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Comment Re:But if they just buy our software (Score 1) 388

Mod this man up.

Updates were annoying 10 years ago. Now any company that expects to make any money at all in the market has a decent update and patching system built in. Hell Microsoft gives one to you for free if you choose to use it (it's part of the MSI toolkit). If the user hasn't approved auto-updates, well they've asked for the harassment, now haven't they? Those probably aren't the users who will be going out and buying a mass auto-update software (that probably needs its own regular updates, to boot!).

The only exception I could see is where the misguided anti-Microsoft geek has helpfully chosen "Ask me before installing" for updates on his mom's Windows box "because, you know, like, Micro$haft updates break more than they fix, 'n stuff. M$ suuuuucks!!".

Then the machines are turned into zombies within six months, because vulnerabilities never get patched.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 388

Come on, admit it... you couldn't support that many distros in 5 steps. Or come anywhere close to supporting 80% of the linux user base without a doubling or tripling of development time for the installer.

This is my main point: until "runs on Linux" covers a vast majority of users, without having huge development times just for the installer, without having to open up your source code, Linux adoption will continue to suffer.

Though I suppose if all development goes to HTML5 delivery, the point is moot.

Comment Re:As always... (Score 1) 587

Sorry. The people taking science by the neck and slitting its throat these days are the ones who produce cherry-picked "metastudies" trying to reach a pre-picked "conclusion" and call it "science."

Sorry. You can dismiss a statistical meta-study out of hand without an even cursory glance at it's methodology, because it doesn't agree with the conclusions you would wish for. And then opine at length about the "small minority" who "can become desensitized," or those who might "temporarily" become violent after playing games, and insist, against all the assembled evidence, that the harmful effects are restricted to "those who are predisposed to go nutso anyways." Why use stats when unsubstantiated conjecture confirms personal prejudice so much more effectively?

Science is indeed is having its throat slit by those "trying to reach ... pre-picked conclusion[s]."

Comment Re:... if you can spell "Cloud Computing" (Score 1) 283

I could give a fuck about how Bush pronounces things, although you will find that the way he pronounces "nuclear" is a prevalent pronunciation in much of the South and Midwest. The thread started with someone implying that Bush was stupid because he pronounced nuclear "incorrectly." Except the point you are missing is that this pronunciation is part of several American dialects. So if you have proof that it is not part of a dialect, not a regional variation in English, that is what you need to say in order to advance your point. Just saying it doesn't make it so. I live somewhere where it is pronounced that way, because of our dialect. I'm not sure how to prove that to you, but if you will take me as an honest person, I don't see how you can miss that point. Bigotry is bad in and of itself - I'm not trying to say that anyone has reached a level of murderous bigotry in this thread. Melodrama schmelodrama. People are insulting my region, and me, implying that we are unintelligent because of the way we speak. If you can't understand that I have answered your question three times, I'm not sure how to make it any clearer! I'll ignore your vailed insults for now, giving you the benefit of the doubt that you actually want to have a conversation>

you should re-learn the alphabet and whoever taught you to read should be fired.

But stop insulting me and my neighbors and family!

Comment Re:I think its entirely reasonable to say... (Score 1) 439

Turns out the only benefits to this are the flexibility and low cost (which are good, sure, but not that exciting).

Actually, low cost is far more exciting than high efficiency. Low cost means it'll be used. A lot. High efficiency plus expensive just means we have a better grade of "no, we can't afford that right now"....

No kidding. I almost slapped my forehead at the "low cost solar panels aren't exciting" comment. Solar panels are so ridiculously expensive that you'd be lucky to get a return on your investment in 10 years, and that's with government subsidies.

I was looking for a solar powered exhaust fan for my attic, which is about the simplest solar device you can make (sun hits roof, fan spins). But it was cheaper to buy a fan hooked to the power and let it run for 10 years. Adding a timer would have made it even worse.

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