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Comment: Re: No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 79 79

I came to grips with the idea of never being an astronaut when I was about 7. I'd read that there was a height limit of 6 feet for astronauts, which even in the early 70s might have been out of date information. but since my father was taller than that, I figured I would be also.

Comment: Re:Deliberately shipping unfinished software (Score 1) 175 175

> like the "perpetual beta" junk that even some of the biggest companies in the business have inflicted on us in recent years.

Funny, some of us have been complaining about that for more than 20 years.

Given that MS is trying to move towards the pattern of releasing early and often, which most other companies are doing is not a reason to assume Windows 10 will have a lot of problems. Now, Microsoft's 30+ year history of disastrous dot-oh releases on the other hand...

I'm probably going to upgrade though. I have Windows 8 and I hate-hate-hate it. I got it with an otherwise nice Samsung laptop. The worst thing that I hate about it isn't the half-baked, half-assed UI changes, because you can mostly work around them, but the performance. It is slow as crap on my laptop. I think a lot of it has to do with the built-in malware software that Windows comes with, but regardless of the cause, it's the disk access that's a boat anchor. S.M.A.R.T doesn't report any problems with the harddrive, but the disk access speed is atrocious, including flash drives. Yes, I intend to upgrade to an SSD, but I could put Windows XP on a VM on that same machine and it would scream. I know because I run a Windows 2003 server VM on another machine, and it's so much faster than the Windows 7 host OS.

Comment: Re:Delete? (Score 1) 121 121

I'm glad to see someone besides me on /, isn't terrified of Facebook.

I use it and I think it's relatively harmless as long as you understand, as Rasperin says, it's a loud speaker. I expect everything I post on FB will be available to everyone, everywhere, forever. I long ago, many years before Facebook was a thing, figured out that if I never posted anything online I wouldn't want my sainted mother to see, I'd never have anything to worry about*. I speak my mind freely, but I would have no problem if my mother, my wife, my boss, my kids or my pastor were to see anything I've posted.

* Now, of course, that doesn't mean some day in the near future agents of the Ministry of Love won't show up at my door to conduct me to a re-education camp for my political views, but at least I know my mother won't be ashamed of me.

Comment: Re:Stuxnet (Score 1) 404 404

Now I don't want to be accused of defending the NSA, but they are not exactly the most transparent organization in the world. Just as with the FBI, CIA and DHS, we can point to their obvious screw-ups and overreaches but I for one believe that the fact that we are not being nickel-and-dimed on the terrorist front is due in part to their work.

I mean, they have the records of 8 scrillion phone calls and access to everyone's hard drives. One would hope that they are actually able to do something with all that.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 1) 404 404

Iran's only way out of it is to drop the nuclear program and stop being assholes.

Unless their plan is to nuke everyone and let Allah sort it out. You can't discount the idea that the Muslim extremists _want_ to see the world burn. Does the majority of the country want this? I seriously doubt that, but the mullahs sure do.

Comment: Re:Cost of making the USA piss their pants: Pricel (Score 1) 404 404

Given the way the hard-core Muslims talk, I would think that their plan (i.e., Iran) is to get the nukes, take out Tel Aviv, New York, Washington, whatever, and sit back and let Allah sort it out. It's kind of built in to their religion.

That said, the people of Iran as a whole are reasonable and just looking to live their own lives, just like us, and if there was enough of a popular uprising, supported by the West, maybe Iran's mullahs could be fettered and the country be allowed to rejoin the modern world. If only... oh, wait, that happened a few years ago and we sat on our hands. Oh, well.

Comment: Re:Munchkin Crossovers You'd Love To Do (Score 1) 111 111

I've played about 7 variants of Munchkin with my kids over the years and we agree that Adventure Time is one of the best, if not the best. It adds a lot of flavor to the game, and I'm not just talking about the artwork and flavor text from the show, but in that it adds some clever game mechanics with some of the cards that I haven't seen in other versions of Munchkin.

Comment: Re:No way (Score 1) 517 517

The guys at MS are professional engineers--they may have different philosophies or coding styles or project priorities than you do, but they're not slowing things down in order to make you buy the next product. You're much more likely to run into that with a local guy or a disreputable company.

This is the funniest thing I've read all day.

Of course the engineers are professionals. Management, on the other hand, often aren't. Microsoft's management is legendary for its willingness to be evil, even to itself.

The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis