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Comment Techies are like construction workers (Score 1) 537

'Techies' are just people who do a job that happens to be technical in some way. Jobs in general don't have anything to do with improving the world, they just help your employer (which may be you) earns money, and in turn give you money for that.

'Improving the world' just isn't what construction workers do.

Besides, OP, if you have any inkling of a thought how tech can make 'a healthy functioning society', feel free to offer them. If you can say what that even means in your opinion, please do. Ask a democrat or republican, you'd get different answers.

Comment Worth it for the environment variables window :) (Score 2) 376

I filed that feature suggestion for several Windows beta, and finally Microsoft made good. Not only are the environment variable window and the editing windows resizable (which is what I asked for), but the path environment variable is edited as a list of directories. Amazing!

As for my general experience: It's okay on most PC's I tried it on. Sometimes loses the tooltips on the recent documents on the task bar on my work PC, which annoys me when when using Visual Studio. On my tablet it freed quite a bit of storage space. On my HTPC I reverted to 7 because there were some software problems.

Comment Problem with the S around the corner (Score 1) 140

It's hard to recommend an older model when a Xbox One S is around the corner and expected to sell for the same price.

In general I think that the Xbox One is an attractive console at this price for the undemanding gamer. You can buy it for $250, subscribe to Gold for $60 a year and you get about 4 games a month to keep. Great inexpensive gaming gift for a kid. With keyboard and mouse support underway, aimed at PC style game control but hopefully usable for the UI, it could likely even become a PC alternative, at least for web browsing and applications using the Edge browser. (But that's just speculation on my part.)

Personally consoles don't get a lot of traction in my house these days. I have a Wii and a 360, and they both get some gaming, as well as LEGO games on my HTPC, but the kids and myself still normally prefer the tablets, and for console style gaming the HTPC with 360 wireless controllers works decently. Kinect does get some occasional use (in fact, it's the main use of the 360), and unfortunately Kinect games for the 360 aren't compatible with the One, or I might have been tempted to buy one. Still, even if I was planning to get one, I'd wait for the S, to have a console that's less bulky (and slightly more future proof).

Comment Re:Moore's Law ended years ago, for many (Score 1) 133

You're looking at desktop CPU's. You look at other chips, GPU's for example, there has been much higher growth in performance. Even performance of integrated GPU's has grown a lot.

Moore's law was never about performance, but even looking at performance, you got about 10x increase for GPU's in past 8 years. Not exactly doubling every two years, but more than the 3,4,5 you talk about.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 2) 165

Bitcoin wasn't designed as a scam, it was just too optimistic. The concept isn't one of a magic money printing device; the miners do valuable work which keeps the currency functioning. It was originally mined on CPU's then GPU's, so was initially truly the 'people's coin'. It wasn't until ASIC's mining arrived that things started going downhill in this respect.

That's indeed a problem with cryptocurrencies in general, but it's a more serious problem with bitcoin because it uses a relatively simple function, one that became quite easy to solve. It was the first, and therefore it has unfortunately both the largest mind share and the most problems.

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