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Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 1) 161

It's hard to avoid mention of it, but note the buzz about which bible Obama used was history, not religion.

Not that most self-described Christians actually read it, or behave like they've read it.

Indeed. Look at Newt Gingrich as a perfect example. I believe Pat Robertson has converted more Christians to atheism than Richard Dawkins could ever dream of.

Comment Re:(groan) (Score 1) 173

A virus scanner will only detect known viruses. The hack you mentioned could do anything it wants and no scanner will detect it, because it isn't a virus, it's built in. The only way I could trust it is with a third party checksum like Linux distros use, and the hack came as source code you compiled yourself.

I agree with you about pricing and piracy, I felt really ripped off paying $125 for XP that was a must-install because I lost my driver disks and no W98 drivers were available after my daughter installed XCP from a Sony-BMG music CD she'd bought from the record store she worked at (she's at gamestop now and looking for a different occupation, she thinks gamestop is dying and she's probably right). That much cash for an OS that lacks features other OSes have, even previous versions of Windows, is a double ripoff.

After paying that much for XP and the first upgrade download replaced a perfectly functional LAN driver with one that was completely nonfunctional was the straw that broke the camel's back and drove me to Linux. Of course, if my occupation was fixing customers' Windows PCs like yours is it would be quite different.

Comment Re:5 hours (Score 1) 173

I actually plan to do just that. I backgraded to kubuntu 10 because I had an install CD handy, but have been planning to migrate to Mint for a while. Everyone seems to love it and I haven't heard anything bad at all about it.

Comment Re:People Are Interesting (Score 2) 161

They have a doomsday religion and believe in it fervently.

Only if you consider history, geology, paleontology, and math to be religion. Face it, those who are born always die. We will become extinct some day, probably either by our own hand or by our lack of action.

You, on the other hand, worship at the altar of ignorance. Or maybe under its bridge.

Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 2) 161

This one comes to mind. The difference is, Lot saw that one coming, this time we were completely off guard.

And, you know, you only have to "endure" the bible if you actually read it. There's a lot of wisdom in that book.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to reap, and a time to sow;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

If that sounds familiar to folk music fans, Pete Seeger Plagairized almost all of it in 1959; The Byrds popularized it in 1965. There are reams of similar wit and wisdom in that book.

Comment Re:5 hours (Score 1, Insightful) 173

I recently installed Windows 7 on two machines. It took 5 hours on both machines to download, setup all patches. It restarted itself about 15 times.

I recently reinstalled kubuntu 10.04 because 12 sucked. It took half an hour, only one reboot. Strange that a free OS is so superior to an expensive one.

Comment Re:Sequel revenue server rental revenue (Score 2) 129

Because the amount of cash that one would be willing to pay to rent a server wouldn't be as big as the amount of cash if every player would buy the game's sequel.

Wow... why would one need to rent a server? Doesn't anyone remember the golden age of gaming when online games came with server software pre-installed? For instance, most of the Quake servers were on gamers' machines. Pay for running a server? Maybe I'm just old but that sounds insane to me.

I guess in this age of corporate hypergreed we're not likely to see gamers running their own servers again. They're going to extract every pound of flesh from customers as they can. People just bend over and take it these days. Personally, I miss computer gaming but I just can't stomach today's corporate greed.

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