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Comment Re:Or foregoing kids altogether (Score 1) 342

If course it's selfish, but selfish folks seldom see that they are being selfish - it's in their nature. Everyone else must bear the cost and spend the time to raise children so that they can care for your selfish old asses when you are in the nursing home and pay for the debt that you are incurring with your liberal tax and spend ideology today.

The big secret though is that we love our children and children are actually a blessing and a joy when raised properly (i.e. not by TV, not by the NEA, not by rap music, not by their peers, not by the government). So you are in fact actually missing out on something wonderful if you were able to do it right, but chances are you would do it wrong anyway so good on ya for being selfish. But don't deny that you're being selfish.

Comment Re:Retaliation is fair game (Score 2) 287

There is no comparison my friend. You need to read about the glorious peoples' revolution in china. You need to read about 30 million people dying to famine because of Mao. When people compare the USA with China or the Soviet Union, it just shows how ignorant they are of history.

Comment Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (Score 1) 529

That is because while other countries are interested in fostering excellence we are way more concerned with eliminating "inequality". Guess what, while we are all equal before the LAW, we are definitely not all equal. Not in talent, ability, drive, work ethic, you name it. We have a communist pothead as president. He's taking us where those of us who left communist dictatorships that are effectively 3rd and 2nd world countries have come from. It's so sad that people don't learn from the mistakes other countries have made in the past, those that have rushed into forced equality, the worker's revolution, communism. THAT is the spiral to the bottom, and it is very very hard to get out of that trap.

Comment Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 1) 657

What insane number of functions in the home button? I find it much easier to use than my android phone. My kids including 2 yr old can use it. I don't miss the other 3 buttons at all. The software on the iPad is just so much more intuitive and just works. I havent learned a multitude of gestures as some other poster wrote and I have no problem working the device.

Comment Windows/Linux/QNX Fanboi Loves his iPad (Score 3, Insightful) 657

Background: Not an apple fanboi. Owned no apple products other than a $1500 used Mac Lisa that VPI forced the CS class to buy back in the day because they had a version of Uniplus Sys V for it...

I've owned C64, Amigas, now a bunch of PCs that have various versions of Windows and Linux starting with Windows 3.1 and Linux 1.0 (4 floppies for a distro, I miss that).

I went to the store to look at the Transformer and some other android tablets after checking out a friend's. All the Android tablets were so-so. I'd have to sideload Netflix on most of them. The displays were ok. They had an apple section so I said "what the heck, let me check out this iPad thing".

Looked at an iPad (3rd gen, retina display). Wow. It just worked so well, the display was unbelievable. Everything was super smooth. Reading docs on it was amazing. It made the Android tabs look terrible. There was just no comparison. I went back over to the Android tabs and gave them another shot. There was just no going back anymore.

I bought a 3rd gen iPad, came back for a 2nd for the kids the next day. I tried an iPad 2 for the kids, no good, 1024x768, could not use it after using the retina display (2048x1535), so exchanged that one for a 2nd new 3rd gen iPad. Definitely worth the extra $150.

I keep an eye on the Android tablets, They're starting to come out with 1920x1080 res devices now, still no comparison.

I borrowed a mac mini to try out Xcode (you have to develop iOS aps on a mac). I had tried the android SDK, not too impressed, and the nightmare of managing all the different platforms is no fun (I have to do that at work). I actually liked OS X. Nothing like the crappy OS 9 and prior. A BSD-based desktop OS - imagine that. A Linux-like desktop that is actually good.

I've been eyeing the Macbook Pro w/retina display... 2880x1800 in a 15" package. To run Windows and Linux because I have to.

If I could extricate myself from the Windows / Linux ecosystem that I write software for I would, but I can't, too many PCs, too many ties. I have to write windows and linux software. Windows 8 holds nothing for me, current distros of linux are going in the wrong direction with their insane UIs (activities? really?). But OS X is nice. Too bad the mac desktop/laptop hardware is so expensive and limited, and I can't use a phone w/out a slider keyboard.

But for the tablet experience, I wouldn't trade the retina display iPads for any android tablets. There's just no comparison.

Comment Article Summary Deceptive (Score 1) 503

From reading the article summary I thought that I could now only return something once every 90 days at Best Buy. Reading the actual article reveals that this is only true for habitual returners who meet whatever patterns are used by the software used by Best Buy and others now. Some unlucky few fall between the cracks, but for the majority of shoppers, this is a non-issue.

We should be able to mod submitters down as incompetent or deceptive.

Comment Re:Well, Hungary, you asked for capitalism... (Score 3, Insightful) 95

Oh please. As a 1st gen immigrant from Romania, an eastern european soviet block country crushed by first the Nazis and then the Soviets, capitalism as done in the US is a godsend compared to the bullshit of Marxism. What you have in Russia and Romania is the result of years of devastating communism, where there is no incentive to work, everyone steals from their employer (the state). The same people are in power now as before, they're just "capitalists" by name. I have family that went back after the revolution and tried to help the country, start businesses, teach etc. They got stolen blind because of the same attitudes that had been forged into the soul of the people by communism.

Never mind that I had relatives in prison tortured because my family wouldn't join the communist party. My mother told me about when she was being appointed to her first job, how she wanted to request to be in a different location so she went to the hearing and a married couple went first. They were stationed (the govt picks where you work in that system of govt by the way) over a hundred kilometers apart. They had no car. They had a child. They requested to be posted closer together. The govt presiding officer told the woman - eh you can find another man in your new village. After a few similar cases my mom just left without a hearing.

Go back to your dear Russia and take your communism bullshit with you. Never again you fucks and take your fucking KGB putin and his fucks with you. Thank God for the US. The main regret of the Romanian people and the cause of so much horror there was that the US didn't take over and instead gave Romania to you Russian bastards.

Comment Re:Anyone seen the new Google Calendar / Gmail? (Score 1) 980

This is exactly right. Office 2010 does this crap where they got rid of panes/lines. Those lines are there for a reason. Now I lose my title bar in another window behind it because the app behind it (e.g. Lotus Notes) has the same grey content as the stupid title bar with no lines in 2010. WTF is wrong with these people. I wish these so-called GUI designers would go work for a car company and try to redesign car controls...

After a while, we get things right, and then changing them is just change for change's sake and is not making things better. I've been with this GUI thing since X-Windows first came out. Lots of great stuff has happened over the years. Lately it's all going to shit.

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