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Comment Re:How Does It Encapsulate the Source Code? (Score 1) 220

I've seen at least three comments by you that have been modded "Troll" without and viable justification (in my opinion). You have at been succinct in your statements, and are making no offhand accusations, that I can see. I only wish I had points so I could correct this injustice for you. Thank you for the thought provoking statements.

Comment Re:Many OS's were better and died or got very vew (Score 1) 461

The general consensus there and in the computer mags was that the 68000 was the best of the lot.

My opinion as well. What I think made the 68000 the top of the line is Motorola designed a 16-bit CPU with a 32-bit ISA and register set, and no memory segmentation with a 24-bit address bus. Neither the Z8000 nor the 8086 had these advantages (the Z8000 did have a non-segmented model, but only had 16-bit addressing, and the 80386 shoehorned its 32-bit architecture onto an ISA only designed to be 16-bit). Oh, how I wish the 8086 had simply been left to die instead of becoming ubiquitous with modern computing.

Comment Re:Kurzweil is right (Score 1) 238

Very well stated. We should also take into consideration the fact that our DNA is actually little more than a parts list, merely a map of contiguous sequences that will form proteins which, when used properly, form a body. An unlike a computer, where data and code are both structured the same way, as a sequence of bits, the DNA itself contains no actual instructions, so even if half the data in the DNA forms the structure of the brain, as Kurzweil insists, that is still little more than the list of necessary parts for building the brain, and maybe a road map for how those parts are pieced together. Despite its complexity, DNA simply doesn't contain enough information to provide the detailed instructions necessary for building a body.

Comment Re:Uh (Score 1) 830

Well stated. Raffaello provided these same arguments in a different manner, but you both provide a correct analysis of how DNA is the data, not the actual program. Biological cells operate nothing like a computer; there are only mild similarities which some people tend to focus on without considering all the other aspects there are to each system which are not present, via any equivalent, in the other.

GP is correct that the DNA chain does contain all of the information necessary to build an organism (which Raffaello labeled a 'parts' list), but, as you point out, it does not specify the environment, which is why any complex organism (any multi-celled body) requires an ancestor, usually a parent, to instigate growth. It also helps explain why two bodies with exact duplicate DNA (such as identical twins) do not remain identical as they age.

Comment Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 764

Wordperfect replaced Wordstar because WordPerfect is night and day, leaps and bounds better than Wordstar.

I completely agree with you; WordPerfect is also leaps and bounds better than Word (no 'thinking' for you, reveal codes, one line justification, etc). I still use WordPerfect 9 (now a decade old) for my personal projects (I'm writing a novel, among other things); I tried switching to Open Office, but it just acts too damn much like Word for my tastes, and it completely futzed my documents up. That, and WordPerfect, despite its age, is still far more powerful.

Comment Re:changing passwords frequently makes no sense (Score 1) 563

The solution is:
1) Find out what the problem is in the existing system that people are working around by sharing problems, and
2) Address that problem in a way that removes the incentive to share passwords.

I agree completely. I work for a tech support company, and we implemented an escalation system that requires a supervisor password from the tech's computer. However, when we expanded to a Filipino call center, we instituted a new system that allows us to send links to our escalations to the supervisor, and thus allows the escalation to take place on their system, where there's no need for the supervisor to use his password. It's helped solve a number of problems and now there is no reason for the supervisors to even consider sharing passwords at all (not that they ever did in the first place).

Comment Re:Evangelicals require more than others (Score 1) 961

Very well written. While I cannot completely agree with everything you stated, I can say that I enjoy reading comments from people who use rational, thought-provoking, emotionally neutral statements as you have, as opposed to those who feel they are the only ones who could possibly be right about a subject. I may be wrong in my beliefs, and you may be wrong in yours, but at least you have the decency to express yourself without threatening those you disagree with. Thank you.

Comment Re:Not Facebook! (Score 1) 326

Your comments remind me of the Microsoft Kin commercial I watched to understand the following statement: "You have to admire a marketing strategy that takes a product made for idiots, and then essentially tells those idiots that they are idiots." This was posted on this site in a thread connected to the article about Microsoft cutting Kin support after only 45 days, but I can't remember by whom, just that I felt it was worth saving.

Comment Re:I tend choose Skype side in this one (Score 1) 152

Posting this a third time to correct the accidental run-on paragraph (why doesn't HTML recognize carriage returns by default?):

Good comments. I'm sorry to see so many derisive comments about your one mistake, so I thought I'd give you a few tips on the proper use of the pronoun 'who' Hope this helps.

Who is the subject form (i.e. We think this is a person who may be involved in the scandal).

Whom is the object form (i.e. This list is of people whom we believe may be involved in the scandal).

Whose is the possessive form (i.e. We received this list from an informant whose research brought this scandal to light).

Who's is a contraction (used interchangeably for Who is or Who was).

Hope this helps clear a few things up in the future (and don't worry too much, the various forms of who are commonly misused by adult native speakers, likely including many of those who've posted responses to you, and I, myself, am not perfect in this regard either).

Comment Re:I tend choose Skype side in this one (Score 1) 152

Posting this again to correct the accidental run-on paragraph: Good comments. I'm sorry to see so many derisive comments about your one mistake, so I thought I'd give you a few tips on the proper use of the pronoun 'who' Hope this helps. Who is the subject form (i.e. We think this is a person who may be involved in the scandal). Whom is the object form (i.e. This list is of people whom we believe may be involved in the scandal). Whose is the possessive form (i.e. We received this list from an informant whose research brought this scandal to light). Who's is a contraction (used interchangeably for Who is or Who was). Hope this helps clear a few things up in the future (and don't worry too much, the various forms of who are commonly misused by adult native speakers, likely including many of those who've posted responses to you, and I, myself, am not perfect in this regard either).

Comment Re:I tend choose Skype side in this one (Score 1) 152

Good comments. I'm sorry to see so many derisive comments about your one mistake, so I thought I'd give you a few tips on the proper use of the pronoun 'who' Hope this helps. Who is the subject form (i.e. We think this is a person who may be involved in the scandal). Whom is the object form (i.e. This list is of people whom we believe may be involved in the scandal). Whose is the possessive form (i.e. We received this list from an informant whose research brought this scandal to light). Who's is a contraction (used interchangeably for Who is or Who was). Hope this helps clear a few things up in the future (and don't worry too much, the various forms of who are commonly misused by adult native speakers, likely including many of those who've posted responses to you, and I, myself, am not perfect in this regard either).

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