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Comment Why flog the coders? (Score 1) 392

The coders are really nothing but footsholdiers. We should really be MUCH more discriminating when it comes to placing responsibility in big corporations: the ones with the most power and most income should be held the most accountable.

Note that I am really not at all against flogging for execs.

Comment Are security updates really necessary? (Score 1) 288

I found throughout the decades that the best computer security is provided by using common sense and being informed on things related to computers. While security updates are mandatory for most people (I guess), I think there are people who can get by just using their knowledge of IT and common sense. In any case, this has worked for me my whole 40+ years long life, more than half of it involved with computer tech.

Comment Re:Shop elsewhere if you need this drug (Score 1) 372

Progressives? Since when did the USA have "progressives" in power? Except for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the whole american political spectrum is far right, corporatist, and corrupt.

And it's going to continue that way: it's going to be Billary, Fiorina or Jeb Bush for president - a corporate sockpuppet once again.

Comment Call me crazy, I disabled Windows 7 from updating (Score 1) 867

....on all my computers. In fact, I did that quite some time ago, when the first rumors of MS installing malware started circulating. I did that encouraged by one of my laptops on which the Windows 7 had updates disabled for years, and I got no viruses, malware, or other unwanted software. It seems that your computer's safety is almost entirely a question of common sense and not falling for social engineering tricks.

I should add that I have ClamWin Antivirus running on all my machines, including the one that didn't have updates for years. It's the most lightweight, least intrusive AV I've ever seen, and I highly recommend it.

Comment Re:SolidWorks and Word (Score 1) 889

SW works under Wine? You know that's bullshit, don't you?

See SolidWorks 2012 (the one that has GOLD compatibility with Wine):

Let me quote:

What works
Installer (partially), see notes

What does not
Creating a new file (File -> New.

So there you have it - the most Wine-compatible version of SW can't even be used to start working.

Comment Re:SolidWorks and Word (Score 1) 889

The thing is the poster knows his way around SolidWorks, and he reckons he is fairly efficient working with that tool.

Bullseye! And there's also this, extremely important, question: say I invest the necessary time to be as proficient with FreeCAD as I am with SW (let's ignore the fact that SolidWorks can do a whole lot more than FreeCAD). Is it sure that one can be as fast working with FreeCAD as he/she can be with SW, once achieved parity of skill? You know that some 3D cad packages just don't allow for the same speed of work.

In other words, I am not going to go through the same amount of training I did with SW, just to find out that FreeCAD doesn't allow for such fast work as does SW.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran