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Comment Facebook is not a democracy... accept it, or leave (Score 1) 75

1) Facebook is not, and never will be, a democracy.
2) Facebook does not, and never will, guarantee freedom of speech, expression, communication
- Facebook risks being blocked by "non-democratic" governments
- Facebook risks being sued or blocked by people, companies, and countries.

Unfortunately... Facebook has reached a point where...
Every-one uses Facebook because every-one they know uses it

Comment Re:Underwhelmed :( (Score 1) 88


Invention is driven by people who think "We can", "We'll figure it out", etc. The fact that Benjamin Franklin couldn't see perspective in flight... makes him... "human". In the same way that some-one(supposedly) said "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers".

Fortunately there are people in the world with "vision", it's these people drive development

NASA has been around for a fairly long time, and I doubt it has been good investment as a "development platform".

Universities and are great at inventing stuff to solve problems. If USA had invested "NASA's" billions of dollars in universities, then more people could get a better education... which would be also be a better driving-force for the economy.

If NASA(USA's taxpayers) hadn't paid excessively for these "developments", then the "private sector" and universities would have done the same, and spent a lot less to do it.

Comment Re:Underwhelmed :( (Score 1) 88

Polytetrafluoroethylene (trademarked as Teflon)... discovered in 1938. NASA created on July 29, 1958... nope

NASA may have invested millions of dollars in developing computers... but they did NOT invent them. So again... nope
You may have meant the NSA, which was created on November 4, 1952. It's an easy mistake to make... NASA/NSA, just one letter difference :)

Tang was created by "General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell in 1957"(according to Wikipedia)... NASA made it popular by using it on some missions. That's about the best marketing that a company could get. So again... nope

Any other myths you'd like to quote?

Comment Re:Earth invaded? (was: Re:Invaders from Earth !!) (Score 1) 231

"Humans are not well made"... this depends on what the purpose of "the human species" would be.

What if the purpose of humans is to "intentionally or accidentally cause their own destruction" then we seem to be "perfect".

Just because because it would seen logical(evolutionarily speaking) that any species' goal would be to evolve into an improved species, or a "better version" of the current species.

Humans might just be the exception.

Comment there should be a law which fixes this... (Score 1) 175

Here's a draft for good law:
"it is illegal to place, or allow automatic placement, of virtual items/effects/prizes/bonus' in any private property(except places pointed out in the next law). It is also illegal to place virtual items/effects/prizes/bonus' in areas which are inherently dangerous such as, but not limited to: roads, bike lanes, railways, airports, military bases."

Here's a draft for another good law:
"to help weed out the people 'who are too stupid to be of use to society', the placement of of virtual items/effects/prizes/bonus' is encouraged in and around properties which are known hangouts for violent criminals, such as drug and weapon vendors, also close to properties owned by 'biker gangs', and other groups of people who protect their property using violence"

Comment Windows is really only good for playing games. (Score 1) 197

Yes, I'm a Linux user. That has nothing to do with my dislike of Windows.

Before I was a Linux user, I hated Windows. How could one like a company that was responsible for autoexec.bat and config.sys. So many hours fiddling with these files just to get games to work. That's why as soon as OS2 came out, I tried that.

Unfortunately, the fact that "everyone else" uses Windows means that one has to have Windows. Even just to maintain some level of "most of the world" compatibility.

On another note... at the moment I'm making website "responsive", so that they scale to work on phones, tablets, etc. One can easily get the responsive coding to work in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, for every shape and size of device. I converted one site in about 20 minutes, only to realize that Internet Explorer wasn't compatible with the coding. After finding a JavaScript patch, I then used 3 hours getting the site to also work in IE. Coding that will work in every other browser just won't work in IE, thanks Microsoft :(

Comment Re:Mac and Windows PC only. (Score 2) 117

"Linux is not really meant to be a desktop OS."....tell that to Valve. They only "relatively recently" releases Steam, 'Counter Strike' and 'Left 4 Dead 2'.

Despite that "Linux is not really meant to be a desktop OS.",(in my highly unscientific test of 3 computers) the few games that are made for Linux all work MUCH better in Linux(on the computers I tested) than their Windows counterparts.

And yes, to give Windows a fair chance... I did turn off updates, the anti-virus, anti-spyware, the firewall, and any other program that could by slowing Windows down. I did not remember to disable the webserver, ftp server, or any other software which I have running in Linux.

Comment Unfortunatly "common sense" isn't common... (Score 1) 591

I was told by sone-one from USA, who was American:
    "Here in America, common sense is so rare that it should be seen as a super-power".

By the age of 9, one's parents should have explained that the "magic" in fantasy movies/series/books is not real. Also, the magic in "stage acts", etc. is not the same as "fantasy magic".

Every child should read "magic books" which show card tricks, disappearing acts, illusions... so that they know that "real magic", is not the same as "fantasy magic".

Comment "End of Life" is natural for most software (Score 1) 156

It is utterly unreasonable to expect a software supplier to provide free updates for software "in perpetuity".

Microsoft is a business, they make money from selling new software. If you don't like that they make their software obsolete, ask them to make change their business plan.

Software could be sold with free updates until a "replacement" is released, and then one pays for an "update subscription".

This way one could have chosen whether one upgraded to "Windows Server 2008", or pays a yearly fee for updates "in perpetuity".

Comment It's padded already (on some systems) (Score 1) 136

I admit that I don't play many games, the only one I play at the moment is Left4Dead2 (though previous measurements when playing Counterstrike where similar).

All my testing show, in a highly scientific study of 2 computers, that playing Left4Dead2 in Linux (Fedora 20 and 21) uses less processor power, and less ram than playing in Windows 7(which both computers came with).
I don't have a program that tracks GPU usage, but tracking the temperature of the GPU's shows that they run cooler in Linux.

So using the same resolution, detail level, etc., I get a better frame-rate in Linux, and lower chance of network lag.
Over all power usage, tracked from the power-supplies, show that both of computer systems use less power in Linux, for the same over-all result, the frame-rate is marginally better in Linux.

All computers/OS's combinations have as few other programs running as possible, so firewalls, antivirus, and stuff are also disabled.
All computers/OS's combinations run with updates on, and the latest drivers drivers(official AMD Catalyst driver in Linux), etc.).

But as this is a tiny, unscientific study as always... YMMV.

Comment Re:I'm sick of this (Score 1) 114

Who cares if the chance of hitting the planes if incredibly small... using this argument it should be legal to stand in your garden with a blindfold, and shoot at your house with a BB gun. The chance of hitting a window would be small, the chance of hitting you even smaller, so if one did hit you it would be an "accident".

About the "jitter from your hand" argument... what if one has the laser pointer mounted on something that is easy to aim... like a riffle. Rifles are designed to be held steady, even a toy would do.

Considering that only a complete moron would point a laser at plane, shouldn't this be something that one bans "just because its a good idea". Exactly why would one be stupid enough argue the case that "because no-one had died yet, it probably isn't a problem".

ps. could you give us the licence plate number of your car, so that we know to point lasers at you if you drive by.

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