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Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 514 514

Oh come on, every Windows installation slows down with usage, to the point of requiring to be formatted.

Incorrect. I'm writing this on a circa-2012 consumer grade HP PC, running Win 7. Performs the same as the day it arrived here and it's never been reformatted / rebuilt.

At work I've been running my first-gen Surface Pro daily since Spring of 2013. No reset, no reformat.

Comment: Re:Parents should be liable (Score 1) 254 254

it should not be up to the state (i.e. taxpayers) to foot the bill to take care of the kid.

Man, do I hate these abstract arguments with a passion.

I'll simplify your argument for you: "I'm perfectly fine with innocent children suffering and dying."

You're not punishing parents, you're punishing kids.

Comment: Re:What after one year? (Score 1) 374 374

And what's the cost for XP or new Windows users?

For XP or a 'build your own PC' scenario I would expect an OEM disk from your favourite corner computer shop will be about the same as you pay for Win8.

For other 'new Windows users' it will be 'free' with their new PC, same as it has been for millions upon millions of users over the years.

Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 1, Insightful) 124 124

this highlights how well software engineers are compensated even compared to other types of engineers.

Is "Engineer" a protected term in the USA?

Here is Canada there is no such thing as a "software engineer."

Chemical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, sure... But not "Software Engineer."

Comment: Re:What's a cargo cult, Alex? (Score 1) 77 77

Space is the past, why are countries so hell-bent on these big symbolic Pyramids in the sky?

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

Comment: Re:alternatives (Score 1) 203 203

Plus that many "businessmen" use business travel as an excuse to bill a vacation to the company, or enjoy an out of town mistress.

What the hell do you think this is, 1974? In my industry (software product management) I travel quite a bit and I don't know any other road warriors like you describe.

Comment: Re:Subs as aircraft carriers (Score 2) 75 75

The purpose of a submarine like this is be able to deliver their aircraft close to the enemy without being seen, launch the attack (which will appear to have come out of nowhere, with little or no warning) and then leave again without being seen

This is exactly what is done today - Just with submarine-launched cruise missiles. Cruise missiles also have the advantage over human-piloted bombers of not needing to be recovered once the mission is complete.

We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.