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Comment Re:I must be a genius (Score 1) 192

It seemed obvious to me, even when I was young, that lots of practice is important in mastering a skill.

[...] Guy with 90 IQ is never gonna be a chess grandmaster or a nuclear physicist, even after 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours.

Or maybe I'm not a genius and these are pretty damn obvious points that should occur to anyone looking without blinders on [...]

I'm sure it is true for nuclear physicist. For years I would have agreed with the statement about chess grandmasters (being a chess player myself). The shocking thing is that You can imagine how shocked I was to read:

After a century of investigation, not a single study with adult chess players has managed to establish a link between chess skill and intelligence. Intellect had little predictive power among strong chess players.

So what did the studies find? From the same article:

Studies have found that adult chess players are more introverted and intuitive than the general population.

Comment If Microsoft hadn't patched IE on XP (Score 1) 345

If Microsoft hadn't patched IE on XP some people would have switched the browser. I doubt anybody would have switched the OS that hasn't already. Just imagine the press: "XP users should really switch their OS, but if you are on XP at least switch to a different browser." With releasing this patch (which you correctly state they had anyways) this message didn't go around the world. TL;DR IMHO we will not see security patches for the core XP just IE for the "public".

Comment Re:It would be nice... (Score 1) 55

It would nice to be able to have a realistic alternative to Apple and Google. Unfortunately, signs are that Ubuntu will stand with them rather than apart from them with regards to privacy intrusions.

I'm a happy owner of a FirefoxOS device (the geeksphone revolution). Privacy and Softwarefreedom wise it is unbeatable. It is my first modern smart phone so I don't really feel the pain of the apps I am (currently) missing (never had an iOS/Android). I do think that the html5 platform has an interesting future.

Comment Re:well... (Score 1) 169

You have a good point, but I think it is important to understand that Windows is probably only the third most popular OS after Android and iOS at this point if we count installations where the end user has the right and ability to install new software.

However, non-jail-broken (can't I just say jailed?) iOS violates that definition.

Comment Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

I'd say a little less than half are below average.

Only if you keep the metric constant. Poor self judgment isn't even half the story why so many people think they are above average. I'm an above average driver, because I take my bicycle or public transportation instead of driving (it's almost 10 years since the last time I drove a car). Being a good driver starts with picking the right vehicular for the job ;-)

Comment Re:What a great name! (Score 1) 109

As a professional developer myself, the last thing I would want is someone googling my name and seeing that I "accept bribes" or something stupid. Given how HR departments work these days, they probably wouldn't even bother going to the website to see what it's actually about, and your resume would go into the trash can without a second look.

Maybe. But maybe instead your new employer would have expectations that you find uncomfortable to fulfill.

Comment Re: missing option: (Score 1) 443

YOu bike is you transportation it is n't a car. Stop trying to make bike riding sound as cool as driving.

Don't get me wrong, I used to be an avid bike rider, all the way up until I get my drivers liscense.

A bike is more than transportation. It's exercise/work-out and recreation/holiday activity. YMMV, but I think riding a bike is way cooler than driving a car. And yes, I have a drivers license (but only used it a few times in the last twenty years).

Comment invasiveness of systemd (Score 1) 419

Initially systemd didn't seem invasive. It was comparable to upstart that it could run initd scripts but preferred daemons to support it native. After that it developed a new dynamics e.g. as GNOME noticed that booting had same problems as session management (initializing, monitoring and shutting down processes) and systemd solved it elegantly (however we know that pottering is part of the GNOME universe). So I would say that you can say the systemd is invasive or hardly justified but not both.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan