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Comment Re:The more things change... (Score 2) 38

The last decade we have gained MASSIVELY in efficiency and cost. IM typing this on an Intel NUC I picked up at retail for $129, $10 of RAM, $25 keyboard with touchpad and $5 class 10 SD card. All running a free OS that recognized all the hardware and automatically installed it including Bluetooth and WiFi. Lost decade, give me a break.

Comment Re:Focus on his current skills (Score 3, Insightful) 86

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." " -Robert A. Heinlein

Comment Re:A significant difference between HW and SW sale (Score 1) 315

I expect my 2011 mac mini to be viable until at least 2020. People forget we are in a massive transition period so of course some things are going to be obsoleted out quickly. The non fully 64 bit macs and pre iphone 5 designs are really where this bit hard. I don't expect that kind of attrition again.

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 245

"Surge pricing is good for everyone, and just about everyone I have ever explained it to has gone "Oh yeah I see what you mean". We just need to educate people."

No. Transportation is already too expensive, surge pricing is just plain robbery. You don't need an education to see that things like transport should not be subject to the same market forces as luxury items.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 1) 392

The reason for that is because users stopped training themselves so the only choice was for work to do it, at great expense. There is a VERY long road that lead us to where we are, and it starts with office workers no longer taking office automation training. Its not condescension, its derision for those that refuse to join the Information Age as informed participants. For too long I held up the torch for users until they become so dumb that somehow I.T. is to blame for their lack of preparedness.

Comment Re: Dear MS. You Really Don't Want To Spy On User (Score 1) 384

One MINOR caveat. Optical discs are generally READ ONLY, this is an important attribute that gets lost in the discussion about USB flash drives. Optical OS install still has its place, if for no other reason than you know you are installing an untainted copy. I really hate optical drives, but they are still necessary.

Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 2) 384

IF you are going to do that, get a diskless Synology NAS for $99 and put in a disk. It comes with a kickass torrent client that shuts off seeds as soon as the DL finishes. It will only cost a little bit more than getting a pi up and running and is much more suited to the task.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?