Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Mar 2009 19:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes And the weeks just keep on coming, don't they? Another one has passed, so it's time for a Week in Review. This week wasn't particularly eventful, and was mostly dominated by various newsbits about Apple, but none of them were particularly earth shattering. The usual suspects like netbooks and Windows 7 also showed their faces. My Take is about yet another icy sport.
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I know...
by Tuishimi on Sun 15th Mar 2009 20:20 UTC
Tuishimi
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2005-07-06

...the style and content of this site has opened up a bit, but shouldn't commentaries on sports be restricted to a personal blog?

And, yes, I understand the week in review is an editorial privilege, but sports on the front page of OS (that reads Operating System) News is a little weird.

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Yes, let's talk OS's and sports!
by parrotjoe on Sun 15th Mar 2009 22:09 UTC
parrotjoe
Member since:
2005-07-06

I like these little departures. And Thom has refrained from analyzing Steve Wozniak's performance on "Dancing With the Stars" :-)

Thom, here is the USA, Bonnie Blair is my all-time favorite speed skater - she is all heart - just as you mentioned about the sport itself.

Also, of course the Canadiens are rabid about curling but, didn't it come from Scotland originally? Thom, is that why you're rooting for them?

As for IE, at this point I don't see what the point is of being concerned about whether or not it's included with Windows or not. Several years ago the situation was different. But now...it's just another browser - and not a very good one at that.

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RE: Yes, let's talk OS's and sports!
by helf on Sun 15th Mar 2009 22:35 UTC in reply to "Yes, let's talk OS's and sports!"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

because we want to FORCE choice upon the unsuspecting users and protect themselves from the evilness that is MSs built in browser!!11111oneoneone!!1

RAAAARRR *foams at mouth*

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

because we want to FORCE choice upon the unsuspecting users and protect themselves from the evilness that is MSs built in browser!!11111oneoneone!!1

RAAAARRR *foams at mouth*


I think they have a cream for that.

Choice should be a fundamental right in all things not just computers, that is the point of things like democracy and consumerism. Lock in doesn't help anyone.

Winter sports will never catch on for me, i'm not going through a northern winter again if i can avoid it.

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parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't believe in lock-in either - I just don't think it matters much anymore

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Choice should be a fundamental right in all things not just computers, that is the point of things like democracy and consumerism. Lock in doesn't help anyone.


but at the point where the consumer says "i want it with windows" he made his choice already (which includes ie)

if you go to your car-dealer and say "i want a vw golf" your choice already boiled down to half a dozen models
and there is no pickup in this produktline, no matter how much you scream and bite...

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RE: Yes, let's talk OS's and sports!
by Sabon on Mon 16th Mar 2009 15:15 UTC in reply to "Yes, let's talk OS's and sports!"
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2005-07-06

I'll take it a step further. Not only should IE be only one of the options available to people running Windows when they first boot up the computer, companies (Dell, HP, etc.) should have to give you an option of not only Windows but also Linux AND any other software OS company that is willing to work with those companies to make sure that there are good drivers for their hardware. Meaning the OS company has to pay the hardware company a set price (same as Microsoft or any other company) for creating those drivers.

People should then be able to go on the web and also into stores and be able to buy a computer and then go home and be able to choose, not just right away but also for as long as they are willing to use the disk space to hold them, other operating systems. They would be able to choose at startup which OS they want to run. And no OS should have the ability to make other OSs not run on the hardware. If they do, they would be stopped from being able to include the OS on ANY hardware.

Note that I do not use Windows or Linux but use a Mac.

I know you are now going to say that you should then be able to use whatever OS you want to on Apple computers. For the most part the answer is that you can but like with Dell, HP, etc., you still have to buy the OS that is currently default.

My answer to that is, if Microsoft wants to make a computer (basically they are with XBox) they can and they can choose to not let any other OS be installed on it by default. I'm sure it will come to that if Dell and HP, etc., start shipping other OSs on their computers. I'm positive that Microsoft is using that against them.

Based on this, since Microsoft is currently a Monopoly Microsoft shouldn't be allowed to make their own computer with only Windows on it. Until Windows has no more than 65% of the OS market they should also have to install Linux, etc., on it if they build their own computer. This is to punish them for past behavior which made them into a monopoly.

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Curling, yes, very misunderstood
by Ian Christie on Mon 16th Mar 2009 03:33 UTC
Ian Christie
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have played both Take-out Weight Curling 1 & 2 and came from it with a better appreciation of the sport. Quite fascinating the tactics behind it.

As a note, The Tim Horton's Briar just finished up today (March 15) with Alberta (Kevin Martin), as expected winning the tournament with an 12-0 record and something like a 29-30 game undefeated streak for the past year.

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Even though im a swede....
by judgen on Mon 16th Mar 2009 11:33 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

I prefer hockey all the way, even though Sweden has had some great success in curling during the last decades. But the finals in the swedish hockey league is raging on as we speak and hockey is the number one sport up here.

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Curling?
by BrianS on Mon 16th Mar 2009 17:04 UTC
BrianS
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2009-03-16

I check OSNews everyday for updates, but I have never registered nor posted a comment before.
Little did I realize that I would visit the site today and get a curling update? Hey, I am Canadian and love watching curling, I watched most of the Brier this week. I have never heard of a "curling-friendly" tech. site before, but I am all for it. Keep up the good work!

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RE: Curling?
by fretinator on Mon 16th Mar 2009 17:32 UTC in reply to "Curling?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I have never heard of a "curling-friendly" tech. site before, but I am all for it. Keep up the good work!


Actually, the OS in OSNews stands for Outdoor Sports. Not a lot of people know that.

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curling
by AdamW on Mon 16th Mar 2009 19:02 UTC
AdamW
Member since:
2005-07-06

fretinator: pity curling is nowadays played almost entirely indoors, then ;)

thom: jennifer jones had a string of very close games to win the Canadian championships, as it happens - I thought BC's rink (Marla Mallett) played better all week, but they just got pipped to it in the end. Jones is definitely strong, though. Should be a good tournament...

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