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Comment Re:And what's the problem here? (Score 1) 826

Drug cartel members are not afraid of law enforcement with fully automatic weapons so of course they are even less afraid of US citizens who are mostly only allowed to possess semi-auto firearms.

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I don't think these drug cartel members will run the other way if I try and spray them with pepperspray or hit them with a bat, a gun will make them think twice though.

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So if they aren't afraid of fully automatic weapons, what do you have that makes them think twice?

Comment RIP Windows Mobile (Score 1) 226

Windows Mobile is just another ball that Microsoft dropped, and Windows Mobile 7 isn't going to bounce that ball high enough to catch again. It'll soon be used only by employees of corporates who are trapped in the Microsoft ecosystem, who'll all have their own Apple/Android phone in the other pocket.

Microsoft have had years to catch up to Apple, and failed miserably. Android is evolving faster than either - I have a Nexus One and in my opinion it demonstrates Android has already overtaken Apple. I predict Microsoft will buy RIM to try and bolster their market share, but that it'll soon be a two-horse race between Apple and Android.

So smart move, Mozilla - no point flogging that dead horse.

Comment Re:And what's the problem here? (Score 2, Interesting) 826

I don't disagree in general, our system would have worked much better as is if that had remained the case. But we're well past that point. People expect insurance to pay for everything. And because of that, pharmeceuticals have skyrocketed in price to where it isn't really optional anymore. Even normal costs like doctors visits have risen greatly due to that fact, and the fact that insurances demand an X% discount (so they just inflate their costs to match). We no longer have a choice- people can't afford to pay cash and an attempt to change insurances back and hope the prices fall would end in turmoil. It'd shatter the economy, and people would die for not affording meds in the meantime.

The other place I disagree with is for the very poor- a doctors visit even at inflation adjusted prices of 30 years ago would be a significant cost to them and any just society would need to at least partially subsidize it.

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Submission + - Solid PDF Editors?

kayetech writes: My company is looking to cut costs in the current recession. One of the things we are looking at is software licensing costs. We currently use Adobe Acrobat Pro to create and EDIT PDF's. Not all of the PDF's that we edit were created by us, so we cannot rely on a PDF to be made into a form that we can fill out. I have been researching options, and a few programs have come up as possible replacements for Acrobat Pro: Fox-It Editor, NitroPDF, and Abdio PDF Editor. Has anyone used these programs? How do they compare to Acrobat Pro? Are there other programs that I am missing that are cheap and/or free that allow a user to edit a PDF whether it is a form or not? Thanks!

Comment Re:grep and emacs integration (Score 1) 412

ZOMG! that's awesome! I've been using emacs for years, and never quite figured this out! SO helpful. no more saving things to a file called "foo" and dropping to a terminal to run wc, etc. :)

also...rectangles are the shit! every time I show friend some emacs, this is one of the first things i give 'em. they never cease to be amazed :)

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White

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