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Comment Real question: Putting your earnings to work? (Score 0) 410

* Just showed up to this post and waded through all the not-actual-question posts of people expressing themselves, ready to emit some signal amongst the noise *

I read a Vice article/video heard some interesting viewpoints from you about where people should constructively channel their anger regarding big pharma, insurance, and the abuses Congress permits to happen and how money fits into it. You've talked about how what you do provides legitimate service and benefit, and while I maintain healthy skepticism, it left me curious to learn more specifically about what you meant.

How could / would you use your financial success to promote these benefits further? Besides advice that generally anyone (or at least the /. audience) could do to take action, would you be willing to hire talented software developers (I'm lining up options for my next job, btw) to apply some data science that would both lower costs for people and provide better healthcare? Sort of like what Cambia does, but you could incubate your own operation before trying to launch a full company.

I'm full of ideas, but I'm short on time having a full job. In summary: what could you do with your money and knowledge that could help people more? Feel free to contact me about it.

Comment Re:9.1 (Score 1) 1009

No way, all my techie friends in school and I were delighted to throw win98 in the trash immediately when win2k came out. The protected memory model felt like "about damn time, whyTF waste another second with win9x turds?" while also providing the current api and interface features. And yes, we were all serious with linux (and other unices) by then too.

Everyone who needed their computer to be more than a toy was running win2k as soon as they could.

Comment Re:Or simply install Linux (Score 1) 578

Seamless integration with networks is VASTLY superior in Linux than Windows,

I'm pretty serious into Linux for multiple purposes and I rail against how craptastic NetworkManager (I call it NetworkMangler) is. Seriously, it's weak attempt at mimicking something even WinXP actually handles quite well. Pray that you never have to work with a device that generates a new mac address for itself every time it reboots, because it thinks you have a completely new device and creates new entries for it while clobbering routing for other interfaces that are in use at the time. Plus it clutters the device list. Disabling it and using traditional network interface tools is not easy either.

And proxy settings in Ubuntu? There are TWO separate places to maintain those (system and gnome settings) and the stupid gui doesn't even provide for the no-proxy list. I don't even want to think of how much time I've wasted at work helping people wrestle with getting the simple proxy settings to work correctly.

Windows explorer shell is pretty crap, but at least managing network interfaces on Windows makes Linux look bad in comparison. NetworkMangler may be fine for the basic use cases that 95% of people run into, but it gets ugly real fast for moderately complex setups.

Comment If Bill thinks iPad users are bad... (Score 4, Funny) 618

He should check out windows users sometime. They can't:
- find the very files that they just saved
- or even just browse the contents of their machine
- switch between programs without a mouse (I alt-tab and they go "woah, how'd you do that!?")
- change the toner catridge in the network printer themselves
- climb under their own dirty desks to plug things in
- be trusted to install their own software
- understand why IE is a poor choice

Yes, I did work as a support monkey for a little while.

Comment Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (Score 2) 400

I renovated a house not long ago where the late owner did a lot of work himself... poorly. Many of the outlets had their ground and neutral reversed. Sure, the world continues to spin and appliances will work when plugged into it. It could also kill a person quickly in certain situations.

I make a distinction about that being a good safety regulation imposed by law, versus speed limits where one driver can be safer over the speed limit than a less capable driver under the speed limit.

Comment True commercial success story w/ TPB (Score 1) 107

I literally just purchased $110 (minus $.02) of video games from steam yesterday after browsing titles on TPB to see what was popular. The first one was plastered with "BUY NOW" everywhere as though you could buy it and play it, and then I didn't realize until afterward it was just a preorder. (BF3). Then I bought the GTA collection and had to go through a mountain of arcane technical hassle with windows marketplace (after buying on steam) just to be able to save games in gta4.

Also the collection included two games I've already paid for in the past, but whatever.

Those artifical losses due to piracy numbers can suck it.

Comment Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

A good language makes it easy to do things right and hard to do them wrong.

Then for your paranoid sake, stay the hell away from Javascript! Actually... you'd better stay away from computers all together. Just back away slowly, and get a friend to unplug it for you. If you don't have any friends, just set the house on fire and you'll make some new ones pretty quick.

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