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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Prien715 Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (279 comments)

That's a pretty big premium for what seems like an intangible benefit.

Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite -- or 10.9 if you don't like the new UI) is free on any Mac. Windows "upgrades" (like 8 or 10) cost ~$100.

12 hours ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Prien715 Now I can panic! (463 comments)

Thank you Overzeetop! I was looking for a reason to go into all-out-panic mode, grab my family, some shotgun shells, and head to the hills!

My family thinks I'm crazy, but if you're right, we'll all be dead before the 4th of July! DOOMED!!!!! REPENT SINNERS!!!!! ::Goes off to take medication::

about two weeks ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Prien715 Re:Same old American Xenophobia (323 comments)

Isn't it odd that no matter how much progress America makes, the Left is always ready with a cutting criticism? How welcoming is Egypt to new people? Nigeria? China? Thailand?

Yeah, it's stunning that some of us aim higher than Egypt, China, or Thailand as the aim for our moral compass. It's like aiming for bug-free code: we may never get there, but even incremental progress is still progress.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

That a person who chose to not buy health insurance goes bankrupt when he gets sick, is hardly grounds for mandating such insurance for everyone.

Since you clearly have no idea how hospitals the rest of the world work, allow me to explain. You get sick. You go to the doctor. You go home. There is no "copay" or "insurance you choose to buy into".

I know it's hard for you to understand that "not dying from preventable illness" is considered a basic human right in most other countries or how you can have a healthcare system that works efficiently without the invisible hand jerking off a group of plutocratic shareholders. The US has the highest healthcare costs as a % of GDP and the a life expectancy between Qatar and Cuba -- and there's the reason for that: it turns out people will pay a lot of money not to die if you force them to.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Money money money (346 comments)

And government is necessary to increase the wages of workers. At least according to this communist:
"When the regulation, therefore, is in support of the workman, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters." ~ Adam Smith Wealth of Nations

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

Sewer/water lines work the same way in every US city and state. It's a shame that most Americans are so ignorant of the services they use every day that their elected representatives ensure work.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

those demography, social and cultural characteristics

Like a superior educational system (free public universities), a healthcare system where people don't go bankrupt, better transit, and free childcare?

You get what you pay for -- divorcing higher taxes from the services those taxes provide is moronic at best.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Prien715 Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

There's a false dichotemy. Everyone's moved to the right to the point that Mitt Romney's quite successful healthcare program is considered "socialist" if you attach Obama's name to it (actual socialized medicine is quite different)

There is no left any more. Obama's continued warmongering is the best evidence.

about three weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Prien715 Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

I don't excuse boorishness or violence - but Linus and Alan Cox never got this level of treatment. Not even Hans Reiser for his obtuseness

How about Hans Reiser for murdering his wife. Does that count as violence?

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Prien715 Windows should go 64-bit exclusively (554 comments)

My first 64 bit chip was the Athlon64 back in 2003 -- over a decade ago. If you're a developer in a compiled language, you presently either must (a) make a 32 bit version and ship it for both or (b) make separate versions and make yourself a support/testing nightmare. No surprise -- most developers opt for (a).
 
...but in a way, that makes using x64 Windows moot. Since there's no software for it (other than the OS itself a web browser or two), why switch? From extra registers, to more available memory, to the no-execute bit -- there's many good reasons to be using 64 bit software.

The real reason, of course, is that many business run ancient 16-bit applications that won't run under a 64-bit OS. This could be fixed with an emulator, but MS, unlike Apple, doesn't have a history of making backwards incompatible moves tha ultimately improve its platform.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Prien715 Re:About god damn time.. (644 comments)

Thanks! That's helpful.

GNOME Terminal lists Ctrl+Shift+C in its edit menu (that's how I learned it) -- but the combinations you list work as well and better across different programs.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Prien715 Re:About god damn time.. (644 comments)

...which I may add, does not work on Linux. Ctrl+C is break, so most terms use Ctrl+Shift+C. It didn't really become apparent how weird this was before I started using a Mac, where Command+C and Command+V were consistent across both the normal programs and the CLI.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Prien715 Related work? (192 comments)

Perhaps the flaw is identifying the "deliberate practice" as the only dependent variable. For example, I play guitar. I'm probably better than other people who have put in the same amount of practice time than I have, since I've put in 10 years on clarinet. Those ten years of music experience, give me an ability to interpret rythym, understand some music theory, read notes quickly, hear pitch, etc. than someone who is "just picking it up".

