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Comment Re:Tere is only 1 reason - and it's bogus. (Score 1) 269

Actually, mentoring is a good reason.

I do telecommute. If I'm assigned a new project, I almost always try to be atleast 50% at work when working on a new project, because it's so much easier to get a 5-second answer from a coworker than send a text or email that gets replied to who-knows-when. People-to-people interaction is much easier in the office.

Don't agree that these interactions should be forced on you however - just that in-office work does strengthen your bonds.

Comment Re:Jesus H. Christ (Score 1) 704

1. If the source is from Russia, it's entirerly possible that some emails were withheld, or that fake emails were injected. The source therefore cannot be trusted to 100%. I have no doubt 99.99% of those emails were true.

2. It's not just that the servers were in Russia. There are also other incidents, like the fact that the hacker communicates almost entirerly in the russian language. If it walks like a duck...

Comment Re:please just go all the way to the C++ mode (Score 1) 523

Because most sane editors do not wrap lines, instead preferring to let the user scroll to the right in order to read the entire line.

Take, for instance, SDL...

*window = SDL_CreateWindow("My pretty game", SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, 1024, 768, SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN);

In my editor that line gets truncated at around "1024".

Comment In the long run, you have the following options. (Score 1) 110

Here are your options.

1. Upgrade to Windows 10.

This is the option for those of you that wish to keep on using Windows. It may not be the option you want, but face reality. Windows 7 (and 8.1) is, at this point, deprecated (as opposed to XP, Vista and 8.1 which are considered obsolete). Now you can fight this kicking and screaming but it won't change the fact that Windows 7 is deprecated. And that means at some point in the future it will no longer be supported. Imagine installing Windows XP today, on your new PC. It does not make sense. Same thing will be true for Windows 7 in a few years.

2. Switch to something non-windows.

There is Linux, BSD or OSX. All based on UNIX and all fine choices. You might also want to consider iOS, Chrome OS or Android. This may or may not be viable for you and WINE may or may not help you in the transition. But it is about the only other true choice.

3. Don't upgrade or switch.

I can't honestly see any reason why you'd want to stay on Windows 7, unless you plan to switch from Windows entirerly in a year or two, or certain key applications won't yet work with Win 10. This only prolongs the inevitable until such a time where you *have* to upgrade to Windows 10 - or switch.

Resistance is futile. You will be upgraded.

Comment Re:Horrible idea (Score 1) 62

This is not a "Open Source will fix everything!!!11!1!1One" suggestion.

Ponder this.

1. Government writes software.
2. Government is elected by the people and should therefore be held accountable by the people.
3. The only way a Government can be held accountable would be if the people can inspect what it's doing as much as possible (some areas like national security may make this problematic).

Would it not, given these three facts, then be logical to say:

If the government writes software, or hires someone to write software for the government, then the software SHOULD be open for inspection.

Comment Re:MS Swoops-In... (Score 1) 62

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft is slowly fading away, being replaced by Chromebooks, Androids and yes even Linux. They once had an iron grip on the desktop market - still has one actually - but everywhere else they are slowly fading away. Mobile is a joke at this point, tablets were never a big seller. The Enterprise they still rule and the consumer market follows that lead... For now. However, Android/Chrome is making some fierce inroads there as well.

And before you ask, Apple platforms like OSX will never move outside their niche since Apple isn't interested in catering to everyone, only those with money and purchasing power. Which, long-term, will get them on a slowly shrinking 10% market share... :)

Comment Missing the point. Again. (Score 1) 288

Look. The entire Streaming rights/*Copy*right thing doesn't make any sense whatsoever on the internet. It's like getting angry on fish for swimming in the ocean and avoiding a bathing tax. A very futile effort.

What does make sense is regulating who makes money on certain content. Something like, a content creator has the right to all revenue that can directly or indirectly be tied to his or her work - unless otherwise contracted, of course. But that won't ever happen because it's not in the record companies interest.

Therefore we're looking at atleast 50 more years of these copyright shenanigans. Weee... :)

Comment Re:I don't code (Score 1) 515

Not everyone is cut out to do Linear Algebra or Calculus either; that does not mean learning how to multiply and work with fractions is a useless skill to have.

Learning the basic foundations of programming teaches you so much more than just programs - it teaches you how the computer actually *works*, and it teaches you how you can use things like regular expressions to automate certain tasks.

Even if you will never code a single line ever again, the knowledge you get in general is invaluable in a world where computers are everywhere.

Comment Cry me a river... (Score 1) 246

Seriously. If you are that concerned about Youtube profiting off your work - go and help with say, Diaspora, or ZeroNet, or BuddyCloud, or, or any of the other P2P social networks.

If the top 100 most famous artists were to say "Allright, so here's the deal - we're going to start releasing our shit on this network" that network will take off like a space shuttle rocket.

But, no, Youtube is good, preserve the status quo...

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