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Comment Re:Bla Bla Bla (Score 1) 179

Depends on where you live. Power cost in Australia actually makes it worth considering. For example I have a NAS which has 12GB of storage RAIDZ based on 14 drives and I'm going to replace it this holiday break because new 4 x 6tb hard drives will give me more space and the electricity cost will pay back in 18 months.

Comment Similar to Australian HECS / HELP system (Score 1) 217

Australia uses a system that is call HECS - HELP to fund students. This is provided to all students by the government and is them funding your tuition fees and then the loan recouped from your earning later in the form of a slightly higher tax rate. The loan provided has interest calculated at the rate of inflation so there are no real penalties in not paying it off quickly.

There is currently a discount of 10% applied to the education fee if you decide to pay it upfront but you are financially better off sticking the money in a bank account than taking that option.

The debt is also structured in such away that any outstanding balance is waived upon death.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 2) 128

Direct copy from wikipedia. Kinda calls out your whole 1/2 the pay bullshit argument.

From the 1930s up until 1980, the average American income (after taxes and inflation) tripled,[12] which translated into higher living standards for the American population.[13][14][15][16][17][18][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31] Between 1949 and 1969, real median family income grew by 99.3%.[32] From 1946 to 1978, the standard of living for the average family more than doubled.[33]

Average family income (in real terms) more than doubled from 1945 up until the 1970s, while unemployment steadily fell until it reached 4% in the Sixties.[34] Between 1949-50 and 1965–66, median family income (in constant 2009 dollars) rose from $25,814 to $43,614,[35] and from 1947 to 1960, consumer spending went up by a full 60%, and for the first time, as noted by Mary P. Ryan, "the majority of Americans would enjoy something called discretionary income, earnings that were secure and substantial enough to permit them to enter sectors of the marketplace that were once reserved for the affluent."[36]

Comment Re:Coren22's "APKolypse" (Score 1) 210

I know I shouldn't do this as it is picking on the disabled. But you and I have a seriously different understanding of crushed if you think Coren came off badly. Mate I don't think there is anyone on this site that gets crushed as often and as repeatedly as you do. You might think Coren has a million sock puppets that are busy downmodding you but the truth is you are the red headed step child of the slashdot family and it's you that gets crushed, not the people you decide to stalk.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 1) 181

I think you need to read about the gearing that is used by the pros. They often tune the gearing of their bike to a particular stage and have only a small number of gears to choose from while riding. You need to minimise the amount of lateral movement there is in the chain otherwise you create a huge powerloss. They even have a number of different crank lengths and will swap them as required.

Of course you can run standardised equipment if you wanted to, but personally I think it would be a huge step in the wrong direction and it would limit the approaches that people can take to win. I think you should have some basic restrictions, such as weight and length but outside of that I don't see a problem in letting manufacturers use sports as a method of improving their products.

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