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Comment: Re:Gates and Zuckerbergs Vision for America (Score 1) 249

I might be okay with this if not for the constant propaganda used to snare kids into this vicious cycle for their benefit. I mean, I guess eventually word will get around that these jobs won't pay well... after hundreds of thousands of people find out the hard way. The AC poster here has a good point I think. Computers aren't the end-all-be-all of everything. There's jobs people don't talk about or know about, that pay well and have decent hours and are sorely under-serviced.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133

by Howitzer86 (#49553411) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid
In modern history, we're known to do things with uranium and lead that we shouldn't have. Today we continue to muck about with chemicals in things with unpredictable results on our fertility and fetal development. So I say that sort of thing should not only be possible, but remains a contributing factor to our potential decline.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133

by Howitzer86 (#49553395) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

They don't just do that for ancient peoples. I've heard theories about modern technology coming from aliens. The great minds from 70 years ago to today that developed the computer technology that almost everyone on Slashdot benefits from? Ada Lovelace? Alan Turing? The geniuses at Bell Labs? Fairchild?

Nope. Aliens.

If one of us make something amazing, you can count on some group saying aliens did it, and it'll only take a generation or two.

Comment: Re:privacy :{ (Score 5, Informative) 190

by Howitzer86 (#49527453) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10

I had to turn off UAC in Windows 8 to compile and automatically copy my plugin project to its proper directory because that directory is under Programs Files. This was necessary because I had set the host program to start immediately afterwards in order to debug my plugin as it ran. This worked, but in doing so, I lost access to my Windows 8 apps. I only use a few, but it was annoying enough that I eventually moved the project to a Windows 7 machine (and you don't have to turn UAC off completely, it's just as far as Windows 8 is concerned, if that one registry entry concerning protected directories is toggled off the whole thing is compromised).

So, while any rebuttals here to the effect that "undoubtedly you can turn this off" are probably accurate, I wouldn't be surprised if there were things like this built into the system to encourage the user to keep it on. "Want to develop software on your PC? Well, either apply for a personal certificate or stop using Metro apps." It won't really stop developers, but it could shut down new user interest outside of closed markets.

Comment: Re:Hope your hardware is this-year modern (Score 1) 222

by Howitzer86 (#49487229) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps
Nothing I have is that new, and I haven't had the trouble a lot of people here are reporting. But I do have glitches when switching viewing modes, and I find it annoying that they keep moving around that street view icon. It was in the top right for the longest time and I keep looking their first. But back to the glitches, lately what it'll do is not completely pop in the sat view textures, and during that I'll move around and it won't show the correct anything... all this in the Chrome browser. It's frustrating when it happens, and it only started this up a couple months ago.

Comment: Re:Or Anywhere (Score 2) 170

by Howitzer86 (#49487117) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors
Indy titles are great. A lot of the older games that are fondly remembered can be produced by independent authors today. Abusive publishers, going Public, "Hollywood accounting", polygons for every speck of dirt, and tight schedules are completely optional. You and your team might not do it for a living, but that might be okay.

Comment: Re:Give it to ReactOS (Score 1) 303

by Howitzer86 (#49401199) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'
A while back, ReactOS had to audit their code due to the possibility that some of it may have been sourced in violation of reverse engineering laws. I doubt they would be so eager to take code in any form directly from Microsoft, even if MS tried to give it to them. I also doubt the "open source" license MS is known to author would grant the ReactOS team the kind of freedom they'd want.