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Comment just a record passed around like a cheap whore (Score 3, Insightful) 6

The first Lego tower was built in London in 1988, since then Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo and Munich have been among the cities which have held the title.

That's a pretty fucking ingenious scam Lego's got going there. Each year, go to a new city and ask "wouldn't you like to have the world record for the world's largest lego tower?". And sales go through the roof in the host country until it's time to move the record onto the next country...

Comment Re:Enough already (Score 1) 243

Displayport is multilane (and Displayport 1.2 has twice the number of lanes as Displayport 1.0), and per spec has enough aggregate bandwidth (with 1.2) to drive a single display at 3840x2160 x 30bpp x 60hz. But, I'm not aware of any devices that actually supports that at this time.

Comment Re:A Libertarian World (Score 1) 2058

Again, IANAL, but, from wiki:

A contract is voidable if the innocent party can prove that it had no other practical choice (as opposed to legal choice) but to agree to the contract.

In the above hypothetical scenario of someone who's house is burning down, there is no pratical choice but to accept whatever demands the fire department makes. Someone could always find another doctor.

Comment keep the existing setup and virtualize it (Score 2, Insightful) 655

keep the existing setup and virtualize it (vmware is nice, but, xen is free)
upgrade the vm host hardware as needed or as necessary, instead of upgrading a machine that should really be left alone.

1) minimal effort needed on your part
2) your dad doesn't need to learn new software as it is exactly the same, and all the data is retained
3) hardware upgrades are transparent to the client vm (hopefully)

(but, don't forget to routinely backup the data on the vm like any other machine though)

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.