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Comment: Re:Aero Or Go Home (Score 1) 246

by epyT-R (#47923471) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I'd be happy if they brought back windows 2k GUI with its fast and lean gdi+ acceleration. It's a GUI that doesn't clutter up my desktop with huge window decorations and widgets, nor give me grief and/or performance problems with windowed gpu accelerated applications. Windows 8's is the worst of both worlds: it clutters up the desktop, and, unlike windows 7, the display manager can't be turned off without invasive, system breaking hacks. Even with windows 7 the explorer is broken compared to 2k/xp, but at least I can get 95% of what I want with a few shellstyle.dll hacks and some registry tweaks.

Comment: Re:Because of capitalism. (Score 1) 46

by epyT-R (#47923261) Attached to: Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

The network was originally developed and used by the dept of defense to connect military bases in case of nuclear war. It later spread to academic as well as corporate presences.

I don't think you understand capitalism or socialism. Capitalism is an economic system based on the generation, purchase, sale, and ownership of property amongst private parties. Socialism is a government model that imposes itself on individual rights and choices for the sake of what the leadership thinks is the common good. They're not a zero sum game. In fact, what we're seeing in the US now is how one can actually boost the other into whole new realms of abuse across the board. Thanks to this interaction, we have a government culture that doesn't give a shit about the rights of the citizens it's supposed to represent, and we have an economy that increasingly does not cater to the consumer. Each washes the other's back.

This is why net neutrality is damned if you do damned if you don't. Either you have the isps play favorites with connectivity, or you have the state mandating standards which will eventually move towards censorship of data that negatively affects the interests of the single issue lobbyists (corporate and social) making up its collective yet fragmented view of the world. Ideally, I'd want the internet of 1990 with today's bandwidth and reliability, but if I had to choose, I'd rather deal with an overmetered network than one whose culture is dictated by corporates wanting to corner markets with legislation, and politically correct, thin skinned, pompous asses, pushing 'social justice' in the form of soviet style censorship policies and methods.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 225

by Richy_T (#47922337) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

A Libertarian society would have *NO* schools? What are you smoking? I don't think even the statiest of statiests would say that if they are in the least bit intellectually honest. That statement doesn't even deserve a sincere rebuttal. I'll just chuckle and shake my head.

Comment: Re:Just wait (Score 1) 263

by Richy_T (#47921395) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

You didn't think the reality distortion field was just a figure of speech, did you? It's been the primary subject of research for Apple to try and reform the Beatles since their revenues fell so heavily when they split up. (The whole Apple suing Apple thing was just a smokescreen, man).

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 344

by gstoddart (#47920527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

You can teach people how to write better code. You can't teach a stubborn old self taught programmer with 40 years experience why it is better to have maintainable code than to save a few CPU cycles if he doesn't want to hear it.

You know, I don't disagree with you.

But, conversely, I've been on the receiving end of a programmer who refused to do any optimization whatsoever because he said it was pointless (as a result his code frequently became a bottleneck because he had no idea of just how much stuff he was calling), and his (to his own mind) lovely and elegant code was actually brittle crap which was anything but maintainable. In fact, it was garbage which painted him into corners more times than I could count.

On several occasions when asked to make a code change, there was a realization that it was impossible without a complete re-write (because the change violated the aesthetics of his assumptions he'd built into it). In other words, his code was shit to begin with, His "theoretical" understanding of writing good code didn't translate into a "practical" ability to write good code.

Sometimes people trip over their own "elegance", and create garbage.

I'm not saying "all young punks are stupid", and I'm not saying "all old timers know everything", because I think categorical statements are usually garbage.

Programmers of all ages think they know everything and have bad attitudes.

On that point, we are completely in agreement.

But, in my personal experience .. sometimes having been there and done that means you have a bigger picture understanding of what you're really doing, and not some theoretical model you don't know how to apply.

Similarly, if you get to the point where nothing new is worth looking at, you have your own baggage and issues which gets in the way of you doing a good job.

In the middle of those two is where you find the good.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)