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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

infinitelink Re:This just proves... (173 comments)

I would love to hear you elucidate on the details missed in the training programs and industry, and your own take on approaching how to program. I am thinking I want to re-join into learning how to program (had to quit due to health a while ago--as in "I didn't have an option, I was physically incapable") and it's such a morass of different philosophies, directions, etc. one wonders whether beginning here or there will actually help or just lead one to waste years trying to un-learn bad advice.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

infinitelink Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

"Metaphysics" comes from an order for learning or books on basic scientific/logical thought and a way to deal with reality. Your imagining a unicorn, in this system, means you are conceiving of a real object (in mind) if not in the outside world (it's thus imaginary); likewise, though, if you conceive of a cat--a specific cat you know from experience that walks-around and bothers and plays with your neighbors--you're imagining another real object, but the deal is that what is in mind is not the same as what is outside: it's a poor conception even if highly accurate, because it cannot be complete like as the way it is in actual being.

Interestingly, multi-verse theory, no matter how torture to avoid it, always conceives of a substance in a though-the-word-is-avoided-like-the-plague-"between"/intermediating/interfacing/separating universes which shares the same traits as our magical unicorn and, hence, scientists these days like to strut about how they've no longer need for "philosophy"and have moved beyond (while totally relying upon its nomenclatures and groundwork) since it also supplies the critical tools to criticize them.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

infinitelink Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

Einstein's position was that they just stopped trying to find cause--and in many ways there have not actually been great advances since. It's one thing to say "it's too hard to find both position and velocity" and another to say "therefore, it only is x or y because we measure, but otherwise is neither." The Copehagen interpretation as I ever see it stated online, btw, is always badly done. When one begins to read the foundational lit, it's indefinite; and the best response I've found to determinism is "but the math says" or "this experiment does x or y depending on what we do and since we cannot explain it, implies determinism is wrong."

That I call a "cop out." And given it either does x or y, and behaves x or y depending on what is done, that implies the measurement is causal in the system (which should be...well, assumed given measurement must interact). It also means that there is room for more fundamental reasons for the behavior not understood are involved. Copenhagen is an "interpretation" meanwhile, and the mathematics associated with it descriptive of current understandings, which is a distinction classical realism would actually make one accept in self-criticism of real vs. cognitive forms.

There are various interpretations of Copenhagen and Von Neuman's work was among the most influential...and has also been proven wrong, yet the influence endures. I liken it to the damage done by Haeckel in biology--just a few years back I was sitting under a famous biologist proclaiming "remember people, Phylogeny recapitulates ontology" as I had a copy in my hand of Stephen Gould tearing that myth into shreds and complaining how cheap copying of textbooks between editions and the herd-think that bio has become has meant horrendous contortions in the discipline.

Meanwhile de Broglie remains ignored while experiments are beginning to bear-out his own suggested solution, which could actually get us back on track to discovering more fundamental physics. Bell was mis-construed as being a Neumanist when his own work used against de Broglie was to him evidence for de Broglie.

The real problem is that physcis became a substitute religion and Copenhagen remains a lynchpin to the faith, rather than remaining a science; denying determinism is, in fact, key to unraveling a natural universe, but from what I've been able to gather from that early literature it's the asseverations made upon it to this day that fail to account for the fact that at the time this was all still considered philosophy as much as a scientific enterprise.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

infinitelink Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

there is always the question 'but what caused that'? really? there is "always" this question only if you continue to think about the world in the same mindset. you don't have to search for an answer in the world through Newtonian glasses. "caused" implies causation. causation implies a before, and an after. first there is the cause, then there is its effects. abstract ideas like before and after are looking at the world from a point of view of LINEAR time. if you truly study relativity, and i mean read Einstein's essays and not just the summary on wikipedia...you realize the linear view of time is just the way our electro-chemical computers (brains) process information. but in relativity, an atomic clock up in an airplane experiences time an a slightly different rate than you on the ground. since it is further from the earth. just think about that! imagine how warped and non-linerar time must really be, in a universe with supernovae and black holes! we can already measure two different RATES of TIME ITSELF just by using an airplane and an atomic clock. how crazy must the REAL story be? it will blow our minds in a thousand years when we understand it even better. so anyway, my point is time is not linear. in fact, most science on cosmology shows that near the big bang...all rules about time and physics break down and make no sense. so why would you expect that, at that critical moment, time is linear and simple and easily understood? why do you insist that at that moment, anything caused anything else? i don't think it really worked that way. it's just that the true way it worked is so complex, we are only now beginning to try to wrap our minds around impossible ideas like how anything would work in a universe without "before" and "after". i hope, instead of deciding that there is an un-solvable paradox, that you will continue to think about this stuff. don't give up. :) "There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophy." --Shakespeare's Hamlet

