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Comment Re:Careful with distinctions here... (Score 1) 786

Hypothetical situation: Let's say you travel to another country where you don't speak the language.

"I don't speak the language" isn't a Get Out Of Jail Free card. People may make exceptions for you, but those exceptions will only get you so far. You have to make an extraordinary effort to learn the language, or accept that you're going to have to be isolated with others who speak yours.

Social interaction is a lot like that. Some people may make exceptions for you based on your disability, but acting out and then falling back on your disability as an excuse is just going to rub most people the wrong way. I struggle too. I've got ADHD and social anxiety, which makes me seem aloof and distant.

Oh, and that woman who called you "sexist" for opening the door for her? She's got a problem too. I've run into people like that, and they're impenetrable walls.

Comment Cultural Interest (Score 1) 387

Interest in space wore off when the glamorous visions of the Space Age wore off, and as a culture we became aware of the banal realities of it.

But kids have started to get interested in space again, thanks to Chris Hadfield's charisma and social media savvy.

We need to *keep* them interested, though.

Comment Already Too Late (Score 1) 152

"I strongly suspect, with what a spyware-fest Windows 10 has turned out to be, Linux is gonna get a BIG boost in users in the not-too-distant future, once joe-six-pack figures out all of *his* data is now Microsofts... "

The eternal wishful thinking of "The year of Linux on the desktop".

Most people already keep their personal communications in Hotmail or Gmail already, so I don't see too much of a fuss going on. Concerned people will just stick with Windows 7. If anything, Joe Sixpack will pick up a tablet* for his casual consumption once his laptop or desktop becomes too sluggish or dies. Things are going in a simpler direction, rather than more fiddly.

So, unless you want to qualify Android as Linux...

(*I'm not talking about business computing/gaming/enthusiasts, so calm down.)

Comment The OS was right, everything else was wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 141

I agree. Microsoft got Windows Phone right. The OS is excellent

They were just years late to the party, decided to go home and change their underwear the moment they got to the party (the WP7 vs WP8 fiasco), found out they didn't actually have any friends (app developers) at the party, and they brought a prostitute (Nokia) as their date.

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