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Comment Re:I'm amazed... (Score 1) 1737

Zimmerman's life is changed forever because of this, too, but it will never really seem fair because he's incompetent and an idiot who definitely should have known better and got off light compared to Martin.

The whole thing is just a tragedy that didn't need to happen.

Are you kidding? He's guaranteed all the gun-lover racist political rally guest spots that he can book. I predict chief of police in some small southern town before he's old enough to retire. He is a hero to lots of people.

Comment Re:Loftier ambitions? (Score 1) 38

golden spike doesn't seem to have much going for it except a board of investors though. they could just as well end up buying the trips from spacex...

But they have a scrolling marketing blurb on their web site asking for help from interested nations. Let's hope some country with disposable income stumbles onto their site and decides to donate their whole tax return!

Comment Re:Out of touch much? (Score 0) 365

When Google lobbies one right winger, it's news to Slashdot? Is anyone here aware that his views are shared with a significant portion of the population?

Only because criminals like him are pushing the lies down their throats. Is this any less evil than supporting Al Capone? I suggest that it's more evil, on a much greater scale.

Comment Re:What exactly is the security issue? (Score 1) 217

What exactly is the security issue that's significant enough to warrant such extreme and invasive measures? Is it such a prestigious institution that there are hoards of non-registered kids trying to sneak in? Is there a problem with rampant crime or extremely bad behaviour? What possible real reason could they have, other than, "hey, we got funding for this fancy new tech!" or conditioning them to the future of a police state?

Lawyers. Lots of lawyers and parents ready to sue over the slightest thing.

Comment Re:Not necessarily because of usage. (Score 1) 385

In the past, people would buy new computers because their old ones were made obsolete by new ones (so not necessarily because their old ones stopped working). This hasn't happened in a while, so why would people buy new computers that aren't an upgrade, if their old ones are still working?

And what made them obsolete? Software did. Be it more memory for Photoshop, better graphics for Doom, faster CPU for watching video, there was always that killer app that you had to run, and it didn't run on your old machine. Since the software business has been going "cloud," they haven't been pushing the envelope of PC hardware. That right there is a sign of the PC losing it's pre-eminence as the device that everyone must have.

Comment Re:Devices and services? (Score 3, Insightful) 387

If they are transitioning to a devices and services company that kind of means they are transitioning away from the things that have made them successful.

By gaining a monopoly through the good graces of IBM, backstabbing every partner along the way, and paying off half of congress to keep them there? That's how Microsoft became successful. Or has this all been wiped from our collective memories?

Comment Re:Developer collaboration (Score 3, Insightful) 387

If they want the "engineering culture" to "facilitate collaboration across the company", they can start by getting rid of the Stack Rank review process. Why would I want to collaborate with someone who I'm competing for a top spot on the review chart with?

Never. Ballmer and similar sociopaths have no concept of cooperation. They get to where they are by back stabbing and brown nosing, and expect everyone else to do the same. The strong survive, and the rest are so much offal to be thrown away.

Comment Re:I think it's been ten years since I said it but (Score 1) 445

I think I may have started saying this to people back when Sun (remember them?) had a slogan about "the network is the computer".

And Sun is being proven right. They were just about 20 years ahead of their time.

And "whom" is most certainly still a word. I'm sorry that you don't know how to use it properly. Try reading Strunk and White some time.

Comment Re:Could be a good sign... (Score 1) 199

Ah, in that case its even worse! It indicates the US is lacking behind other countries in producing quality mathematicians!

And our company employs a lot of our programmers from the university maths department. With good reason.

Not only universities, but slashdot in general. How many times have we seen CS majors whining that they have to take math and, horror of horrors, foreign language courses. In the US if it's not marketable, it's not worth doing. And math is HARD. :-P

Comment Re:Okay (Score 1) 72

That's quite impressive.


But, still, it's very nice to watch and dream.

Dreaming, yes. Any idea what precision is required for electronics? Hint, a lot more than this printer gives you. Also, there are dozens of different metals and non-metals required to make even simple devices, most of which will not easily be formed/combined by such a machine. These printers do not do 1% of what people think they can.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 289

You really based your arguments on what you read on blogs rather than personal experience? Plenty of people still run kernel 2.2 which is about 15 years old now, or 2.4 which is about 10 years old now. And if you run something like debian, it's as simple as "apt-get distupgrade" and editing a few config files.

Or... you know, just not upgrade.

Seriously. Get over it.

Just try that in the enterprise. I have Linux servers in our DMZ at work that are constantly raising red flags to our PCI auditors. I am constantly patching those things, asking for security exceptions, etc. And this is with RHEL support, not a roll your own. Try running a mission critical application on such a box. Luckily they are just minor services like FTP.

I'm supporting Windows here. I'd rather have a Solaris or AIX server any day.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 300

The answer to both questions is the same: because subscription revenue alone no longer covers the costs of content and distribution. Advertising is why XBL is $50/year for all of the services they provide instead of $200 for fewer services. Or to use a cable TV example, it's why every channel producing scripted content isn't $15/month like HBO.

Which is not to say it's a great outcome, but the public has shown time and time again that they'll accept advertising in exchange for staving off service cost increases. As MS has found out, all of that content that makes users flock to XBL (and hopefully flock to XB1) is expensive.

Comment Re:Where is the problem? (Score 1) 770

Why is everyone expecting that everyone wants to socialise???
Seriously. There are so many assholes out there in the meat space, sometimes even more than on Reddit or YouTube comments. So many stupid, brain dead people. So many judging people judging others for superficial stuff.

I'm asexual, rarely meet people who interest me and share my hobbies and my interests.
Movies are all shit nowadays. So why should I socialise more than the minimum (food shopping, deliveries/postal service) ???

What do you give to society? That house, the food you eat, the media you consume, all these things are due to people in society interacting, from the food that's grown and resources that are mined to services provided. You can't just hide away from society, and yet expect to live with the benefits of it. Now maybe there is some way that you are giving back, part of the whole working organism, but I'm not seeing it. To me you seem like a cancer in a living organism, and you should not be surprised if you are cut out and thrown into a waste basket. Just to use the "meat" metaphor that you seem to like.

Seek help.

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