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Comment: Re:Its all because of graphics drivers (Score 1) 158

by gomiam (#47548699) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Or do most people lack the cognitive ability to use more than one OS, and need crappy 'Microsoft Essentials' classes to teach them anything beyond how to game and access their Facebook accounts?

They lack the interest the same way someone who learns driving an automatic usually has little interest in learning to drive a stick-shift (actually, here in Spain there are very few automatic transmission cars so everyone needs to know about the stick-shift, but I digress).

I deal with last-year undergraduates who still don't know about Word styles, who still write the content tables by hand (because they don't know about the possibility of using the title styles in their Word documents). Believe me, they don't care to investigate in most cases.

Actually, most of them still will put text walls in their Powerpoint presentations so they can read them. And yes, they usually had classes about it in high school. But they didn't care.

Comment: Re: TCO (Score 2) 158

by gomiam (#47548667) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro
No. Unfortunately they usually don't. <semi-rant>I support a university campus and I'm tired (not really, but it gets boring) of being asked for copies of university software by students for whom there is no licenced copy available. The reason? The teacher will be accostumed to using that software and doesn't even consider changing to another.

Mind you, I'm not even talking about changing to Linux or some open source program. I'm talking about students (teachers too) persistently asking for Windows XP-compatible software to be installed in their Windows 8 computers when we aren't allowed to do it and asking for us to help them when the magically appearing copy of our licenced software doesn't work with their computers' Windows 7 or 8</semi-rant>

So no, they usually don't know better: they stumbled upon the software (or were taught to use it by someone who already used it) and never looked back. I have even had teachers tell me (because some licenced-software seller told them) that the costless option I suggest is worse when the licenced version is the same software with some useless extras bolted in (and yes, I mean useless extras because they can be substituted with standard Windows software).

Comment: Re:The proofs (Score 1) 512

Excuse my shortsightedness. Would you be so kind to explain _why_ the fact that british imams condemned the demonstrators showing those placards as being extremists has anything to do with Israel? Do you have any proof about those condemnations being false? Why do you resort to the "guilt by association" fallacy? While we are at it, would you be so kind to point out where is that memo referenced in the link you posted? Which, by the way, doesn't paint Palestinians in too good a light either:

Palestinians who were responsible for the killing of Israeli children after the establishment of the PA in 1993 also benefited from impunity.

Update: I found the reference you pointed out. Great work putting a link that explains next to nothing about your point of contention. Next time, link the document itself.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming