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Comment: Re: Umm... Lulz.... (Score 1) 253

by Optic7 (#49113637) Attached to: Will Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Support Cryptocurrency In Greece?

Maybe they can't sell the stuff because no one knows who actually owns it. What chance do they have without even a proper land registry? I heard about this in a comment on The Economist, and couldn't believe it, but then found more details here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05...

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

by Optic7 (#49001263) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Like I replied to the parent post, this is non-sequitur. Every news agency in the world reported this news. No one needed to actually show the deed.

Or do you want your local news to show videos and photos of actual murders and rapes on a nightly basis? Is that what you consider reporting the news?

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

by Optic7 (#49001219) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Isn't that a non-sequitur? Every news agency in the world reported the news of this killing and described how it was done. That was enough. It's been a long-standing tradition not to show the actual moment when someone is killed, so this had nothing to do with reporting the news.

The fact that such a horrific killing was shown likely points to it having been mostly a political decision, i.e. either to make Obama look bad, to put pressure to send in ground troops or some other level of escalation, or perhaps all of the above. Kill two or three birds with one stone.

Comment: I understand. Affect vs. Effect - drives me crazy! (Score 1) 425

by Optic7 (#48973121) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake

I can understand his obsession with one particular grammar error, because I have a little bit of an obsession myself with people mixing up affect and effect. It's very, very common. I would say that up to about half the time I see someone use one of those words or derivatives (i.e., +ing, etc) they should have used the other word. Although I haven't spent hundreds (thousands?) of hours of my time to correct every instance of it that I find.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 378

by Optic7 (#48941049) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The cards that American banks are switching to are chip-based (and EMV-compatible) because of new regulations, however, the vast, vast majority of them are going to be chip-and-signature, not chip-and-pin like in Europe. This unfortunately means that the special signature procedures for Americans will continue to hold you up in line, for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 378

by Optic7 (#48941025) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The cards that American banks are switching to are chip-based (and EMV-compatible) because of new regulations, however, the vast majority of them are going to be chip-and-signature, not chip-and-pin like in Europe. This unfortunately will still lead to inability to pay at automated machines with no attendants.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 570

by Optic7 (#48875901) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

I would call their OEM licenses up to Windows 7 relatively cheap, but not super-cheap. I meant super-cheap as in $50 or under, how Apple had been pricing OS X upgrades before they went free in the most recent versions.

"It's a trap" may actually have been premature. Let's see the details first. Maybe they are just going the same route as Apple did, but the thing is they don't have the big hardware profits that Apple does, so I don't know what their plan is.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 4, Interesting) 570

by Optic7 (#48868469) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Reading that blog in more detail, I think I understand what they are doing. "Supported lifetime of the device" *probably* means that the license will be tied to the hardware and will not be transferable. Perhaps they will generally make licenses super-cheap, but not transferable? Or perhaps they will go subscription-only on new devices.

"IT'S A TRAP!" may be appropriate here. We will find out for sure soon enough.

Comment: Re:There's nothing wrong now... (Score 1) 489

by Optic7 (#48853951) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

XP had its issues, like every OS, but compared to having to run the OS on top of DOS like Windows was previously doing it was a huge improvement.

Windows 2000 was not based on Windows 9x, so did not run on top of DOS. It was instead an upgrade to Windows NT 4, with some added integration to allow Windows 9x programs to run, so it was the first OS that unified both the enterprise branch (NT) and consumer branch (9x) of Windows. So Windows XP was not new in that regard. Think of XP as Windows 2002, or Windows 2000 with a candy-like interface on top and a few other improvements. Here's an NT history for reference, showing the version progression from NT 3.1 up to Windows 10: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

The Windows 8 improvements over 7 are worth it. Speed and security to name a couple. Especially when you consider that if you really can't handle the interface you can easily download free utilities to make it look like Windows 7.

The fact is that even though people like to gripe and moan, every version of Windows on the NT branch as outlined in the Wikipedia article above has been an improvement over the previous version.

Comment: Re:Don't we already provide K-12 for "free"? (Score 1) 703

by Optic7 (#48777529) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

I would say not. In most places that I know of in the US, K-12 education is funded to a large extent by property taxes, which means that rich districts have a lot more resources than poor districts.

I did a quick search and found this very brief article about it: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wherew...

The actual proportions and differences very likely vary greatly depending on state and locality.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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