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Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 0) 35

by msobkow (#48912153) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

No, people like you are the real problem. Judgmental keyboard warriors who don't even have the balls to log in, and who scream and rant at anybody who doesn't think exactly the way they do. People who don't accept that other people's priorities are different. People who don't accept that other people have their own lives to live, and their own decisions to make.

Comment: Re:After a glimmer of sanity.. (Score 2) 328

by msobkow (#48909113) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

More importantly, Microsoft seems hell bent on discarding the years of research IBM put into the Common User Access guide on which Windows was originally based. A lot of the "new" metaphors *were* tried out during that research, and users hated it as much back then as they do now.

Comment: Every language (Score 1) 461

by msobkow (#48903403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Every language is both over-rated and under-rated by their fans and detractors respectively.

The key thing a professional programmer learns is to use the right tool for the job at hand. That means being fluent in multiple languages, databases, frameworks, and toolkits. While I have been focused exclusively on Java for the past several years, that's because it buys me the cross platform portability that I want, not because it's "better" than C/C++, C#, or even Pascal.

I'd be quite content to do some more C++ work at some point in the future. C# was kind of fun, too.

But PHP I hate with a passion. I'd far rather write servlets with Java than dive into that unholy abortion of untyped interpretation.

Comment: Strong like bull (Score 1) 346

by msobkow (#48902471) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

"Strong like bull; Smart like tractor." -- old Ukrainian saying about dumb people

No wonder the world is in trouble when people of such high intelligence are allowed to vote and "have a voice." People voting in support of this are stupid enough that they should just shut the hell up, sit down, and watch their damned NFL and NBA.

Comment: Re:Oops (Score 5, Interesting) 210

by msobkow (#48892069) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

I hate to tell you this, but most people who've worked support in manufacturing and office environments have similar stories. I spent close to two months getting paged by Northern Telecom in Bramalea, ON for a manufacturing system failure on the shop floor at 2-3 AM most days per week. It was only by deciding to hang out for an entire night watching the area that I found out it was being caused by a cleaning lady unplugging the network bridge to plug in her radio while cleaning the area.

So seeing as I have one of those stories myself, I find them a lot easier to believe than most of you kids do.

Comment: I feel sorry for you (Score 1) 194

by msobkow (#48888637) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

I feel sorry for all of you south of the border. Verizon was, without exception, the worst telco I ever dealt with as far as internet goes. When Canada was rolling out DSL and cable like crazy, Verizon in Delaware was offering up 28.8 dial-up. No options. No choices. That's all you could get. You couldn't even use a 56K modem because they used the high compression voice codecs on their lines, and you couldn't get a data line. You couldn't even get ISDN if you were willing to pay for it. :(

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