at home. Too expensive, too dangerous, too awful. Linux and freeware is the future, not cloud computing, especially after all that's been revealed.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:37 | 4399919 Mad Mohel
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I think you may be mistaken. The masses like easy pre-packaged goop. May not be the best, but the easiest. You like Linux and open-source, because you are knowledgable, you are not the average consumer. And MS fucked up with Windows 8, because they forgot that lesson, they made a jumbled up clusterfuck that is not easy to navigate. That is why something else will come along and not some bullshit that you have to search for drivers and have to be a network admin to work. Linux = stinker, for the masses.

For the record I didn't down vote you.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:44 | 4399945 ZeroPoint
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I understand your comment, but I think it's a bit dated to be honest. Kubuntu, Linux Mint, others have a very clean GUI installation process. Assuming you are doing full installation, all you have to do is essentially click next. Full USB support, Bluetooth, free office software that has the same UI paradigm as any other productivity suite. Users do not need to know how to run console commands. Update notifications. Plus a huge free software library. This isn't the Linux of 20 or even 10 years ago.

There will always be people who want others to ALL of the thinking for them. We know what happens to those people.



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:48 | 4399952 FieldingMellish
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Most people just need a browser and a file system. why they pay $150 every 3 years for this is beyond me.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:57 | 4399980 Ident 7777 economy
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... for 'everywhere' access ... from multiple iPhones and iPads ... no more desk PCs so to speak.


Do you change the oil in your car yourself anymore? I do, but I'm the exception anymore ...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:19 | 4400069 FieldingMellish
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You don't need Windows for that.. or any specific OS. Most people keep their data with the NSA... I mean, in the cloud.


PS Yes, I still change the oil in my car and do most of the other regular maintenance and repairs.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:19 | 4400090 Ident 7777 economy
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Next time you're in an elevator, ask the guy or gal next to you what OS is running on their Android or iPhone ... dollars to doughnuts they don't know ... the 'cloud' is the answer ... not for me though. I still need local, secure, quick access ... not the same with everybody ... 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:29 | 4400128 EFNuttin
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I respectfully disagree. Set up my first Linux server in 1998 and have tried maybe a dozen flavors of Linux (SuSe, Corel, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Puppy, Redhat, Pink Tie, Chrome OS, etc) since then. Tried to completely switch from Windows to Ubuntu in January of 2010 and it was a nightmare. When I am wearing my user hat, I want consistency across applications and it was nowhere to be found. When it comes to tying it all together, that just doesn't seem to happen. A right click in this application brings up a menu, a right click in another application does nothing, and so on. While all these large software projects are the products of committees of committees, the commercial projects normally have the UI team that goes through and makes sure the apps, OS, and overall interface are synchronized. Toss in lots of compatibility headaches, particularly for those who are power users of Microsoft Office tools, and the old saw rings true, "Linux is only free if your time is worth nothing." I may try again in a few years, particularly given the horror show that has become Microsoft OS development (Vista? Metro interface on a billion non touch compatible systems? Windows 8 rollout? A bloated, out-of-touch company producing bloated, out-of-touch software?). 

It's funny because I kept predicting Microsoft would get kicked to the curb for trying to stand squarely in the path of progress. I didn't know where the revolution would come from, but it turned out to be mobile computing that has virtually ignored Windows. There were about 1 billion PC's or equivalent devices running as of January 2013. From January to December of 2013, it was expected that about 600 million smartphones and 400 million "feature phones" would be sold. Windows may end up as irrelevant as IBM mainframes in another 20 years. The computers will still be powerful and doing important work, but they will be nearly invisible to users and many corporate decision makers. It's funny that UNIX (Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Linux) is well on its way to annihilating Windows' market and mind share. When will a Dell, Lenovo, HP, or similar firm finally mass produce the true Windows alternative devices that sell to the masses? I guess when Microsoft just doesn't have the leverage it used to.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:41 | 4400192 aerojet
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So shut the hell up and buy a fucking Mac!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:23 | 4400331 Ident 7777 economy
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So shut the hell up and buy a fucking Mac! "


Funny ... I understand MS apps are available to RUN on Macs ...


