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Comment: Re:Archer? (Score 4, Insightful) 236

by GaratNW (#43376357) Attached to: Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets
I saw the reactions to his posts, and felt the overwhelming overreaction and hypocrisy to his comments. Now, before slashdot votes this to -20, stop and think for a second. While he actually is correct, sadly that is the way things are moving, I think not being able to play games if your connection is down is stupid and bad to a insane degree. But stop and think about how the whole game playing internet reacted to him. They basically tried to destroy a persons career - someone who has no involvement in the not actually officially announced product - over a stated opinion with a friend.

The reaction to his posts, however, are skin to the Christian conservatives reactions to Cesar Chavez on Google. The people fucking bitching the loudest.. NEVER FUCKING LOG OFF. It doesn't make their core point wrong, but assigning "burning contempt" to a guy fucking around with his friend in twitter is hubris, hyperbole, and hyprocrisy that only normally comes from people with an extreme politcal agenda.

Seriously. People need to fucking GROW UP. IF, and I state again, IF, Microsoft is stupid enough to require an always on connection, guess what? Flame the hell out of them. Frankly, they'll deserve it. But the shit I saw made up about a guy on Reddit and random other sites.. because a bunch of self righteous, outrage point seeking entitled assholes wanted to burn down someone that.. they FUCKING DISAGREED WITH. Makes me goddamn sick.

Comment: Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (Score 4, Insightful) 663

by GaratNW (#42031105) Attached to: Windows 8 Sales Below Projections
This is exactly the problem. Windows 7 is great as a stand alone experience. Metro is great as a stand alone touch experience. Microsoft is determined to force the convergence of them, despite no evidence that this particular venn diagram has any crossover: live tiles may be great for pure consumption (sometimes), it really kinda sucks for multi window productivity. Maybe 30 years from now we'll all work in such a radically different way that the live tiles will seem way ahead of their time, but right now, they're trying to ram a VW beetle sized peg into a square hole.

Comment: Re:"Microsoft's Downfall" (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by GaratNW (#40546443) Attached to: Microsoft's 'Cannibalistic Culture'
Excellent point, but the headline is not entirely inaccurate. As someone who worked there from 1998 through to 2004, and with a large number of friends still there, the company has gotten really bad. It has a shadow of the potential that it used to. Not because there aren't amazing elements in some of their products (Metro, love or hate, is a pretty remarkable UI evolution - Please, no posting to that retarded AOL image or whatever it is; plenty of other examples of good ideas surrounded by bad; Forcing metro by default in the desktop, for instance), but the company is its own worst enemy. VPs fighting VPs, a culture that started as productively competitive that has turned into destructively competitive - I'm not talking about the market, I'm talking about internal competition and non-stop backstabbing and product infighting.

To paraphrase the Joker, "This company needs an enema.". And the first step is flushing Ballmer. People often underestimate how much of the culture stems from the top down, even at a 70,000 person comapny, but Ballmer, despite being a brilliant business man, is a horrifically bad visionary and leader.

Comment: Re:We know better than you (Score 1) 1141

by GaratNW (#40168147) Attached to: Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple
It's time to nip this problem in the bud.

1. No more warning labels.
2. No more bans on things that can cause harm to yourself, and yourself alone (indoor bans on smoking are still, in my opinion, reasonable).
3. Do away with all big media spends on "educating" people about health, nutrition and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, fast food, etc. Since they could, ya know, take responsibility to educate themselves.

Figure in 10 - 30 years, we should see the problem solve itself. Hi, I'm a misanthrope, and I approve this plan. (I'm only kind of joking)

Comment: Re:False Dichotomy (Score 4, Informative) 1226

by GaratNW (#40143177) Attached to: Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey
40% of Americans is hardly a subset or tiny sect. Literal creationism runs counter to accepting evolutionary theory. Another 40% or so believe in a god inspired evolution (basically the group you're referring to).

So yes, you are correct. There are nuts who take the bible WAY too literally. But 40% means, even with a strong margin for error, over 100 million people in the US think evolution isn't real. I don't think you should necessarily be modded down, but I do think you might want to take a strong look at the incredibly anti-science and anti-intellectual movement that is GAINING, not losing, steam in America.

Comment: Re:Boring not tunneling (Score 4, Interesting) 115

You understand that lab made diamonds are chemically identical, and have identical properties, to mined diamonds? And are orders of magnitude cheaper to create. Does that instantly make this viable? No. Does it mean that the fact that diamonds, which are themselves kept artificially priced high by cartels such as De Beers, will be the most cost prohibitive part of improving longevity and speed, and reducing cost in PCM? Seems unlikely to me. But who knows. Don't get caught up on the fact that it's diamond though.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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