Oh, I went to a private school and have a high paying job, don't worry about me...
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Honestly I like them, not because I think they are pretty and more because they are easier to implement and copy, as a dev it makes my life easier. Personally I like gradients and dark colors better, but I care so little about these things that I don't even change the wallpaper on my computers.
> Does it harm you for them to spend their money this way? Sure there are other things they could do that would likely be more beneficial for mankind as a whole, but there are worse things, too.
Just like fake fortune tellers then?
This is just plain wrong, I am Brazilian and my mother is a teacher in São Paulo state public schools and the situation is horrible, what you see overseas are the high school grads that went to private schools in Brazil, the average citizen can not afford to go to school overseas even if they qualify (and they don't because they do not speak any foreign language) because some costs are not covered (visas for example).
What you are seeing is just the upper middle class latin americans leaving their crappy country for something better, they are the ones that can afford decent education. The situation for the ones that stay is really, really bad. Most public high school students would fail a basic reading test, in fact so many people fail the (very easy) drivers license written exam that it is common to hear histories about bribes to pass them. Americans complain about creationism taught in high schools, we complain about people not being able to do basic math.
The desktop/server space is also not completely immune to these kind of things. I once found a bug in one JVM that did not happen in another, took us a couple of days to track it down (and we were lucky it was a know bug, otherwise we would still be looking for it).
Valve would rather have open source drivers but they would be content with closed source drivers that work well (if not on par with the windows drivers)
Tell that to my bank.
Because it was running Windows XP?
To me it is not that big of a problem, once I see I need a program I just install it and its configurations are already on my home folder. More of an on demand type of thing. Compared to reseting a Windows box this is easy.
Usually I just copy my home folder and reinstall my programs. If you don't install much stuff outside your package manager the harder part is remembering what to install.
You should try world of warcraft hardcore raiding, it is nothing like that.
Natural selection can work in such time scales for humans, it is not like they are claiming that some random mutation generated all these super tall people that would have taken a few thousand years at least.
Well there are always some people no matter the age that just go for Lisp.
You know if all youtube vids are being delivered in this encoding already? In my desktop I would want the new encoding, but on my phone while on wifi I would rather have the old one. Is there any flag to send so I can request one encoding or the other?
The CLR like the JVM can host other languages, there is even a lisp for it ( http://clojure.org/clojureclr ). I am not that familiar with the CLR but I think that only "system languages" can't really be implemented in it.