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Comment: Re:More garbage (Score 1) 353 353

Again, nobody wants a hobo-looking person on their team. While I think John Maddog Hall cleans up nicely for a meeting, the others, no. I find your suggestion that RMS is a team player particularly vexing.

Let's look for a random other, well-kown programmer:

Comment: Re:Long live TeX and LaTeX (Score 1) 479 479

I feel your pain, but you have to admit that trying to creating a Poster in Word is bad idea in any case.
When we're saying things like 'passable document' and 'basic computer skills' we're really talking about letters, CV's, low volume bills, documentation, etc. Basically; mostly anything with 90% text and 10% images/graphs/other.

(But let's not talk about all the people that mis-use Word; like people that will insist on sending me a screenshot embedded in a Word file... Can't you just, send me a png, a bmp, I'll even accept jpeg?)

Comment: Re:Only one purpose (Score 1) 257 257

To hell with that. If we're remote-controlling horses/donkeys, lets not recreate a human-horse interface. Lets create a machine-horse interface. Maybe something like a headset that gives sound-commands indicating range and direction binaurally. That way the horse can follow along a set of waypoints. Give it a 2-way radio, and we can send updated orders, and can get status updates on progress.

The whole setup will be quieter and longer-range with a longer possible mission time.

Comment: Re:My guess is that MS will compound their error (Score 1) 491 491

Let's say I have a few programs open, and I'm in some kind of workflow (for instance; programming with an IDE, an image editor, a browser and a word document). In this case, switching to the Start Screen takes a lot of mental effort: it is a complete context switch on screen (all my programs disappear from view), and somehow triggers a complete context switch in my mind. Even accessing the start screen once feels very tiring and laborious.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"