The proper response is Einstein's: he became deeply troubled by the consequences of his theories because they implied a beginning when, in his own words, his god was "Spinoza's", i.e. Deus et Natura--God and Nature being one and eternal. Einstein's position was this way because the ancient idea of an omnipotent Sovereign creating ex nihilo was not reconcilable with world cruelty (like Spinoza--also a heretical Jew). But the science (as he understood it) implied just this--a universe with a finite beginning--even if we speak of multiverses and shift the frame...or try to use probabilities to cover-up the glaring fact that a natural universe does not, really, make natural sense--nor is it sensible to fuzz it up with "well our brains just work that way." Among the great advances is that there turns out to be a series of primes and that various mathematical formula seem to indicate that math (or number) is not, in another of Einstein's favorite books (what is math) "[merely] a creation of the human mind." Einstein by the way, ended-up rejecting (as total) his belief to follow the science, and the way things have played-out since, under testing his theories are largely correct (of course, with refinement-revisions). I find it funny how probabilities keep being used to mask and cover-up failures to find causes and that this procedure is being substituted for real science even at the most fundamental levels of inquiry--this is the very thing Einstein condemned with "God does not play dice." And for those who are hyper-precise...I know all of the above is way too impreicse but then, doing better would require a longer crazier rant subject to much more deconstruction.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

infinitelink Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

This reminds me back when one insightful person referred to the stretches being done for string theories as "masturbated math." In the mechanico/natural-scientific realm, ex nihilo is mathematically and qualitatively not possible...by definition. That "Science" is being stretched to try and explain origins like this bespeaks much. That we are ignoring that probabilities are a tool to overcome our own limitations of dealing with complexity and at the same time cause-effect is grammatically the same thing as the last statement.

about three weeks ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

infinitelink Re: IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

Before I really dive-in, I would love for guys like you to push-out guides, outlines, warnings, "read this, ignore this part," type material. Or at least to link them. ;)

about a month ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

infinitelink Re:Oh, another one (124 comments)

I cordially dissent.

What they may call "defend [...] their client through vigorous means", others call intimidation under colors of authority. It's a crime that just isn't prosecuted anymore, and everyone BUT lawyers know better--that saying it's just vigorous representation is to ensure they aren't being unethical when it is a threat, veiled or otherwise.

I have spent time around various lawyers--even who think this way, who can say "we did used to have some serious standards, even that lawyers weren't allowed to advertise, but they're pretty much all gone to legalism now." The last guy to actually say something like that, by the way, was one whose only loss was overturned upon finding the judge in bed with the other side in a case. Most of his career he acted as a lawyer's lawyer and these days he actually advises and counsels other lawyers on exactly how the system is most rigorously gamed.

Substance being over form, threatening to drag someone through the legal system over a perceived wrong regardless of it being rigorous for the fear of not being seen to defend you IP when the damn instance under review is, by virtue of not obtaining to the same mechanisms of the IP, not the same process and mechanisms, sounds plenty like an unlawful threat to me--that lawyers threw-out their metaphysics books laughing how stupid everyone is to believe that it was worthless while openly embracing legal "realism" (by which they mean, "cyncism," or "will to power") in the law schools largely tells me what I need to know about that "judgement" regarding ethics. (That a bunch who espouses along with other intellectuals the uselessness of philosophy while openly practicing a particular kind meshing realisms, authoritarianisms, statisms, and monisms also evinces that we're degraded quite badly.)

I am not saying they shouldn't be vigorous. I am saying, however, they need to be rigorous and about more than appearances--but then, with the judges we get and the quality of their peers, it isn't surprising why appearances become more important. :( Actually, I'm working (besides typing this) on going through judicial reviews by lawyers to vote between judges.

Beyond that, I really do appreciate the information on the more technical terms and the contemporary-stance. Please feel free to enlighten me (and the rest) any way you know. A lot of my understanding is pattern-matching and picking-up intel and insight from others in these fields and I know the phenomena and understandings are not universal.

