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Review: Civilization V

mc moss Re:Not buying (399 comments)

No need to be dismissive. Whether you like it or not, Steam is DRM. I also refuse to buy any game that requires Steam.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Enrolls His Kids In Khan Academy

mc moss Re:Gates complains a situation he created (286 comments)

This is why I left the tech sector and went straight into finance. That along with the ridiculous job requirements (must know every language under the sun) & ageism, staying in the tech sector for the long run didn't seem like a good idea.

Still code as a hobby though :)

about 4 years ago

Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac"

mc moss 360 (348 comments)

Yet he has no trouble putting his games on the 360...

more than 4 years ago

US Air Force To Suffer From PS3 Update

mc moss What Suffering? (349 comments)

"Sony's decision had no immediate impact on the cluster; for obvious reasons, the PS3s are not hooked into the PlayStation Network and don't need Sony's firmware updates. But what happens when a PS3 dies or needs repair? Tough luck."

The PS3 stopped supporting linux installations when they introduced the PS3 slim and stopped making the original one. Why is this even news?

more than 4 years ago

Bio-Detector Scans For 3,000 Viruses and Bacteria

mc moss Re:Huge implications (103 comments)

"LLMDA can ensure food, drug and vaccine safety and help diagnose medical problems"

That's just one of the selling points. If an attack does ever occur, this will be of tremendous help.

more than 4 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Attracting Young Developers

mc moss Re:bad attitudes (742 comments)

I know a few people who have been turned away from Linux whenever seeking help online from linux users. The whole "you're stupid if you can't figure it out" attitude by some users is really off-putting.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

mc moss Re:And this is why I don't buy Apple (711 comments)

Most geeks don't, at least when it comes to the iphone. However, for most of the population, the requirements are different. They are not worried about "openness" (or Linux would have a much larger market share) but want something with a slick UI and is easy to use.

more than 4 years ago

Chicago Mayor Calls For "Brainiac High"

mc moss Re:Missed the mark (419 comments)

I take it you have no clue at all about the science job market.

You work your ass off in college, then grad school, and are often required to do a post-doc these days. For what? You have a snowballs chance in hell getting tenure these days, and there is little stability in industry (especially biotech/pharma which I'm familiar with). And even if you have the PhD that is required for the job, if you don't have the right specialization, you can forget about getting the job. Add in the fact that companies are off-shoring or brining in H1B workers, why in anyone in their right mind do a science PhD?

There's a reason why if you go to the grad department of any university, it's filled with people from China and India with few if any Americans. There are no decent paying jobs for all the training and schooling required.

I know plenty of science PhD's. A lot of them still have the interest and love for science, but regret going down that path. It's hard work, little pay (compared for the training), heavily dependent on funding, and little prestige (compared to a doctor/lawyer/ibanker).

more than 4 years ago

EA To Charge For Game Demos

mc moss Re:It's the Polyphony Digital model! (313 comments)

I wonder if you actually played GT5: Prologue. It had more content than some finished racing games put out by other companies.

more than 4 years ago

Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

mc moss Re:Monopoly position to overcharge for their softw (266 comments)

No, actually it's nothing like that. Reading a book doesn't require anything proprietary and it doesn't have to work with other software, etc.

But I'm sure you have more knowledge about the case than the judge who made the decision.

more than 4 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

mc moss Re:Border Control only? (1040 comments)

And the fact that South America never held the Olympics before.

more than 4 years ago

Feds Ask IT Execs To Throw Away Cellphones After Visiting China

mc moss Re:Such respect for IT! (382 comments)

Maybe he just has sensitive material about his company on the laptop. I've seen people in management who don't let anyone in the company, even IT, look at their laptops and it isn't because they think the IT department is incompetent or have no respect for them.

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No TCP/IP Patches For XP

mc moss In other words (759 comments)

"not feasible"

yeah right, more like MS wants people to move onto Windows 7

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Launches Its Own Open Source Foundation

mc moss Three Words (344 comments)

Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

about 5 years ago

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slacking

mc moss healthcare (235 comments)

"Another business he believes to be ripe for disruption is health care. He complains that the industry seems to innovate much too slowly. The lack of proper electronic medical records and smart âoeclinical decision systemsâ bothers him, as does the slow-moving, bureaucratic nature of clinical trials. He thinks pharmaceutical firms should study the fast âoeknowledge turnsâ achieved by chipmakers, so that the cycles of learning and innovation are accelerated."

I don't think this guy understands how the healthcare industry works. We can implement a change with electronic medical records but when it comes to clinical trials and drug testing, it is not just bureaucracy that slows it down. The very nature of using human subjects as opposed to electronic devices means doing long and thorough testing, and we still don't have a complete picture of how everything fits together in the human body.

about 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

mc moss Hold on a sec... (1089 comments)

Buying stocks in companies that make chairs.

more than 5 years ago

The Battle Between Google and Facebook

mc moss Facebook will begin to fade just like myspace did (202 comments)

I don't see facebook as anything else other than a fad that will begin to go away. I already deleted (not just disabled) my fb account and know many other people too after graduating college.

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Liver Transplant

mc moss Re:So, about that "hormone imbalance"... (402 comments)

From what I understand, his hormone imbalance was most likely related to the bout of pancreatic cancer he had before. It is possible for it to spread to the liver requiring a transplant.

more than 5 years ago



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