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May 1, 2015

Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd



Such is Microsoft’s anxiety to get developers writing for its trailing-in-the-distance mobile platforms, it did an unthinkable thing. Six times before breakfast. And several times again between breakfast and “brunch”. And then it carried on. What made it all quite surreal was that the first hour contained no indication of what was to come.

CEO Satya Nadella paddled about with a music app for Surface, like a supply teacher killing time politely. Then, after he ambled off, came lots of new Important Cloud stuff. Then the surprises started.

We got Android apps running on Windows. A Microsoft IDE running on Linux. .NET ported to Linux, too. Support for Objective C, the language that only Apple and NeXT has ever really used. Support for Google and Apple APIs - in fact, just carry on writing for Google and Apple. Wild, untamed Win32 binaries scaling the ramparts of the Microsoft Store. Phones turning into proper PCs when you plug them into a monitor and keyboard.

Somewhere underneath the stage you could imagine Steve Ballmer’s disembodied spirit howling in pain.

May 1, 2015

My Gomer Pyle "Golleeeee" moment today....

I had to go to my county courthouse to conduct some business. It's about 20 stories tall and has banks of elevators. No big deal.

Here's my moment: the elevator bank has a computer screen with instructions on how to use it, and you board the correct elevator for your floor!

GOLLEEEEE! *takes hayseed out of mouth*

May 1, 2015

going to heaven via last minute confession of sincere faith

I'm just going to relate what my ex-pastor (she moved) told me:

You can be Adolf Hitler. But if you confess your sincere faith in God before you die and wish to follow God's ways, and accept Jesus Christ and God into your heart, etc, you WILL go to heaven.

You can be a wonderful person for 99.9999999999999% of your life. You have also confessed your sincere faith in God, etc. You will go to heaven.

I'm sorry fellow Christians, but that has always bothered me. Ok, let ********* Hitler into heaven but put him in the BASEMENT or somesuch. Godwin's law violated in OP

Was she wrong ? Is this the widely accepted faith in confession and going to heaven ? Ok, I'm going to sit back and read and get educated, thanks in advance.


May 1, 2015

Are you having a good day today ?

I am, thankfully. No drama. Good health.

How about you ? Time to vent, or cry, or celebrate maybe!

May 1, 2015

Hey freepers/lurkers, this is a democratic socialist.....

Now, to compare and contrast, this is a communist

Here's a more recent example of a communist

Questions ? Got the difference ? Good. Class dismissed.
May 1, 2015

Bipolar Disorder (aka in the old days "manic depression")


Very common. If you or a loved one have it, please get treatment. My dad had it (Bipolar I, classic "manic depression&quot . Peace
May 1, 2015

President Barack Obama is the best president of my lifetime, bar none....

Better than Eisenhower.

Better than JFK (who died way too young)

Better than LBJ (because of Vietnam)

Better than that creep Nixon

Better than Ford

Better than Carter (but Carter is wonderful)

Better than Reagan, mega ugh!!!

Better than Poppa Bush, big ugh

Better than Clinton

Better than GWB, UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us give thanks to this wonderful man.

April 30, 2015

Computer nerd tip of the day: do not talk to anyone from "Microsoft" or call "Microsoft".....

especially if someone calls your home from "Microsoft". This is an old scam that's been going on for years. A lot of bad viruses/malware try to trick you. If you see weird stuff popping up on your screen, good bet you have a virus/malware.

Come talk to us in the Computer Help and Support group FIRST. Microsoft does NOT call people out of the blue, trust me. They do not offer free tech support (I know this for a fact) over the phone for "a problem on your computer". I know most of us know this, but a few of us may not know all this.

We have enough expertise in CHaS to solve most of your routine problems. If it's really difficult, we have enough sense to refer you to a shop locally.

Anyway, hopefully this helped someone.

April 30, 2015

Bruce Jenner Plans to "Return to Motivational Speaking": "He Is Going to Be a Role Model"


Bruce Jenner is taking his story on the road. After coming out as transgender in a much-lauded interview with Diane Sawyer on April 24, the former Olympian is now preparing for an E! series documenting his transition and, as a source revealed in the May 4 issue of Us Weekly, a revival of his motivational speaking career.

"It was very lucrative for him in the past," an insider told Us of Jenner, 65, who earned around $5,000 per event in the late 1970s, "and now he has a whole new audience."

Indeed, life coach Seth Rainess suggested to Us that "Bruce will be in greater demand than anybody. He could make tens of thousands per engagement."

The money isn't the main draw, though. As Jenner said during his interview with Sawyer, "What I'm doing is going to do some good. And we're going to change the world. I really firmly believe that. We're going to make a difference in the world with what we're doing."

more at link
April 30, 2015

Go, Bernie, Go! Why a socialist running for president isnít as ridiculous as you think


Why is a 73-year-old socialist from Vermont running for president when he surely knows he can’t win? Sen. Bernie Sanders has decided to take the plunge into forbidding waters for the same reason earlier socialists campaigned for the office: to protest the current order and promote major reforms his rivals either oppose or support only when doing so juices their standings in the polls.

Sanders is going to compete in Democratic primaries so he can debate Hillary Clinton and attract media that would otherwise ignore a passionate, white-haired independent with an uncompromising left-wing agenda. Not that he has much choice: Since the 1950s, the United States hasn’t had a third party capable of disseminating its anti-capitalist politics to the public at large.

During the first half of the 20th century, however, radicals like Sanders could join the Socialist Party of America, which boasted more than 100,000 members at its height. The SPA ran thousands of candidates for offices both high and low. It even managed to elect a couple of congressmen as well as dozens of mayors in locales as diverse as Milwaukee; Berkeley, California; and the little railroad town of Antlers, Oklahoma. Many of the reforms the party advocated ended up becoming law.

Beginning in 1900, Eugene Victor Debs ran five times for president, never gaining more than 6 percent of the popular vote. The charismatic former union leader crisscrossed the nation, stretching out his long arms as if to touch the admiring crowds whom he urged to destroy “the foul and decaying system” and erect a “cooperative commonwealth” in its place. But Debs’ platform also included such “immediate” demands as women’s suffrage, a progressive income tax, an eight-hour day, a ban on child labor, and a vote for the residents of the District of Columbia that no longer seem radical at all.

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