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Comment Early Christian != Catholic (Score 1) 1131

um, wasn't Catholicism the original christian religion from which all denominations of christianity derived?

As a Protestant, I'd say that early Christianity wasn't Catholic, and after it became so, some people protested and branched off. Which is why that event is called the Reformation - saying, "this church has strayed from its roots and must be reformed."

Comment Re:Windows Mobile 7 is not yet out. (Score 1) 366

If you are going to be a fan, at least get the name right: Windows Phone 7 Series.

Making a good product isn't good enough for Microsoft. It has to be an amazing product that is heavily marketed to seriously affect Apple and Google's momentum. It has to be something that once people see it, they want it.

cf the Zune. Every review I have read, is positive. Anybody who has one, generally speaks quite well of it. Yet it still hasn't pulled much market share from the iPod.

The big wildcard in this though, is Apple and their bad behavior. If Apple pisses off enough developers other platforms benefit. Unfortunately for Microsoft, I suspect Android will be gain more developers than Microsoft. A big part of making an amazing product comes from third parties.

Comment Re:Way to go (Score 1, Interesting) 452

That's only half the story though. The "press" in that country is rich, and connected to other countries. They managed to stay "just out of reach" during the last coup attempt, but it's an open secret they planned, funded and used their TV and media to hide what was happening from the citizens. They are the ones that announced "success" of the coup and had the USA on speed dial to accept.

These guys are far more corrupt than Chavez is.... their control of media makes guys like Hurst and Murdoch look like absolute amateurs. They're all buddies and all in on what gets published and most of the courts are in their pocket too. (like if Cheney and is PNAC could ever get their way) If it came back that somebody like Google's founders directly manipulated an election by tanking searchs for candidates they didn't like or programming Google searches for only THEIR agenda there would be big trouble over here... although it's technically not illegal. Imagine if NBC/ABC/FOX got together on voting day and simply lied about the results...simply started saying at noon that their guy was "winning". Look at the chaos the 2000 Bush/Gore vote caused simply because they "reported" a winner before actually COUNTING the votes. These guys have the balls to pull that crap on purpose and enough judges and generals in their pockets not to go to prison/or worse.

Nationalized media was the "least" Chavez could do in response to flat out rebellion. If he had any aspirations as a real dictator and not a good leader he would have simply had the top 1% richest and all his generals put against the wall within the week....and broadcast THAT on their precious "free media". he DIDN'T do that and tried to let the people use their courts to handle things shows character.

Like his politics or not, he is the scariest leader in the western hemisphere because he really is trying to use proper government channels and trying to help his people, not just the upper class. The rich and connected didn't toss him aside when the USA said "jump", his people stuck up for him, that makes him untouchable now. There's no UN "grounds" to start a war against him like Iraq or Afghanistan.Messing with him at this point is an act of unprovoked war and I'd be certain he has the names of people in the US to back him up. He's out there, trying to groom his neighbors that are under threat of being deposed by drug loads and the CIA so they don't have to constantly be afraid either.

He's trying to abolish the Monroe Doctrine the US government has kept up the entire 1900's that Latin/South America is our "banana republic" to boss around.

Comment Re:hypermiling is useless.y v (Score 1) 233

It makes no sense to drive a prius like that. The whole point of having a hybrid is that you can regenerate the energy usually lost in braking and driving inefficiently by putting the energy back into the batteries. The hybrid helps with higher efficiency on hills by allowing a constant speed which running the engine at optimum power by adding the extra power needed with the electric motor so the engine can run at its most efficient more of the time. Yes, you can get higher efficiency by driving differently but the differene is smaller in a hybrid than a normal car so the drivers shouldn't need to bother as much.

Comment Re:not getting it here (Score 1) 233

They're factoring in CO2 emissions from average grid power. That means you mostly get MPG figures greater than 100. However, if you have solar or wind charging, then it is virtually infinite (you have to take in to account EROEI). You also have to take into account the energy cost of the batteries, and the issue of battery wear-out. If you charge from nuclear, you get a million MPG or more - of uranium fuel.

Comment Re:Then vote with your $$$ for tinkerable devices (Score 1) 232

;) I can add feature X but I somewhere lost the right to do so.

No, you didn't. You can still add feature X. What you lost was the ability to connect to Live after hacking your console. Which, by the way, is covered by the terms of the license that you agreed to when you signed up for Live.

Comment Re:ER... Why? (Score 1) 766

Why not? Why not save them the money? Why not use something for which there is no malware floating around? Why not introduce them to open source?

I see no reason not to. I "forced" my wife to start using Debian 5 years ago by getting rid of all Windows installation on all of our computers. Today she uses our home computers far more than she ever used Windows: probably at about a 20-to-1 ratio more. I've had no backlash from her whatsoever, and she is someone I had to teach how to drag-and-drop/cut-and-paste files after she'd used Windows at work for almost 20 years.

It was a painless transition for her. All I did was show her the menu system and tell her which programs did what. That took all of about 10 minutes.

All this crap about how Linux is just "too hard" for everyday users is just that, crap. I've introduced a lot of Windows users, and by users I mean the "typical" Windows user who can do no system administration under Windows, to Linux and none of them claimed it was "too hard" to use. I've also introduced first-time computer users to Linux and none of them struggled with Linux any more than they would have with Windows. The learning curve difficulty for users between the two is the same.

There is no real usability/ease-of-use difference between Windows and Linux. The only reason any Windows user will struggle with Linux if they insist that Linux must be nothing other than an identical copy of Windows and do everything exactly the same. That's just as unrealistic an expectation as expecting every stereo, TV, DVD player, mp3 player, etc... ever manufactured to have exactly the same interface and exactly the same menu system.... It's just plain old stupidity.

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