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Comment: Re:Once Again (Score 1) 139 139

Which means saving up for a down-payment on a house becomes pretty much impossible. And setting money aside for retirement is a waste of the time filling out the paperwork.

So, proper behaviour becomes "as the end of the fiscal year approaches (and your new raise comes due), spend every penny you have, because prices are going to jump to match the new payscales"

Pardon me, but isn't that the case now? If I would have saved 1 million dollars for my retirement starting in the 70s, it would be enough to pay for a doctor's visit in 2030 (I hope!). A million dollars in the 70s was a LOT of money. You could buy a nice house in San Diego for fifty thousand. You could buy a nice car for ten thousand... now, that million will buy you a nice car and nice house.

Oh wait, I am not supposed to have nice things. It is wasteful and decadent. I should be happy buying dog food and living in a shack when I retire.

Hurray! Saving money is stupid.

Comment: Re: It's an algorithm (Score 1) 350 350

One could point out that there are fewer instances of white males being miscategorized.

Even if true, which you assert but do not prove, it is easy to see why darker skinned people might be miscategorized as a gorilla. Gorillas do tend to be darker.

I suspect this has less to do with any actual racism and more to do with the fact that the people who developed the algorithm are likely predominantly white males...

There is a better than average chance that the people who developed the algorithm were Asian. Your assumptions are just that. Assumptions.

...and they tend to first test the algorithm on their own collection of photos or those in their circle.

More assumptions. Why would they test on themselves instead of a large database of photos?

You know nothing and assume a lot.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 288 288

Since the common green energies are intermittent, producing power when the conditions are right for them, that's a supply based system. In short - either we install massively more green energy tech than we'd need to supply our energy needs alone, or we have to accept that we can't demand power whenever we like.

This is an awesome idea. When we have too much power to hand out to people, we could use the excess for things like desalination or just for abusive excesses like floating statues that dance. Who cares at that point? It is all "free" energy... oh wait, I see what is wrong with this idea.

Comment: Re:retire and let me have your job (Score 1) 189 189

C'mon folks, do you really have to be so mean when someone asks a simple question?

MoarSauce123, meet The Public. The Public, meet MoarSauce123. I hope your new relationship is pleasurable for both of you.

Heh, all of the entertainer, movie stars, etc have known this about the public. They are mean, rude, evil, etc. Just relax, what you are seeing is perfectly normal. Read the responses in a week or so and you will see some good stuff too. The moderation system helps make the good stuff more visible.

With your UserID, I can see why you might be surprised. Hang around for a while. The crowd here is generally better than most places... but it is still, The Public. ;)

Comment: Re:Design by Fisher-Price? (Score 1) 302 302

What really blows me away is that they STILL refuse to let people personalize how it looks. WTF? XP had the software to change the themes radically but it was locked down and kept away from us users. Vista and 7 removed it entirely. Why? Stardock made a LOT of money back in the XP days turning on the functionality already built in. Some amazing looking interfaces were built.

Now? We are forced to use shit.

Comment: Re:Mars is stupid (Score 1) 136 136

We have microbes on earth right now that could easily survive on Venus.

Eh? We have microbes that could survive as long as they stayed aloft in the Venusian atmosphere. At the surface of Venus, all life as we know it would die from the extreme heat. 400+ Celsius is no picnic for DNA and all life that we are aware of is based on DNA.

According to the summary of this paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...

DNA begins to completely break down at 190C (in dry conditions).

Floating them in the atmosphere is quite doable and is a great idea. You are absolutely correct that we should concentrate on terraforming (not a real word?) Venus before Mars.

Comment: Re:So, um, guys? (Score 1) 223 223

The PS4 runs BSD, while it is also a general purpose OS, there's no need on the PS4 to keep "desktop computer services" running. The PS4 doesn't have to keep a print spool up, have a java updater constantly running, . It doesn't have to worry about the "needs" of an Office suite, or SMB shares, or Norton/Kaspersky/AVG, or any of the other things a PC does. It runs games. It can do other things as well but it's design focus is on games more than anything else.

Odd, every time I say I do not want those services, I am soundly reminded, like a child mind you, that none of those things really affect performance and that I whining about nothing at all. Apparently, you and I are just imagining things.

Comment: Re:Because titan has ice, pluto isn't even a plane (Score 1) 98 98

Titan has the possibility of extraterrestrial life, the finding of which would mark one of the biggest discoveries in the history of the human race and end all doubts that we are alone in the universe.

Sure, finding extraterrestrial life would be a HUGE discovery; however, the total amount of energy on Titan is negligible and the variety of energy gradients do not lend themselves well to anything but the simplest forms of life. These would be extremely difficult to detect and even more difficult to identify as actual life.

Europa, with its water and tidal heating from Jupiter is a much more likely candidate for finding extraterrestrial life. The whole ice shell thing is a real issue so I would not pin all of my hopes on Europa either.

Honestly, the best chance for finding evidence of extraterrestrial life is on Mars. Yes, it will be long dead, but I would be surprised if we did not eventually find some sort of fossil evidence. If not Mars, then it will be extra-solar.

Comment: Re:Just spent a Weekend TRYING to Use 8.1 (Score 1) 277 277

Honestly, install Classic Shell, follow the instructions you can find on the intertubes to make the Metro crap almost completely go away, get rid of their stupid start screen altogether, disable the Windows store and the apps ... and then just realize that the crap Microsoft has "innovated" is useful for touch screens, and beginning users and get on with their life.

Epic fail. If I have to do that to even start using it, it is wrong.

Windows 8.1, once you remove the crap interface stuff Microsoft put into it, is a stable platform with a Start menu, which looks like it has for years.

Windows has become ever more convoluted over the years. 8.1 does not offer improvements. It uses more disk space, more RAM, and more CPU than ever before. In Windows 7, there are several dozen process running at any given time that I have no need of and can not turn off without crashing the operating system. Those processes more than doubled from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

You can argue all you want that they provide awesome services that make my life so much easier... but it is not true. I do not need port 445 sitting there listening. I do not need their fancy DNS services. I do not need half of the processes opening up under svchost.exe and hiding themselves. I do not need Active Directory subsystems functioning at home. I do not need my operating system to try and discover shit on the network. I do not need my operating system trying to force an election to see who wins (pun not intended) the ability to be authoritative about Microsoft protocols on my network. I do not need my operating system trying to enforce DRM. I do not need my operating system to continually multiply the number of hidden places program can start from.

The product is shit. 8.1 is worse shit than 7, and by definition, 10 will be worse shit than 8.

Install a fucking cover over the shit and call it good to go? Stop smoking that stuff my friend. Just stop. Lipstick on a pig does not fool me.

Comment: Re:I don't think it means what you think it means (Score 1) 277 277

The only advantage MS has is exclusive access to the source code. If they give that up, its sayonara sucker.

Oddly enough, I made a comment a week or so ago that resonates with this. Linus is not the only person with access to the source code for Linux... so why isn't it sayonara Linus? Only because it is free (Free?)?

No. It would be sayonara Microsoft because Microsoft does not build a good product. They are not focused on the product at all. They are focused on how they use that product as leverage. So Microsoft would be history if the opened their source because another company would make a BETTER Windows... because they would be able to focus on actually making a good product.

It is rather like the American automakers and why they are constantly on the edge of bankruptcy. They are not in the business of making cars. No, they are in the business of making money; making cars is merely the vehicle (pun somewhat intended) for making money. When you lose sight of the product, in time, you always end up failing. Concentrate on the product first. Afterwards, you can play whatever shitty games you want to try and wrest more money from people.

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