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Comment Re:Lack of profiteering (Score 1) 443 443

Oh, get off your high horse. In this case the government is just doing its job - controlling the natural monopoly up to a reasonable limit, without "hooking up" politicians' buddies. As a result, telecoms are still "profiteering" off that community-built base infrastructure, but in a proper unbiased market. Presto, lower consumer prices.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 443 443

This calls for a (+6, Lone Voice of Reason) moderation in a thread dominated by cynical US-ians fed up with their un-free-market. What the Swedish did is much closer to libertarian-style hardcore free market than any sort of "socialism". Allowing companies to actually compete? Holy shit, what a concept!

Comment Re:I am afraid, there is lack of direction for Rub (Score 1) 226 226

Because I've used C and C++ every day for the past 8 years
But you'll never solve a problem quicker by using a language you aren't as familiar with

I think the GP is trying to tell you that you need to get familiar with that other language. It takes more time, and for a good reason. You won't just be learning a new API, you'll be getting used to a new way of thinking. And programming is all about knowing the different ways of thinking.

Comment Re:how stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 378 378

I think that the parent was referring to the fact that:
* C, Perl and Ruby are mostly used to write standalone utilities and apps
* Javascript is used to script the high-level functionality of a browser (albeit to produce more apps too, sometimes)

So it's not about compiled vs interpreted, or memory management models. It's about actual practical usage scenarios. And lumping Ruby and Javascript is indeed silly in that sense.

Comment Re:The ironic catch-22 (Score 1) 311 311

Your first sentence is bang-on about the effects of first-past-the-post. But I think that it is a good idea to let one party actually have full swing in its decisions from time to time.

As geeks, we always complain about "design-by-committee" situations. I think that a bickering and fragmented parliament falls right under the same label. Another phrase that comes to mind is "analysis paralysis", except as applied to government decisions.

In general, politics are notorious for being populist and catering to the superficial wants of voters. An "imbalance" of representation that first-past-the-post allows may actually work against that populism and let gov't pass unpopular measures that actually do the job better. And I think that far too many good ideas are not even considered due to not being "sexy" enough to sell to an average voter who may not know what "fiduciary" means.

The Almighty Buck

Toshiba To Halt HD-DVD Production 494 494

Multiple users have written to tell us that Toshiba is planning to halt production of devices related to HD-DVD. According to Japanese broadcasting network NHK, Toshiba will lose "hundreds of millions of dollars" as the format war finally draws to a close. Regardless, investors are pleased that Toshiba has made the decision to cut its losses. This comes after a last-ditch price cut was unable to prevent Wal-mart from throwing their lot in with Blu-ray, although some sources suggest that Wal-mart was already aware of Toshiba's plans to withdraw from fight.

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