Regards.

about a month ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

infinitelink Re:Oh, another one (124 comments)

They should know that IP doesn't cover educational or research uses even of intellectual property. My response would be to call upon the bar of any lawyers involved to dis-bar the lawyers, as well as sue for mis-use of their credentials in unlawful threats, among other things--how to actually label the crimes depends on the jurisdictions involved. They get complacent when we say "this is just a normal/standard tactic by an entity attempting to stop activity/exposure it doesn't like, but it's safe to ignore" rather than "this is an attempt at unlawful suppression of information and threats of harm for lawful activity under colors of authority and in the name of the law" and responding appropriately to threats with action.

about a month ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

infinitelink Re:Are those Amazon sales legitimate? (345 comments)

Fox is biased and MSNBC is biased, but only one promotes disinformation along with their bias - and refuses to correct their mistakes (if they're even accidental at all).

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Christ hedges calls MSNBC "the mouthpiece of the Democratic party." I am not a socialist (as he) but I respect the hell out of the guy's work (even if I find flaws in the "managed democracy" theory) and advocacy. MSNBC on the other hand?

about a month and a half ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

infinitelink Re:Translation... (193 comments)

I'm blowing a mod point for this but my reply below (a) comes from personal experience, and (b) is why you don't drop stages in the development of medicines:

Even if a treatment gives them cancer, or HIV, or leaves them with something like chronic fatigue syndrome, they're still going to enjoy quality of life better than they would if they're dead.

How about an immune system that attacks its own body endlessly such that treated subjects balloon every day to twice their normal surface area, losing enough body heat to go into shock; but in addition, this feels like being stabbed and burned--everywhere--at the same time, and nothing really stops it? In addition, there is no posture in which a recipient can place himself for relief? In addition, ...

There are worse things than death, fatigue, and aids--and practically all of them happen to be related to the fact that the body can auto-attack using (literally) chemical warfare.

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

infinitelink Re:Disturbing (742 comments)

Don't sever the cable--depending on the configuration there might be power running through it. You might also kill the connection to some other household/s (though it should not be set-up that way), and without knowing it the prior owner may have signed-away certain rights to permit them to run the cable on/over/through your property (even without State legislation). It's basically just a mess in these regards, but don't go touching cables you don't know about***. (e.g. guy at [company big] decides to wire-up cables outside one day when ZAP...theoretically safe position and activity wound-up not being so due to inserters-of-power running through cables and killing the poor bastard outside because they were still live: I was at meeting for [company big] the following day when we were informed about the misfortune being found a few hours later out in the back yard by the household owner going "where'd my technician go?") So I repeat...don't go touching cables/configurations that you do not know about***. Just don't do it--power could be coming from somewhere on your property, or from their unit outside. (***Unless, of course, you **really** know what you're doing but, then again, so did that level X--where X is the highest number we had but not a roman numberal--technician.)

about a month and a half ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

infinitelink Re:Gladwell (192 comments)

Interestingly, I knew a guy whose high school conductor began screaming "stop" one day, pointed the baton at him, and said, "you will never amount to anything." His reply (in his head, he didn't want to get some teeth knocked out) was, "I'll show you, you son of a b!*ch." Fast-forward maybe 20-25 years later, and not only had he played in the Navy band designated for the president's events, but opened and purchased Jazz clubs throughout New York, which he eventually sold for so much that, by the time he was teaching us in middle school, he walked-in every day with a few thousand dollars in equipment, repairs, and sometimes additional in music for the library he was building ("stamp it all with the school's stamp", he would tell me--I was also his assistant). A couple of years later in high school, I heard he was retiring to his yacht--the whole district knew as apparently he was a huge driver, all on his own, of the music programs, funding, etc. Did I mention, he could pick-up even instruments he knew nothing about, fiddle with them a few minutes, then begin to play them like a pro?

about 2 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

infinitelink Re:ProfessorA emeritA (191 comments)

Why is this rated to 0? It's a true statement--not something to downmod. Downmoding such a comment, I'm sure, actually bespeaks ignorance or violation of the terms of modding! And while that's not new for /., it's still something to have the actual admins take a look at. It's especially problematic, though, since it's a true statement.

While it is preferable to follow certain rules of grammar for use of Latin phrases, that is within the confines of acceptable English practice. "Profesora" has not, in fact, ever been used--as far as I am aware--in the English language, as an English term. Not, at least, enough to be conventional rather than eccentric. These days, perhaps all the more due to it being Spanish (though being in the Western US where we have a lot of Spanish speakers, perhaps I'm just reinforced given that perception; the east coast, on the other hand, tends not to know jack about Spanish from our POV). I am okay with it to the extent someone would have a Latin or Romance background, but the significations associated with "professor" vs. "profes[s]ora" aren't quite the same, so from that POV I would avoid it myself since it would seem to be a mis-communication, therefore an error.

