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Comment: Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 1) 79

by bondsbw (#49826403) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

PowerShell did it the other way 'round.

Not really. PowerShell had many short commands since 1.0 in addition to the long versions... it's not that PS "started" one way or the other.

the former grew from a CLI mindset, whereas the latter is easing (back) into CLI from a GUI mindset.

Also not true. There's nothing about the long syntax that grew from a GUI mindset. It was created for consistency and ease of learning.

PowerShell primary commands are formatted Verb-Noun. This is awfully convenient, as a PowerShell user can guess hundreds of commands just by learning a few verbs and a few nouns. I just counted, and to understand half of the 300+ built-in commands on my machine requires only learning 7 verbs.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837

by bondsbw (#49817225) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

I used the term "the left" above as well.

It's funny, I pretty much never use that term because I feel the way you do. This is perhaps literally the first time I've done it on any Internet forum or chat. I just felt that it was worth reducing the complexity of explaining who it is I really am talking about.

You really could have a field day with the rest of the Internet, if this bothers you here so much.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 342

by bondsbw (#49816281) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

These "folks" - Yeah the first OS i've used was in fact win95 - sorry but I'm late generation it seems.

I'm almost positive I qualified that with "many of", not "all of".

The complaint is that I don't want to change my OS if I don't want to, and that should be my choice - plain and simple.

In fact that is precisely an option you have, one you acknowledged in your original post.

You spin your own web and live in the world you can neatly categorize.

It seems you are the one who is spinning things. You aren't in the group I was mentioning, and you have a straightforward option you just don't want to take, yet you expect pity?

You say its different, yet don't even realize what different means. Different can mean hundreds of hours reconfiguring and migrating applications. Different means hundreds or thousands of dollars in migration costs. How naive are you to think you know what's best for everyone else?

This is a legitimate complaint, one you should have led with. Yet your original complaint was that you had to deal with the horror of removing an update, and that its look-and-feel are somewhat different.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score -1) 342

by bondsbw (#49814545) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

The complaint is because it's different. "You'll pry Windows 7 from my cold, dead hands!"

Many of these folks are the same ones from the 90s that couldn't stand using a GUI at all. They would never use Windows, what, with all its pretty effects that were completely unnecessary. Just get all that out of the way and let me use my damn command prompt!

Except now Microsoft decided they were right, and try to get rid of those effects to focus on typography which is the only element in the command-line UI, and those same people go all bat-ape.

Comment: Re: Why is it worth that much? (Score 1) 141

by bondsbw (#49811195) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

Nothing is worth more than manufacturing cost +20%. If you are willing to pay more ... A fool and his money will be soon parted

Sure, perhaps this is your yardstick, and if it is that's perfectly fine.

But tell me, how do you go about figuring out what the manufacturing costs actually are? Unless you are willing to allow Tim Cook to tell you that all gross revenues are "manufacturing costs"...

Comment: Re:Is this different than Samsung? (Score 1) 88

by bondsbw (#49811163) Attached to: An Early Look At Android M's Multi-Window Mode For Tablets

I don't know about more recent implementations, but I remember that Samsung originally only allowed you to run some of their stock apps in multiple windows. When I was at the Verizon store, I almost bought a Note 2 for its multi-windowing capability until I noticed in some fine print near the display that it only worked with some stock apps... so I ditched that idea and went with a device better suited for phone use.

Comment: Re:UAT (Score 1) 366

by bondsbw (#49798937) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

One way to test that is to simulate time. A simulation wouldn't need to wait 15 actual seconds, it could speed up time such that transmissions run immediately after the last, until the test has surpassed the expected lifetime of the mission.

If this were able to be done once every millisecond instead of once every 15 seconds, they would have run across the bug within 14 minutes.

Comment: Re:flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 236

by bondsbw (#49768819) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

You know, if people are actually doing proper user interface design, that might be true.

But having seen Metro on a Windows 8.1 box ... that's not what is happening.

To be fair, I don't know that any of the problems are with the Metro (now called Modern) design language itself. Most UI complaints in Windows 8.1 fall into two categories:

1) usability problems such as auto-hiding UI elements, removing buttons in favor of gestures, moving right-click menus to the screen edge, and so on
2) dislike for the flat, clean, chrome-minimized theme

Metro/Modern only deals with #2, and for the most part that is user preference. Meaning, if #1 were fixed, then Metro can work right for many users, and might even be loved by many (such as myself). This is where I think Windows 10 is improving things in general, getting us back to almost Windows 7 levels of usability without completely sacrificing the clean, chromeless look of Windows 8.

Comment: Re: why is that the question? (Score 1) 384

by bondsbw (#49749621) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Watch the videos I linked above, or at least the first one or two. Sure, third parties can and do win in a first-past-the-post system, but it gets more and more rare until it becomes practically impossible for them to have any chance of success.

When was the last time a third party had any real chance of winning the Presidency of the U.S.? Theodore Roosevelt took second place in the 1912 election running as the Progressive Party candidate. He was previously a very popular President of two terms, who decided not to run for a third immediately. Instead he tried to run for a third term later only to miss the Republican Party nomination. He formed his own party, and despite his popularity among Republicans, all he could do was spoil the election... he split the Republican vote, and Democrats walked away the victors with a relatively low plurality.

Comment: Re: More than PR (Score 1) 384

by bondsbw (#49748699) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

I wasn't thinking multiple governments that are sovereign over a small price of land, but rather multiple layers of government consisting of local representation and proper checks and balances.

The U.S. federal/state/local and executive/legislative/judicial partitioning is actually a pretty decent form of what I'm talking about (except that the state governments have de jure capability to place Constitutional restrictions over the federal government, but de facto the federal government always has the final say).

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 3, Interesting) 384

by bondsbw (#49748423) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

The main reason I'm neither Democrat nor Libertarian: I don't believe in either a big government or a small government.

I believe in multiple small governments, who together provide the necessary defense from external forces but which do not have the ability to concentrate (and thus corrupt) power absolutely.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.