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Comment: Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (Score 1) 1053

The most fascinating aspect of this whole incident is the intense divide between games industry and media insiders and the consumers who make their industry possible. It's as if all the developers and journalists, having spent the last 30 years making money off of one set of prejudices and preferences of their audience, have suddenly grown DISGUSTED with them, the people spending money on products *they themselves produced and marketed.* "We have spent thirty years producing sexism and selling it to you, what is wrong with you morons for buying it?" I don't really know how to categorize it. Elitism? Self-hatred? Both?

One possible theory is that this represents what happens when two industries - the video game industry and the media/journalism industry - collide, and fight it out to see who is stronger. It would appear that media/journalism is, but what's surprising is how many members of the games industry seem to have been secretly wishing to be on the other side for a long time.

Comment: Re:Obvious question (Score 1) 1003

by Lobo42 (#32413874) Attached to: Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

Yeah, seriously. Not to mention testing all their web applications in IE6, IE7, IE8, ...

I suppose they could either run Windows in a VM, or bravely try and do some testing using Wine, but, uh, realistically, if they're continuing to develop software for Windows (and Windows is definitely the lead SKU for most of their desktop apps,) then they're going to need a whole bunch of Windows installs lying around. Maybe they're not counting virtualized copies of Windows?

Comment: Re:1984 (Score 4, Insightful) 1238

by Lobo42 (#32232732) Attached to: Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

I doubt that any of the "facts" in the Texas curriculum are undocumented. The problem lies in the making of a textbook. There's only so many days in the school year, and only so many pages in a history textbook. Choosing which facts make it to print and which do not is necessarily a judgment call. Which of these facts are the most significant developments in American history? There's no "objective" way to answer this, since importance is itself a value judgment.

Comment: Re:Why Texas? (Score 4, Informative) 999

by Lobo42 (#31458586) Attached to: Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum

From the NY Times:

"California is the largest textbook market, but besides being bankrupt, it tends to be so specific about what kinds of information its students should learn that few other states follow its lead."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14texbooks-t.html?scp=3&sq=texas%20education&st=cse

If all the world's economists were laid end to end, we wouldn't reach a conclusion. -- William Baumol

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