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Comment Re:Microsoft's done itself a lot of damage lately (Score 1) 332

I doubt that, I doubt that highly. I am an Autocad user, and have ran both it, and office on the same machine with no problems whatsoever. Either you are full of excrement, or you are running things on a 386. I had no problems with drivers either. The experience was a great deal more pleasurable than dancing around with trying to get CUPS configured properly back then. Back when this was an issue, I was working for a CAD software/machining design firm (as a support tech/software trainer). I dealt with this configuration on a regular basis, and it sure as hell ran a lot better than Linux at that time. The only time we ever used Linux in our IT dept was a couple of Knoppix live cd's we kept with us as an emergency measure. I dealt with numerous machining/tooling/fabrication firms all over the country, and never ran into a single customer that ever had a problem with Autodesk's stuff back then. Your comments reek of pro-linux propaganda, as does much of the comments on this newspost.

Submission + - AT&T Tries Scare Tactic to Keep Landline Custo

adeelarshad82 writes: AT&T has a new message for its copper-wire customers: Keep your landline, or put your loved ones in peril. At least, that seems to be the idea behind a new Home Base campaign, which lists the reasons why it believes having a home phone is important. It comes on the heels of a Verizon ad aimed at getting non-Verizon landline customers to ditch their wires in exchange for wireless.

Submission + - Is Sat-Nav Destroying Local Knowledge?

Hugh Pickens writes: "Joe Moran writes in the BBC News Magazine that Sat-Nav clearly suits an era in which "map-reading may be going the way of obsolete skills like calligraphy and roof-thatching." Sat-Nav "speaks to our contemporary anxieties and preoccupations about the road," writes Moran. "More roads and better cars mean we can travel further, and so the risk of getting lost is all the greater." But do real men use sat-nav? Moran says that men seem to recoil from being given digital instructions by a woman, and read the satnav woman's pregnant pauses, or her curt phrases like "make a legal U-turn" and "recalculating the route", as stubborn or bossy. Still we don't quite trust the electronic voice to get us where we want to go. "Since before even the arrival of the car, people have worried that maps sever us from real places, render the world untouchable, reduce it to a bare outline of Cartesian lines and intersections.," writes Moran. "Sat-nav feeds into this long-held fear that the cold-blooded modern world is destroying local knowledge, that roads no longer lead to real places but around and through them.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

John Hodgman Asks Obama, "Are You a Nerd?" 147

Hugh Pickens writes "Watch a video of comedian John Hodgman speak after Barack Obama at the recent Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in DC and discuss the central question of our age: "how we can heal the great and shameful division that has plagued our nation for so long — the age old conflict between jocks and nerds" and ask Obama: Are you now, or have you ever been, a nerd?"

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