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Comment Re:It's not as simple as "just switch over" (Score 1) 166

"Write some custom software"?

We're not a software company. You seriously expect us to hire programmers to write custom code, hire project managers to oversee the programmers, and then take on the care and feeding of that code? Not just code, but system code?

I've been in IT a little over 25 years now. If I brought your idea up at a senior level strategic meeting, I'd be laughed out of the room. This is enterprise level IT, not a bunch of guys gluing shit together in their garage.

Comment Re:It's not as simple as "just switch over" (Score 3, Informative) 166

We actually do that for our accounting software, but that opens up another can of worms. For example, the software opens up reports in Excel and needs an email client available. That means we need a copy of Office running _inside_Virtual PC. Now all of a sudden we're looking at licensing two copies of Office per machine - not chump change. Export to PDF functionality? Sorry - even though you have a full blow Acrobat DC subscription, it won't work inside your Virtual PC.

And of course, it's possible to get malware inside the Virtual PC. So now we're looking at two antivirus licenses per computer.

Comment It's not as simple as "just switch over" (Score 5, Insightful) 166

As someone who is on the tail end of a 700 computer migration from WinXP to Win7, I feel their pain. A single critical program that won't run on Win7 can be a showstopper. Not to mention special hardware for which no Win7 drivers are available - all of a sudden that $120 upgrade cost for a Win7 license became $25,120 when you include the cost of a new laser engraver.

Comment If you can't afford two computers... (Score 5, Insightful) 325

... then you can't afford a "high end" gaming rig.

Dual-boot is NOT where you want to go with a gaming machine, you'll be fighting drivers on the Linux side every time you get a fresh-off-the-shelf expensive hardware component. If you care enough about gaming performance to even consider building a machine from scratch, then commit to that - rather than trying to make it a jack of all trades.

I've been using Linux since 1992, Windows a few years longer. In that time, I've built up dozens of machines. My suggestion: build a Linux box with components that you know will work with Linux - for example, I stay clear of nVidia because many of those cards are a nightmare on Linux. On my gaming machine I run a $300 nVidia card, etc etc.

Hardware is cheap. What's your time worth?

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 171

You said "Dark matter is just one of two reasonable hypotheses"

I pointed out that non-luminous regular matter is also a valid hypothesis, so you are incorrect that there are only two reasonable hypotheses.

My point being - you are creating a false dichotomy. You are picking two possibilities, and saying dark matter is the more likely of those particular two. That is faulty logic.

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 171

I am not a physicist, but why does it have to be mysterious "dark" matter that's causing the discrepancy in the bullet cluster? If it's non-luminous regular matter, we wouldn't be able to detect it either. For that matter, there might be entire classes of elementary particles that exist in those regions of space that don't exist in ours. Homogeneity of the universe is taken as canon by physicists. But this is the same logic as saying "Mercury is a planet like all other planets, and its orbit is being affected by something unknown, therefore Vulcan must exist".

Comment Re:Don't take yours in. (Score 3, Insightful) 411

If the car drove well while complying with emissions requirements, it's doubtful that Volkswagen would have risked an obvious legal violation for some marginal performance gains.

And since they're not going to give you a new engine when you take your car in for recall, it's safe to say that the performance will be reduced when you get it back. For the majority of people, a slight difference in emissions would be preferable to a noticeable drop in performance.

Comment Re:like GnuChess (Score 1) 95

Grandmasters can play chess at a high level because they can understand the position. Understanding the position is what allows them to efficiently prune the tree. For example, if all my opponents pieces are aimed at my king-side, I'm not going to consider king-side castling, or any combination that involves king-side castling. Also, if I know that in the Yugoslav attack of the Sicilian Dragon, exchange sacrifice on c3 is normal, I don't need to think 10 moves ahead to sacrifice a rook for a knight.

Computers are unable to understand positions. Take the final setup mentioned here - http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2014/02/23/sunday-chess-problem-10/

Even a strong engine will analyze for millions of nodes, and believe that black has a definite win. Without identifying the underlying theme of the position - that if White leaves his pieces where they are, Black can never capture, there is no way to understand that this is a draw.

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