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Comment Re: Cheap you say? (Score 2) 208

To be fair, Vista followed XP, and OS that could easily idle in under 150MB of memory, and while M$ thoughtfully forced you to push almost 1GB of memory into cache, they forgot to turn off warnings that you were running out of memory if you used up almost all your memory except the cache.

Effectively, for the end user, Vista does use up a GB or more of your RAM and complains loudly when it doesn't have it.

Comment Re: Government monopolies are not fair competition (Score 1) 239

Well... I don't know where you live or how much your house cost, but in most places, almost none of the cost is due to regulation. It is mostly property value and arbitrary markup so the builders and the dozen executives that work for them can all be multimillionaires. I say that because my father in law is one of them.

Build em cheap and price them high... daddy gotta get a new King Ranch.

Comment Re: Of course, this is natural. (Score 2, Insightful) 164

Except the two "4G" technologies and marketing that don't meet the 4G standard didn't come from U.S. carriers, they came from European and Asian carriers, who then pressured ITU-R into accepting that marketing as 4G even though it didn't meet the standard.

So, sorry to spoil your U.S. Americorp conspiracy, but we were late to the party on that bullshit.

Comment Re:Slap on the wrist (Score 4, Insightful) 494

Hmm... how about, a big message telling the rest of the free market to not fuck around with regulation and try to cheat the system. Someone, somewhere, probably many times, will say to themselves 'Well.. I could shortcut x,z,y... not legal but...' And then 'well... then again, remember what happened to VW'

I blame the long history of governments 'letting it slide' with the banks, Intel, Microsoft, and numerous other big companies for a lot of the major corporate abuses we are seeing today.

Comment Re: Why do we need a nanny state? (Score 1) 54

This is a country in which it is widely believed that you can die from sleeping in a room with a fan because the fan will soffocate you. Common sense doesn't seem widely available there, and given their other, existing nanny-state crime/drug/gun laws, this is just part for the course for them.

Comment Re:Wicked-cool Collectable (Score 1) 112

That's not true at all... $28,500 will easily buy you a low miles, few year old 135i convertible w/ M sport suspension/wheels in otherwise spotless condition and leave you money left over for many months of hookers and beer.

Or if cars aren't your thing... it'd just barely buy you a BMW S1000RR and an AR-15 with a 'fun switch' (lightning link or registered receiver).

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine