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Comment Re:Got tired of that shit, went back to Win 7. (Score 4, Insightful) 161

I don't really know what I'm going to do when they fuck up Windows 7 just as badly [as Windows 10] or try to [deprecate] it, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

You're at that bridge right now. It's time to start switching to Linux, while you still have some breathing room, and not wait until you're in a crisis.

Windows 7 is already deprecated, though support hasn't been complete pulled yet (but all the copies of Windows 7 that will ever be provided to retailers are already in play). And ReactOS will NEVER reach API parity with Windows 7/10+. WINE has been chasing the Windows API for decades, with spotty success at best.

I switched to Linux full time back in 1999, and haven't used Windows at home since then. I weathered the ups and downs of my transition, learning as I went along, but it didn't take long before the Linux way (I settled on Kubuntu) of doing things seemed more natural than the Windows way of doing things.

But I didn't wait until I was at a do-or-die confrontation with life. I switched while I still had plenty of time to learn my new surroundings. This is where you are right now. Don't wait until you are under pressure. Start now by using the same Free and Open Source Software on Windows as you will be using under Linux (to the extent that it is available on Windows). Then, when you switch, you won't be under extreme pressure to replace your software and operating system at the same time.

Comment The Question Answers Itself (Score 1) 87

But the real question is how the fans are going to feel about watching a speed race between cars with no drivers?

This question answers itself if framed within the context of the racing genre:

"But the real question is how the fans are going to feel about watching paint dry, knowing that the paint wasn't applied by a real person?"

Having the cars operated by software rather than by human drivers doesn't change anything.

Comment Re:It's about time! (Score 1) 146

So in other words... from a small picture of the earth viewed from orbit....

Only if Google already has a high resolution picture of your house with the UPS package already sitting on your doorstep.

The algorithm does NOT enhance pixelated images in any meaningful way. It is only able to match a pixelated image with an already existing high resolution image of the same thing, and only by scaling the high resolution image down to a pixelated form suitable for comparison with the existing pixelated image.

The only thing that makes this at all interesting is that pattern matching algorithms are a bit better than they were in the 80's when every teenage programmer with a home computer thought of the same thing. It has been an introductory programming exercise in computer graphics for decades.

Comment Nothing New (Score 4, Informative) 477

It's been like that since the Internet went mainstream in the 1990's, and even when the Internet was opened up to Universities before going mainstream. The overall proportion of useless forum idiots has probably stayed relatively constant for the last 20+ years (and probably even before Web forums overtook Usenet).

The problem probably seems worse now because the Internet population is much larger than it was back then, making the absolute numbers larger; but the ratio of idiots to the entire population is probably in the same ballpark as back then.

The answer has always been the same: you must ignore them, and don't feed the trolls. At least on Usenet, we had the twit filter that would allow us to list the people we wanted to automatically ignore.

Operating Systems

First Screenshots of Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud OS Leak Online (zdnet.com) 78

The first alleged screenshots of Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud operating system have leaked, courtesy of Windows Blog Italia. "The screenshots seem to show a coming version of the operating system that is locked down in a way similar to the way Microsoft locked down Windows RT and, before that the Windows 8.1 with Bing version of Windows," reports ZDNet. From the report: According to Windows Blog Italia, which said they've had a chance to test the current version of Windows 10 Cloud, the product can run Windows Store apps only. The site noted that Windows Store apps built using Microsoft's "Centennial" Desktop bridge, which enables developers to move their Win32 apps to the Windows Store, work on the version of Windows 10 Cloud to which they have access. UWP apps and Windows Store apps have not been synonymous terms. But the important point here is Windows Cloud will be locked down so as to prevent users from installing apps that are not in the Windows 10 Store, which can be seen as a plus from a security and manageability standpoint, but a minus given the less-than-robust collection of UWP/Store apps available for Windows 10. Microsoft is believed to be planning to position Windows 10 Cloud, at least in part, as an alternative to Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

Comment Re:Please don't go groveling to him (Score 1) 437

It's going to affect each and everyone of us in subtle and not so subtle ways. It already has.

This statement is like Astrology: so vague that it applies to everything.

Would you mind elaborating on your theme that it's going to hurt us? I'm always open to the possibility that I'm missing something (even something painfully obvious), but I like the idea of gutting the entire H1B Visa program.

Microsoft

Microsoft Seeks Trump Order Exemption for Workers With Visas (bloomberg.com) 437

Microsoft is asking U.S. officials to grant exceptions for law-abiding, visa-holding workers and students from President Donald Trump's immigration order, channeling the outrage expressed by many in the technology industry with a proposed solution. From a report: Such individuals are low-risk -- having already undergone a rigorous vetting process -- and face immediate hardship as a result of last week's order, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a letter Thursday to the secretaries of State and Homeland Security. Smith said he believes the two officials are empowered to take the necessary steps to allow certain people entry into the country. The exemptions sought would cover workers with visas sponsored by U.S.-based companies and students with ones obtained via a U.S.-based school.

Comment Evaluation (Score 1) 309

The FDA does not evaluate or approve the homeopathic products....

To be fair, the FDA does not evaluate approved pharmaceuticals, either. In the vast majority of cases, the FDA just assumes that the pharmaceutical company is being completely honest about its research and testing, even when it is clearly lying.

Merck is a great example of such a lying company that gets blanket approval by the FDA without any outside verification required.

That being said, not everything labeled as Homeopathic is actually Homeopathic. Hyland's teething tablets, while definitely dangerous, are not Homeopathic since they contain an actual ingredient that is known to have an effect (for better or worse) on the human body.

Hyland's big problem is false advertising regarding ingredient quantity and quality.

Comment Re:Not Sure How I feel about this (Score 1) 115

[Internet technology is] something to stand in sheer awe of, not World of Warcraft and Photoshop.

I agree entirely. NONE of those seven things on the list rise to the level of software heroics. The Internet, on the other hand, changed the world in a way that no other software even remotely approaches.

While this Computer History Museum exhibit's purpose is laudable, its choices for the exhibit are shamefully ridiculous.

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