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Comment: Re:wrong points (Score 1) 212

by dmullenaux (#43777265) Attached to: Open Source Projects For Beginners

Uh, this one is really simple.

Don't start at the kernel, idiot. Don't start at a compiler or programming language or other system part, fool.

I think some people might be getting lost in what the real problem might be. Your post is spot on, people starting out shouldn't be messing with projects that technical or important. Your delivery however is, in my opinion, the problem. A kid right out of college looking for a place to start helping could be told a lot better than, hey idiot, get lost, in response to a request. That kind of attitude wouldn't fly in a corporate environment, but it has been pretty common in this thread. Civility and understanding can go a long way and do a lot of good to help, even if the answer is no thank you, or not right now.

Comment: Re:Not again... (Score 0) 1110

by dmullenaux (#42356445) Attached to: 30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Pretty hard, as it turns out. I knew I was in trouble when after staring at the "start" screen for a few minutes, I had no idea how to access settings or navigate the file system to get to, say, my NAS unit or USB stick.

You mean to tell us you have 20 year experience with every version of windows from 3.0 forward, and you couldn't pull off hitting the Windows + E key? Windows + D, click the second icon on the task bar? 20 years? Really? Click on the desktop tile, then the explorer icon? No way you actually couldn't figure that out.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis