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Comment Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 1) 431 431

Iceland immediately defaulted in a similar situation, they had some short term pain but they rebounded.

You know, I actually believed in this too, until recently, when a friend smelled bullshit and called me out on it. We actually went to look at some numbers, and Iceland's GDP is still nowhere near where it was in 2007. It grew 30% in 5 years, which is great, but it would still need to grow almost 30% again to reach 2007 levels. So they did, and are still paying for their default. I'll refrain from comparing the situation to that of Greece.

Comment Re:Shut it down (Score 1) 219 219

The countries did not exist but the explorers are from what today are those countries and there are plenty of them from after the 15th century, so you can substitute Spain and Italy with whatever country(ies) the explorers were from, at the time. You try again.

Comment Re:Shut it down (Score 1) 219 219

I can get to one hand only in the Europe: the Portuguese, the Spanish, the British, the Dutch and the Italians. I'm not as well versed in the history of other parts of the world, but I'm pretty sure that between Asia, Africa, and native populations of the Americas, you'll probably reach some multiple of that number.

Comment Not going back (Score 4, Informative) 175 175

Honestly, I've given up on Paypal. Back in 2009, I've had my account frozen due to using many credit cards. Since I didn't have a job, I (thought I) couldn't get an actual credit card, and used a service in my country that generates temporary credit card numbers, valid for a month and with a set credit limit*. Well, Paypal didn't like that I used more than (IIRC) 15 credit cards in X time, so they blocked my account. I've since learned that Paypal e-mail support is where messages go to die, and, through site revisions, has become almost impossible to find. So, to resolve my problem, I had to call an Irish number, where this lady basically told me "No credit card, no dice". So then silly me goes and gets an actual credit card and calls again. "Looks good. It should be OK, now" - someone else says. It isn't. The next call: "OK, reset the password from your main computer". a) My main computer was a laptop which died in the middle of this process, and I've told them this, and b) What's the point of being on the web if you're requiring people to do something from a set computer? I've reset the password and the account is still blocked, so I've given up. Luckily, I only lost a little money in this process, but I've been finding that living without PayPal is easier than I thought.

* For the curious,

Comment Re:It's not broken. (Score 1) 1154 1154

A thousand times this. Installing Windows on generic hardware is, in fact, _harder_ than installing Linux. You know every other bit of hardware you have in your system? Sorry, you've got to go get a specific driver for it, because the generic sucks so hard it makes it almost, if not entirely, unusable.

Comment Re:good riddance (Score 1) 190 190

The gist of your post is fine, but this sentence is ridiculous:

Companies that threaten alledged infringers but won't say what is being infringed really should have to forefit those patents.

If the company won't say which patents they is talking about, how are you going to those patents away from them?

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"