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Comment Somehow I can already imagine the threads ... (Score 1) 357 357

... that pile up below this post:


Sytem-DDDDD AAAAArrrrgh! Adolf Hitler designed it, with Heinrich Himmler and Ossama Bin Laden helping! We're all gonna die!

A brain-disease has infected all distro makers! Armageddon is upon us!


Comment Windows 2000 was the last I installed. (Score 1) 259 259

Windows 2000 was the last I installed.

This was around about the times of Photoshop 5.5 and SuSe Linux 5.x and Steve Jobs was upping the Mac with the OS X Unix variant.

How anyone besides Gamers and professionals who need specialised Windows-only software would use Windows today is totally beyond me. Windows IMHO combines the downsides of OS X (vendor lock-in) with the downsides of Linux (flaky hw support) and has nothing to offer that OS X, Linux/Ubuntu or Chrome OS can't offer faster, cheaper, freeer, more relyable and/or better.

How MS remains to be relevant is quite amazing. Although I do have the lastest Xbox 360 and all those dirt cheap top-notch games that you can get out of the bargain bin for it. It is pretty near, I have to admit. Anyhow ... MS Office as a subscription? WTF? I don't get it. Seriously.

Comment Re: Obvious deflection. (Score 2) 226 226

His claim was that those are not weddings, but instead are other gatherings reported to be weddings after the fact for propaganda value. He also claims that higher numbers of casualties are reported, again, for propaganda value.

He does not once claim it is OK to ever bomb a Pakistani wedding.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 455 455

Google gives me free search, free e-mail, free calendar, free maps, etc. etc. in return for tracking what I do and selling that information to marketers....

I'm ok with this deal, it was made willingly.

You're paying with long-term data for short-term service. Google will one day shut down GMail yet they will still have all of your data to do with as they please. I doubt you considered that when you committed to it and now you cannot undo it.

I will, however, retract at least part of my statement if you tell me that you didn't start using Google services until after the Snowden revelations.

Comment Re:I can't bring myself to care (Score 1) 282 282

Sort of. I'm actually not a fan of Steam, and their fans are ignorantly spreading the word that DRM is okay for permenant purchases. Despite all that, those fans know something you don't. In light of that level of moronism, your original statement was dumb in a painful sort of way.

Comment Re:Why go without GPS? (Score 1) 30 30

Indeed, Titan the easiest large world to explore by drone, so long as they tolerate the cryogenic conditions. A highly efficient version could potentially fly continuously just on RTG power (there have been proposals along these lines), although anything adapted to deal with the added weight / inefficiency of hardware to carefully land, collect samples, carry them, etc would probably have to use flight batteries.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)