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Comment: Re:Not at all. I've had a house built. (Score 2) 317

by theManInTheYellowHat (#38695130) Attached to: Code Cleanup Culls LibreOffice Cruft

Except building a house is a one time endeavor. A better analogy would be to build a house on the foundation of another house and then remodel it a dozen times and then add on a few additions. Soon there after divorce your spouse and find another to guide the new additions and find another site upon which you can move that house to and hopefully not have to deal with that awful foundation.

Comment: People Have Stopped Using Desktop Software (Score 1) 862

by theManInTheYellowHat (#37604884) Attached to: Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

How many people are just using a browser to do whatever they do on a PC? Whatever else they do there is an icon on the Desktop for launching the program. A business user might have some special apps but average users have a very small selection. Except of course gamers and even those are starting die off.

Comment: Where Could You Use This (Score 1) 172

by theManInTheYellowHat (#37526278) Attached to: The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone

So lets say that you have this super secret network smartphone and you had a super secret topic that you wanted to talk about with another super secret person. Where could you have this discussion and should you even be talking out loud? Wouldn't you need to be in a building somewhere that has sound insulation, or some other mechanism to keep your voice from being picked up from some other microphone than the one on your super secret smart phone? Or is it a fancy camera phone and not meant for voice? I hope that the camera is better than the one on my smartphone.....

Comment: Astounding Arrogance (Score 1) 1271

by theManInTheYellowHat (#37327532) Attached to: Marx May Have Had a Point

World renown philosopher who wrote many well received books on his thoughts, changed whole countries and inspired uncounted multitudes, MAY have had a point? Here we are staring at the very brink of capitalism collapsing and I am guessing that he is laughing in his grave.
Sure communism has not worked out in the end, which I believe is a failing of humanity not the ideal, however it is completely condescending to sum up in such a title.

Comment: Re:Oh god, more delusions (Score 3, Informative) 160

by theManInTheYellowHat (#37192026) Attached to: MakerBot Gets $10 Million Investment

To say that these things can not make anything useful is very far from correct. Checkout RepRap which is a very similar device to makerbot. Its firmware has the code built in to print the parts it is made from and is one of the tenants of the project. The video on the RepRap home page explaining the project is brilliant. These projects are indeed very worthy of getting funded.

Comment: The spark is not the problem (Score 2) 351

by theManInTheYellowHat (#35886750) Attached to: Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?

The problem that needs to be solved is the reason for the spark. The reason for the spark is the need for the ignition of fuel. Switching to laser beam driven electron motors would be crazy cool (or whatever other cool use there is for a laser in an electric motor if there is one). "Fixing" something that is not broke with a gadget that needs to bought (and thus sold) seems like a great idea for an infomercial, not a solution to the worlds problems.

+ - FastCompany and many more faster than slashdot

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Comment: Re:Full size keyboard - no (Score 1) 53

by theManInTheYellowHat (#30364994) Attached to: Building the Dream Google Smartbook

Back in 1995 IBM unveiled the ThinkPad 701C which had a folding keyboard. These should be resurrected and put into Netbooks. It really was a slick way to shrink a full sized keyboard. For some reason that notebook was the only one ever to have that keyboard.
I have a BlueTooth Folding keyboard that is almost OK but it lacks many keys and you are forced to use meta keys for too many items.

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