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Comment: Re:Modern Jesus (Score 1) 860

by spagthorpe (#43954945) Attached to: NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Exactly. I don't see anyone in the govt losing sleep over these revelations coming out. There is no real outrage in this country over anything. A few will be highly vocal about it, and the rest just go about their daily lives, staring at their cellphones and watching reality TV. Every individual in their country got fleeced by big banking, but there were no pitchforks over that, and there won't be for this. Only reason we really know anything about it is that we're all probably on a lot of tech sites. I'd bet money I could ask around in the coffee shop I'm in, and most would have never even heard about it.

Comment: Win7 at home, Linux at work (Score 2) 1215

by spagthorpe (#43949477) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

I have zero issues with Windows 7 at home. It's been very stable for me, and I'm able to do all I need with it. I have VMWare when I need it for any other OS.

I use Linux at work exclusively, currently Mint 14 with Mate. Overall, it's a great distro, with an intuitive feel most of the time.

I guess the thing that keeps me from using Linux at home is that I'm comfortable with the collection of applications I use at home, and there are no comparable equivalents for Linux that I've seen. So much work goes into improving the Linux Desktop experience....I wish the same level of resources would go into the application base. The office suites are fairly mature, but it's just all the smaller peripheral applications I use that aren't really there. I could probably make some combination of Linux programs work, but there is zero incentive for me to break what currently works.

Comment: Re:Value-added resellers (Score 1) 564

by spagthorpe (#43438671) Attached to: Why PC Sales Are Declining

When I bought my Macbook Pro, the first thing I did was create a Boot Camp partition, and install a fresh Windows 7 Pro on it. In the 18 months that I've had the machine, I've never once used it. I was sure there would be some Windows software I wouldn't be able to live without, but between OSX and the Linux VM I have on there, I've not needed it at all. It's just a waste of 80gb at the moment. Thankfully I got the Win7 cheap as a student.

Comment: Re:AT&Ts model (Score 1) 163

I had 6Mbps back East. It was pretty usable, but if you're paying for 1Gbps it's an insult.

I pay for and get 60Mbps now, but it's data capped, so I'm allowed just under 15 hours of that speed a month (720 hours in a month). Every other option in my area is also data capped, but slower. This whole system is fucking bullshit.

Comment: Re:BBT (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by spagthorpe (#43403977) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Given that BBT is basically geek blackface, and loathed by most that I know, I wouldn't take anything said about B5 to be anything more than a semi-obscure reference the writers put on there to make the primary audience of non-geeks laugh. I'd be wiling to bet that most people that are fans of BBT have never seen a B5 episode.

Comment: Re:Alibre! (Score 2) 218

by spagthorpe (#43194299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

I would agree with Alibre. I bought it years ago for some work a friend and I were working on. Like all 3D software, there is a heavy learning curve, and there is no free lunch here. Alibre came with around 6hrs of training videos, and of course, there is YouTube for lots of other questions that come up.

I think you'll find after reading all these posts that there is no easy way to do this, you sort of have to pick one and go with it. Alibre is very well supported, and has a pretty big following in the home machinest/hobby crowd, and their monthly news email has cool stuff that people are doing with it. I knew I didn't need a full multi-thousand dollar pro system for the cad work we were doing, but I didn't want a buggy open source solution either. Alibre was the best blend between the two I found.

Comment: Happy with Mint/Mate for the desktop at this point (Score 2) 965

by spagthorpe (#43166783) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

I was a so-so Linux user, primarily using Windows for most of my tasks, and just sort of playing with Linux. I went to OSX for a laptop, and although didn't like it at first, and still have issues, I'm reasonably happy with it. New job though, and I'm in front of Mint Linux 100% during the day. I've found it surprisingly adept at just about everything I do for work (heavy embedded work, libre office, web, pdfs, etc)....enough so that I have a VM of it at home running 24x7 on my Windows machine, and use it quite a bit. In fact, I've scaled back the things I do on Win7 quite a bit, and with a few tweaks, think I could be happy running Mint full-time. It runs well enough as a VM that I'm inclined not to mess with it. I don't think I'd gain much from having it native, except the endless stream of background Windows updating that's always going on. I can't slam Win7 that bad though. It is rare as hell for me to need to reboot the machine, maybe once this year so far.

Comment: I don't know if Bill of Rights is the right thing (Score 1) 469

by spagthorpe (#43153179) Attached to: Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

I don't see any point in trying to enforce something like this. What I would like to see would be a "Bullshit Inside" badge attached to a game that meant it had any of those things. Then I could choose to spend money or not. We had to put stickers on music that had a naughty word in them, and we have ratings on games for every other type of potentially offensive content. Doesn't seem like a stretch to blatantly mark something as DRM enforced, or additional money required.

Comment: Re:What OSS really needs... (Score 1) 356

by spagthorpe (#42938309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

You want to see a drastic change in the user interface for the worse, take a look at the latest Microsoft Visual Studio. Totally flat looking, devoid of color. It's almost unusable in the sense that I have to spend time visually hunting for things on the screen all the time. There are no real patterns for my eyes to lock on to. Complete fail.

Comment: Re:Indians in a nutshell (Score 2) 241

by spagthorpe (#42812579) Attached to: Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

It's exactly the same in all the pre-med classes I took. The instructors had to go to great lengths to separate the Indian students on test days. There were numerous cases of where Indian students in one class of a professors would steal the exam during a test, and give it to students in a later class. The professors had a huge burden of extra work to come up with different exams for each individual class. The Indian students didn't seem to care or protest one bit about being singled out for cheating, as it just seemed part of the game to them.

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