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Comment Re:Turn the question in the right direction (Score 1) 432

And it's possibly the main reason or at least one of the reasons Windows provides such a poor experience compared to everything else.

Yes and no... Sure Vista and Win 8 have been relative trainwrecks, but Windows 7 is possibly the best consumer OS out there.

(I've been using OSX daily for three years now and I still think half the UI is ass-backwards... )

Comment Re:Turn the question in the right direction (Score 1) 432

Like my XP soundcards that don't work in Vista/7? My Vista devices that don't work in win8?
How about programs that require .NET [insert non-latest version here]?

Your hardware problems are probably caused by vendors who never updated drivers. (And yes, the driver model did change, but that's not supposed to be end user software.) I've hit more than one of these myself, my 10 year old Epson scanner ceased to be useful after I moved to Win 7.

.NET is an interesting case, I think the best phrase to apply here would be "screwing the pooch". Now whether that should be applied to Microsoft for shipping it in the first place, software vendors for adopting it or end-users who can't figure out how to install a runtime without written instructions is a whole other debate.

Comment Re:Sure, why not (Score 1) 430

Self-taught programmers are superior

First reaction: Bullshit.

But I'll try not to generalize too much, and I do agree with many of your points. I will accept that many self-taught programmers are superior to the mindless drones schools are now turning out (including some I graduated with). However I suspect that if you compare the best of each you will find there's lots of things that schools do teach that you might have missed out on. (And probably vice versa...)

As you point out, the superior developers are superior because they are:

1) Smart
2) Motivated

If you take a smart and motivated person and then put them through a halfway decent school system you get something even better than the smart and motivated self-taught types.

Therefore, my counter statement would be:

Smart and motivated self-taught developers may be superior to unmotivated cookie cutter drones.

Comment Re:Yay more cores that I won't be using much of! (Score 4, Insightful) 208

Because you can never have too many cores that you aren't using most of the time.

How about more speed? Or is that too hard?

Pretty sure it wasn't meant for you (or me).

However, for servers, including hypervisors, it would be very interesting. There are lots of client/server products that scale better with more cores.

Comment Re:Time to sell List of CEOs home addresses (Score 1) 168

That must have been a long time ago, or you must have a lot of money. In order to get a good education today, you have to be rich. Not only does a college education cost at least $20,000 a year, but in the U.S. you usually have to live in an expensive neighborhood to go to a good K-12 education.

No, we just live in a civilized country.

She never has to work? Even to make her living expenses? What does she have, a trust fund? She is rich.

Well
    A) Forced, are you forced to work?
    B) She was 12, I was talking about child labor.

Comment Re:Time to sell List of CEOs home addresses (Score 5, Interesting) 168

Sometime around the age of 12 one of my children commented "I wish we were rich."

I stopped the car and turned around, "We are rich." I said

"Both your mother and I both earn enough money to have a house and a car. You are always clothed and fed, you never go to bed hungry and cold. You get to travel, play sports and get a good education. Nobody forces you to work, ever. You don't have to fetch water just to survive, morning noon and night"

"Remember that there are tens of millions of people around the world who have none of these things, and you have them all."

I turned around and continued driving.

Years later my daughter reminded me of the conversation and how it had triggered a kind of awakening.

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