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Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 287

by dragonturtle69 (#41869515) Attached to: WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

From the same Wiki article:

Although the 34 was very reliable and dominant on the battlefield, its dissemination throughout the German forces was hampered due to its precision engineering, which resulted in high production costs and a relatively slower rate of production.

Like a lot of the German stuff, really good quality is reported, but too few were made to really matter. Tiger versus Sherman is another example.

While there were opportunities, they common soldier ended up with the Karabiner 98 Kurz, a bolt action rifle with a five round internal magazine, through the end of the war.

The Germans had better tech and manufacturing, sorta like they do now, only their elected leadership really sucked. Those advantages were wasted starting WW II.

A lesson may be in here somewhere, about voting with one's mind, and not one's heart. Sorta like me and GB II in 2000.

Back on topic, it will be interesting when the message is decoded.

Comment: Re:Blames (Score 1) 505

by dragonturtle69 (#41203309) Attached to: The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

No blame from me, none at all.

Business users will stay will stay with MS, the higher ups will go with Apple, the geeks go with Linux/Unix and similar. A few enlightened ones may exist, but if I want my stuff to play nicely with others, I have to expect MS or Apple. Linux in our corp. is on a few servers, little niche things that have no commercial equivalent.

The core problem is how business works, how the economy works, and if have no idea how to get around it, short of a Star Trek future becoming reality.

Comment: Re:Blames (Score 2) 505

by dragonturtle69 (#41197047) Attached to: The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

I've always thought that the "problem" with the Linux desktop was the compatibility of applications.

We spent a few years being Linux only. Teachers expecting the kids homework in .doc, and OO not being exactly right, Flash Player for Linux being so far behind that some websites failed to display content, stuff like that is what killed it as the day-to-day OS. Then again, on the security side, Linux is excellent. Even with Win Vista or 7, most of the Windows users I know kill off UAC and use administrator accounts to browse the web. I loved having near 0 hours per month admin time for the home PCs

OS X is the current primary OS (measured in hours used per month), with Win 7 and Linux behind. It still fails as some website use Win 7/IE only features, and commercial applications are far fewer than found for Windows, really an expensive middle ground.

So, it really is all about the applications. Once writing applications for Linux = $$$$$$$, Linux will be win the desktop war.

Comment: Re:Home-calling consumer services? (Score 2) 162

by dragonturtle69 (#40279389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?

Not so sure about it being the "your own fault" notion, thought there is something to aging. I see several coworkers my age (35-45) just stop learning. What they know is "good enough", they make enough money to be satisfied and stop growing.

On the other hand, if you eat 4000 calories a day on a 1500 calorie activity level, getting fat is your fault. Don't exercise your muscles, getting weak is your fault. Don't exercise your mind, getting stupid is your fault.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?