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Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 314

by St.Creed (#49572317) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Cost of a crown on top of an implant in The Netherlands, without insurance (so yes, you can come over here and get it, just add some money for flight and hotel): between 1900 and 2500 euro. In total. So for four dental implants WITH CROWN your mother would spend at most 10.000 euro, if she was uninsured. I'm pretty sure this can be negotiated down a bit if she wants four, or a bit higher if she has health issues.

(source: http://www.implantaat.nl/koste...)

In Blegium, it's cheaper (and just as good): http://www.kaakchirurgie-anna....
Yes, that's that's about 2000 euro for 4 implants...

I think you might want to show those prices to your mother's dentist and ask him to reconsider his pricing. Failing that, I'm pretty sure you can get a nice Euro-trip and implants for around 5000 euro total.

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 299

by St.Creed (#49550753) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

48kWh... must be a house in the US. ... In The Netherlands, the average electricity use for a family of 2,2 persons is about 3500 kWh/year, or about 9,6 kWh per day. That's around 20% of the energy use of an average house in the US.

Perhaps in the US you don't need batteries or solar energy as much as you need decent insulation.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 309

If you reuse copyright material you aren't being very creative.

I may have misinterpreted your statement, but with sampling this has always been the default argument: that it was re-use of material under copyright. This POV has been validated in lawsuits.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 309

The defense presents exhibit A: "Paul's Boutique" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul%27s_Boutique)

"The album's rankings near the top of many publications' "best albums" lists in disparate genres has given Paul's Boutique critical recognition as a landmark album in hip hop."
"most of the samples used on Paul's Boutique were cleared, easily and affordably, something that [...] would be 'unthinkable' in today's litigious music industry."
"This type of sampling was only possible before Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc., the landmark lawsuit against Biz Markie by Gilbert O'Sullivan, which changed the process and future of hip hop sampling."

Creating something new from existing things has ALWAYS been the mainstay of most artists - disguising it as something completely new has been the province of the superior artists.

Comment: Re:Too late; already sold my EVO's on eBay (Score 1) 72

by St.Creed (#49478253) Attached to: New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month

If this represents a real business workload, I would be kind of curious to know what kind of a workload you'd have to present to a stripe set of SSDs to see the effects of this performance bug. The linked article shows some kind of performance graph hitting a low of 100 MB/sec sustained read. A raid 0 stripe would be close to 200 MB/sec sustained read at worst. Maybe you'd notice it, but it seems like a pretty unusual workload that would expose this.

I recently hit 600 MB/s disk throughput on our current test database (the interface limit). I was trying to do an incremental load of machine logs that have 16 datapoints per discrete item - and the machines process tens of millions of items per day. The datamodel wasnt as smart as it should have been, and the database had incorrect analytics, leading it to the conclusion that walking through the entire table (250GB data) row-by-row was a smart move...

But that was on a small sample of the data, so when we load two years of machinelogs, we're going to see if we run up against the limit again. We hope so - that should wipe the smile of the faces of those smug storage operators :)

Comment: Re:The truth is, as always, more complicated... (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by St.Creed (#49461849) Attached to: Spain's Hologram Protest: Thousands Join Virtual March In Madrid

It may also have something to do with the attempts by the conservative government to remove peoples rights (said law is a good example), including abortion rights. And their economic policy is a mix of insane boondoggles (transporting water from one part of the country to another) and attacks on trade unions.

That doesn't mean the economy shouldn't reform, but the current proposals are, IMO, pretty one-sided.

Comment: Re:Stack Overflow? (Score 1) 428

by St.Creed (#49430129) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

If you can see that poin coming, and plan ahead, you can start a company and move into a position where you can do whatever you want (scratch your itch), without having to go through external financing rounds or getting loans from the bank - the last thing has been fatal to a lot of startups recently, when the banks had to take back the loan due to new rules.

Comment: Re:Stack Overflow? (Score 2) 428

by St.Creed (#49427799) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

If you are a consultant and have some other consulting friends, and a good plan, you can just start out with founding a small consulting firm and then hiring a few other people as work picks up (assuming you're good at what you do). After a while you can spend more and more time on either product development, management or other activities, as you see fit.

This is the pattern I've seen for many small firms I work with. There's no reason it can't work for others.

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