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General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul

RetroRichie Re:In-house staff do have advantages (232 comments)

Your impression is laughably incorrect. But I don't fault you--I used to know everything about everything, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers

RetroRichie Re:Real issue....locked doors (485 comments)

Why on earth would the Dept. of Justice peep when there are plenty of reasonable alternatives to the Apple ecosystem? What Apple is doing is entirely OK while there exists consumer choice.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

RetroRichie Re:Stay Put (772 comments)

A) Perhaps acknowledge the realities of the economy and take less money? I don't know how much you're talking about but 80% of what you made previously is still more than zero.

B) Computerworld just published statistics saying the IT unemployment rate is 3.8% nationally. Look elsewhere? Take a contract?

C) Four of the eight developers who work for me are in their mid to late 50s. I find your discrimination story difficult to process. I don't mind training technologies, but training process is a horrible experience. I like hiring you old fogies. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?

RetroRichie Re: Jevon's Paradox (1070 comments)

Mod parent up. At no point in history has technology ever solved the energy use problem, regardless of how efficient we become. The problem is that technology also has the unique characteristic of finding new ways to use more energy.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges MacDefender

RetroRichie Re:Apple and its fanboys helped make this happen (314 comments)

My wife is a good control for your contest. She has both a Mac and a PC and she is about as uninformed as it gets when it comes to security. Her Mac has no preventative utilities, and is virus and malware-free. Her PC has every matter of preventative security running at all times, and I am still cleaning viruses and malware off that bastard every single month. Granted the PC is running XP and not Windows 7, but still... this is an ongoing 2-year experiment, and her Mac is clean as a whistle. I have had to actually reinstall XP twice, her PC was so jacked up.

more than 3 years ago
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BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion

RetroRichie Can anyone? (361 comments)

Can anyone afford Western-style pricing? Without my student discount I am fairly certain I would own no software.

more than 3 years ago
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First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

RetroRichie No (613 comments)

Patently false. Defense spending right now is the highest it has been since WW2 when adjusted for inflation, and WW2 should be the high watermark in our nation's history.

Defense spending is the third largest bucket in the federal budget. OK, that's not "most" of government spending, but it is highly significant. Our percentage of global defense spending has increased from 1/3 to 1/2 in recent years, mostly because of the decline of the USSR but with that in mind our budget should be adjusting accordingly--it's not. Instead, we choose to spend 6X the defense budget of China, which by all accounts is the only major threat to our existence. Meanwhile, they are yucking it up and killing us economically. Something has got to give.

more than 3 years ago
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Flash Ported To iOS and iPhone 4

RetroRichie Re:Still won't help... (231 comments)

Nope--there is nothing inherently bad about monopoly. There's nothing even illegal about being a monopoly. It is only illegal to leverage your monopoly with anti-competitive tactics, and you don't need anti-competitive tactics to become a monopoly. The two are mutually exclusive.

more than 4 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

RetroRichie Re:And yet- (828 comments)

Disagree completely. I am 10 years removed from my computer science undergraduate degree and am halfway through my MBA program. The classes are at least half free discussion (albeit guided to a particular topic) and the professors, for the most part, are extremely motivated and care about educating as much as publishing--I have had several professors even say if you don't care about teaching, you should not be in this business. And comparing it to my high school experience 15 years ago is pretty much laughable--high school was a joke and I have never been more challenged in my entire life than I am right now.

Now, to be fair it is a top school, and if I contrast it with some of the programs that my friends are in their experience is practically night and day. So YMMV. But to slander the entire American University system seems fairly silly to me. It seems more like as with anything you get what you pay for, and you get back what you put in.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Googlers Too Smart For Their Own Good?

RetroRichie Re:That API looks fine to me (307 comments)

I agree. In fact, this looks very similar to the Amazon API which I think is fairly straight forward. People that don't understand how to use this will all migrate toward a UI anyway--someone will build one that serves basic file functions.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Harvest Nano-Power From Hamsters

RetroRichie No....I don't belive it!! It's not possible. (90 comments)

The hamster generates more bio-electricity than 120-volt battery and over 25,000 BTVs of body heat. Combined with a form of piezo-electricity, the humans have found all the energy they would ever need. There are stores...endless pet stores, were hamsters are no longer born. We are grown. For longest time, I wouldn't belive it...and then I saw the fields with my own eyes. Watch them liquefy the dead, so they could be fed intravenously to the living. And standing there, facing the pure horrifying precision, I came to realize the obviousness of the truth. What is The Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer generated dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a hamster into THIS.

more than 5 years ago
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Tech Companies That Won't Survive 2009

RetroRichie Worst article ever (385 comments)

This is the worst post ever. Even according to the article itself the most likely percentage is 25? How does that qualify as "Won't Survive 2009?" Waste of time.

more than 5 years ago
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T-Mobile To Open App Store For All of Their Phones

RetroRichie Re:Android (103 comments)

Google has really executed one thing successfully: search. You and I both know that Gmail is fantastic, but it's not "one with the masses" as another poster alludes to. I can't believe Android is going to be successful. Even if you take out their inability to execute on new products, they are way late to the party.

more than 6 years ago

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