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Comment Be Consistent (Score 5, Insightful) 331

(1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods.

While the second half of the statement uses semicolons instead of commas, they clearly use the oxford comma version of grammar rules. Therefore you must assume the first half of the sentence is also using the same rules, so the truckers are right.

Comment Dammit Nintendo (Score 1) 269

I've always been a Nintendo guy, but they just don't keep up anymore. For me to upgrade from or to any console, here's what it needs so that I don't have a stack of devices sitting under my TV.

  • A device that supports full HD (or possibly 4K now).
  • Support playback of DVD/Blu-ray
  • Can also be used as a streaming device for TV content (Netflix, HBO Go, etc.)
  • Stream from my PC/mobile device to my TV
  • Has DVR functionality (Anyone? This seems like such an obvious feature for a device with a hard drive that connects to your TV, but no one does it.)

That would get me to pull out my credit card.

Comment Re:You keep using that word (Score 1) 287

Was Nadella trying to twist the word "open" in the context of an IT talk for his own benefit? Probably.

You mean "open" in that users, IT, and developers are all allowed to use it?

Neither I nor the article said "allowed".

Is someone keeping Linux and macOS sheltered from any of these groups?

Sure, capitalism and the free market is.

  • Linux is free and people still choose Windows over it. I'm not saying it's better, but anyone can use Linux yet they don't.
  • Businesses would rather spend their budgets on Microsoft/Windows licenses than use a free product.
  • I'm sure they exist, but I've never seen a company (outside of graphic design and some IT departments) that used anything other than Windows machines for their workstations.
  • While their network/web may run Linux, most business/productivity platforms run on Windows servers. You want to make sure your network stays up, use Linux. You want your employees to get work done, you use Windows. It's not the best option, it's the only option.

Also keep in mind that Nadella was speaking to CEOs and upper management IT, so he was speaking to a business audience. Linux barley even has a foothold, let alone a platform for business users outside of the IT department. You can argue why, or talk about how evil Micro$haft is, but people are still choosing Windows over Linux by huge margins. So what's more open in this context? Something that everyone uses, is familiar with, has at home and at work, or something when you bring it up, the person says, "What's Linux?"

Comment Re:You keep using that word (Score 1) 287

He never said "open source", just "open" then went on to say that the platform is open to users, IT, and developers. By that definition, Windows is more open than Linux because no matter how hard you want it to be true, Linux is not open to normal users. The "year of the Linux desktop" still hasn't arrived.

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