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Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 613

by jedidiah (#47703363) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution is a limit placed on government. It's not a limit placed on the people. It's a statement of universal principle so important that our nation at it's birth was unwilling to accept a written Constitution without it.

It is not some sort of "legal loophole" that justifies everyone else being a tyrannical jackass.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 613

by jedidiah (#47703303) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

> So any store that only carries Organic foods is censoring?

A merchant has to be able to make money to keep the lights on and pay the rent. A merchant is subject to physical constraints. A merchant is PAYING for the things they present to you.

Why didn't you just make it a bad car analogy from the start?

Trying to deviate from that doesn't make the problem of applying physical rules to the ethereal realm any more senseless.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 5, Insightful) 613

by jedidiah (#47703057) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

> We're not forcing you to like anyone. We're simply requiring you to behave, in public, as if you don't hate them.

It's not even that. He can still hate people. He just can't ACT on it.

It's like he wants to act like ISIS and doesn't even see the painfully obvious parallel.

Tolerating people you don't personally approve of is just the cost of living in a free society that manages to tolerate YOU.

Comment: Re: Surprise? (Score 0) 535

by jedidiah (#47699983) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

...bullshit.

The same old bullshit.

"This years version of WinDOS finally got things right."

It's such a cliche that Apple even made a commercial about it. You guys always say that the latest and greatest fixes everyone's complaints but it's never like that if you actually try it.

Now TVs are funny beasts. They like to LIE. Yes, LIE. So they aren't a very good basis for comparison.

Windows still has driver issues. It's not just all "automagic". This is especially true if you try to install the thing yourself (like a Linux user might). Simple standard hardware is quite often NOT automagically sorted. This even applies to "market leading products" that you wouldn't think would suffer from such issues.

The emperor is still naked.

Not that this has any relevance to an enterprise corporate installation.

Comment: Re:Document formats... (Score 1) 535

by jedidiah (#47699717) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

For document exchange in government, something that is an actual standard probably trumps all of the shiny shiny. In a lot of the legal field in the US, PDF is perfectly adequate for document exchange. It was widely adopted when Microsoft was having security issues with it's revisioning features.

The need for actual revisable documents is very likely a very marginal thing for a city government.

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 1) 535

by jedidiah (#47699679) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

> Most peons growing up and using Microsoft Windows exclusively are too dumb to learn anything new, even if they are paid to do so.
>
> It's like a brothel staffed by people with down syndrome.

Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth. Kids have no problems dealing with different platforms. HELL, the barely acknowledge that there are different platforms. They just use similar software the same way as the people from Xerox Parc intended.

It's the aging dinosaurs that have problems with Brand X of word processor versus Brand Y.

If they don't like Open Office, just wait till they see Ribbon and Win8.

I've seen people in small businesses nearly defect over either of those.

Comment: Re: Surprise? (Score 1, Troll) 535

by jedidiah (#47699643) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

...none of which is remotely relevant in an enterprise corporate environment where you DON'T WANT your end users their PCs or the rest of the network and where even Windows setup is managed by specialists from another department.

When our department moved. there was a lot of fun getting the network printer to work with people's WinDOS desktops. An entire department full of programmers had problems getting a mundane Dell printer to work with their Win7 desktops.

Most of them had to be rescued by IT.

Comment: Re:I don't see it (Score 2) 74

Just like with evolution, two similar things don't have to be parent and child. They can be siblings or cousins sharing a common origin.

Rockwell and Bazille likely share common influences including the general culture at large.

This is the sort of thing that should be obvious to anyone that's ever been in any serious kind of art museum. Art documents the culture that created it. You can easily see how that changes over time.

A number of these cultural transitions are really quite dramatic.

Comment: Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (Score 1) 364

by jedidiah (#47690613) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Suits are expense, expensive and hard to maintain, and easy to destroy. They are also uncomfortable and restrictive. They represent a degree of overhead that's completely unecessary for the task at hand.

It's little wonder that an engineer might object to being forced into a suit for anything short of a presentation for a client.

Comment: Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (Score 0) 364

by jedidiah (#47690567) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

> Wait, are you really saying that C++ isn't a proven technology? Pretty much everything important and widely used is written in it.

You lost it right there.

That assertion hasn't been true for at least 10 years. Can you possibly be that stale while still being employed or are you retired already?

What a dinosaur...

Comment: Re:That is not a business decision. (Score 2) 364

by jedidiah (#47690541) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

The problem with equating "engineer" with "software engineer" is that there's more to computing than being a code monkey. A lot of companies won't even have any code monkeys but will still have computing professionals to manage their computing infastructure.

By making the false equivalency you are making the entire thesis less clear.

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