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Comment: Re:Smart men avoid marriage, period. (Score 1) 286

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49107909) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

Marriage was ancient man's idea of being able to buy and own women like property - so then women in response, decided to increase the prices for access to her womb..
In other words, it's reprehensible all around.

Still, marriages can work as long as the man keeps the funds coming in, does whatever the wife tells him to, and sacrifices his sex life.
That's what it takes to "make it work" men!

The problem is that many men entering marriage usually are blissfully unaware of what it involves, and what the wife hopes to get out of it, and then are disappointed when what they find doesn't match expectations.

The real problem is (of course), that if you have to "buy" a woman, then it's prostitution anyway, and she doesn't really love you.
So why bother with marriage at all?
Face it, if she really loved you, she'd stick with you without needing your money, or needing to be married. However, we all know how that works out :(

Comment: Re:Installable devkits (Score 4, Insightful) 69

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49084655) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

We both know what all you typed means.... but to the layperson who has no previous experience in computer programming, that explanation is way too much too soon.

it's great that there is choice, but a lot of newbies need handholding, focus, and detailed explanations.
Throw newbies in the deep end too soon and all you'll get is a situation analogous to a crying 4 year old who can't figure out why a university professor is angry at him for not understanding calculus.

I remember the Commodore "Introduction to BASIC" series. Sometimes a more focused and hand-holding approach is all that's needed to spark the person's interest and build their confidence so that they seek out more detailed information and harder challenges. ;)

Comment: Reminds me of the old days (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49084357) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

Many computers back in the 80s contained a dev kit. Typically some version of Microsoft BASIC.
Of course, we didn't call them game consoles. They were "microcomputers", but by and large they were widely used as games machines.
Commodore 64, I am looking at you. :)

Maybe we're coming full circle? If Microsoft provides an easy to use dev kit for casual users to create games, then we'll all be awash in thousands of games on that platform before we know it.

How many of those will be pong clones, snake clones, tron clones, reversi clones, boulderdash clones, and versions of mastermind ? :)

Comment: Re:The basic problem that linux and the BSDs have (Score 1) 391

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49071257) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

It's *never* been about the OS, but the *applications* and the support surrounding them.
OS wars are a complete waste of time when you consider that most people need to get work done - not monkey around with technology. You use the best tool for the job, and if the tool you want is supported on OS X, you run OS X and not OS Y, or OS W. Simple as that.

Find me something that competes with the features and enterprise support of Exchange, Office, Lync, Sharepoint, Outlook ... that runs on Linux.

Go on.... I'll wait.

If you can't, then don't complain about Linux/BSDs on the desktop in the enterprise. Without that crucial software, large multinational companies can't even function these days. They're going to run Windows for these applications. End of Story.

Same thing with Windows gamers, by and large.
Same thing with many financial trading platforms (all windows AFAIK)
Same with other niche software that doesn't interest geeks, but interests many other varied fields of endeavor.

If one day some killer app that every enterprise must have is only ever released on Linux, then maybe we can revisit this conversation.
So far, that's mostly been Oracle stuff on Linux in enterprises, and some of that has been so poor that most people have ditched Linux for Windows - not because the Windows kernel is better or because it uses a "better" filesystem *ahem*... but because that's where the supported apps were.

Most commerical software is written for the largest platforms, to make the most money. The don't write them for Minix and eschew Windows because they like microkernels.

Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score -1) 690

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49013119) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

[quote]What is so much better about CEOs making 500 times as much as their office workers, than having some kind of rational basis for compensating workers, when it is the workers who are doing all the work? [/quote]

You're forgetting that the CEO has to put his neck on the line in a big way to get any business off the ground - with the possibility of complete bankruptcy.
He gets paid 500 times more as a reward for succeeding in a difficult enterprise. Without such huge rewards, nobody would bother trying to start a business.

If it were so easy, we'd all be CEOs.

Comment: It's not simple to just go and upgrade (Score 4, Informative) 156

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48863975) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

The reason why a lot of these businesses haven't upgraded is because it usually takes years to make this happen.
If you're a business who IT department or enterprise support vendor is running in full ITIL mode with a few ISO business standards thrown in for good measure, it really does take that long.

The amount of paperwork and busywork that needs to go into something as relatively simple as an OS upgrade is something to be marvelled at when you actually have to work in that environment. There are whole massive bureaucracies and months of meetings, followed by change review boards, and more change review boards and testing and more testing and backout plans, and risk registers, and more meetings, and then you have to wait for the next meeting to come along before going onto the next stage.... and and and......

So to all these people saying "just run open source" have never run a multimillion dollar business and relied on Windows to bring home the bacon. Much less have they ever considered being a large collossal IT support vendor that has to maintain SLAs and can get hit for penalities of millions of dollars if those SLAs are breached. These are not nimble organisations. They are not cowboys. They cover all possible failure scenarios and document everything from multiple support networks before they lay a single mouse click on the box.

Comment: Abandoned apps are worse (Score 3, Interesting) 89

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48519283) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

As the versions of iOS increase, many of the apps that I purchased don't even work anymore and are still on the app store.
Perhaps the developer just forgot about them, or couldn't be bothered spending the time or money to update them to more current iOS versions.
It seems that there are a lot of abandoned apps out there.

Comment: I just don't get it (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48511611) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

I can't understand why schools are in such a massive rush to buy iPads before they've even figured out how to use them, and where they fit into the curriculum.
They all chase after the "new-shiny" and plop down a bucket of money before considering or testing the impact, much less training teachers. ...and the fact they were hacked... but yeah. We all had fun doing that on the Apple IIs educational software and with game disks we brought to school back in the 80s. Probably more valuable education looking back. It was fun to strip the "mathbooster" mathematics space-invader game of the actual maths and then play it as Taito originally intended ;)

Comment: Jack Tramiel (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48475997) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Sounds an awful lot like Jack Tramiel's questionable business practices while at Commodore:

1. Make a large order to a supplier for parts
2. Supplier runs up costs and works to complete the order
3. Fail to pay the supplier in a timely manner
4. Let the supplier go bankrupt
5. Buy the supplier at liquidated prices
6. Profit!

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