Is WinFS Dead? Yes. No. Yes.

Is WinFS dead?
Yes and No. Yes, we are not going to ship WinFS as a separate, monolithic software component. But the answer is also No – the vision remains alive and we are moving the technology forward. A lot of the technology really was database stuff – and we’re putting that into SQL and ADO. But some of the technology, especially the end user value points, are not ready, and we’re going to continue to work on that in incubation. Some or all of these technologies may be used by other Microsoft products going forward.

I really hate lying marketing drones pretending to be engineers. But when Engineers try their hand at corporate market speak, it’s just ugly!

They go on for a couple of paragraphs like this on the WinFS Team Blog. It’s kind of like watching a time lapse film of a car being stripped for parts. It’s neat to watch, but you know the guy doing the stripping is just destructive.

Read the rest if you care.

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Generate More Than Enough Hydrogen With NanoTech

Nano World: Stabilizing explosive elements
Capsules only nanometers or billionths of a meter wide that stabilize extremely dangerous compounds normally prone to igniting or exploding can safely generate more than enough hydrogen gas to beat U.S. Department of Energy goals for hydrogen production for 2015 just by dropping them in water.

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Microsoft Blames “Stupid Users” for Secrutiy Problems

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Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation.

Danseglio said the success of social engineering attacks is a sign that the weakest link in malware defense is “human stupidity.”

“Social engineering is a very, very effective technique. We have statistics that show significant infection rates for the social engineering malware. Phishing is a major problem because there really is no patch for human stupidity,” he said.

Yep the “human stupidity” observation is proved true by the simple fact that people are still paying to buy Microsoft’s Windows OS, when Linux is available for FREE.

Microsoft ought to watch that kind of talk (accurate as it may be), because if the average computer user gets wise to the fact the the free alternative (Linux) is actually a better operating system than either Windows or Mac, Microsoft would be done for and Apple would be reduced to bieng a music retailer.

Was that too harsh?

WinFS Scrapped, Parts Sold For Junk

we are not pursuing a separate delivery of WinFS, including the previously planned Beta 2 release. With most of our effort now working towards productizing mature aspects of the WinFS project into SQL and ADO.NET, we do not need to deliver a separate WinFS offering … we are able to get the underlying feature work into Orcas and Katmai. It’s great technology and we are super-excited to be productizing this way.”

As Bill Gates hits the door, so goes his pet projects. A relational file system for the Windows platform stays but an elusive dream

The official word from the dev team is that WinFS will no longer be developed as a relational file system, and all future betas are cancelled.

Expect to see a few more of Microsoft’s current “Big Projects” similarly given the “Chop Shop” treatment.

Update: David Hunter at Microsoft News Tracker adds:

Read McLaws’ whole post, because his major point is that WinFS was supposed to be a relational file system, not these two ancillary features. Touting the fact that you found these features in WinFS and are slapping them on SQL Server is rather like picking through a fast food dumpster and marveling that you found 2 French fries.

Update: Computer Guru at The NeoSmart Blog has a very detailed post about WinFS where some of the nuances are discussed.

What matters is, WinFS is really gone. It’s dead, and it’s not coming back for a long time. Microsoft may claim that it’s being chopped up into smaller pieces and being fed back to the community and Windows in various products and services – but just think about it: does it seem like WinFS could be delivered in bits and pieces and then build itself together? Does it even matter?

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UPDATE: It looks like The NeoSmart Blog went over his bandwidth limit. He’s down for now. UPDATE2: is back up. He says it’s because of those little sites like Digg and SlashDot. But we all know it was the flood of traffic from this site that was the straw that broke the camel’s back!

The Fishbowl takes Microsoft and the Dev team blog to task

scobleizer always has the inside edge on all things MS. He weighs in on the WinFS announcement. Some of the comments are pretty good as well.

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Designing a brain with the help of nanodots

Self-organizing networks of brain cells have been created by researchers at Tel Aviv University using clustered nanotube dots.

The technique could allow the development of sophisticated biological sensors that use functioning brain cells, according to report at newscientisttech. This type of device would identify a compound – a deadly nerve agent or poison, for example – by measuring its effect on a functioning network of neurons.
HatTip: Nanotech | Buzz

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Hawking rewrites history… backwards

Hawking and Hertog call their theory ‘top-down’ cosmology, because instead of looking for some fundamental set of initial physical laws under which our Universe unfolded, it starts ‘at the top’, with what we see today, and works backwards to see what the initial set of possibilities might have been. In effect the present ‘selects’ the past.

For the “religious versus atheist” debate as seen in the Digg comments … Here are some thoughts written by Albert Einstein that I think are appropriate.

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

“I want to know God’s thoughts,….. the rest are details..”

Truly religious people are not afraid of science, because Science simply puts the wonderment of creation on display for all to see.

Truly Scientific minds are not afraid to acknowledge the possibility of a higher being, or state of being.

As we can see from the digg comments to this story … There are always a number of those who would rather stifle science and discovery in the name of religion, dirt worship, politics or atheism. Or simply because the facts don’t happen to agree with their personal worldview.

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Opera Version 9 released and reviewed

Opera 9 is available here and has been available as a free product for quite some time. Opera is more than just “worth the download”. Check out the review below for a peek at some of the features. Opera 9 improves on more than just added features, they have improved performance (which suffered some in version 8 when compaired to version 7 which had been quicker and more efficient).

There are also some little things that I just love about Opera…like “paste and go” (right click context menu). When I use FireFox or IE I really notice it’s absence. Some of the more esoteric features include “Mouse Gestures” and the “Magic Wand”.

Complete Opera 9 Review
This review of Opera 9 covers nearly every feature included in Opera including BitTorrent and IRC. Opera is put up against Firefox and uTorrent with very interesting results. Includes screenshots of Opera in action.

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