Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Aug 2013 14:52 UTC
Windows

Nokia is preparing to back Windows RT by launching a 10.1-inch tablet soon. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the tablet, codenamed Sirius, will be launched shortly. While prototype pictures of the device leaked earlier this month, we understand that the final design more closely resembles Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone products.

Nice specifications, but Windows RT. Nobody wants Windows RT, and for good reason. I say this from experience: Windows RT is horrible. It offers nothing over iOS (let alone Android), Metro applications are side projects riddled with bugs, performance issues, and bad design, and the platform barely plays third fiddle compared to iOS and Android, so developers have little interest in it. On top of that, virtually everyone has abandoned Windows RT.

But, I'm pretty sure some people will tell us this tablet will turn Nokia around.

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RE[6]: Why?
by Kivada on Tue 27th Aug 2013 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why?"
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

Wouldn't you retire after 30 years in senior leadership?

Why not hang around for eternity when win, lose or draw he still gets paid an obscene amount of money?

And leadership? Like Jobs and Gates, just no, these guys don't lead, they bark out vague, often impossible orders, no doubt full of crap from marketing, to the staff that then has to try and make something.

As CEO your job is that and meet the boys at the country club for an important meeting.

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RE[7]: Why?
by Nelson on Tue 27th Aug 2013 03:07 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

He owns an obscene amount of Microsoft stock and is rich beyond imagination, I honestly can't understand why people so well off even get up for work. That's just me though.

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RE[8]: Why?
by Kivada on Tue 27th Aug 2013 09:52 in reply to "RE[7]: Why?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

He owns an obscene amount of Microsoft stock and is rich beyond imagination, I honestly can't understand why people so well off even get up for work. That's just me though.


You and me both, I think I'd stop doing pretty much any kind of work at around the 3 million mark if I didn't have any projects in mind like Elon Musk, which is the typer of rich guy that is incredibly rare, one that actually DOES something with their money.*

They compare their wealth to the other rich guys and consider themselves less wealthy then they actually are because the next guy over owns a bigger jet or more cars or a bigger island.

Some of them are also hoarders, if they where poor their house would be filled with old news papers and cats.

While others simply collect money just for the sake of collecting it so that they have it and nobody else does.

Obscene amounts of money does strange things to people's brains.

* I actually do have a few small projects in mind, but I have no interest in running them long term, if I could get them going once I had the money to just travel the world endlessly I'd give the employees the option to buy me out cheap and become a CO-OP, since it'd be good for the local economy.

Edited 2013-08-27 09:56 UTC

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RE[8]: Why?
by gan17 on Tue 27th Aug 2013 11:18 in reply to "RE[7]: Why?"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

I honestly can't understand why people so well off even get up for work. That's just me though.
Not just you. I'd have stopped working long before reaching the amount he's worth.

Thing is, if he had really planned on retiring, he'd have at least announced some sort of succession roadmap. That's the reasonable thing to do when you represent a company with as much presence as MS. He's neither named a successor, nor has he shown any sign of grooming anyone to fill that role in recent years. If anything, it's the exact opposite - many of the potential head honchos have left. I think that's what leading most people to believe that he was forced out.

Well, I suppose they could always hire that Forestall guy.

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RE[7]: Why?
by Morgan on Wed 28th Aug 2013 11:18 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I left a cushy government job to work full time at a place where I actually enjoy going in to work every day. I don't get paid much more, I get less benefits -- in fact I have to rely on my wife's health insurance now -- but I'm doing what I love.

Sometimes it's not about the money. Maybe Ballmer just said "I'm done" and wants to enjoy the rest of his life stress-free.

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RE[8]: Why?
by benytocamela on Wed 28th Aug 2013 23:20 in reply to "RE[7]: Why?"
benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Ballmer is a billionaire, as such he lives in a reality that is very very very different from us (I'd assume most people in this site are middle class).

What I'm trying to get at is that projecting on to him our motivations as "peasants" is an exercise in futility. Hint; one does not get to hoard thousands of millions of dollars unless money is a principal driver for them.

Edited 2013-08-28 23:23 UTC

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