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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 665

There seems to be a great deal of assumption in your post. Mostly that the person installing linux is incompetent and the windows machine was installed by some highly trained tech. Both assumptions that may or may not be correct.

I've been around this stuff since the days of slackware 1.0. I've enjoyed the days of Windows 3.0 when it was usually faster to just do something at a command line than it was to start up that turd. I've been through KDE, GNOME, Enlightenment and various other window managers. I'm currently a Mac person simply because when I finally got into it a few years ago my reaction was "This is what I've been trying to get linux to be for years!!!".

Do I curse at windows? Yes
Do I curse at linux? Yes
Do I curse at my Mac? Yes

Each of them has their pain points. But trying to argue that linux is perfectly suitable replacement for windows is asinine. And quite frankly ignorant. There are still many rough edges to the linux world that the majority of users simply don't have the time or expertise to put up with.

Comment Re:Does not mean they are as good as their qualifi (Score 2) 393

I don't entirely disagree. But I would tend to make this a more generic statement in that you get out of life the equivalent of what you put into it.

I personally don't place much stock in university/college degrees. I'm one of those people that bypassed that system and am quite successful by simply learning what I need to excel at my job. I've met plenty of people with masters degrees and higher that couldn't think they're way out of a wet paper bag. I've also met people with lesser or no degrees that are quite brilliant.

That's not to say that there isn't value in colleges and universities. Some people thrive in those environments and learn very well in those environments. Others learn in much different ways. A degree alone is no measure of a persons aptitude.

Comment Re:Why would I use it? (Score 1) 631

Hmm... I was going to dispute the surcharge bit. But, apparently you're right. I swear I just looked that up within the last year and it was still prohibited. They only allowed a discount for cash transactions (which is why so many gas stations have a different price for cash). But, I see something has happened and at least Visa now allows surcharges in the US, Australia and New Zealand. I'm curious about what forced their hand on that one.

Comment Re:a couple of things... (Score 1) 406

Not really. There is nothing really said in that speech that tells people not to do stupid things like inflating their vest at the wrong time. The point is that, suing the FAA for not requiring people to listen is pretty silly, as well. The large majority of those that aren't going to listen have already heard many times over. Those that have never flown and don't listen probably aren't bright enough to not do stupid things.

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