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Comment Re:Fallacy of Climate Control (Score 3, Interesting) 121

It's his own money. Who cares if it's a fallacy? The reality is, eventually we're going to need to switch to renewable energy. Non-renewable energy will run out by definition.

So if he wants to put his money into that, it might make the world a better place. And if it ends up with cheaper energy for everybody, it will make the world a better place. The cheaper energy becomes, the better.

Comment Re:Not with a console they won't. (Score 1) 81

I'm trying to think of what games people play competitively on consoles, and none come to mind.

Smash Brothers has a serious scene, there's even a documentary.
Marvel vs Capcom has some intense following.
Streetfighter has had a scene for a while, maybe the oldest, check out this video. To pull of that defense, he had to hit many button presses in a row with millisecond precision.

Frankly, if Microsoft consistently commits millions of dollars in prize money over several years, a competitive scene will grow up around it. I don't think many people will want to watch it, for reasons you mention, but if Microsoft throws a good party, they'll be able to fill a stadium full of gawkers.

Comment Re:steve ballmer's legacy gets one last sucker pun (Score 1) 178

Depending on how you look at it, Elop did a great job.
1) The comapny was already dead
2) He managed to get a lot of money for the company

He did a horrible job. HTC made Windows phones too, but they were smart enough to also make Androids. Same thing with Samsung. Only Nokia was braindead enough to only make Windows Phones. Big mistake.

Comment Re:Obviously Yahoo minimizes it... (Score 1) 74

Ad networks are a ghastly open sewer of shoddily vetted and frequently dangerous crap; usually served agonizingly slowly and heavy on Flash and scripts and crap.

When I have ad blocking on, the battery in my computer lasts five times longer than when I have it turned off. It's kind of insane.

Comment Re:Oh, Christ, here we go... (Score 1) 167

Anyone who tries to accomplish something worthwhile in this world will be insulted and have people try to tear them down.
Anyone who stands out will be mocked.
Anyone who posts on the internet will eventually get a death threat.

It's the way of life. You can't do anything without someone hating you for it.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 167

There's a quote about Ada that I always think about:

It's quite apparent that the evolution of the C family of languages (C, C++, Java, C#) is converging on a language very like Ada, except unfortunately as a kludgepile rather than a clean design.

Then there is this quote from the same page:

? I wrote in Ada for two years. My experience was that its extremely consistent data-typing rules and high readability gave me the highest productivity and lowest bug rate of any environment I've used before or since.....I would say that in Ada more than any language I've ever personally used (or seen) it is possible to truly express and recognize DESIGN.

Of course, the Ariane 5 shows that no language can save you from bad programming. Ultimately it is the people using the language that matters, not the language itself.

Comment Re:What a deal! (Score 1) 370

Anyway, as long as the water problems continue, anyone who says you have a budget surplus is a big fat liar and is stealing the money.

The water problems come from the same source as the budgetary problems. Both farmers and city dwellers have been doing a good job reducing their water usage (by letting their lawns die or by using more efficient irrigation techniques). But every time there's a surplus of water, someone says, "Hey, let's use that water for my project over here!" That's poor management, though. You need to save up for the dry years.

Comment Re:VistA is a nightmare (Score 1) 186

That is beautiful. I haven't seen code like that for a long time.

Of course, if you look at the individual page of code for a while, you'll decipher it easily enough. Whether it's manageable or not depends on whether the overall structure is reasonable or not.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller