Category «News»

Microsoft news roundup

A while ago I did a post of news about Microsoft. I’ve been collecting things that catch my eye ever since, and they do worry me about my career as a Microsoft developer. Like many developers in the Microsoft ecosystem, I need Microsoft to be strong and take the fight to the opposition. Unfortunately, right …

Dishonesty, Dishonestly

It’s funny how all the disclosures about the NSA’s PRISM spying programme have mentioned specific things that companies don’t do, such as handing user content over to the US Government, but don’t mention what they were accused of: sending communications metadata in bulk. Read the disclaimers: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook… they all say much the …

Why Sinofsky leaving is good for MS

Many of the press are reporting that the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows division, is a bad thing. Wall Street isn’t happy, they report. And yet, I can’t help thinking that this is a really good thing for Microsoft. To be honest, the Surface has had modest sales. It’s not been …

Citizen Khan

It’s quite rare that I blog about something that’s been on television (well, at least, that’s been on television more recently than twenty years ago, anyway), but with the controversy surrounding the BBC’s new show Citizen Khan. Apparently, the BBC have had over 200 complaints that it’s “disrespectful to Islam”, and may be investigated by …

Apple’s pyrrhic victory against Samsung

The results are in, and it’s a massive win for Apple against Samsung. At least, for now. First off, there will be appeals, of course – there always are. It’s highly unlikely Apple will see the full damages – and they’ve annoyed a major supplier into the bargain. But before Apple fans get too excited, …

All Surface, No Feeling?

Microsoft just took a huge gamble. A mega big one. And I’m not sure if they’ve already lost. Let me start with the background. A few months ago, they announced Microsoft Surface, a shiny Lumia blue tablet thing (apparently it’s hit production problems already – who’dathunkit?) Today, they announced that Windows on ARM – you …

Cameron’s Big Brother u-turn

One of the big promises Cameron’s Tories made during election campaigning was that they would “roll back the surveillance state”. Unfortunately, the u-turn has arrived – the ConDem coalition has resurrected the much-reviled previous government plan to monitor every phone call, tweet, email, Facebook post and make that information available to “law enforcement” at any …

BAFTAs 2012

Just waiting for the BAFTAs for this year to come on, and it makes me think a bit. The last 12 months have seen a really strong line up: The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Help, My Week With Marilyn, Submarine, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady, Senna… I just can’t think of any other year, …

ACTA must be destroyed

As Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing points out, today is the day to kill ACTA. The UK branch of the Pirate Party is holding demonstrations across the UK against it, and I’m sure many other international Pirate Parties are too. However bad ACTA is right now, it can only get worse. Article 6.4 creates …