For more advanced control systems an added advantage of microcontroller based designs is that you can get very tight control over the responsiveness of the system. Obviously for a home-beer making system you probably don't need sub-millisecond control but if you start with a microcontroller and decide to play with more demanding control systems in the future you already have a head start.
When WE feel pain because the simulation feels pain then we will seek ways to eliminate or ease that pain, individually and as a society.
I never had a problem with Windows 8 because in Windows 7 I always hit "Windows key" and started typing whatever I was looking for.
Not everyone opens it that way, myself included. I just click the "Control Panel" entry.
The Windows 7 Start Menu has a text field with the explanation "Search programs and files". The Windows 8 Start Screen has no apparent visual cue that you can do the same by just typing.
Don't get me wrong, the idea is greats for tablets, smartphones, and all your other assorted have-to-have portable toys but on the desktop it is an attempt to solve a problem that never existed. If you have too many things on your Start menu, it scrolls... just like the Windows 8 Start screen when you have more than a dozen fist sized 'tiles' on it. If you don't group and organize your Start menu it can get ugly to find things... just like the Windows 8 Start screen if you let tiles just accumulate.
The biggest insult is that the start menu DID exist in Windows 8 during the developer preview. You had to fuss with the registry to get it but it was in there. It would seem that Microsoft had to specifically remove it for the actual release. Apparently it wasn't good enough to let people pick, we need to be shown The Way.
If I'm wrong I'll be just another idiot ranting that you won't remember.
there is another path to Knowledge.
Ok, let me see if I have this right. Rather than apply the scientific method to test an assertion in an objective and repeatable way, the shortcut to knowledge is to just make a baseless assertion and wait. If it turns out to be wrong then you are no worse off, however if it turns out to be verifiable at some point in the future then the assertion is denoted 'knowledge' and we may then look to the originator as some sort of genius / prophet?