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Comment Re:A few things need to happen first (Score 1) 369

I'm not discrediting Visual Studio, but consider the fact that you'll probably spend 20 years using an IDE, don't you learn all the keyboard shortcuts you need, anyway? It seems like a silly argument that just because it's easier up front it's better, that view seems a little short sighted. Windows is easier to use than Linux up front, but once you learn to use Linux it's much more powerful, so it's worth the investment.

Let's not forget VIM is also just a text editor, you can use it to work on all kinds of text. And all of those features you mention can of course be done in VIM, or very easily using command line tools, which I think further illustrates the power of the platform, overall.

Comment Re:It's typical fanboy mentality (Score 2) 369

I'm not a Visual Studio hater, the first software I ever wrote was using Visual Basic 3, but I think you can get most of the really nice features in Visual Studio in a well configured VIM. Tree browser, intelli-sense autocomplete, built in reference documentation, etc etc. You'd be amazed (or maybe not?) what a really pimped out VIM can do.

Comment Re:A few things need to happen first (Score 1) 369

You can do this all with VIM. You can google around for it if you want, just reply to this post if you want and I can give more details. You can get both intelli-sense style code completion as well as code references pulled up from function names right in your editor. I've done both with python, not hard to setup at all.

Comment Re:A few things need to happen first (Score 1) 369

3) You are absolutely 100% right and I think this is overlooked.

The reason Windows took off to begin with was how brain dead simple application development was. And you can complain about how shitty and unstable Windows 95 was (because, well, it was unstable and shitty) but the world produced a never ending stream of mediocre, pretty much functioning, software. A million businesses could crank out simple inhouse applications using things like VB and FoxPro.

Linux needs something similar, they need a Visual Basic for Linux. Something that makes programming so brain dead simple anyone can crank out code, even if it's not up the the usual Slashdot standards of quality. Sure "The Web" works anywhere, but there's a huge barrier to entry. Want to make a website? No problem, just learn: HTML, CSS and Javascript, then learn PHP/Python/Ruby and oh and SQL.

Comment Re:The problem with these (Score 1) 314

There have been a few studies, just google around for it. Mostly on the inhalation of propylene glycol, mainly because we use this stuff all over the place already. It's what's used in inhalers and in "smoke machines" (like those used at concerts). It's considered by the FDA to be generally safe for use already.

Comment Re:The fishy smell just got worse. (Score 1) 433

So supposedly the US and British found evidence that Syria had used sarin, but refused to divulge the details

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/03/happening-now-lawmakers-grill-obama-officials-on-syria/

2:45 p.m. ET - Sen. Bob Menendez: "We know that chemical weapons personnel from the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center – subordinate to the regime’s Ministry of Defense – were operating in the Damascus suburb of ‘Adra from Sunday, August 18th until early in the morning on Wednesday August 21st near an area the regime uses to mix chemical weapons including sarin and human intelligence as well as signal and geospatial intelligence have shown regime activity in the preparation of chemicals prior to the attack, including the distribution and use of gas masks.

We have multiple streams of intelligence that show the regime launched a rocket attack against the Damascus suburbs in the early hours of August 21st and satellite corroboration that the attacks were launched from a regime-controlled area and struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred clearly tying the pieces together. That is what we know in terms of who may have deployed these weapons.

Comment Re:Obligatory 5 dollar wrench. (Score 1) 292

Ah good point. Ok, the key file to decrypt is stored on a remote server. If the restored copy of the hard drive cannot connect to that remote server, it cannot decrypt the stored information. The remote machine hosting the key file is accessible only via TOR. Have someone else setup the actual remote site so you only know it by it's TOR address. Again, two passwords but the wrong password wipes it on the remote side. This forces them to connect to TOR to attempt to decrypt and then they remotely wipe the key for you once you give them the tainted password, rendering the private key file unrecoverable.

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