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Comment: Re:No. (Score 2) 226

by Blakey Rat (#46683593) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

I agree that Visual Basic .NET is a lot less "learnable" (for lack of a better word) than old-school Visual Basic.

But what feature do you think the Express version of Visual Studio lacks for this use? (Ignoring for a moment that students generally can get a full version of VS for very cheap or free through their school.) Why the all-caps on the word "FULL"?

Hell, from my experience, most actual dev shops don't even use the FULL ("Ultimate") version of Visual Studio, the standard edition is fine for 99.9% of use-cases.

Comment: Should Microsoft X? Should Microsoft Y? (Score 4, Funny) 226

by Blakey Rat (#46683523) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Should Microsoft be forced to support XP? Should Microsoft give kids Office? Should Microsoft start making hybrid cars out of farm waste?

Maybe a better question should be: does any decision-maker at Microsoft give a tenth of a fuck about what any Slashdot poster has to say? I'm wagering the answer to that one is: no.

Comment: Re:Brake Pedal (Score 1) 262

by Blakey Rat (#46596657) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

I don't know what model you drove, but my Fusion Hybrid does not behave that way. The only time it'll do regenerative braking without the brake pedal down is if its coasting downhill and would otherwise be gaining quite a bit of speed, and frankly in that situation I don't mind it applying a tiny bit of brake for me since I'd end up having to do it myself anyway.

Comment: Re:One side of the story (Score 3, Insightful) 710

Sexist claims aside, the critique that a non-employee is allowed to hang-out in the office and harass employees-- and is still there even after being repeatedly banned from that area of the building-- that is a real HR problem, and that alone would be enough for me to quit a company.

Comment: Re:Yes and No (Score 1) 860

by Blakey Rat (#46408429) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

But if customers are still finding enough value to pay MS to support it,

I highly doubt enough of those XP users would be willing to pay for support to make it worth Microsoft's time. Approximately none of the home users would, I can guarantee that. And most of the corporate users still on it are on it because their IT departments are some combination of cheap and incompetent, I doubt they'd be writing checks either.

The real point is: why would you assume this is an "arbitrary decision" from Microsoft? They know a lot more about their business than you do, and whatever you think of their products, there's no denying that Microsoft knows their business.

Comment: Wait, what? (Score 1, Troll) 921

by Blakey Rat (#46357431) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Given that much more hidden spy cameras are available for far less than the $1500 cost of Glass, what will it take for general acceptance to finally take hold?

First of all, I don't get the link between these two things. "Cheap, easily-hidden spy cameras exist, therefore there should be general acceptance of expensive, hard-to-hide spy cameras"? Is that the basic thought behind this sentence? Huh?

Secondly, you forgot to explain why I should give a shit about whether Glass is accepted or not. What's my interest in it? I don't want one. I don't know anybody who wants one. The only people I ever read about who have them are jerks. And I don't work for Google.

So to answer your question: general acceptance will happen when Google cancels the project.

Comment: Re:Porn ... (Score 1) 635

by Blakey Rat (#46013457) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

You... you do realize this is a forum all kinds of people can read right? That I wasn't actually saying that message to you specifically?

Your situation aside, my *point* was that now you can buy a relatively sexy car that has great gas mileage, which is an option that didn't exist in any form 5 years ago.

(Although now I'm a little curious-- where can a Echo go that a Fusion can't? Is there some kind of weird parallel universe Twilight Zone road that rejects cars over a certain weight? Or are you going to make some ludicrous claim, like the Echo can drive through 4 feet of mud?)

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