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Comment Re:So do tell (Score 1) 59

Because in the 90's, Microsoft was everywhere, so every vendor for every embedded system component out there produced development kits and compilers and programming toolkits that would run on the machines their customers had handy. Which in the 90's meant Windows. I'll give you an example: Allen Bradley makes embedded controllers for industrial machinery. The controller itself runs VxWorks or RT Linux or QNX or some other real operating system. The develoment environment is Windows only, and a lot of third-party add-ons like graphical toolkits to make touch panel controls and the like are Windows only.

So my nice and high-tech and Linux-only system for doing the process control has to have a WinXP machine in there so that I can use my ten year old Allen Bradley controller which I can buy for 20k instead of developing from-scratch myself for 100-200k. Yeah. Real life imposes constraints.

Comment Re:there's no more substance. (Score 2) 45

This is survivor bias. It seems to you that the companies founded in the 1950ies and 1960ies were solid ones because you only know the names of the companies that managed to stay afloat for some time and leave an impression. No one remembers the dozens of companies that didn't survive long enough, and all of them failed.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 371

"Framing Software Reuse: Lessons From the Real World" by Paul G. Bassett
explains (among many other things) how to implement most of the benefits of OO - in COBOL. Search for "Basset Frame technology COBOL" to find out more. [Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with this technology, or products that use it. I just find it admirably clean, simple and practical].

Comment Re: It's my house though (Score 2) 204

Suck it up.

No. Sucking it up is acquiescence and condoning the behavior. Work to influence others to behave better, and to show you're not like them, because unless enough people do, it will continue to affect you and yours, fair or not.
A black person who doesn't speak up against black people who behave in unacceptable ways is no better than a cop who doesn't speak up against police brutality or a white person who doesn't speak up against racism. You may not be required to, but if you don't, things will not change, and you won't garner a lot of sympathy. If you help sustain status quo, even by "sucking it up", you're part of the problem, not the solution.

Comment Re: It's my house though (Score 1) 204

Interestingly, on the other hand in porn and swinger societies, black men seem to be quite popular. There's probably a mix of the exotic and forbidden at work, as well as the fact that it's generally a safe environment with other people present.

I think it's mainly a (perceived or real) correlation between ancestry and penis size. The BBC genre has little to do with the British Broadcorping Castration.

Comment Re:Fuck California. (Score 1) 204

In this ruling, discrimination means discrimination based on a protected factors (race, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc). Landlords are free to discriminate however they want, so long as it isn't relating to those factors.

How about refusing rental to "men wearing multiple chains", "men wearing baggy pants", "women with painted fingernails exceeding 1 cm", "women wearing deaf pants", or anyone saying "dese" or uses double negations?

Comment Re:CO2 levels are falling (Score 0) 123

true, but then again 100 million years ago the average temperature was significantly hotter, and the ocean levels were higher too.

Then, as nature has done it before, who guarantees that it's not nature that's doing it now (raising the CO2 levels)?
And if not, is there any guarantee nature will not do it again in the foreseeable future?
And if there's no such guarantee, or even a more than slight probability, then why bother about our own produced CO2?
Because clearly we can't beat nature. Can we?

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