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Comment Re:Time to get an Apple . . . (Score 1) 982

For me, it always comes down to pro audio recording support. I believe my main recording tool (Reaper, an awesome piece of software IMHO) works correctly with WINE, but last I checked there's no support for most of my software plugins and hardware (Line6 VSTs and interface, Sennheiser free drum VSi via Kontact, etc) for Linux. Everything else I do (mail, web surfing, coding in non-MS languages), I could be doing with linux or OsX. But I'm a cheap bastard, so OsX is mostly out of the question (I can't remember the last time I had a computer that was more than USD 500 brand new). So... still Windows.

Comment Re:I call bullshit. (Score 1) 1003

It's a company that is staffed mostly by tech guys, who use a webmail client for corporate mail/calendar, are pushing their own office product, and use mostly web-based internal apps. This "switching to Linux" on Google isn't as difficult as a "switching to Linux" on a non-tech corporation where most people use windows. All the guys I know over there already use Linux in both the desktop and laptop google computers.

Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 799

Logo FTW! I started on Logo when I was 10 or 11, at the new computer labs in my school. Then my father got us an Atari computer and we started doing basic (in between Montezuma marathons :) and... flash forward twenty-odd years, and I'm coding for a living.

Comment Re:could someone explain what the issue is here? (Score 1) 264

I have, when I was a contractor for a major silicon valley tech firm, the VPN connection meant everything went through the VPN, and no way to disable it (Cisco VPN software). No access to the LAN, printers, etc., and all your traffic through the VPN, as evidenced by the location-aware advertisements on the web changing to $CLIENT_LOCATION instead of $HOME.

BTW, if you have a VPN like that, disable all your network drives, or Explorer will slow down to a crawl. Took us quite a while to figure it out...

Comment Re:None of us were filtered!! (Score 2, Insightful) 678

Sure, we weren't filtered, because there was no internet to be filtered when we (most of us, at least) where growing up. I was born in the mid-70's, my parents had to worry about me somehow getting my hands on a skin mag or betamax video (both of them non-easy propositions), whereas these days there's more porn you can shake your stick at just a click away on the internet.

Other than the nitpick (this is slashdot, after all), I fully agree on education. I intend to educate my children - I don't want them to go learn by themselves like I did, my parents told me exactly jack shit.

And I will hammer the topics safe sex and birth control like crazy, the horrors of STDs and unwanted pregnancy. I have toyed with the idea of keeping tabs on how much I've been spending on my son to present him a complete report when he gets to sexually active age: "Son, this is how much not stopping for a condom can cost - bear in mind we had good jobs when we had you, how much do *you* make nowadays?".


Submission + - AMD running dry?

SoTuA writes: Analysts report that AMD is in financial problems. The fierce battles with Intel in the past years have taken its toll, with AMD showing a important stock price drop during the last 12 months, while Intel remains steady. Reportedly AMD is cash-strapped after buying out ATi and upgrading their factories. Will AMD turn this trend around with the launch of Barcelona, or will Intel regain the ground recently lost in the CPU market?

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