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Comment Re:Expect more of this. (Score 1) 608

No, like the family of the person on life support who sees every little movement as a sign that their loved one is coming around, that's what you want to see. Linux is a niche OS for the desktop. That's all it will ever be. I have been in this business for over 20 years and I have seen just about every side of it. Inevitably, I encounter one person at each job who says "This is the year of Linux". That person who tries to get their friends to adopt Linux and sees their hopes and dreams dashed when they go buy a cheap Windows PC. I love Linux, in the data center. The most bullet-proof servers I have ever owned or been in charge of have been Linux boxes that refuse to die and limp along until just one daemon remains functional and does it faithfully to the day I pull the plug out of pity. Windows and Mac will remain the primary desktop drivers for many, many years to come. Perhaps Redmond will decide to actually give customers what they need instead of assuming all consumers are mindless idiots who will do whatever they say. Perhaps Cupertino will again revolutionize the desktop with a new interface that everyone just gets. With the move of consumers to media consumption devices like tablets and phones, the desktop is going to become less and less important to the bottom lines of these companies. But no matter what direction the PC business ends up going, Linux will remain a niche OS for those who love computing.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 564

This is already happening in many "planned" communities. Dad (or mom) goes off to work in the hybrid while the one who stays home uses an electric golf cart with a nose that looks like a Mercedes to get groceries, Starbucks, or get to the local bridge game.

Comment I was there (Score 1) 57

My parents worked for Micro Power Systems in the early 80s. They worked for John Hall, one of the pioneers of CMOS and others. I grew up playing with chip pullers and serial terminals instead of typical toys. I wouldn't trade being in that environment for anything.

Submission + - Comcast Trying to Avoid Dubious Title 1

An anonymous reader writes: The folks over at the Consumerist annually now run their "Worst Company in America Tournament", a light-hearted way to allow annoyed consumers to vent some of their accumulated angst. You'll perhaps recall that Comcast won the award last year, going so far as to beat out companies like Ticketmaster and Bank Of America for the "honor."

Eager to avoid a repeat, the Consumerist notes that Comcast has sent out numerous memos urging employees to stuff the ballot box over at the website.

Comment Re:TA: Kingdoms? Master of Orion III? (Score 2, Interesting) 397

I had erased MOOIII from memory. I loved MOO1&2, i told my roomate how great the games were, so we went half in on 3 and got it, played it for a few days, and i think i actually threw it away after about a year of it sitting on my shelf. they ruined the best part of the game, massive ship battles!

Comment Re:she? (Score 1) 94

Even if they are sensitive, why can't they be? Is this something that only women are allowed to be?

You can't go around for decades telling men they're doing things wrong and then and do what they do and expect no one to say anything and if that doesn't make much sense then I refer you to this link:|en&q=hypocrite&hl=en

Comment Re:pushed? not a big deal? (Score 5, Insightful) 518

I'm a Network Engineer and a private pilot working toward ATP and I hear what you're saying with all 9 of your points. The pilots honestly expect us to believe that they took out their laptops and were so distracted by what they were doing that they lost track of time. No, sir. I don't buy it. This simply does not happen. Pilots are some of the most methodical and anal retentive people on the face of the planet. Taking time away from the duty of flying the aircraft (especially a large airliner with over 100 people onboard) simply doesn't happen unless the pilots are incapacitated. Yes, computers do much of the mundane work but the pilots are responsible for always triple-checking the aircraft's computers with respect to navigation, fuel state, engine performance, and a host of other factors that keep them busy. Even if one of the pilots took out his laptop for some reason (Showing off Windows 7?) the other pilot never would have done the same. As for missing the radio calls, you know as well as I do that not long after the flight is airborne, the non-PIC has trained their hearing to pick out his/her flight number from the ATC traffic like it was their mother's name. No sir, they were asleep. We all know the problems commercial pilots face. Long hours, little pay, waking up at 3:30am to open Starbucks and then jumping into the cockpit of an RJ at 9am. Pilot fatigue is reaching a critical stage and I believe this is just the beginning of events like this. Granted, both pilots falling asleep is going to be rare, but having at least one pilot taking a power nap in the cockpit is fairly common.

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