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Comment Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 59

I know I'm feeding the troll but...

I'm running the Windows 8 developer preview (64-bit) on a five and a half year old laptop. Granted, I kicked the RAM up to 4GB ($44 shipped from NewEgg) and replaced the Core Duo with a Core 2 Duo (a T5600, $25 used on fleabay buy it now), but it runs well at 1900x1200 on hardware I basically rescued from the dumpster. You need to update your stock lines and stop mindlessly bashing.

Comment Re:Let the finger-pointing begin (Score 0) 464

This is the same thing a misbehaving child does when he's about to get paddled.

"But Billy did it toooooooooooooooooooooo!"

Grow up already. This is the future of humanity we are talking about here, not a couple of children refusing to share some toys. Regardless of what China and India do, we are screwed unless the US reduces its carbon output. The difference is that we already have the resources and the technology to do something about it, our population is just a bunch of whining brats who can't accept that we can't go on the way we are going. I can't believe that you have the audacity to insist that over two billion people in China and India must be forced to remain impoverished and underdeveloped before you'll be willing to pay slightly higher taxes on the gasoline and electricity that enables you to live in a McMansion in the suburbs. Actually, I can believe it, I just don't want to.

Damn it.

Comment You expected something different? (Score 1) 287

Teens who spend 3 hours plus on Facebook a day and send 120 plus texts a day have more sex than those who don't? You're kidding?

Who would have ever thought that teens who spend more time maintaining their social relationships than their peers ended up having sex more often than those who didn't?

Next you'll be shocking us with the revelation that frequent texting is inversely correlated with library card use and Quiz Bowl participation.

Comment Something will topple Facebook... (Score 5, Insightful) 293

It might be open source, or it might not be, but eventually, someone will come along with a "better Facebook than Facebook", and it will slowly die.

That's just creative destruction at work. It ALWAYS happens.

Facebook was a better MySpace than MySpace.
MySpace was a better Friendster than Friendster.
Friendster was a better Classmates.com than Classmates.com. ...and so on...

Google was a better Altavista than Altavista.
AOL Instant Messenger was a better ICQ than ICQ.
USENET was a better BBS than old-school dialup bulletin board.
Books were better scrolls than scrolls.

Something newer and better is going to come along. People talk about Facebook and the network effect "locking in" people, but creative destruction is even more powerful than the network effect.

Comment Re:I never DEPENDED on schools for my eduction (Score 1) 1252

Congratulations on your inquisitive nature, but your personal habit of recreational reading is quite frankly irrelevant in this discussion. The vast majority of schoolchildren accept what is presented to them in the classroom as the gospel truth (pun intended). Should the conservative wing of the Texas school board get its way, many innocent students will be put hopelessly behind their competition in other countries - the ones that aren't slowly turning into theocracies.

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