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Comment Re:Nine things that iDon't (Score 0) 87

By the way, love the signature. I get that feeling often.

I am about as conservative as they come, but since I also try to apply Christian principles to my thinking, I get accused of being a liberal on occasion. One of the most amusing was when I criticized the repulsive treatment Rush Limbaugh gave Sandra Fluke. Don't get me wrong. I think she's an idiot, but Limbaugh was sickening about it. I guess holding all people to the same standard isn't common among people any kind of politics.

But more often, I get people automatically attributing bad stereotypical beliefs to me that simply don't apply. It would be nice to be judged based on your actual words and actions than the knee-jerk pigeonholing that almost everyone does. People who do argue with me seldom actually respond to what I say, but respond to the evil, racist, ignorant, redneck, stereotype strawman so beloved by the Left. It's really pathetic.

Comment Re:visual studio (Score 1) 359

It's unfair to blame the user without knowing more detail. The only thing you can say for sure is that you and the people you know didn't have any problems.

I installed VS2015 Community with little problem, but the compiler crashed on a lot of the code I was trying to build, code that was old, but built and worked fine with an older version of VS. I was only using Community until I received the license for Professional, at which point all the compiler crashes went away. Although their dev tools tend to be pretty good, Microsoft doesn't exactly have a good track record with stability, and I have a lot of doubt that whatever the GP was experiencing was necessarily due to user error.

Comment Re:visual studio (Score 1) 359

I've had some issues with VS2015, but nothing like what you've experienced. Have you tried completely uninstalling and reinstalling? I had to do that a couple times.

I also have not heard that their compiler is antiquated. It seems to pretty up-to-date on the implementation of standards. I do recall that MS had the first compiler to be fully C++03 compliant, although, they've been more behind the curve with the newer standards. Now, the internal code might be antiquated, but it seems pretty solid to me as a user.

And trust me, I am no fan of Microsoft.

Comment University LAN (Score 1) 351

1994. I used to go to the Univ. of Kansas computing center to play DOOM on the LAN, it usually was the shareware version, and all computers got wiped weekly anyway. I was too young to go to college but I didn't have a computer so I spent a bit of late nights there. Eventually got a copy of the registered version and there were many pick up games to be had. The hours spent designing levels on DoomCAD and playing ledges.wad, T2.wad, etc, was amazing. One night I was in there alone playing single-player mode and a cop walks in, his mind was blown. He asked if we could watch and spent a couple hours watching me play and I taught him how to play. I went from being barely able to learn how to install the game from disks to a sysadmin a few years later. DOOM was what kindled my interest in computing in general.

Comment Re:I Miss Real Keyboards (Score 1) 166

Yeah, the only problem I have is when I sit down at a laptop with a smaller keyboard and find myself weirdly unable to type. I never learned "real" touch-typing, but I can do it... as long as I'm not thinking about it too hard... it's a muscle memory thing. I have an old IBM M clone keyboard at home, which I love, but I haven't used it much in years, and with modern laptop keyboards, I really don't miss it. Whatever they've done with these chiclet-ish keys, they're really nice to use. The only problem I have with modern laptops is the touch pad; my hands are big and I have to keep the touchpad off because I hit it too often with the heel of my hand.

Comment Re:and woe betide you... (Score 1) 166

Yeah, my work laptop is a Dell Precision that they cherried out with 2 SSDs and 20GB of RAM for me, and it's built like a tank. I've had it for over two years and it survived a similar drop in the parking lot with only the most minor of cosmetic damage. The shell is metal, and pretty thick metal at that, and it's got the nicest display of any laptop I've used (1920x1080). Plus, we still use Windows 7. When they eventually do a laptop refresh for us, I'm hoping I can buy it.

My personal laptop is a larger Samsung, with a noticeably faster processor, which is a fine machine, but I prefer the Dell. Both laptops are fairly heavy, but I'm not interested in thinner machines. Just keep making 'em faster, longer-lasting, with more RAM, storage, etc.. I'd prefer that to making them lighter.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 163

Microsoft has been threatening Linux with patents for many years. That they are playing hardball with patents against Google is definitely relevant because they could decide to cripple the Linux world by tying it up with patent lawsuits. Even if every one of them were ruled not in Microsoft's favor, they could throw enough money and lawyers at the problem to cripple or destroy any company they wanted to, except other juggernauts like Google, Apple, Samsung, Sony, etc.

So while the Android patents don't directly affect Open Source, they do show that Micosoft could do tremendous amounts of damage to Open Source should it choose.

It's a good sign that MS appears to be trying to play nice with the Open Source world, and to contribute to it as well, but no one can, nor should, forget about the previous 30 years of Microsoft's behavior. They should be earning some good will for these efforts, but there's a long, long way to go before they should earn the trust of the Open Source world, or to even prove that their intention is more than just to put up a screen of "nice" behavior to cover up their more nefarious, ant-competitive practices.

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