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Comment Re:It's their money... (Score 1) 109

The sensible goal is not to eliminate inequity but to narrow the gap to something that 'reasonable' people can live with, for example in most scandinavian countries the tax system makes it difficult/impossible for the highest paid to earn more than ~10X the lowest paid. You can still have your corporate empire but you can't suck it dry and spend it all on solid gold plumbing.

Comment Re:Pffft (Score 1) 125

Most business' neither need nor use a real time O/S. All applications that allocate random blocks of memory must find a way to deal with garbage collection, built-in GC makes it easy for the coder. Manual GC just means the coder must manage memory himself, which is mandatory on a proper real time O/S.

Comment Re:Short FPC history and goals overview (Score 3, Funny) 125

The summary says: "Twenty-three years ago, development started on the first version of the Turbo Pascal and later also Delphi-compatible Free Pascal Compiler" Perhaps you should re-read the summary, your paraphrase edits out the bit that makes all the difference???

Comment Re:Liberal Arts Guys Think Engineers are All Killb (Score 1) 488

Moonies are the best recruiters of engineers. Their recruiting technique is for a bunch of good looking Korean girls to sit down next to a nerdy-looking guy eating alone. The only reason their technique is still not all that successful is most engineers hate having their lunch interrupted more than they like hot Korean girls pay attention to them on an obvious pretext.

Comment Re:Budget (Score 2) 63

We Aussies got rid of those fucking stupid licenses in the 60's. It's 2015 for fuck sake, a telly is no longer a luxury item, it's a cheap appliance. Just fund the BBC from consolidated revenue and save a shitload on paperwork and policing. It would also save the rest of the planet from having to listen to petty complaints from ideologues who don't want one of their license pennies ending up in the foreign service budget.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 98

I thought both posts were informative, but a rocket can carry a lot more sand grains than bullets. As for the energy, here is what a fleck of paint did to the shuttle's four inch thick windscreen, they know it was paint because it was still embedded (three inched deep) in the hardened glass when they landed.

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 1) 485

They are mapping social networks, the content of the messages is relatively unimportant, as they have said themselves on a number of occasions it the metadata they want. From a military POV knowing who talks to who is far more useful than knowing what they are saying. Software can reliably extract and document these networks from enormous data sets, it's these networks that the spooks are trying to find.

The FBI used similar (manual) techniques to disrupt civil rights groups in the 60's and 70's. It's really just basic common-sense taken to the extreme, if you are fighting an organised enemy then the first thing you will want is the enemies org chart. As we have seen with Gen. McCarthy, J.E Hoover, the Stasi, etc, the problem begins when the state perceives the citizenry as the enemy.

Comment Re:Constitution? (Score 1) 588

Has anyone read it? Freedom from religious persecution is the #1 reason this country was founded.
True, but for some of the groups involved, the "religious persecution" they were escaping was being denied the ability to persecute OTHER religious groups, which once they got here they happily engaged in. Rhode Island was founded by someone banished from Massachusetts for his religious beliefs.

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