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  • Developer Preview Runtimes - Visual C++ 11

    The redistributables are in <drive>:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC.

  • So how much does TFS actually cost ...?

    These kind of licensing issue plague all Microsoft developers and really should be fixed.  It's too difficult to answer the boss when asked how much our tools and servers will cost. 

    It's easy to say, "buy a full Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with the highest level MSDN Subscription and don't need to worry about CALs", but trying to quantify it to show value to the boss (if it is of a fair value at all) is a rediculous exercise that we all could do without. 

    We should be able to plug in the numbers and always get the best deal possible for those numbers, immediately, and be able to buy immediately.  I hope Microsoft dogfoods the app store to sell Dev11 SKUs and just simplifies the entire process.

    (Edit: Grammar.)

  • HP changes its mind: will keep the PC division

    Sheesh, that's one of the biggest flip-flops I've seen in the biz. Perplexed 

  • Productivity Future Vision Video

    Reminds me of "This is not my Life".

  • Best use of a Kinect ever - Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator - Build & Test

    Very cool.  I can't imagine how much pain I'd be in after an hour playing an FPS ... black and blue all over. Smiley

  • HoloDesk

    Check this out. Awesome!  Smiley

    Edit:  Link

  • Microsoft and Apple

    Please close this thread mods. 


  • Is There an Afterlife?

    , ComeOnBeer wrote

    "I believe that consciousness is not necessarily restricted to the body"

    Metaphorically or technically?

    If you mean technically, then please provide some specifications other than "my friend and I wanted a peanut butter sandwich at the same time"

    Both.  Technically, because what is the difference between a program running, and a program which is not running, aside from whether or not there is an instruction being executed by an external system - the CPU?  Metaphorically, because there is obviously a difference in emergent properties of the system and program together, at least to the external observer. Wink

  • Is There an Afterlife?

    , W3bbo wrote


    I'm assuming this is a reference to the "I didn't exist before I was born, so I don't care if I don't exist after I die" school of thought.

    I'd like to mention that one does not necessarily imply the other; it exists to only make death more palatable.

    Actually, no, that's not my school of thought.  It's complicated, yet simple.  It's the words used that would make things seem complicated.  Let me attempt to state it simply.  Consider "memes" to be "spirtual molecules", and monads to be spirtual atoms, a la Leibniz.  Just as a meme can live for a time, then die, it can be resurrected; such as when a jar containing some text, or ancient greek knowledge buried for hundreds or thousands of years is resurrected into the consciousness of humanity.  Now, monads, according to Leibniz cannot be created or destroyed; they always exist.  They are just converted to information from energy, or from energy to information.  If the universe had a beginning, then all monads always existed since the beginning.  They just change forms.  Like a meme goes from thoughts to words to paper to bits etc....

    In addition, you, a monad, are only represented internally within my mind, as yet another monad, and vice versa.  Every monad has within it a kind of picture of the rest of the universe - also a monad.  I think this is how relativity works, because we all have our own internal view of time and space relative to one another, similar to how a monad has a representation of all other monads relevant to it, within it.  This is also how I think the universe can be both static and dynamic at the same time. 

    It goes deeper.

    EDIT:  Spellling Leibniz

  • Is There an Afterlife?

    , ScanIAm wrote


    Go on...

    I was just messing with you.

    However, on a more serious note ... people do need to be taught how to behave.  Don't think so?  Well, just imagine any society that you think is "backwards" or "primitive" or "barbaric" in how they treat some people.  Being nice or cruel to people is learned behaviour.  Children by nature do not share their food or toys, for instance.  Studies have been done showing this is true, almost 100% of the time until kids reach a certain age after being taught to share.  (Finding links left as an exercise for the reader.)  People would rather take less money for themselves if it reduces another persons share to be equal rather than greater than their own.  That kind of thing.

    In terms of books ... how many people would argue about Aesop's fables not being true?  "There's no such thing as talking rabbits and turtles and they wouldn't be having a race ... all BS!"  Are the stories true or false?  The point of the story, gets missed entirely when people focus on things like whether or not it is 100% historically accurate.

    I believe that consciousness is not necessarily restricted to the body, like software isn't restricted to one piece of hardware, but what that means after we die ... I don't know.  I think Kurzweil's crazy idea that eventually we'll be able to ressurrect people with technology is quite possible, but it raises a lot of philosophical and moral questions.