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Comment: Dear MS (Score 3, Insightful) 301

by Opportunist (#48029443) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

One size fits all never worked. It doesn't with underwear, it doesn't even with socks. Sorry. Cutting corners here will only mean that your OS will be the WORST choice on ALL products. Because every other product in the market that is fitted to the type of device it is meant to run on will have a better suited interface and give the user a better experience.

One size fits all is nothing but a mediocre compromise, and by definition inferior to any specialized solution.

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 250

by Opportunist (#48023115) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

The Earth's radius was pretty well known, yet still Columbus worked with a few very wrong assumptions. His expectations of the distance to China (on the "known" route to the East) were vastly overblown (mostly because a good deal of that distance estimate came from Marco Polos expedition there some three hundred years earlier), while at the same time his estimate of the size of the Earth were a bit too small. Search for Behaim Globe (Behaim was a German cartographer who made globes before America was discovered) to see what his expectations of Earth would have looked like.

From this point of view, his idea wasn't as idiotic as it may initially appear. Actually, he expected to hit China or at least Japan approximately where the US midwest would be.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.