Can you say  "User Interface consistency across applications"


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:23 | 4400105 Ident 7777 economy
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The masses like easy pre-packaged goop. May not be the best, but the easiest.  " 


Most succinct answer so far ...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:46 | 4400216 css1971
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Y'all realise that Android == Linux?


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:53 | 4400244 Ident 7777 economy
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" pre-packaged goo "



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:54 | 4399970 whatthecurtains
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Meanwhile cloud computing grows leaps and bounds.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:20 | 4401024 flapdoodle
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Specially in Utah...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:54 | 4399971 Ident 7777 economy
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But, for the 'masses', isn't the 'cloud' a better option? Not for me or for thee, but the masses who have nothing to hide and don't do this stuff having to know what's going on inside and out. 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:44 | 4400200 aerojet
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It's a better option if you enjoy being spied on.  Also, they may not lose your data, but they certainly don't care if they do.  The Cloud is not the end all be all of computing.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:57 | 4400251 Ident 7777 economy
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" it's a better option if you enjoy being spied on. "


My Mom would laugh ... so would my sister, but then again, neither is a Bernardine Dohrn ... Weather Underground member and "bom ber" ...


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:29 | 4399889 Osmium
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Look at the head on that man!   Oooffff

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:34 | 4399903 superflex
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In my neck of the woods, they say "Look at the head on that potato".

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:33 | 4399906 Colonel Klink
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Gates as technology advisor?  Hahahaha He stole the idea for Window and has been rehashing it ever since.  What technology has he "invented"?  This should have been marked "humor for the day" article.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:39 | 4399931 FieldingMellish
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Cash flow technology.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:58 | 4399982 Azannoth
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Why can't MS innovate anymore, .. well Steve Jobs died .. nobody to steal ideas from anymore

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:04 | 4400016 Ident 7777 economy
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... Silverlight, have you worked with Silverlight yet?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:44 | 4400205 aerojet
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Oh fuck me, no!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:57 | 4400257 Ident 7777 economy
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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:29 | 4400344 Colonel Klink
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That has been pushed/autoloaded with their updates.  I deleted that shit immediately!!!

Fuck big brother.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:02 | 4400707 flapdoodle
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Gate "invented" the EULA for software... so, expect his work to specialize in DRM built right into the OS and folded in with direct monitoring of your computer to the NSA

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:37 | 4399915 yogibear
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Next move Microsoft to India. It's pretty much there already. He'll propbably want to go back to his home town.

Plenty of cheaper software engineers in India.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:37 | 4399916 401K of Dooom
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Can he set up the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files to free up the conventional memory on a PC?  You know the first 640K of physical memory that good old Bill says is all the memory that you will ever need?  

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:15 | 4400046 Ident 7777 economy
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" ... that good old Bill says is all the memory that you will ever need?  "


Urban myth/legend.


Keep spreading it though, in lieu of breeding ...


Besides, it's Intel you ought to be discussing in this context ... why did THEY seek to limit memory access capability?


Intel, you know, THEY MAKE THE CPU chips?


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:39 | 4399922 verbot
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Bill gates is given... (yes given) windows 3.1 on a platter by ibm.. (who signed off on that one?)

Gui smooey free is free...except when microsoft is around...and voila another free shit army memeber is getting a freeride from his pals and buddies who he helped crack open the good idea of personal computing with the bad idea of microsoft having any hand in it at all...

We all know why linus torvald will erase bill gates from history just as nikola tesla has put edison in his place as a no nothing hack, so shall linus tower over bill as the rightful mind of genius...

Bill gates knows that fact and everday is ashes in his mouth that no amount of money can wash away...same for these weirdos know how little they are compared to to those whom they took from to garner current position..

And they know the lies will not live past their own passing each marred by his/her own knowledge that all will be revealed no matter how they wish that not to be true...oh wish oh wish oh wish.....nope, history will tell the billies gonna be outed no matter what...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:43 | 4399938 rtalcott
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How the kernel development is managed is a thing of beauty!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:55 | 4399978 whatthecurtains
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You are an embarrassment to everyone who uses Linux.   Go take your Torvalds blow up doll upstairs.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:01 | 4399986 Ident 7777 economy
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verbot, Didn't you skip a step like ...  'DOS' maybe ?????????????????????????


BTW, on the Tesla thing, Tesla stole patents and ideas from Europe and eastern Europe where he could read the *language* and brought those concepts to America ... where he claimed them as his OWN.

Can you say "FRAUD"?



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:32 | 4400136 Z_End
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Sources for Tesla's alleged acts?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:12 | 4400284 Ident 7777 economy
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Check the dates on HIS patents versus the patents and papers written in Europe and including east Europe ..

Take for instance the 3-phase motor. Tesla was first to patent the 3 phase AC motor in the USA 1888, but Galileo Ferraris had come up with the same design months before in Italy.

Ferraris was a university professor with no interest in making money from the invention. Tesla was extremely intelligent and was able to memorize entire books after reading them, and after obtaining a copy of Ferraris's publication to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Turin he was able to understand Ferraris's design and copy and clarify the design on paper and submit that to the patent office with the help of his (Tesla's) well-paid team of lawyers.

If this was the case than it is just another case of how businessmen with their well paid lawyers have crushed an academic person's claim on being the first.

History was almost rewritten here but documents have proven Galileo's claim. Tesla had no evidence to support his self-made claim that he envisioned the motor in 1882. In addition to this Mr. Ferraris had a track record of being an innovator in the greatest events of European AC development in the early 1880's. Tesla had limited experience in AC and was not picked up by Westinghouse until 1888, after his claim of inventing a three phase motor

- - - - - 

Practical alternating current induction motors seem to have been independently invented by Galileo Ferraris and Nikola Tesla, a working motor model having been demonstrated by the former in 1885 and by the latter in 1887.  Tesla applied for U.S. patents in October and November 1887 and was granted some of these patents in May 1888.
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:39 | 4400394 malek
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While you're on a roll, please explain to us why the US uses the 2-phase crap system Edison pushed for, instead of vastly superior the 3-phase system Tesla or whoever invented/patented/promoted.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:03 | 4400472 Ident 7777 economy
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" why the US uses the 2-phase crap system Edison pushed for, instead of vastly superior the 3-phase system "


WHAT the heck are you talking about?


3-phase is generated at the generating station, then sent at transmisison voltage levels to substations where it is then sent out at distribution voltage levels, and 3-phase is available IF you need it in a larger building (look up and down your major streets for THREE high voltage lines at the top of each 'distribution' pole) from the distribution lines. 3-phase is NOT normally brought into every home, instead a single phase of one of those 3-phases is "stepped down" and then fed to you via split-phase 220/240, and center-tapped for a "neutral" wire which yields nominal 120V RMS AC between each leg and that "neutral" ...


So, what were you saying again?


If you're judging how the 'world' works by what's solely in your backyard, you have a warped perspective ...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:07 | 4400511 Theta_Burn
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OR you could have just answered the fucking question


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:34 | 4400601 Ident 7777 economy
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The use of three-phase in the home could actually save some money in the long run, reducing the inherent 'ripple' seen in power supplies (reducing the need for capacitance and de-forming the line voltage waveshape with an improved power factor) for instance, and improving the efficiency of motors for another.


Besides, that wasn't the gist of his question; original poster was unaware of the use of 3-phase throughout the majority of the electrical generation, transmission and distribution network ..



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 17:23 | 4401594 malek
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Glad to hear you know exactly what everyone else knows or is thinking!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:40 | 4399927 Big Corked Boots
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Need Moar H1B's.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:51 | 4399961 yogibear
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Microsoft will solve that by moving the whole company to India.


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:44 | 4399940 Save_America1st
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who cares?  fuck him (sellout clown), fuck Microsoft, and especially, FUCK YOU TOO, BILL GATES; you NWO, treasonous, GMO-pimping, eugenicist, scum bag, piece of human excrement! 


Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:51 | 4399960 DavrosoftheDaleks
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Anyone else notice how CNBC & Bloomberg spent 50+ mins already talking about it.  You would think the global selloff isn't happening...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:59 | 4399988 Kirk2NCC1701
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Short new jobs for US engineers, Long H1B1 visas for grads from India.

