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Comment Re:insightful and considered opinions expected (Score 1) 331

"The ignorance chemistry, biology, and natural history required to fall for the histrionics of climate change/global warming is ill becoming of nerds. "

Well considering the overwhelming consensus by professional chemists, biologists, and natural historians -- all who know more about the subject than you -- why should we take your word over theirs?

Comment Re:Lets be real now, what did MS do wrong? (Score 1) 312

Courts have long upheld a party's right to unilaterally modify a procedural term in a contract if they explicitly retain that right; in any event, if the agreement is to purchase a computer operating system, and updates are part of that computer operating system, the user doesn't get to dictate how MS is providing it. Like if I commit to a year-long HBO subscription, I can't argue that cancelling my favorite show is a Also "unfair contracts" are not prohibited under law; you may be thinking of "unconscionable" contracts, and there is a high burden to meet that level. Contracts certainly don't have to be reasonable, and it's ambiguous contracts, not unfair ones, that are interpreted in favor of the non-drafter.

Comment Re:is this really still an OS anymore? (Score 1) 355

"1. But I use windows for gaming! Steam has more than 200 titles that run just fine in Linux. Popular indie games and mainstream shoot-em-ups alike. they even offer steam machines as a platform if youd rather not fuss with Ubuntu."

Awesome, Fallout 4? Oh, no, too bad. Skyrim? Grand Theft Auto? The Witcher? Oh. Well, let's take a look at Steampowered.com and see all these mainstream games......ooh. Haha.

"2. I need it for office documents. No, it needs you. Libreoffice and a host of other tools let you edit and author office documents easily from any modern operating system."

I have never seen an open source office clone that didn't have compatibility issues with MS Office. And no, I'm not going to convince everyone I work with to switch over, too.

"3. well its what my office uses so... your office and about a million others use windows, but likely still windows 7. Things like email, calendaring, and federated login have existed for decades before Microsoft bundled them into their OS. Most of the services you use online arent contingent on your windows domain. Windows exists in the office out of comfort, standard, and price. corporations license their infrastructure for a fraction of what it would cost you to buy it."

No, my office uses a combination of Windows 7, Windows 10, chrome, and OSX. We all do quite fine.

"4. $os_name is hard. it doesn do $feature. "

I first started using Linux back in 1994; I worked as a linux administrator professionally. I still use Linux occasionally on both a laptop and desktop. I don't use Windows 10 as my primary OS because I don't know how to use Linux, I use Windows 10 because it is a better environment for the majority of what I have to do.

"perhaps 8 years ago it was meaningful, but times have changed."

See, THAT applies more to Linux. Back in the 90's Linux was head and shoulders above Windows, which is why I used it then. By now the performance and stability differences have mostly vanished, with one exception: Linux is still better at scaling down to lower-powered computers, which is why I use it more often on my cheap low-RAM cloudbook. But Windows still has far, far more useful applications than Linux, is just as stable, and looks a little prettier for what that's worth, which is why it is my primary OS.

Comment huh? (Score 1) 355

"This would seem to disrupt what has traditionally been seen as a tacit understanding between corporations and their beta testers/sandboxers in that the latter would volunteer their time, effort, CPU cycles, possible hardware failures/breakage, and more as part of a bargain to receive feedback or to test fly the beta OS with internal software environments in private. Microsoft would now seem to be altering that relationship." That does not compute; it sounds like it's the BETA TESTERS who have been altering that relationship, and Microsoft is responding.

Comment Re:That's nice, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 210

" The man is legitimately popular and he has Morality Police on the streets, with the full support of the people who voted for him. It can happen here, people."

First, he doesn't have anyone on the streets, because he is no longer president of Iran. Secondly, he was widely unpopular, particularly with the increasingly powerful educated urban population, who got Rouhani elected.

Comment Re:Good Advice (Score 1) 370

It's not a fair fear because the idea that the numbers of these alleged malicious women are so high that it would require the extraordinary need to never be alone with any woman is ridiculous. And no, refusing to be alone with women at a technical conference is not a win-win for everybody, particularly where that means women are excluded from many of the activities you go to a technical conference for. It is just not a reasonable fear if you are not actually harassing women.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

What empirical evidence is that? Most people don't understand the idea of the regression to the mean (check out the Kahneman quote here at a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regression_toward_the_mean#Regression_fallacies">here if you want a good example of why punishment seems to improve performance, but doesn't really). Also, as a long-time Linux user (since 1994) I have to say that as much as I like the OS, its success has been largely based on the fact that it was mostly the only game in town in terms of free UNIX systems at the time it came out, and was able to capitalize on that momentum since. The free BSD variants were having legal issues that a lot of people thought would sink them, Minix wasn't really a full OS, and everything else that would run on x86 software (and there weren't many) cost money. But at the end of the day Linux isn't uniquely well-designed or superior as compared to say, OS X. If other modern OSes can get by without a tantrum-throwing diva like Linus, I think it's safe to say it's not a necessary part of the development cycle.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

"The reason Linus communicated in such a rude way was to prevent people from using those functions ever again in his codebase, and I think it will probably work."

Why do you think it would probably work? Over-the-top insults and tantrums typically don't work; it creates resistance and anger, and is a very unproductive way to deal with things. It kills loyalty, it saps motivation, and it causes resentment. More importantly in terms of whether the mistake is going to be made again, it makes it more likely that it will happen again than if a softer approach had been taken, due to cognitive dissonance. The recipient of this kind of attack is more likely to think that the attacker is wrong in some way; the brain looks for a reason, and will probably find one. If the complaint had been conveyed more gently, in an explanatory rather than an accusatory claim, the coder would be far more likely to realize the error and not make it again.

Also just as a practical matter, it's not a great survival trait; one of these days Linus might very well mouth off to the wrong person and get a broken jaw in return.

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