And "-a" isn't even a solid indication, in English, that a term is actually a feminine for Latin. ("-a" isn't even just feminine in Latin, depending on case!). It *frequently* is in Spanish, but not enough for someone without the prior knowledge. For the last three or so centuries, however, even when Latin was widely taught, been acceptable to mix Latin forms as properly understood or most likely to be, rather than force correctness based on the classical Latin forms (and I have critiques on usage dating back over a 100 years in my personal library), so I don't get the hostility: oversensitivity to "correctness", to me, bespeaks being a poseur--as is often the case in English grammar.

It all seems like the pedantry of correct for case with "I and me" without regard for the actual use-intentions of the personal speaking English, given that the complaints are often applied to usages which antedate the oldest grammars and indicate a different mode of thinking altogether--i.e. evince a feature of English-speakers' mind that doesn't even exist in other classical languages. (Even modern, simplified English, possesses pre-classical features, and actual mixtures of features that span several language families, that ante-date the periods of major influence by Romance and Latin upon the Teutonic, e.g. altering mid-vowels to change tense, not just endings). It's the...gilded age of English armchair philology and grammatical-wishful thinking by the sophomorically over-read and over-credentialed, regarded only for being critics and clever...just not "right."

But in general, critiques of English usage typically proceed out of posing rather than expertise. It's a long-standing tradition in Anglophonic countries, and unfortunate for all the confusion has bred. e.g. I was recently standing in line at a post office and literally stood next to two old women, one who had been warned against the horrific error in saying "dug" rather than "digged", and the other warned contrarily about the error of "digged" over "dug." Both were also pissed I wouldn't take their side...or amused that I could explain the history of that "issue" though a young man, and that the other was so stupid to prefer a "non-word" they had never encountered. I actually found myself in disbelief that either could have suffered such limited exposure.

about 2 months ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

infinitelink Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Ouch! Those kind of errors aren't simply superficial, they're indicative of jacked-up plumbing. It's like sewage going into the freshwater pipes at several points. Poor KDE users. :(

about 2 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

infinitelink Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

Go away agitator. These are tactics right out of Stalin's regime.

about 2 months ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

infinitelink Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

Is this irony or sarcasm or just some other kind of fun that is meant?

about 3 months ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

infinitelink Re:English usage (97 comments)

The issue you're complaining of is one that isn't resolvable within English without either (a) awkward or unwanted redundancy or (b) a significant modification to add markers to the grammar. Consequently, the grammar here is classic in form; besides the fact that, psychologically, the meaning is understood, the rule is that the pronoun takes as its antecedent the closest noun; a supporting rule (that for purposes of avoiding ambiguity actually frowns on the spoken grammar's usage in speech where "they" is employed as a singular--not it's a dumb rule if one is using writing to imitate speech, such as in dialog) is that the pronoun and antecedent must match in number--thus no "use of 'they' to avoid SEXIST!!!(F***ING PATRIARCHCAL BIGOTS, RAAAAAR!!!!) pronouns" made-up "RULES!!!!" by the insane imposed on the usage of everyone else. (I say that despite using 'they' all the time in speech--in writing, nay!) For the prep. phrase "of them" we know "average baby" is singular and therefore "of them" must apply to the earlier "diapers", likewise for "they/'ll" which does not need follow the phrase nor would be--if the writing is any good--taken as applying to "baby."

about 3 months ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

infinitelink Re:So ... (218 comments)

Your parent actually is that counter example, you failed to comprehend it.

How so? Hubris meant an especial sort of ignorance for imagining one is godlike, like the gods, may ignore the gods...it's use as mere insolence, overconfidence, or neglect of the dangers one may encounter, is to empty the word of any special meaning and make it superfluous--but people then proceed to use it because it SOUNDS educated and special. :\

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

infinitelink Re: You're doing it wrong. (199 comments)

If by "plenty of areas to improve" they meant the code and interfaces, then I agree with your statement: the end-users need something stable, minimum for 1-2 years. THAT DOESN'T MEAN SEPARATE VERSIONS CAN'T BE MADE! largely relying on the same codebase, it's just that when a large groups signs-up at first they need to be able to learn and keep a solid set of expectations.

If by "plenty of areas to improve" they simply meant the documentation for business use, however, then it just means they need the documentation improved.

about 3 months ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

infinitelink Re: So ... (218 comments)

Okay, I hope I've misunderstood you. I work in genomics research, and your post seems, on its face, misinformed at best. Are you seriously suggesting that the computer modeling common to physics and chemistry can be applied to biological systems?

