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Comment: Joe is not rudimentary! (Score 1) 31

by poet (#48621247) Attached to: Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

I still use it today. It is an awesome editor. It is modeless (because I shouldn't need to go into a mode to edit a document in an editor...), it isn't clunky like nano, and isn't an desktop environment like Emacs. Don't get me wrong, I can and have used all three of those extensively but to this day, I request joe on any machine I am working on more than once.

Comment: Re:before anybody pops pills (Score 1) 670

by poet (#45627263) Attached to: Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

This isn't exactly correct.

(2). Meat is not the problem and in fact can greatly help you lose weight especially if you are eating thin meats like poultry or rabbit. Your body burns calories like this:

* Carbs
* Fat
* Protein (and it takes more calories to burn protein than any other calorie)

If you have a high protein diet, guess what calories are going first? Carbs and then Viola... fat.

Now I am not advocating Atkins here. You have to be smart about it and carbs are not all bad. The main problem with carbs (not talking about processed carbs here) is that your body burns those calories first, so you end up hungry all the time. So high protein, high fiber, lots of veggies and have an orange now and again.

Of course let's not get started on the problem with Whisky. :P

Comment: Re:Good health in a pill? Sure, why not? (Score 1) 670

by poet (#45627161) Attached to: Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

It isn't a win because a pill isn't going to stop diabetes (for example). Losing weight can be hard, especially (ahem) when you get above 40 but it isn't impossible. Pills like this should be reserved for the morbidly obese and should only be used in conjunction with mandatory and perpetual doctor care. The goal isn't weight loss. The goal is good health. You can have a BMI of 10% and be in horrible health with diabetes and any number of other ailments.

Comment: Re:Gotta ask ! (Score 1) 372

by poet (#45433699) Attached to: MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

Outside of the hobby aspect of it, there could be a real future in lower end devices.

Consider the resources that Android takes up. If you have something that is this small, efficient and presumably stable and you need to build out a lot of very small factor devices (phones, ereaders, tablets, medical equipment) something like this would be a very good thing.

Comment: Re:Boston Dynamics is a typical example of... (Score 1) 257

by poet (#45051541) Attached to: Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

That will come. Military technologies generally make it down to the consumer but only the military can afford to pay for the R&D into such things. Once it is produced, used and does all its killing, it will make it down to the consumer for exactly what you say.

Comment: Re:Megalomanic (Score 0) 290

by poet (#44974241) Attached to: New Unix Implementation Turns 30

At this point none. Originally Emacs. Which was very important to the 1980s and early 1990s free software movement. I think he was heavily involved with the early movements for GCC like the debugger and its ability to handle multiple languages especially COBOL.

Yes he was involved in GCC and of course Emacs. I am not suggesting in anyway that his contributions weren't valuable. Just as his contributions today are valuable. What I am saying is it wasn't "he" who accomplished all of this. It was a huge army of people who prescribed to similar ideals as RMS.

My previous post got marked as Troll is actually kind of surprising since I wasn't bashing RMS in anyway. I just was trying to keep the record straight. If you look at the history of his two greatest (known) feats, Emacs and GCC I think you will see that they both truly started to progress once he wasn't involved as much and focused more on what he is really good at, which is espousing his ideas.


Comment: Re:Megalomanic (Score 2, Informative) 290

by poet (#44973265) Attached to: New Unix Implementation Turns 30

No. He didn't. Was he a part of it? Absolutely but GNU has never produced a usable unix or unix like operating system and it certainly wasn't RMS it was hundreds of thousands of free software and open source developers.

Ask yourself, "What software projects does RMS devote his time too?". To my knowledge, not many if any. He is a great advocate and he has done many things for our community but he did not complete what he set out to do.

Comment: Why is this news? (Score 3, Insightful) 156

SalesForce is a company. Their job is to make money for their share holders. If the management decides that they have overlapping roles then it makes sense to retire those roles. I am sure they have a policy to hire within first, people can always reapply if they like working for the company.

Comment: Re:That's the problem. Here's your sign.... (Score 1) 827

by poet (#44588041) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal

Well actually, I never bothered finishing college. I found it useless for my chosen career. That is not to say I don't understand the benefit thereof. Some of my suggestions still apply. Want to go to a good law school? Cool. Make sure your grades are good enough to get at least some scholarships or defer until you serve 4 in the military so you can get a huge chunk paid for by the GI Bill.


MAYBE, just MAYBE you don't get to be a lawyer.

Comment: Re:Students have to take some of the responsibilit (Score 0) 827

by poet (#44587789) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal

Your costs are including living on campus. You should not include living expenses as you would have them anyway. Again, live with family, have 6 roommate, take longer to finish school. There are plenty of options.

Heck, go to Western Governors, 100% online, accredited (truly accreddited), accelerated and you can challenge out of classes. Total cost? Oh about 7k a year and they go all the way up to Masters.

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator. -- Paul Valery