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Comment: Re:Skipping a version number (Score 4, Insightful) 393

by TubeSteak (#48028955) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

They're not skipping a version number.
Windows 9 is basically going to be a Service Pack for Windows 8.

Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

Releasing Win10 so quickly supports the idea that Win9 is just an update.
Win10 is really what they want all the Win7 users to move to.

Comment: Re:rather telling. (Score 1) 249

by TubeSteak (#48027391) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Stop with the search engine, its alexa rank is ten fold lower than yahoo and its results are worse than awful.

Yahoo Search has been Powered by Bing (TM) since 2011.
It will remain Powered by Bing (TM) until 2021.

/Yahoo's advertising is also done through Microsoft's Bing Ads.

Comment: Re:Spawn of Satan! (Score 5, Insightful) 64

by causality (#48026539) Attached to: Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

I've been hooked on opiates for 15 years now. [...] and my morals are still intact

These two things don't go together. You may want to re-evaluate. Get real help and free yourself.

Different person here. This is in line with my own personal morality and absolutely correct. My life is mine to do with as I please. I am free to do whatever I want whenever I want, provided that the consequences are SOLELY confined to consenting adults (generally that would be just me).

Anything else is an evil desire to control other people, with the approval you get from your own conscience, by convincing yourself it's for their own good, so you can pat yourself on the back and feel like a good person. The typical lack of reasoning ability, wisdom or long-term thinking in most people today and the general shallow thinking of the popular culture sadly promotes and legitimizes this inability to be satisfied with one's own life while respecting that others will live theirs as they please and realizing that telling people how they should live has never worked in the first place (c.f. Prohibition) so there should not even be a debate about this.

Someone who cannot responsibly use things (usually due to either a lack of personal maturity and self-knowledge, and/or an inability to deal with one's own life that causes them to reach for drugs as a quick-fix "remedy") has a problem. There are many others who use drugs the same way you might come home from work and drink a beer and stay home. Like Bill Hicks pointed out, it sure is strange the way you never hear about responsible drug users on the news or see them portrayed on shows. That would contradict all the fear propaganda and think-of-the-children rhetoric. Pay attention and you'll notice that the major mass media outlets will generally never contradict either: each other, or anything that faciltiates control. Adult people who are expected to make their own decisions about their own lives in a responsible manner, without being told how to live, absolutely does not facilitate control. Qui bono?

Comment: Re:Depends on target market (Score 1) 158

by TubeSteak (#48014153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

You can also use this as an opportunity to educate your customers.
Start including text about 'why we are open' on the website and on the bug tracker.
Maybe push it out with marketing materials.

The best sales pitch I ever got was while traveling overseas: "I'll rip you off, but not too much"
He was honest that tourists don't get the best price and offered not to take too much advantage.

Software has bugs. Being honest about it can be part of the sales pitch.

Comment: Re: Whips and manicles (Score 1) 206

by jd (#48012047) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

If it's not an abacus, it can't count. Most of the rational people have quit fet due to database failures, update disasters, an incredibly primitive unthreaded discussion format and a contingent of highly abusive individuals. Abusiveness and primitiveness has done for tech forums, too, which is why Kuro5hin has been in death throes for some time.

A community is never stronger than the people who stand behind it and, in sadly far too many cases, the people standing behind the community are crouched down and in hiding.

Comment: Re:This idiocy again (Score 1) 595

by Burz (#48012039) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Indeed. Believing this garbage is a real black mark on /., IMO, alongside their predilection for publishing climate denier "controversy" alongside quality news about global warming.

The incandescent bulb is a balancing act between efficiency (from high temperature) and longevity. By standardizing on one temperature, they ensured not only that their bulbs wouldn't produce odd color casts, but also no surprises on the electric bill, or surprise blown fuses, or surprise house/workshop fires while trying to get enough lumens for good illumination.

'Techies' have a very tenuous grasp of physics these days.

Comment: Re:Good point about gas. (Score 1) 260

by WindBourne (#48007341) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
I agree with much of what you say. Nat gas is CHEAP, and that is what made this happen. O had NOTHING to do with shutting down a SINGLE coal plant up to this point. Interestingly, W's regs on stopping mercury emissions by 2016, has accounted for shutting down more than 1/3 of these coal plants.
If EPS's new regs go in effect, then yes, more coal plants WILL close down, but more importantly, no more new coal plants will be built (that is NOT a bad thing).
I agree with you about nukes. Obama has it right when he says, that our energy policy needs to be ALL OF THE ABOVE. While I am opposed to burning coal directly, I think that we should fund coal=>methane, and sell it to our western allies.
Likewise, we need to help move our commercial vehicles to nat gas serial hybrids and passenger cars to electric.
And while I like wind, solar, etc. we need more sources. That needs to include Nukes.
Oddly, all of the far left screams about nukes and storage and yet, we have the ability to burn this up CHEAPLY AND SAFELY.

So frustrating that the far right and left are destroying America.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach