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Comment: Re:The problem is the interface (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by kamapuaa (#48909739) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Just because pull-down menus are a great idea for Turbotax, doesn't make them the best idea for a webbrowser. The "good" one wastes screen space on stupid pull-down menus that will never get used. For a program used on occasion, yes it is a very good idea to follow standards strictly. But plenty of people do basically nothing on their computers but use the web-browser and Office. I think it's best to optimize these programs interfaces to actual use, irrespective of general standards.

I just spent 2 seconds to turn on the pull-down menus to my browser...and a File menu? WTF? How often do you need that?

Comment: Re:Then there was War Plan Red (Score 1) 282

I can not believe anybody would suggest that WWI marked the begin of the strength of the British Navy. You know absolutely nothing about history and you shouldn't be talking about it with an air of authority. What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 4, Insightful) 204

But here we sit, arguing about whether people should be able to use their cars as they see fit.
Except that's not what's being argued. People can still use their cars as they see fit, they just have to pay more for licensing and insurance, to cover the increased road use and insurance liabilities. That sounds a lot more reasonable and realistic then a complete overhaul of the "goddamned" health care service.

And, Uber isn't a ride-share program where you find people to tag along on your road trip. It's an unlicensed taxi service. I doubt a proliferation of slightly cheaper taxis keeps a non-trivial number of people from purchasing a car of their own.

Comment: Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (Score 1) 227

by kamapuaa (#48860671) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

I prefer civ 3 but civ 5 is way better than 4 if you have the mods. I understand civ 5 was borderline unplayable when it first came out and of course that sucks, but it's since been taken care of. If that's the reason you left give it another try... Leonard Nimoy's voice is the only thing I miss from 4. Not that 4 was 5, just 5 has similar, clearly superior gameplay.

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 2) 489

by kamapuaa (#48850459) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Trumpet was a pretty easy way to connect to the internet with Windows 95. Sure, Windows should have had TCP/IP but if there's an easy workaround, who really cares? Anyway this is 20 years ago, it's like refusing to buy an iPhone because you hate how Apple got rid of 3.5" disk drives way too early.

And Openoffice & iwork have been around for years now, and are still obviously inferior to MS Office.

Comment: Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (Score 1) 180

by kamapuaa (#48815485) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

If you buy the top of the line model for around 2k you get about 6 years out of it, so that is $300 per year. If you buy a starting PC for $400 you will get about 2 years out of it $200 per year.

Ridiculous. For one thing, who would bother with a $2000 desktop, except for a gamer with money to burn?

Comment: Re:Just hire a CPA (Score 1) 450

I've been self-employed (and now my wife is), I have investment income, and doing taxes myself takes me maybe an hour or two, once a year. It would be silly to get outside help for that.

If I was in a truly difficult tax situation, sure. But especially Schedule D, what the heck? I imagine it's a very common form, and it's trivial to do oneself.

Comment: Re:Not Google - The Government of France (Score -1, Troll) 311

by kamapuaa (#48788099) Attached to: Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

The paper is essentially a racist rag where old white men push the buttons of minorities. Of course the bombing was wrong, and I support the paper's right to say what I disagree with, just as I support the right of Neo-Nazis to hold parades down Peoria, Illinois. However, having the government/Google go further and give public funds towards a racist paper is a step too far.

Comment: Re:I guess that means ... (Score 5, Insightful) 340

by kamapuaa (#48772057) Attached to: Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

This doesn't prove it at all. You shouldn't have been modified +5 Insightful. Over the course of a game, luck is very important. Like you get dealt the card you already have, or you get dealt crap.

Blackjack also has a perfect strategy, and of course blackjack has a great amount of luck.

I guess if you planned on playing an infinite amount of games, luck wouldn't be a part of Texas Hold Em. For somebody playing a finite amount, luck is key.

Comment: Re:Bitstamp hack..... (Score 1) 114

by kamapuaa (#48751089) Attached to: Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

To be fair, most grandparents are going to be less than 100 years old (the youngest you would be to have money on deposit before the government started backing bank deposits). Great or great-great parents is more likely (and they're likely dead). The banking system is fundamentally different, it was a stupid point.

Comment: Re:Next up, finding Atlantis from Space (Score 1) 166

by kamapuaa (#48746103) Attached to: Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

In addition to your own link disputing what you say, open-air burials are a part of Tibetan Buddhism, which wasn't really a part of Genghis Khan's cultural heritage (he was a Shamanist with a lot of Nestorian Christian family members). Lama Buddhism became the religion of Mongols only 400 years later. So I imagine open-air burials got adapted after they got Tibetan Buddhism but before the Commies.

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