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Comment What a surprise! -Said no one ever (Score 1) 245

The unscrupulous Daraprim stunt went well beyond simple douchebaggery and obviously showed him to be a pure-bred sociopath. God only knows what other skeletons this maggot has in his closet. He obviously had support, though. Once he goes down I hope they don't stop with him. I'd like to know what sort of vile company had the nerve to put this asshole in charge.

Comment I'm going to enjoy this more than I should (Score 5, Insightful) 482

If you were to ask me what I like most about electric cars (and Tesla in particular), it wouldn't be the economic or environmental benefits, or even the technology.

It's the way they are taking a long stagnant and mostly non-innovative industry and dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. If the people who constantly preach about the free market truly appreciated the concept, they would know that in a legitimately free market, you either change with the times or you get kicked to the curb to make room for those who are actually innovating.

The more they resist, the more I'm going to enjoy watching them weep and wail as they slowly become irrelevant.

Comment George Lucas did not create Star Wars (Score 5, Interesting) 424

Contentious thing to say, but it's technically true. The only thing he deserves credit for are the initial story ideas. In the end, the original trilogy was the result of a lot of creative input from a lot of people; to his great displeasure. Some of its most iconic moments happened in spite of him rather then because of him. (Actual quote to him from Harrison Ford during filming: "You can type this shit but you can't say it.") He has made it excruciatingly clear that he hates the original trilogy and has always hated it because he didn't have total control over it; and thinks that the only thing that made everyone love it was HIS creative input. All of the praise and fame he earned as a result of it's success, which he literally bet against with Spielberg, led him to think "Wow, if everyone loved movies that only slightly showcased my vision, imagine how much they will love them when I DO have control over every aspect!" At this point he was rich, powerful, and surrounded by yes men who dared not question him. We all know what the results looked like. The only thing he as proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that if Star Wars had turned out how he wanted, it would have been terrible. There would have been no sequels, no merchandising empire, no worldwide generation-defining cultural impact. Just another sub-par sci-fi flick from the 70s. The "creator" of Star Wars was also its biggest liability.

Comment Re:Inefficient (Score 2) 393

Not a bad guess, but wrong. I got most of my certifications in 2012 or later. I got my first sysadmin job in 2013. My current job I started just over a year ago, and fortunately is a new enough company that they leave aside most of the bullshit and grill candidates with brain teasers and actual technical questions. There was once a time when I pursued MS certifications, but decided I didn't enjoy working on Windows systems; and Linux is now a much more valuable skill to have anyway.

Comment Inefficient (Score 3, Informative) 393

I'm sure this varies with different fields, but it seems like many degrees involve spending a lot of money to learn copious amounts of extraneous material with no real world application to the career you are aiming for. I went to a technical college and had a couple of classmates who had previously been working on computer science degrees. They quit because they just plain weren't learning the skills that they needed for the IT careers they were pursuing. On top of that I have met people on several occasions who were flabbergasted to find out that I had obtained my current position with only an associates degree. I didn't have the heart to tell them about my co-workers who have nothing but their high school diplomas. Of course many of us have certifications as well. I dare someone to try and tell me those are a waste of money with this elephant in the room.

Comment Burning the candle at both ends. (Score 5, Insightful) 89

On one hand telecoms are saying "We have to impose data caps because of the strain on our networks!" and then they turn around and make the most popular data heavy applications not count against your cap. Why are they not being called out more frequently and audibly about this blatant self-contradiction?

Comment Nothing earth shattering or new here (Score 4, Insightful) 184

As soon as I saw the headline I was curious which games they had tested with. As soon as I saw Shadow of Mordor I cringed. It is well known that its Linux performance is extremely subpar. The fact of the matter is that Linux ports and drivers have seen nowhere near the time and effort put into performance tuning as their Windows counterparts. Until Vulkan gears up and SteamOS gains more inertia, I don't expect any different.

For the record, though, Shadow of Mordor is the only Linux game I have not been able to play on max settings with my GTX 970; and despite having to crank it down a bit, it still works flawlessly. As a Linux gamer I am more than content with how fast things are progressing. Why rate and comment on the runners' performance when they haven't even finished warming up?

Comment Intertia (Score 1) 889

MS Office(preferably not like the awful OSX version) and Adobe CS are the ones I would most like to see; not so much because I use them extensively myself, but because they are the biggest killer apps and would give a significant boost to Linux. Then there is the plethora of Windows-only enterprise applications that make it impossible to switch to Linux on the business side, even when you are dependent on Linux VMs to do your work. That pendulum swings both ways, after all.

Comment End of an era.... (Score 1, Insightful) 492

We all knew that Microsoft has been wanting to switch Windows to a subscription model for a while now. The only question was how to do it without inciting a mass exodus. It looks like they have found the first step. Windows 10 users are now the product instead of the customer. I guess it should have been obvious where this was going...

Comment Baffling.... (Score 4, Insightful) 140

Lets pretend for a moment that government-mandated backdoors don't violate our 4 amendment rights eight ways till Friday and really will be only accessible to government agencies. (Background sniggering) Stay with me guys. Let's say their birthday wish is granted and all of the big tech companies implement backdoor decryption that only they can access.

Do they really think a single @#$%ing terrorist or criminal with half a brain is actually going to use those services instead of other alternatives? Maybe the next part of their amazingly forward-thinking plan is to convince Richard Stallman to bend a knee and put a backdoor in GnuPG.

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