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Comment Late to the party... (Score 1) 472

I'm late to the party here, but here's my opinion.

Even back when I worked as a Systems Engineer in the Apple ecosystem- their hardware was a generation behind, more expensive, and landlocked to their own OS.

That doesn't mean that weren't a great computing platform. But in today's ecosystem I'm not sure that business model works so well. And I'm pretty sure Apple doesn't care since the bulk of their profits come from elsewhere.

What Apple and other companies are missing, is that now is the time to *invest* in the desktop space. With VR coming into vogue, alternative OS availability, strong gaming, and the semi-demise of Microsoft- it's time to embrace the desktop rather than run from it. The platform is far from finished, still has incalculable advantages in performance, and has many uses not even dreamed of yet.

But Apple, in my historical opinion, stopped trying to lead shortly after the release of OS 10- which had great promise. I've still got the alpha and developer releases on CD- and yes it runs on generic x86.

So we'll see the death of the Apple platform unless they invest heavily in newer technologies. But they've been so engorged with cash from the iPhone that they will not see this vision. The smart move would be to move OS X onto commodity hardware.

But I do not think that will happen. Rather they will milk the desktop for whatever they perceive to be left- and when the desktop platform roars to live with a new killer app- they'll be left flatfooted.

And... um.... VR is kind of doing that now. It remains to be seen if that will be sustained.

Comment The Finest Day.... (Score 5, Interesting) 185

I remember this like it was yesterday. Was four and a half years old, and I watched the landing with my father.

My dad was a pretty brilliant guy in the technology of the time. And he had tears welling up in his eyes when seeing Armstrong jump off the ladder to the lunar surface.

I remember his words to me: “We did it...”. Then he sobbed for a while but was ashamed of having his emotions that close to the surface.

Dad was a pretty smart guy in the high tech of those days. And he understood exactly how big this achievement was. He knew how hard the work was to do it. A lot of people in our family were involved in technology- it felt like the family had a part in it (and in fact my uncle educated NASA engineers in electronic engineering).

To this day, it is the most important moment in my life. It set the tone for everything I did in the future. And led to a career in technology.

That day- was perhaps my greatest lesson learned. It influenced countless other people I know in technology as well.

My proudest day as an American.

Comment Please god make it stop.... (Score 2, Insightful) 1145

Ok... aside form the possible tax implications we may or may not have to deal with...

We've de-funded NASA, the National Endowment for the Arts, education in general, and the state university system.

All we'd have to do is fund those items fully- and ten years later we *might* be able to consider some form of UBI. But not before the infrastructure needed to support it is in place. And it's probably a bad overall idea.

This seems a better investment to me: Make education easier, fund creativeness (a singular American strength), fund science, and fund space exploration.

That's a winning combination for any economy.

UBI is a nice idea for countries who have their economy in order with the goal of long term prosperity. The USA does not manage it's economy for long term goals. It simply tries to survive....

(As a note I do support social security and disability benefits for those who qualify for it.)

Comment Re:Man, I'm glad I got out of IT (Score 1, Offtopic) 331

I'm going to go ahead and agree with you. I'm semi-retired. And while I still play with computers- the thought of going back into IT makes my stomach turn.

It's also true that the IT business has changed so much and is now driven by certifications and buzz-words rather than by talent or skill. Heck when I started working for a Fortune 100 in the mid 1990s I didn't even give out a resume. I had a *reputation*.

It was only after the housing crisis and economic meltdown that I needed a resume. Apparently, financial meltdowns make a persons over qualified or too expensive. One interview I went to had me seated with three other guys in a waiting room. I knew two of the guys- both of them thought if I was there that they would not get hired. But apparently the three of us were not hired- but rather the recent college grad we didn't know. He probably worked cheap and had the right certs.

But regarding what programming language- I'd use the lowest level one which pragmatically makes sense.

Submission + - BBC: Britain Votes To Leave The EU (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers. The referendum turnout was 71.8% — with more than 30 million people voting — the highest turnout since 1992. London has voted to stay in the EU by around 60% to 40%. However, no other region of England has voted in favor of remaining. Britain would be the first country to leave the EU since its formation — but a leave vote will not immediately mean Britain ceases to be a member of the 28-nation bloc. That process could take a minimum of two years, with Leave campaigners suggesting during the referendum campaign that it should not be completed until 2020 — the date of the next scheduled general election. The prime minister will have to decide when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal. Once Article 50 has been triggered a country can not rejoin without the consent of all member states.

Submission + - Brexit Wins! Historical Divorce Between UK and Europe

hcs_$reboot writes: Brexit wins! British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies, experts and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture UK's connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate vast economic and political uncertainty across the globe. The result is perhaps the most dramatic to date in a wave of populist and nationalist uprisings occurring on both sides of the Atlantic and overturning traditional notions of what is politically possible. World financial markets dived as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. Sterling suffered its biggest one-day fall of more than 10 percent against the dollar, hitting a 31-year low on market fears the decision will hit investment in the world's 5th largest economy.

Comment Good.... (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Finally someone is going to push us off this rock.

We stopped space exploration in the 1970s and never really returned. It's about time to start doing amazing things again.

Yes- people are going to die. And those who take the risk will understand the possible sacrifice for pushing our species forward.

Thank you in advance.

Comment Re:The Fermi "paradox" is bullshit (Score 1) 559

You don't even understand what the Fermi Paradox is. It actually supports your argument. Which is a garbage argument.

But the real bullshit? It when pseudo intellectuals try to make sweeping claims based on nothing.

Go crawl back into the dark ages and let the big boys get back to work.

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