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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579


Google are a highly effective propaganda company.

But, as providers of a platform for developers, they are absolutely horrible. Writing software for their "platform" is like building a house on quicksand.

They make me look back on the time spent developing for Microsofts products with fondness.

Comment: Re:And this is why MBA CEOs fail (Score 1) 126

by retchdog (#48893975) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

it's not ignoring it, per se. driving hard-working decent people to poverty and desperation is analogous to firebombing Dresden.

i.e., not really necessary for the primary objective (moving line X to ledger Y), but it's an impressive show of power and has some ancillary gains ("corrects" the cost of labor downward, far downward).

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by retchdog (#48872179) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

though, hey, if you're interested in applying that small amount of polish for me and accomplishing what Ubuntu cannot, i'd be very interested in ditching Apple's monopolistic business model.

saying "fuck you" to Apple would easily be worth, say, $500/year for me (for software alone); maybe even more if the UX is even close to as good as Mac OS. that's what i'd pay for an easy-to-use Linux. interested?

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by retchdog (#48872137) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

thanks for an actual answer, though nothing that would substantially improve my life (nor most people's lives, even on slashdot) the way that Mac OS X's "arguably" superior interface has.

i don't have time to apply a "comparatively small amount of polish" to every feature i might want to use (and compared to what exactly? building the OS from scratch?) i don't think the slivers of time i might gain from improved SSD caching would even come close to the time it would take to apply that small amount of polish.

if and when i do need one of these esoteric features i'll either rent time on a server or buy a box.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 335

by ShieldW0lf (#48859999) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Yeah, no shit.

My post wasn't directed at the lusers, though, it was directed at the editor.

But yeah, I think it's true... our community was bought and paid for by outsiders, and it's going to be used as a vehicle to attack us until it's finally been rendered irrelevant.

Shame. I've been coming here for a long time, and I'm still on the cutting edge of my field with lots of knowledge and wisdom to share.

Done now though... the well is poisoned, time to move on.

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by retchdog (#48851969) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog:~$ time brew install gcc
==> Installing dependencies for gcc: gmp, mpfr, libmpc, isl, cloog
[blah blah blah]
==> Installing gcc
==> Downloading
==> Pouring gcc-4.9.2_1.yosemite.bottle.tar.gz
==> Summary /usr/local/Cellar/gcc/4.9.2_1: 1156 files, 203M

real 3m51.241s

4 minutes, and that was just because my wifi sucks.

Comment: Re:The white in your eyes (Score 1) 219

by ShieldW0lf (#48850947) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Doesn't this study show that women and men don't work as well together as they do separately, and that trying to increase diversity results in less effective teams, and was a bad idea all along?

So, the smart thing to do is separate the women off away from the men, encourage them to form teams entirely composed of women, and give them some meaningful tasks to do that won't overly burden them physically and will exploit their particular strengths.

This is very innovative stuff.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein