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Comment Re:Sabotaging old versions (Score 1) 204

I swear Microsoft always seems to not only not support old versions but actively creates issues to force you to upgrade. On windows 7 just on March 15th they pushed a "security update" to 2010 Microsoft office that basically makes any file with macros in it crash unexpectedly many times a day. I had to roll back the updates on every computer in our office and disable windows updates because we rely heavily on macros. It's so frustrating that things can work fine and they break it. Now we have to think about upgrading to the lastest operating system and Microsoft office which both already changed the way VBA works so transitioning and keeping our existing macros running is going to take many months of work.

Right I mean most Linux distros are supported for a full 9 months (Fedora) and others for a full 18! How dare Microsoft not support their 7 year old products!

Comment Re:All this Glitz but it's still posessed... (Score 1) 204

The average Windows user will have no idea how to disable updates. What's the point in taking away that possibility from above (should I say "below", given that they know better yet bend over for the clusterfuck windows is?) average windows users?

Sure they can and will. And if they don't the malware they install will do it for them.

Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass on all of them (Score 2) 252

Yep. I moved to Idaho and can relate. I grew up in Silly Con Valley and will never go back. I won't even visit I hate that place so much. I earn more here, I have a cost of living thats 60% less than it was there and the people are chill. My commute is about 26 minutes though but thats by choice as I chose to move further out of town than most.

Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 2) 227

I think you're massively over-estimating the capabilities of self-driving cars. I do not mean souls at all, when I say I do not mean souls that means I do not mean souls. You're the one talking about souls, not me. If you look at the definition of aware, it says nothing about souls. I'm not religious and I'm not coming at this from any kind of spiritual angle.

These cars do not have situational awareness, they don't know 1% of what your average adult knows about the world around them and as such can't make the same kind of judgment calls.

Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 1) 227

No, I'm not talking about souls, I'm talking about the difference between the data the car reads in via video and laser etc and what the car then interprets that data to be. The cars don't have knowledge = they do not have awareness relatively speaking.

And see the definition of aware:

Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 2) 227

Wrong, a self driving cart is not *aware* of anything at all, it's software doing it's function. There is also a big difference between what a car scans(some might erroneously call this 'aware of') and what the car then recognises. If you watch google car videos, you'll see that what the car actually recognises is simply defined as some moving cubes, some static items etc, sometimes these things are highlighted as being further categorised, sometimes they aren't.

Autonomous vehicles have got a long long way to go before they start recognising what moving objects and stationary objects actually are and whether they might potentially move and what kind of movements they might make.

Comment Re:Lots of links to articles, phfft (Score 1) 234

I don't disagree with that one.

Picture a program as a huge collection of LEGO bricks and pieces, and understanding the program implies understanding how the LEGO parts are being used.

What is easier to understand, one huge box full of LEGO bricks along with a very long instruction manual explaining all of the contents, or having the LEGO bricks neatly divided into smaller packages along with shorter instructions that focus on the contents of each individual package?

Of course, the big advantage of the latter is that you can focus on smaller, individual components and understand the whole program step by step, getting more familiar as you go.
With the former your are faced with the whole big chunk at once - all or nothing. What would you prefer?

Comment Re:A better question (Score 1) 243

I wanted a netbook but ended up with a laptop because no-ones selling good spec netbooks which is odd considering how easy they should be to make now with great screens readily available because of tablets and intel chips with the latest intel hd video is surprisingly good, stick 1 stick of 8gb memory and some ssd on there, could be cheap and awesome but they're just not doing it.

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