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Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 1) 742

by Darktan (#49769593) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

sovereign countries can NOT declare bankruptcy and refuse to pay

What are you talking about? That is the definition of sovereign. Of course they can refuse to pay. They just can't expect favourable interest rates afterwards.

Argentina is kind of a bad example. They had huge inflation through the '80s, then locked their currency to the US dollar through the '90s to compensate. This made their position much worse, as they needed to be able to devalue their currency to keep what industry they had competitive. The default was just an unavoidable consequence of decades of economic stagnation and bad policy. They were screwed before the default, and surprise, surprise, are still kind of screwed after.

It's just a trade. You trade your ability to borrow money in order to drop the obligation to repay past debts.

Comment: Re:Summary of above post (Score 1) 287

by Darktan (#49251575) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

But you don't really need 40,000 GPS receivers, you just need one, and put the antenna up on the roof. Then you have one computer attached to it that keeps time, and all the others can sync from it over your network.

I suppose with that many clients, your time computer might get overloaded, so we better create a second tier of load balanced servers that can query the tier 1 time computer thingy, and serve requests out to the rest.

The scheme just needs a name. Lets call it the Network Time, umm, Program. There. Done.

Comment: Re:Easiest way... if you have money to burn (Score 1) 267

by Darktan (#48430531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
You forgot the /s.

If that wasn't intended to be sarcasm, note that the price for a five year old quad core machine on that site averages about $1200. You could get a new quad core i7 for two thirds that price. In short, prices for Macs represent terrible value, and have since about 2005.

Comment: Re:By Country (Score 2) 199

by Darktan (#47868059) Attached to: China's Island Factory
The dreadnaughts effectively were made obsolete in the First World War. They were forced to stay far enough out to sea as to avoid the small, cheap, torpedo boats. By the time the Second World War rolled around, battleships couldn't safely leave port except in cloudy weather, or risk destruction by land based aircraft.

I suspect aircraft carriers are where the battleships were in the First World War. Great for force projection against lesser navies, but have to stay far from shore to keep from being overwhelmed by small, cheap, missile boats and land based missiles and aircraft. As always, you can't know until you try.

Comment: Re:Control vs. Prosperity (Score 2) 119

by Darktan (#46241561) Attached to: A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

Wait. What does Capitalism have to do with democracy? Some Capitalist countries, especially the richest ones, are democratic, but democracy is by no means a required part of the Capitalist economic system.

A better statement might be to say that central planning of economies doesn't work. While central planning is a typical feature of Communism, they aren't always the same thing.

Comment: Re:Their API's are exactly what you would expect (Score 1) 53

by Darktan (#43901741) Attached to: GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

I find the truth is almost the opposite. The REST API is pretty good, at least compared to anything the OGC has put out. While ESRI's tools are okay for authoring maps, their server software is some of the worst crap I've ever had to work with. It's slow, and buggy. And slow. Map tile generation takes 7000 longer than on open source software, on the same hardware.

While technically all their stuff is documented, they have a nasty habit of creating a new documentation portal for every major release. And Google always takes me to the version from three releases back.

Rather than standardization, I just want a way to take a map document and turn out cartocss, or mapnik styles.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972