Obligatory, https://xkcd.com/793/

Always keep in mind that physicists operate on a different plane in their own world dealing with quite different formal objects (or aspects) of "things" but they don't know it.

about 3 months ago

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Learning to Program

infinitelink infinitelink writes  |  more than 7 years ago So I'm a busy student seeking pre-med while also trying to keep-up with hobbies and things important to me. Since I've never written a slashdot journal here is my basic info: My major is biology, with bio-medical sciences and spanish as minors, which is why I find a lot of the slashdot-users' comments on biology and the state of it amusing: on that note, I'll defend just about anyone who is being unfairly attacked-mainstream or not, or whether or not I agree with them. Please, slashdotters, this gets to be a real bore: I'm VERY tired of people trying flapping their mouths in debates such as the Evolution vs. ID one in America when their exposure is the aweful textbooks and to fanciful literature by the likes of Richard Dawkins the "evangelist", (i.e. the most religious atheist I know of these days, and who attacked on of the most respected thinkers and philosophers of biology in the world for a differing opinion, relegating the guy to a "former" great thinker: something totally abhorrent and inconceivable of deserving any respect). Stephen Gould, however, is very well-known, Carl Sagan was a brutally honest intellectual, and for balance try Michael Behe (formerly an atheist but became and ID-proponent), though Behe's worthwhile writing can be quite technical and in my opinion requires a background in cellular biology to appreciate: not *necessarily* to "understand", mind you, but to "appreciate". I won't advocate anyone here, for now, just throw some names. Other than that, I'm a Windows user, mainly, though I'd like to switch to linux full-time. Last year I managed to wipe-away my boot record and had to use a knoppix CD till I could find some documentation on how to use one of its programs to restore said record and it was great, no crashes, no glitches: and using Ubuntu it was the same! But it always seems that the progress in OSS is never satisfactory. Hype gets built-up and then...dissapointment. Features proposed in the likes of Ubuntu which should be top priority get defferred. Meanwhile a bunch of people tit-for-tatting like little kids fight over Gnome vs. KDE, to which I might add, from a purely business and technological perspective, KDE appears, upon examining features and technical merits, policies, and history, to be far superior: I was a business major for a while till it got boring. It is precisely for those dumb fights that, when I asked (visitors who gave lectures), CEOs said they avoided OSS, especially because of the rebellious punkishness at-heart which just destroys any facade of teamwork: similarly I've read many complaints that Gnome rarely accepts advice or submissions by anyone! So those are some very incomplete rants, but with that background information: I'm REALLY tired of waiting-around for projects to move-forward, for KDE on the likes of Ubuntu to catch-up, and etc. A programmer friend of mine has a linux shell-programming books she said I can have, but since I'm going into the medical field (which is using more and more Unix/Linux systems) I'm wondering, how do I learn to program and troubleshoot for these platforms? Where do I start? I'm not interested in slow progress, either: I took Java back in High School and I'd started to understand it, barely (the teaching wasn't great) but was interrupted by cancer. I'm interested in comprehensive stuff so that I can jump wherever I want/need and get things done. The OSS programmer-types are the guys encouraging people to jump-in and contribute, so fine, though I ask, once someone learns this stuff, how are they supposed to do anything with the poor documentation? OSS is miserable in this regard: professional businesses usually require tons of docs, as far as I know, for everything a programmer does--at least, according to some of the computer-guys around my university, but Linux and OSS seems void: not always, but at the least it seems its philosophy is "code first, explain later", though it makes it near-impossible to enter. I'd like to look at something and be able to see what it is, what it does, etc, then look-up the appropriated sources on "why" so that I can figure-out this whole programming game. You'd think linux would have a low barrier to entry, considering cost, but time and effort are another thing: not docs means little progress. Like I said, I'm tired of sitting-around, and I don't wonder at why people flee Linux and such: as useful as something might be it still creates a lot of painful headaches. Microsoft has the likes of MSDN, linux? So advice!? What, how, suggestions, and what experience do you guys have? Nothing childish, please, but if anyone can please think it through carefully, I want resonably helpful advice here. If I sound condescending it's not to you guys, I'm just frustrated here: Windows can't do the simple things I want without a lot of hassle or a chunk of change for software that only exposing feature built-into my OS already, while Linux is always dragging its feet and focusing on crap that's useless for anyone needing to do professional work. Forgive me that this thing is so long. Anyone else similarly put-off or frustrated with similar developments, and how do you deal? Thank you very much for your time, and good day. inLiNk

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