You should walk around HP in Palo Alto or Cupertino,if you don't believe me, or think I'm being "inappropriate" (as the HR and PR weasels like to say).

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:42 | 4400636 Crawdaddy
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For grins, watch the parking lot of any US big biz with an IT dept and see how many "non-locals" are coming and going. It is easier to count the locals.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:01 | 4399990 post turtle saver
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msft makes more money from the xbox ecosystem than scrooge mcduck could ever swim in... console/mobile/cloud is where it's at, conversations around windows are not looking at the big picture

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:00 | 4399996 Azannoth
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So Dr. Evil finally gets to be the Boss of a criminal syndicate again

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:15 | 4400062 brown_hornet
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I used to do bongs with Ray Ozzie. Too bad he didn't get it. GO TOTS

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:23 | 4400108 Clowns on Acid
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The Indian mafia has spread its unspoken, caste system throughout the US IT industry. In the financial markets for most major banks Indians occupy most of the rank n file positions.

Very little innovation, but identity based politics, and support of bureaucracy is their natural domain. MSFT will go nowhere with this appointment. Obviously no one with enough heft wanted to be a faux CEO with Gates and Ballmer still on the Board.    

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4400163 Azannoth
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Somehow every OTHER Race other than White is allowed and even encouraged to favour it's own, but when "Whites" are doing it it's Racism(!)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:47 | 4400223 aerojet
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I have worked with literally hundreds of Indian software engineers and testers. I can count on one hand how many were actually competent at anything.  The situation in the IT world has never improved and the bean counters just want to drive wages down at all costs.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:13 | 4400753 Crawdaddy
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That is what I saw too. In addition to a total lack of creativity of individual initiative, a common thread was they secretively thought they were in the US because they were talented. As more H1Bs came on board and some of their peers moved into management, they stopped being secretive about it and would sometimes let it slip.

Last year when I was still in big IT I served on a project readiness review team that had to approve projects before going into production. A certain "ethnically uniform" project team was not ready to hear bad news (their code sucked, 5MM, 8 months worth of fail, and was no where close to operational) and as a result it would not be going live on their target date without major changes. They didn't address any of our issues and instead acted like the only reason we were objecting to anything was because of "something else." They never said what that "something else" was until...

Once they realized the review team was no going to sign off, the tech lead says "We see there are no problems! It is only you whites that see problems!"

He knew he stepped in it but before he could start walking it back, one of my white peers said "You finally spoke candidly but even that was unintentional. BTW I agree and it serves as a reminder why we are having this conversation in Austin and not Hyderabad."

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 16:01 | 4401180 johnconnor
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and don't even get me started with the lack of deodorant usage... those who have worked in a conference room or in a closed lab with many of them know what I am talking about

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:33 | 4400147 css1971
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Hey doesn't he look like Jobs?


HE HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:13 | 4400306 pupdog1
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Microft is the No. 1 enemy to my small business because of the hideous buggy poor quality of a couple of its oldest products. Bugs and instabilities that have been there forever and are commonly discussed on blogs.

I use it because I have to.

Fuck Microsoft, Fuck Gates, and Fuck this rag.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:23 | 4400794 smacker
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Many of the bugs and tech problems with Windows emerged when Gates expanded the product way way beyond being an operating system. He is a megolomaniac and wanted to direct and control what and how people used their computers. Hence the ugly monstrosity "The Registry". Never wanted, never asked for and now by-passed by a huge growth in portable apps.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:37 | 4400840 Bastiat
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Right and he crushed the competiton to the detriment of users:  Word Perfect was much better than Word; Quattro much better then Excel. 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:16 | 4400313 Big Johnson
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He's bound to be good for the Indian recruitment effort

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:18 | 4400317 pupdog1
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It's obvious to a five-year-old that Gates and Ballmer still run this shithouse with their hand-picked board.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:12 | 4400734 Sid James
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Will the film of the putsch star Ben Kingsley?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:15 | 4400755 smacker
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Bill Gates as Technology Advisor.


Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:39 | 4411220 Ctrl_P
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I smell "fall guy"

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