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Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 1) 211

Every country and culture has a nasty history of some kind. That doesn't mean they just give up and commit cultural/national suicide over it. Europeans have long been a cynical lot. But the level of self-hatred and white guilt that we're seeing today has almost become a form of mass mental illness. Europe is rapidly becoming dysfunctional to the point where, when the invaders come (and they always do eventually), most will just throw open the gates and beg to be destroyed.

 

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 1) 211

even though they are the ones who get violent

You know, I'm beginning to think that the left's willful ignorance of all the terrorist attacks and immigrant violence going on in Europe is a form of mental illness. I really think that many of you do truly believe that all the violence is coming from right-wing white people. Do you even remember the recent spate of terrorist attacks in France, or have you purged them from your memory because they don't fit your narrative? In your mind, have you cherry-picked a few minor instances of violence AGAINST immigrants to retain in your memory, while deliberately forgetting hundreds of incidents of violence BY immigrants?

Someone really should do a paper on White Guilt, European self-hatred and the capacity for mass self-delusion in the modern European psyche.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 142

The pedantry here is ridiculous. "Everyone" in my prior post is obviously slightly hyperbolic in the context in which it was used, and a normal colloquial usage. The reality is that over 90% of everyone's PCs are running their software, and if you isolate that to business/government PCs it's almost 100%.

Comment Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 1) 42

No. Fake news is news that's been deliberately fabricated, often to make its purveyors money, and doesn't attempt to relate to the truth. For instance, "child sex ring in some Washington pizza shop" - there's just no relationship to the truth and whatever their reasons for publishing such nonsense, it wasn't an attempt to inform anyone of anything that could plausibly have been said to have been real. Real news may be inaccurate or flat-out wrong, but real news is intended to be based on some sort of truth. Now whether and how often a particular source succeeds could be a question of some debate, but even the most partisan news sources are - if they're real news - based on some event that actually occurred.

The deliberate confusion of "fake news" with "news I don't like" is actually a very postmodern idea. There's no such thing as fact, it's just your perception that matters.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

Stupid Slashdot should have a 1-minute edit option...

Also, if you're worried about companies being "morally bankrupt", please point me to any large company that isn't. Such a thing does not exist. If you're going to boycott any company that's morally bankrupt, you're going to starve to death while you live under a bridge.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 64

That's impossible to avoid because there's only 4 networks in the US (Sprint, T-Mo, AT&T, Verizon). All the MVNOs work that way. The difference is that the direct customers of those networks get a worse deal, probably because of name recognition and also because they have to pay for all those fancy brick-and-mortar stores, whereas MVNO customers get a much better deal. The only way it really makes sense to be a customer of the mainstream networks is if you use a LOT of data and can't avoid it. But mostly, people subscribe to Verizon or whoever, pay $200/month, and blissfully stream all their music constantly, instead of subscribing to a MVNO and paying $30/month for just what they need.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 142

IOW, the faithful will in the not too distant future will be able to prove their loyalty with their wallets, forever and ever, world without end, amen. We'll see how that works out. It won't take all that long until you have paid much more for your Windows machine than that stupid hipster and his "overpriced" Mac.

I'm quite sure Windows isn't going anywhere for at least the next quarter-century, especially in business computing. We've had alternatives now for ages, but they just don't get any adoption. Customers have proven, over and over, that they simply will not abandon MS Windows and Office, no matter what, even when they're forced into using a horrible, tablet-ified, spyware and ad-laden version of it.

This isn't like the NFL; no one *needs* to watch sports, it's purely entertainment, and tastes change. Computing is different; businesses aren't going to go back to doing everything on paper, or back to 1970s mainframes. At this point, MS would really have to shoot themselves in the head (not the foot) to get businesses to abandon them. It's just too easy for them to pay the licensing costs and deal with the problems and stick with Windows than to explore alternatives.

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