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Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 368 368

Being unemployed in Greece, then either they would be unemployed in Germany/France which doesn't require knowing the language. Or they'll get a get a job which doesn't require knowing the language.

Or, get this, they already know German or French. Some people speak foreign languages you know.

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 262 262

You're missing something. By saying how is actually is, rather than how the Germans and French ministers wanted to portray it, Varoufakis won the referendum with a landslide victory. He's more popular with the people of Greece than any finance minister has ever been!

That's given Greece a much stronger hand. They are still going to be arguing for the same, regardless of whether Varoufakis is at the table or not.

Comment: Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 280 280

I thought that the meme was that Hipsters buy Apple products. Yet they are usually outstanding successes.

If you're looking for harbingers of failure in the tech world, I imagine it's probably neckbeards who call you people "hipsters" and keep on believing that this will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 262 262

What?! Ha! Yanis Varoufakis is the most economically qualified finance minister in Europe. Probably in the world.

Can't imagine what you base that on.

On economics qualifications of course. From wikipedia:

"In 1982, Varoufakis decided to pursue a MSc in mathematical statistics at the University of Birmingham and a PhD in economics (Essex).[11][12]

"Varoufakis was inspired to study economics after he met Andreas Papandreou, an academic economist who founded PASOK and became Greeceâ(TM)s first socialist prime minister.[7] After training in mathematics and statistics, he received his PhD in economics in 1987 at the University of Essex.

"University of Essex & University of East Anglia[edit]
Before that he had already begun teaching economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia. In 1988, he spent a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

"University of Sydney[edit]
From 1989 until 2000 he taught as senior lecturer in economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Sydney.

"University of Athens[edit]
In 2000, he accepted the offer of Yannis Stournaras to become Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens.[7] In 2002, Varoufakis established The University of Athens Doctoral Program in Economics (UADPhilEcon), which he directed until 2008."

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 344 344

How many ways does your car offer to do something? Or your TV?

Choice is not necessarily a good thing. Read The Paradox of Choice. Some choices are worth having, most are not. Extra UI always comes at a cost, and repeating functionality with various different UI methods is adding extra UI. Sometimes it's worth it, sometimes it's not. OSX strikes a good balance. "As many way's as possible" isn't a balance at all, and is a recipe for UI hell.

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 344 344

Even things as simple as being able to right click on a folder and open in a new window aren't there. The UI forces me to open a new window in a standard place such as the 'Documents' folder and navigate again, and there is just no other way that I can find.

Right click on a folder on OSX gives you "open in a new tab". With the alt modifier, you get "open in new window". 5 seconds of experimentation just found me that option that I've never wanted. Not much of a power user are you?

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 344 344

Huh? Are we talking about the same window manager which steals your input focus with modal windows? The one where I'm typing at a terminal and just when I'm about to hit return some warning message pops up and I don't even get a chance to read the message because the timing was just right for me to notice it flashing and think "fuck, what the hell I've done now again"?

No we're not. You've not actually used a Mac have you.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 656 656

Sure it is... No one had smart phones, then everyone did. Smart phones existed for years and years before they took off. Then they passed a point where the price/performance became useful, and within just a few years the majority of phones are now smart phones.

There's no such tipping point. Technology adoption looks like the the following chart. It's been demonstrated time and time again.

People may mention particular models as breakthroughs, but if you look at the sales of those models you'll see that they too ramp up as part of the sinusoidal curve. Look at the iPhone - it's seen as a breakthrough smartphone, but previous Nokia, Pocket PC and PalmOS smartphones brought the initial growth, and iPhones initial sales are nothing compared to iPhones later sales. They are still growing year on year. No tipping point happened, just the normal technology adoption curve.

For EVs we're still in the innovators segment of the curve. They'll keep ramping up till one day you realise that most people now have them. No particular breakthrough, functionality level or price required. Just continual improvement.

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 262 262

They didn't know what they were doing then, they still don't now what they were doing now, and the Greece people are suffering for it. I'd blame them for electing idiots, but it seems they didn't have much choice.

What?! Ha! Yanis Varoufakis is the most economically qualified finance minister in Europe. Probably in the world.

And choice? The Greeks have just given an overwhelming vote of confidence to their government in the referendum, giving an overwhelming no to accepting the creditors offer.

And class warfare? That's what the creditors were attempting by making the poor pay, whilst insisting on keeping tax concessions for the rich. That's both stupid and evil.

egrep patterns are full regular expressions; it uses a fast deterministic algorithm that sometimes needs exponential space. -- unix manuals