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Comment: Re:Funny way of saying "SQLServer Pricing Doubles" (Score 1) 108

1) Last I checked, MS SQL Server does not run on OSX or Linux, and .NET does not run anywhere near Postgres, Oracle, MySQL, etc... so why are you saying "database" up there?

2) GP forgot to mention pricing on MS Office in the pricing squeeze (sure, you can get Office 365... subscription models are effing delicious to MS, especially when compared to set-pricing for licenses that may or may not renew within the next 3 years).

Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 108

So far their acclaimed commitments seem to be mostly fluff with very little real substance in them..

How about completely opening .Net, moving their build system to GitHub, and moving the compiler to LLVM? Those seem to have some real substance to me. Then there's them embracing Docker for Windows Server 10 and open sourcing that work. This is not your fathers Microsoft.

...and how much of that is usable on any non-Microsoft platform? A percentage would be fine as an answer.

They're not doing it out of a sense of freedom or charity, so forgive me if I don't swoon with joy...

Comment: Re:convicted monopolist shuts down open source dep (Score 1) 108

Small correction...

Microsoft has been accelerating its "open" source offerings. Certifications be damned, licenses and formats such as SharedSource and Open XML are not open. The vast majority of anything else they've done in that vein has almost all been focused on sucking in devs to the .NET world (which itself is anything but open.)

Comment: Re:So this means..... (Score 2) 73

by Penguinisto (#49496329) Attached to: StarTalk TV Show With Neil DeGrasse Tyson Starts Monday

That sounds like "Cosmos" is cancelled then.

Too bad, as it was the best thing on TV.

It *was* the best thing on TV... when Carl Sagan did it. In the time and place that the original series ran, it was a refreshing and needed mixture of education, propaganda, and philosophy. Yes, propaganda, and that's not a bad thing, considering that most folks at the time had no awareness of the impacts mankind was wreaking on their environment, or the dangers that the then-escalating Cold War posed to humanity.

Nowadays, people are on forced-empathy overload of a sort... everywhere they turn for entertainment, they're bombarded with preaching. Eventually, it turns one off to the idea, then makes one hostile to it - especially when it's being pushed from every orifice of the media, you know?

Comment: Re:Sounds interesting (Score 1) 73

by Penguinisto (#49495295) Attached to: StarTalk TV Show With Neil DeGrasse Tyson Starts Monday

...and would very likely work references to "climate change" into the monolog a whole lot less.

Either way, they should've brought Dr. Michio Kaku into it. He may be a physicist, but he's a hell of a lot more able to inspire wonder, and brings a certain level of awesome into the conversation.

IMHO, Tyson-DeGrasse only seems able to rabble-rouse nowadays. :/

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1, Troll) 587

By activist you mean corporate lobbyists. They are the ones pushing this computer programming b.s.

A combination of both, methinks. However, you have to look beyond who is doing it, and instead ask why they're doing it.

The activists do it because it shoves their agendae along. They get to put their name in the papers, and more importantly, they get to feel good about themselves while they do it.

The (tech) corporate interests on the other hand, they do it for two reasons: First, they think that by doing so, they get a bigger labor market down the road - thus driving down costs. Second, they get to pretend that they're doing something 'important', while at the same time buying themselves a big, fat rhetorical shield against accusations of $evil from the SJW crowd.

Meanwhile, the rest of us wind up with girls being shoved into learning something they may well turn out hating, and boys sitting in an "language arts" class thinking "WTF?" Both groups will have people in them that end up loving what they've discovered, but I suspect that the majority will have wasted their time.

But you know, both CEO and activist alike in LA can bask in the applause and adulation. Of course, for the LA County taxpayers, well, they're used to the PMITA treatment they get from their local government (to the point of sheer masochism, even) so maybe they won't feel this one as much...

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 5, Interesting) 122

Trees. Quit cutting them down. Plant more. Problem solved.

Strangely enough, at least in North America, we've planted more trees than we've cut down, and have done so for around what, 100 years now? ( By way of example, here in Oregon, loggers are required by law to plant anywhere from 3-5new trees** for each one they cut down, and they have to survive for at least a year after planting.)

Mind you, this doesn't speak for the third world (where firewood for heat and cooking is an actual thing, farming is a growth industry, not to mention the exotic hardwood cutting), and definitely doesn't speak for Europe and Asia (where the former has few forests left, and the latter is largely ignored and therefore unregulated for the most part).

** the number depends on soil quality, slope, and other factors, but it's at least 3.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten

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