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Comment Re:People still use GCC? (Score 5, Insightful) 91 91

Why would I waste my time explaining things to idiot morons?

Knowledge should be passed along, not hoarded. Everyone is at a different place on the learning curve. In practical terms, that means everyone is an idiot moron with respect to someone else - or, in your case, obviously many others.

Comment Re:Coke or Pepsi (Score 1) 318 318

the Emacs vs VI war is over (Emacs won) ...

Yeah I'm thinking not. I've been a Unix sysadmin for over 15 years and I've never worked with a single person who uses Emacs.

I'm a Unix systems programmer and administrator and I routinely use both Emacs and Vi depending on the task. Vi is universally available out of the box and is really good for small, quick things while I prefer Emacs for larger, longer edits and development, especially on complex things with many files.

People get too cranked up over "this vs. that" when it really boils down to using the most appropriate tool for the task - that you're competent with. Emacs is a much more capable and sophisticated tool, but comes with a much higher learning curve. I've been using Emacs (and Vi) since the 1980s, and am more productive on most of my tasks using Emacs. That said, using it to edit a few lines in the hosts file is like trying to kill a mosquito with a sledgehammer.

Emacs and Vi both win when used appropriately.

Comment Uh huh. (Score 4, Interesting) 154 154

The GAO estimates that this cost taxpayers around $45 million extra in a single year.

So about $450 million over the last 10 years opposed to how much spent in Afghanistan and Iraq over the same period? How about checking into that? Oh right, that stuff is "off book" and not accounted for - though probably still affects our budget, economy and taxes. The SATCOM bill is chump-change by comparison. While we're looking at blips in the account, why not also cancel Public Radio and NASA - they probably also cost us each a nickel.

Yes, it may be an unnecessary expense that can be avoided by fixing the in-channel SATCOM process but our Government (and specifically Congress) is notoriously penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 627 627

As someone with a wife, a kid, and a house (my sex life is none of your business), I like to play some computer games. You got a problem with that?

Not at all, unless computer games is higher on your list than: wife, kid...

As someone who was very happily married for 20.5 years until his wife died of a brain tumor in Jan 2006 (just six weeks after diagnosis), I'll just pass along that computer games will always be there for you, the other things in your life may not be - appreciate and enjoy them while you can. I still have the house, but it's not really a home anymore.

Remember Sue...

Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 627 627

DirectX 12. Windows 7 won't have it. And as someone who plays a lot of PC games, DirectX versions matter. A lot.

(a) Move out of parent's basement. (b) Meet a girl, have good sex, (perhaps) get married, (perhaps) have kids, (perhaps) buy a house. DirectX and PC games won't matter that much anymore - unless you're bad at those things in (b).

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