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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 334

I wonder how that would go..

If we got rid of those damned banks, we would have to come up with a financial policy that encouraged manufacturing, since we do not have any raw materials and there is not much farm land either.

I fail to see how not having banks bleeding us dry would be a bad thing. (How many negatives can you get in a sentence?)

Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 1) 352

by Anne Thwacks (#49756951) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
All you lamenting the failure of OS/2 are forgetting the horror that was PS/2 - the machines were fantastic, but incompatible with any peripherals you actually had, or had a reasonable chance of being able to buy.

And IBM wanted to charge silly money for the licence to make peripherals.

This was the ultimate demonstration of locking out third parties as a way to derail your project. Shame the lesson has not penetrated a few console manufacturers.

Comment: Re:At the companies I've worked with... (Score 0) 263

by Anne Thwacks (#49746137) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
Taking classes or learning on your own doesn't count.

No, but it facilitiates "stretching the truth a bit" - after a few Python Youtube videos, that Perl project could easily become a Python project, and nobody would be the wiser. As for "Some PHP contact" and "major league PHP scoring" - it should be clear from most PHP which is written on most CVs. The HR dept probably can't tell PHP from Baseball anyway. If they can, - well, you just have to apply somewhere else.

And you may need to cut that lawn.

Comment: Re:One-time pads (Score 1) 204

by Anne Thwacks (#49735243) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption
The data you're XORing against could be something as common as the Bible.

That is information likely to be of use to a terrorist. Prepare for a long prison sentence - complete with spelling mistakes, and possibly unlimited, since the police are not very good with punctuation and grammar!

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 386

When digital fails it is nice to have a backup plan.

No need at all. If you are kinnapped my mad extremeists, you can rely on them to give you MS products to plan your escape/keep your sanity. It just happens. Stuck in the backwoods with nothing but hungry bears? You can always find a Windows install on a nearby bush. MS products are everywhere didn't you know?

(And no, I am not on your lawn, just quite near, and slightly above it).

Comment: Re:nobody saw it coming... (Score 1) 335

by Anne Thwacks (#49721833) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value
Government intervention can make business cycles experience milder highs and milder lows

Government intervention can make pigs fly. However, I am not sure that is a good thing either.

More likely, the government is composed of not-very-smart people with their snouts in the trough, who are will stuff things up. There are precidents.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor