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Comment I realize I'm not answering the question... (Score 1) 69

but I stopped managing my bookmarks when Firefox & chrome started searching them and the text they contained. That plus google pretty much made bookmark management a waste of my time. Kinda like organizing my email. I just don't do it anymore. Use the search feature in your browser bar and give the bookmark a name with some useful keywords and blam, no more managing. If it's something you use a lot drop it in your bookmark bar. Come to think of it, that's one of the key things that keeps me on Firefox: I can drag and drop a tab directly onto my bookmark bar.

Comment There haven't been very many studies (Score 1) 353

of the effects of most other recreational drugs. Congresses banned them ages ago to stifle debate on our drug policy.

If you want a good example of an "evil" drug that isn't look at Sly Stalone's Steroid use. Sure, it needs to be done under a doctor's supervision, but he's living the life of a man in his 30s while in his 60s. Meanwhile the rest of us pleebs can't get that because baseball and football have vilified the drug.

Comment If you're a $100k/yr engineer (Score 2, Insightful) 353

such things don't apply. In America we have a multi-tiered justice system. It's pretty well documented. Wealthy and educated people get treatment programs, while poor (and let's face it, black) people get jail. It's because what we're really using our drug policy for is to keep the poors in check. Think of it this way. If your poor chances are you or one of your friends is using drugs to cope with poverty. Now, our drug laws, in particular our asset forfeiture laws are basically guilt by association. Combine that with juries that are inherently conservative (since you generally have to be well off to be able to afford to server on a jury for any length of time).

So when poor people show up in wealthy neighborhoods they not only stick out like a swore thumb, but odds are good the cops can bust them for the drugs at least one of them is carrying. This keeps poor people out of wealthy school districts and parks, and lets the wealthy enjoy their (much, much better) public services.

Basically, our drug policy is central to maintaining our class divide...

Comment I thought this was mostly (Score 1) 93

them getting rid of that horrible, horrible .Net interface.

What I'm really wondering is what the bleep were they doing before. I read this:

AMD shifted their development process for the Catalyst driver set, focusing on delivering feature updates in fewer, larger updates while interim driver releases would focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and adding new cards.

And my first thought was, how the hell else do you develop software? You put out one or two big releases a year and then fix and patch up in between. What the hell was AMD doing before Crimson? Where they completely re-writing their driver stack 3 or 4 times a year?

Comment You've never sold cars (Score 1) 456

the trouble is folks waste your time asking questions. It's right there in the summary. A good salesman could move 2 gas powered cars in the time it takes to do 1 electric. For all their bitching people enjoy wasting Sales people's time. Want to move electrics? Run a gov't program to spiff the sales man (with some new minimum wage laws so the dealers don't steal the money with pay cuts).

Comment They're not too expensive (Score 1) 456

they don't have good incentives for the Sales people. Microsoft had the same problem with their phone. Google/Apple gave spiffs to get sales folks to steer them to their phones. Microsoft didn't. So the Sales folks buried the Lumina into the deepest, darkest crevices of the store. Sony had the same basic problem with the PSP Go. I remember the hilarious demo units at Best Buy with no software whatsoever loaded on them. Just the menus and that was it.

Comment California's schizophrenic for a reason (Score 2) 456

It's huge, and it's basically split between a very right and a very left wing. They're mostly economically left wing, albeit with somewhat lower taxes that they get away with because of their huge economic output. Socially they're pretty conservative, with lots of "tough on crime" laws.

It's worth noting that when they had a Republican Governor (The Governator) they ran deficits and had a softer economy in general.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.