Similarly, I know some quite good chess players who play Go as well -- one of whom is the champion of a small Nordic country. A player of Shogi recently switched to chess -- and he's quite good. Or perhaps, a good COBOL programmer could be a good Swift programmer with less effort?

There's very little in the article discussing the role of "related skills" -- and perhaps this can help explain the gap.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Prien715 Mod Parent up (201 comments)

I don't have mod points today, but I listened to the interview and this is a good two minute summary.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Prien715 Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (385 comments)

I'm happy when there's a good discussion of huge political issues here on /. -- I remember reading on 9/11/2001 and recently when we decided to bomb another country in the Middle East and enjoying the information and perspective this community brings. I would even argue having more of it is better. However, those are stories which are important and warrant attention from everyone -- regardless of which OS is your favorite (i.e. "Stuff that Matters"). It's good to hear from a self-moderated community rather than a bunch of suits claiming to be experts on cable TV.

This summary is just self-serving political propaganda.

about 1 month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Prien715 Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

You have no idea about Shaw do you? If you put together a bunch of Stephen Colbert quotes, it's clear that Colbert loves totalitarianism as well.

Shaw was advocated for such revolutionary ideas as equal rights for women and was against eugenics. "Shaw often used satiric irony to mock those who took eugenics to inhumane extremes and commentators have sometimes failed to take this into account" I guess you are one of those idiots?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Prien715 For Orbital Mechanics and Astrophyiscs (234 comments)

Check out Kerbal Space Program. You can build rockets, send them into orbit, land on the moon, and learn about concepts like apoapsis, retrograde burns, orbital transfers, and learn astrophysics -- plus it's simple enough I've seen multiple dads who have a blast playing with their kids. It runs on Linux/Mac/Windows and has a good free demo.
 
...but does it really teach orbital mechanics? Oblig XKCD says yes;)

about a month ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Prien715 Depends on your definition of "terrorist" (183 comments)

Before "terrorism", there was communism. Before communism, there were anarchists who assassinated an American president.

The FBI once called Martin Luther King Jr. "the most dangerous man in America" (and given death threats). Sartre wrote about suicide bombing as terrorism in the 40's (and thought it was going out of style! page 80).

Tyrants in the US government have always used name calling in the name of "national security" to justify whatever inhumanities they wish to commit. "Terrorism" is not new; its use as a boogey man to scare the citizenry into the creation of a surveillance state is.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Prien715 Re:Cue the Bozos (981 comments)

Cue the bozos, who, due to Slashdot hivemind, are now required to post "So, exactly like the USA!"

Would you like your unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound with or without lube? Or maybe your textbooks without without evolution?

There are some very ignorant people in this country -- as anyone who's visited a WalMart (at least in the south...but that's why I've lived the majority of my life) can attest. You should be glad you don't have to deal with them.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Prien715 I have both (392 comments)

I graduated in 2003 and I have both a BA (philosophy) and a BS (CS;)).

My experience is that spending a generous portion of my time writing made me both a better writer of prose -- and of code. To be counterfactual, is it really possible to express an idea in code that one cannot express in one's native language? Don't just think of yourself -- think of the many coders who come after you. I've noticed a trend toward offering "workshops" (which is, of course, a place where one does no work) or short classes on topics like "dynamic communication" or "how to write good documentation". The idea itself seems Quixotic -- could you teach an English major to be a competent C coder in a few mere hours of instruction? Why do we expect the reverse?

Despite having been coding before I "done gone to college", I think there's a special clarity one gets by being able to express the same idea in different ways and choosing the simplest -- whether that language is Lisp or English.

about a month ago

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M$ vs MS and My Sig

Prien715 Prien715 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The M$ vs MS joke was funny the first time I saw it. The second time, not so much. The 3rd time. By now, it's really old and neither witty nor funny. What this spelling does do is remove any hint of journalistic integrity from the poster. Would it be any different if MS spelled Linux "Lunix" every time?

Though I may disagree with some MS business practices and dislike some of their products (*cough* Windows Me *cough*), I think if the OSS community wants respect, it begins with their respecting other people. To respect those who respect you is expected; only by respecting those who disrespect are you truly respectful.

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