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Bas Bas It finds lightbulbs.
  • Google Summer of Codeā„¢

    razishaban wrote:
    @Jason:  quite true, yet as its an event and not an application it can't have a beta tag... unless there are any other beta events?


    I've done too many beta exams to know that the tag is, apparently, no longer reserved to just applications.

  • How to start with home automation?

    I'm looking to get into some home automation stuff. You know, control the lights and the heating, stuff like that. I'm hoping to get some stuff to run on home server so I can, for instance, turn the lights on over the internet to give the illusion of the house not being deserted, or whatever I can think of experimenting with.

    However, I'm not sure where to start. I've done some reading up but most of the stuff I can find involves complete, ready made solutions. What I'm really looking for is some cheap starter hardware and possibly some sort of SDK so I can control it all using C#. Any ideas?

  • The death of computing?

    sirhomer wrote:
    I know, it's a straw man argument, and Rory fell right into it.

    Good job not answering the question.

    Anyway, that's fantastic for you. It sure must be great to know that you did your part fixing the world and helping society!

  • The death of computing?

    sirhomer wrote:
    
    Bas wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: Those are the typical Microsoft fanboy FUD statements that get flinged all over the place. I apologize, I should assume someone like Rory is a bit more intellegent.


    Those are typical anti-Microsoft FUD statements: you're dismissing facts that don't accomodate your views as FUD. Fact is that you did make an assumption, and then spent the next paragraph debunking your own assumption.

    Granted, the assumption may be true, but usually you check your assumptions before debunking them.

    But then I guess that's all just fanboy-talk, huh?


    Ironically, Rory seeemed to agree with at least one of my assumptions, so I guess I wasn't so far off eh?


    How is that irony? I said myself that granted, the assumption may be true. The point was, again, that you don't assume and say what other people are going to say before they've actually said it, and then immediately debunk it. You wait until -they- say something, and -then- debunk.

    Crazy, I know.

  • Commodore the Gaming Icon is back !

    thumbtacks wrote:
    Apple IIc computers were better, although I always wanted a IIGS because of the improved graphics and sound.


    Nah. Real men used Atari ST's. Tongue Out

  • Look who's talking 2

    Even if Gandhi was in charge, he'd have to charge money for something. As soon as he did that: blam. Labeled as 'milking'.

  • Look who's talking 2

    True, but then again, anything Microsoft charges money for will be immediately dismissed as 'milking' by naysayers, regardless of Ballmer, Gates, Ozzie, or Gandhi were in charge.

  • Look who's talking 2

    Before Ballmer, everything bad that happened in the world was Gates' fault. Now Ballmer is in charge, and Gates is suddenly mother Theresa while Steve Ballmer is the end of all joy on earth. I think it's more a matter of 'whoever is in charge of Microsoft' than any specific person.

    Granted, he should shut up more often and try and come out with some statements about his own company rather than focus on others a bit more, but I think a lot of the negativity surrounding him is that he's just head of the Big Evil Corporation. If Ray Ozzie or even a reincarnated Mahatma Gandhi was in charge, they'd receive a disproportionate amount of flak as well.

  • The death of computing?

    sirhomer wrote:
    Those are the typical Microsoft fanboy FUD statements that get flinged all over the place. I apologize, I should assume someone like Rory is a bit more intellegent.


    Those are typical anti-Microsoft FUD statements: you're dismissing facts that don't accomodate your views as FUD. Fact is that you did make an assumption, and then spent the next paragraph debunking your own assumption.

    Granted, the assumption may be true, but usually you check your assumptions before debunking them.

    But then I guess that's all just fanboy-talk, huh?

  • The death of computing?

    sirhomer wrote:

    You are saying that Microsoft is doing absolutely nothing to stop me to use Linux. And look you are right. Despite the fact that my university teaches nothing about Linux, and despite the fact that it is almost impossible to purchase a consumer level without Windows, here I am typing this up on an open source web browser running on an open source operating system.


    Wise words.

    sirhomer wrote:

    You see that bothers me. You are going to say, "because Linux isn't ready for the desktop", or "because they don't care".


    Assumption.

    sirhomer wrote:

    That's frankly, a bunch of crap. I am using Linux AS my desktop and many people are. And we are power users. Linux does what we want and does it better then Windows did.

    And people care about Linux. If they didn't, I wouldn't have the 20 members required to start a funded organization on campus. By the way, I found twenty members in half an hour walking around the CS department. There was a LATENT interest in Linux among the CS students. I didn't spark it, I just unleashed it.


    Here you are debunking the assumption you just made yourself.


    sirhomer wrote:

    To Microsoft, a computer is a tool to steal as much money from society as possible. To me, a computer is a tool for social change, to fix the world, and to show people unreached or unknown possibilities.


    And you hope to achieve this by posting about how Microsoft is evil in a Microsoft forum?