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Comment Re:Good. (Score 2) 362

This whole Novell thing got me thinking that maybe Microsoft is about to throw the last blow in the platform war, decidedly ending it once and for all. Think about it for a second. Microsoft has never made a dime from anyone using Linux. They never will, either. Unless they grow up a little, and accept that Linux isn't going away anytime soon. They've done everything they possibly could to kill it and failed. If I were an executive at Microsoft (it could happen, and I would accept the job if they offered it), then I would be looking at extending my reach, improving Microsoft's reputation, and putting the past behind me. It only makes sense in that context that I (still as an executive here) would absorb mono, keep it open, and make it official.

Of course, this layoff doesn't bode well for my little conspiracy theory. So there's no telling what Microsoft will actually do.

If I'm wrong, Microsoft is being mismanaged, and they're as dumb as ever.
I'm going to hold off and give them the benefit of the doubt, assume they've matured with age, and hope I'm right.

We'll see.

Comment Re:A business opportunity (Score 1) 537

Well ya know, you have to hand it to you.
At least they're honest about the fact that they're capping, and what the constraints are.

Clear on the other hand uses capping, won't tell you what the constraints are, and then they put you through to an indian who tells you that the walls in your house are the problem, or that the modem they just sold you as an "indoor" modem is actually an "outdoor" modem. Either that, or they might have you unplug it, and put the modem on the side of the house nearest to the highway. Everyone knows that cars make internets faster, right?

I suppose if I had to choose one poorly built network infrastructure over the other, I would probably go with at&t.

Dealing with Clear is pure hell.

Comment Re:I was a firefox user (Score 1) 306

I like using Ubuntu. Not crazy about the updating issues it has.

But that's a very minor complaint, considering.
Back in the day we would re-install Windows every six months or so.

Ubuntu's the same deal.
Now if would just work, and stay working without constant tinkering with the things the updates break, we would be in business.

Comment Re:I was a firefox user (Score 1) 306

Right on. I tried opera on my windows phone awhile back. I tried to get them to buy Android phones last year at work, but the windows phones were a better deal at the time. We all got HTC Touch Pro's, and I've regretted signing the check for it ever since.

Mobile IE was adequate, but didn't do everything I wanted it to, and even with the recent makeover it got awhile back, it still doesn't feel like a modern browser to me.

So I thought I would try opera mobile, see what all the hype was about.

It didn't work.
Of course, nothing I install on my windows phone seems to work, so I don't know off hand if it's the application's problem.

Will definitely check it out.
Thanks for reminding me that Opera still exists!

Comment Honestly (Score 0) 537

I don't think this will catch on. Especially with Google seemingly threatening At&t's very existence with their pilot program in Kansas City.
Still, it's interesting to watch. I wonder how many customers over the next few months will leave at&t in favor of a different ISP that doesn't cap.

If I were an ISP (thankfully, I'm not) I would be watching how this goes down with great interest toward the result.

I think I'll do that anyway.

Comment I was a firefox user (Score 3, Informative) 306

I loved Firefox for the longest time.
I did. When it came out, it was so light and fast, that it put it's predecessor the Mozilla browser to shame. It was no contest. I even went so far as to buy the T-shirt, and go out of my way to enlighten every non techie friend I possibly could about it.

Over the years, Firefox got slower as my computer got faster. A lot slower, but I had to keep the update cycle going on my machine because for the most part... I didn't really have a choice. Today, Firefox on Ubuntu is almost totally unusable. It sucks up 99% of my system resources when I have two gmail windows open, it's always processing weird network requests, and it's so incredibly slow that I just don't feel like I want to have anything to do with the browser anymore.

Meanwhile, Google Chrome has added a Bookmark manager, and Firebug is available. Chrome also gets very regular updates from Google, and even with every possible stupid extension I like, it doesn't slow down. Granted, half of my extensions don't work right, and that's annoying, but the browser itself does what I want, at the speed I want it.

I really think Firefox has missed the boat here.
I might change my mind, but I'm in absolutely no hurry to try it out (as a web browser, it's a marvelous sqlite tool) again.

Comment Re:Discouraging Science and Technical studies (Score 0) 532

If your goal is to have fewer students in school, either solution would do the job.

Dissuading people from becoming engineers and doctors is a really stupid idea. So is cutting off student loans.

Hate to say it, but maybe the solution is... more regulation?
Or maybe, perhaps an education campaign for perspective students about how education is a commodity, and that any accredited school is as good as any other?

It's the semi accredited and non accredited for profit trade schools you have to watch out for, and the people that market them.

Comment Right right right, I get it. (Score 2, Interesting) 78

See, the one fundamental concept programs like this miss is that ANYONE CAN PROGRAM!

I'm sorry guys, I hate to break with the fleet of devoted programmers needing to feel like they have something on the world, here.

Programmers are no better than people in any other skilled trade. And, I'm confident that I could work in any skilled trade I wanted to. If I could learn how to program in twelve languages, who is to say that I wouldn't be a genius with plumbing, or electricity? The difference here is that I want to program applications, so I do it. People who don't want to be programmers don't. That's all there is to it. Anyone can program, and anyone can learn programming.

There's no doubt in my mind that this is development because a program is being created.

And if you're creating a program, you have wanted to create a program.
And that makes you.... a programmer.

Microsoft in the 90's showed us beyond a shadow of a reasonable doubt that no matter who easy you make the programming tools for non programmers, they're not going to use them because non programmers are devoted to the almost religious idea that they can't do it. It's like anything else that way. Tell yourself you can't do something, and you'll be right 100% of the time.

So if you want to create Android apps, create the damn android apps, but like it or not, you're a nerd now.

You're a nerd now.

Now you just need to become an expert at War Craft and Dr. Who, and you'll fit right in with the rest of us.


Comment If you believe any of this is a good idea... (Score 0) 418

then you have no business running a website. Period. Just leave it to the professionals. Why on earth would anyone even think to do these things? Your users, good or bad, are an asset. Fucking with them intentionally makes you, the site owner as bad as your worst, most annoying contributors.

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