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Comment Promising (Score 1) 179

I mentally and emotionally left ubuntu behind when this 'train wreck' started, and have been churning along with Mint and Debian (for servers) getting most of my love.

This clarifies what the intent is for Ubuntu. More importantly to me, it resonates in a way that win8 and 'just like tablets and the new windows' never did -- this hints at a unix / X11 / 'network is the computer' mindset, where the UI and the data/computation are decoupled in ways that add flexibility, rather than straitjacketing power users.

I'm still hesitant, but I'll give Ubuntu a second chance based on this. Personal cpu/data devices and UI portability / flexibility wouldn't suck -- As long as Canonical sticks with a goal/plan for the UI being a realignment-to *AND* extension-of tablet UI design concepts, and not just carving off the complexity, or rearranging shit to be win00b-friendly.

Comment Re:only programmers... (Score 2) 232

Yup. I really depressed some friends who were priming themselves to quit corporate and start up when I asked what their 'moat' was? A: The WHAT? Me: The moat... the barrier to competition? What is your 'secret sauce' that keeps some megacorp from letting you do all the hard work defining your niche, then asking a team to reverse engineer your product? What's the secret they'll never master, the patent, the copyright? It's like a moat around a castle. A: Um... uh...

They're still corporate drones, but they did create the project as FOSS. It's doing ok, they're happy and busy and one of them parlayed that project into a good raise at another company closer to what he loves.

OTOH, I know another guy who embraced a project that went big. Megacorps are good at balancing 'how much to reengineer' against 'can we just hire/buy the underlying code and talent'?

Comment Re:Are we all supposed to know what Airbnb is? (Score 1) 141

LOL, GP invokes strawman (all regulations are a liberal conspiracy) on your side of the argument. P responds with ORLY?! So you claim his answer is another strawman. That's some serious drain-bammage, bro. Do like P suggests and change stations, quick!

Seriously; if libertarianism is about being unencumbered to a point where every environmental, health or safety misdeed is allowed under the dual banners of 'capitalistic self-interest prevents abuse' and 'caveat emptor', it's even less viable than communism. But you may already know that. I've noticed that extremism tends to be pushed either by nutjobs, fools, or people knowingly working the Overton Window. Which are you?

Apologies in advance for the 'when did you stop beating your wife' tendencies to that question.

Comment Re:OK. Next? (Score 1) 588

customizability is not the crux definition of a PC. I can't tell you how many ways I've had laptops unupgradeable over the years (NEC UltraLite, anyone) but they've all been PC's.

I don't really have a dog in this hunt, btw. Haven't decided whether I consider a pad a pc or not. I say 'not' when it involves software compatibility, ability to edit word docs, etc. But when I start getting into how I'm using it, it starts to feel like a business device used personally for computing and that acronyms down to business PC. When I'm at home and surfing, that's home PC taskage. When my kids take a turn, it's a game PC, etc.

It's a candy mint / it's a breath mint.... fuck it and accept that netbooks, notebooks, smart phones, desktops and smart appliances are all PC's. The acronym PC is dead, long live the acronym.

Comment Re:OK. Next? (Score 1) 588

they didn't. 2 of the 3 pie's fat slices involve the OS.

From http://www.microsoft.com/investor/CompanyInfo/SegmentInfo/ServerAndTools/Overview.aspx
"Server and Tools product and service offerings include Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, System Center products, Windows Embedded device platforms, and Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services comprise Premier product support services and Microsoft Consulting Services."

To be fair, you're both going semantic and offtopic: rerun this argument like the monty python spanish inquisition script, and say that OS and business and servers are the cash cow yadda yadda...

Bloatwarepad is subsidized, just like Zune was.

Comment Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (Score 0, Troll) 203

And by saying so, you get pegged with one word, which is unprintable and would just get me troll-rated..

Seriously, this isn't even on the top ten list of characterizations of the Obama administration. Then again, the top adjective list from Fox reads like political word salad anyway: Fascist, Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Nazi, Bankster, Corporation-owned, Wall-street, AntiGun, Islamic, anti-religious, imperialist, weak, etc.

Given the sheer number of absurd words chosen and mutual contradictions and the centrist-right nature of the Obama administration (ask any liberal or progressive, we can quantify the ways we object to his stances as too-conservative), let's face it: your party needs to rediscover how to use a dictionary.

Comment Re:The suppression of speech is not speech. (Score 1) 323

Sit-ins are intrusive. Picket lines are intrusive. Lockouts are intrusive. Boycotts, tea parties, monkeywrenching: intrusive, intrusive, intrusive. One could argue that defending oneself against negative political cartoons gets in the way of controlling one's message: intrusive.

Shouting from atop a soapbox: intrusive.

Unfettered political speech / expression routinely gets messy. Several of these are reprehensible in comparison to pamphleteering and other more civilized methods of getting one's message out, but each has shown they have their places. Asymmetry (an imbalance of power) forces asymmetric counterattacks.

That's why these are common. Now we just have to debate whether it's entirely depressing or a necessary evil...

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 776

Third 'if' is obscure (works for a reason that isn't evident/obvious). It also fails for m,n where m is a multiple of n (3 and 6), might fail for other patterns but I'm not seeing a solid proof either direction. If spec changes, your cleverness might introduce a bug.

Note, I really do think what you did is clever. If bytes still cost 1000x man-hours, you'd win. But for real-world use, do the else. It reads sanely. Yours made me start contemplating math proofs. Clever is a great measure of deep hackerly understanding. We just spend years unlearning 'clever as fuck' because it bites us on the ass eventually.

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 776

This extra time* is just techno-foreplay.

Going full anthropomorphic, the computer doesn't CARE how long (2, 4, 8 or 60 mins) we take to warm up, as long as it's balanced by how hard we rock it's world when we get busy. Four lines? Hope they're the model of code elegance and wisdom. Take an hour just to get started? Better be awesome, with deep penetrating insights ("yeah, I've never though of it that way before"). Done in sixty seconds in an elevator? Sweet.

* am torn between whether chasing 'damn kids off my lawn' IS or ISN'T worth counting. Depends on the mood, I guess.

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