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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 298

by Daemonik (#49184819) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Try The Door into Summer. 30 year old engineer arranges for an 11/12 year old girl scout to fall in love with him, skirts the issue with some time travel shenanigans.

In Time Enough For Love, Lazarus Long adopts a young girl so he can raise and marry her later. Not, in fact, the only time his Lazarus Long character was involved with an underage female.

Comment: Re:Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 0, Troll) 393

by Daemonik (#49071541) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

First, it's only been about 15 years at the most, and second, yes it is. Back in the late 90s, installing Linux was not really an easy process and took some expertise and a lot of screwing around. Now, you just put a Linux Mint .iso on a thumb drive, pop it into your PC, reboot, and follow some prompts, and after a half-hour, viola! you have Linux installed. It's easy as pie. It's quite easy to use these days too, as long as you don't use stupid Gnome3. KDE works wonderfully for both advanced users and users coming from Windows.

Oh, ONLY 15 years.. and they STILL don't have even a quarter of Apple's desktop marketshare. And really, you can make Linux as easy to install as you want, average people will never install it! They won't even download it. If it doesn't come on their new PC they picked up at Cost-Mart, they'll never bother, because people just want to turn it on and use it, not spend all day configuring this and that obscure option. Because most users are not computer enthusiasts. Most users are not programmers or graphics designers, and I know for sure that most graphics designers don't want to mess with their computers which is why they all typically use Apple. I take that back, the graphics designers do love to tweak their themes.

What future of computing? Are you one of those morons who thinks we're all going to abandon desktops (/laptops) and do all our programming, graphics design, word processing, spreadsheets, etc. on our cellphones and tablets?

The future of computing is desktop PCs. They aren't going anywhere, for doing serious work. For some tasks, like watching videos or reading e-books, other devices are taking those roles over to some extent. People are doing more things with computing devices, so the market is expanding, and mobile devices are enabling usage that was either impractical or impossible before. This doesn't mean that desktops are dying, it just means they're a mature market.

The future of computing is back to the old server/thin client models. Streaming services out to users on tablets and phones because if the phone's hardware can't handle your "serious work" then they can stream from a custom VM over the network. The future of computing is the millions of low wage workers in Africa, China and the like who don't have the money or the infrastructure to support a PC but everyone has a damn smart phone.

Also the idea of a "mature market" for PC's is exactly why Linux on the desktop has no hope! The market is mature! It's settled in with Windows and OS X and there is no room to disrupt that with a Linux desktop no matter how damn amazing it is. The only, ONLY 3rd option that has made any kinds of inroads has been the Chromebook, which completely throws out the desktop concept.

So you are one of those morons. Did you type this post on a phone?

No, I didn't post it from my phone. I didn't post it from Linux either, jerk. I did post it from my Asus Transformer tablet running Windows 8.1 though.

What software? Steam runs fine on it, and lots of other software has moved to running in web browsers. People are using less and less proprietary software, and desktops are becoming more confined to being used for specific apps: web browsers mainly, plus office apps.

And why exactly, if in your own words desktop software is being funneled more and more through the web browser, do we need big honking desktop machines then? An iPad with HDMI to a bigger monitor and a bluetooth mouse/keyboard can run all those web applications just as well, and with a lot less electricity being wasted, as your desktop machine.

Comment: Re:Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 0) 393

by Daemonik (#49071403) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

You shoot yourself in the foot with your own arguments.

First you say people only need a browser and an office suite to do business work, then you claim people need PC hardware because phones aren't powerful enough. Powerful enough for what, running a web browser? Working on a spreadsheet and some word documents? Please. Forget that the average consumer phone outclasses any computer I had access to 10 years ago, which were perfectly fine for doing "real business tasks" on until the OS & Application bloat caused us to move on.

As for people not wanting to use Android or iOS as a desktop environment, you mean Administrator/Power Users maybe, most general people are fine with the simplistic App button and not worrying about file directories or control panels.

People already do plenty of real work on tablets & phones. Like recording albums, shooting movies, and more.

Comment: Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 2, Insightful) 393

by Daemonik (#49070511) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

The war was fought decades ago, a winner was declared and for some reason the Unix/Linux neckbeards still sit around railing about how they'll take that hill someday..

The desktop is increasingly unimportant, or mostly an adjunct to where people do their primary computing which is portables. Give up on the desktop and accept that you have a niche, hold onto that niche and nurture it instead of constantly beating your heads against the desktop, it's not going to happen. Even Apple kind of half-asses their desktops now and focuses on their phones, and they have a development budget bigger than some countries.

Comment: Um, Libraries? (Score 1) 250

by Daemonik (#48694263) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Where, exactly, is Amazon's Unlimited plan effectively much different from a Library? Oh other than the fact authors will be getting continuous revenue, rather than only being paid for a few copies to fill the library's shelves.

Yet somehow writers managed to profit and thrive, even as libraries allowed anyone who wished to walk in and read all their works for free.

Rather than turn publishing into a zero-sum game and Scalzi believes, it appears to me that Amazon has turned the idea of a library into a new revenue stream for authors. You'd think authors would be happy for that opportunity to earn a little more income.

Sure, some authors will learn how to write books that game the system over time, but so what? This is not the only revenue stream available to authors, just one of many. Some people will pay for Unlimited, some will still buy individual books, some will wait for the movie, some will pirate the book AND the movie, some will pick it up at the library.

Comment: Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 250

by Daemonik (#48694203) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

You just pointed out the fallacy of your argument. Libraries.

Libraries have allowed multiple people to read a variety of authors works while only paying the authors once, and yet the publishing industry has continued to survive. I see nothing that different from a Library and Amazon's setup, except well read authors will continuously receive payments, so in fact they are getting a net gain.

Comment: Re:What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Wor (Score 1) 628

by Daemonik (#48642585) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Socialism is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system.

Communism is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order.

No, he meant socialism.

Comment: Re: So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by Daemonik (#48592815) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Steve also said that American businesses should operate like Chinese ones, shortly prior to the overworked, underpaid and essentially imprisoned in company bunkhouses Foxconn workers started jumping off the building's roof to finally escape their hell.

Steve Jobs was an entitled a-hole that looked down on everyone else on the planet.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532773) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Oh well, as long as YOUR utility company is behave then everyone else's is too! Glad that's settled.

Many utility companies are starting to raise their rates, blaming solar and wind for lower demand. They're also fighting to stop having to pay for electricity pumped back into the grid from home solar installations. The amount of homes that can afford to install solar power systems is still fairly small, but utilities are already taking steps against them.

You would have to be deluded to ignore the historical precedents of how an industry threatened by competition fights that competition to believe that all the power companies are cheering for the day they're obsolete.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532675) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

It's fine if they wanted to ensure you have electricity, but not when the law is specifically worded to only accept an account with a power utility as proof of electrical hookup. So you could have all your electrical needs met by solar collectors and still have to pay for a utility installation to 'prove' you have electrical power.

Comment: Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 1) 523

by Daemonik (#48487599) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
Yes, because if a small segment of humanity have a skill then obviously every human can achieve that same skill level. *rolls eyes* Electronic calculators, and the mechanical ones that preceded them didn't come out of nowhere for no reason, and it wasn't "let's dumb down everyone".

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.