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Comment Touch it with a 12 mile pole. (Score 2) 76 76

You get the 12 mile military and 200 mile fishing limits for your land per international law. However, this must be land above the water. You cannot find land under the surface, dump tons of dirt on it, and claim those rights, per same law.

This doesn't mean you can't create the islands, but you can't do the 12 mile/200 mile thing. China thinks it can.

Comment Re:Didn't realize Ms Streisand was French (Score 1) 276 276

Money, being literally coins of precious metal, had intrinsic worth. Said government or bank could go to hell or lose a war, and you still have the value.

In that way, it started as merely another form of trade, a convenience to hold value from one sale until you found what you wanted to buy.

If the US went belly up, you have numbers on paper. When Kuwait was invaded, they were on a gold standard, but good luck going down to the Kuwaiti government requesting gold for paper, with a Saddam guy there.

Comment Re:Missing the big picture (Score 2) 276 276

From a US perspective, perhaps. But truth is not a defense in Europe, even for public figures (who thus use censorship to protect their power by preventing criticism.)

The legal power to silence criticism is at the core of the absolutist nature of the First Amendment. Government doesn't get to decide what kinds of criticism are permitted, by them, the people in power with police behind them.

Comment Re:better late than never (Score 0) 73 73

How do you prosecute people for not forseeing a double-whammy overcoming triple redundancy?

Humanity learns these things the hard way. And if someone imagined it later, talk to politicians and businessmen for not upgrading it, not engineers.

Also, wtf with the pylon issue, people? Just put the generators on the third floor of a mildly reinforced building, i.e. metal beams sunk into cement, details left for a sophomore civil engineer. No need for something Daffy Duck might like.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 335 335

This. The early days of the Internet were loaded with "Enter credit card number to verify your are legally an adult", and soon someone in Asia was charging stuff to you and threatening to send letters to your employer to ask why you are a scumbucket who doesn't pay their porn bills for Eatgerbilass.com.

I'm sure some politicians would be fine with that as a cryptic disincentive to something they frown upon (when preening in public, not when their wives to shopping of course) and even having to give a real name for that matter.

Comment Re:Sounds Great (Score 1) 65 65

Walmart also has the cheapest glucose strips around, about $9 for 50 of the ReLion Prime. This whomps the ass of the OneTouch generic shared among pharmacy chains, at $37/50, when I switched several years ago.

When the biggest complaint TV shows like Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park can make is they are saving people too much money, well...

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 474 474

Don't try to upgrade from Windows Update. Just don't. It'll fail. Something is borked with the download process. It'll probably be fixed in a week (or even today, maybe), but for now, to be on the safe side, just go to this link - https://www.microsoft.com/en-u... and download the ISO. Then burn it to a DVD or install it onto a USB drive of sufficient capacity, and away you go. Not sure if it would work if you mounted it to a virtual drive, but worth a try.

I updated 3 systems (a 3 year old desktop, a 2 year old laptop with hybrid graphics, and a virtual machine in VMware on a 4 year old craptop) and did not have any upgrade issues. The only problem I had was on my desktop, where I would occasionally get a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT BSOD when viewing the start menu, until I updated my AMD Catalyst drivers to the latest on the AMD site.

Some more pitfalls:

  - If you have exotic or rare network cards, graphics cards or printers, you may want to hold off to see if people with your hardware have similar problems.

  - Is your GPU (graphics card, whether it's on the CPU, on the motherboard, or an expansion card) *more than* 4 years old? If so, you may have some problems, especially if it's by Intel.

  - Do you have any programs installed which install custom software into the OS kernel ("kernel modules" / "drivers")? Things like: virtualization software (VMware, Virtual Box), VPN software (OpenVPN, SSL VPN clients, etc.), certain audio / video production software, etc? If you see anything in Device Manager that isn't actually a piece of hardware and sounds like it's associated with a program you have, chances are good that the answer is "yes". You should really consider uninstalling these programs before you upgrade to reduce the potential for incompatibility in the kernel. Then you can try to install them after the upgrade is complete, where the driver will hopefully fail to load "gracefully" and error out of the installer if it turns out to be incompatible.

  - Is your system *extremely* "hacked up", with extensive deep-running customizations to the UI, .NET framework, kernel, or other things like that? You should probably not attempt an upgrade, especially if the vendor/developer of these changes is not a well-known commercial entity with an established footprint.

Summary: If you have a computer that was purchased new with current-gen hardware within the past 4 years, and you don't have anything more than web browsers, office programs, and games installed, you should have no problems upgrading. If you have a much older computer, your risk of breakage is higher. If you have deep customizations to the OS, your risk of breakage is higher. If you're in doubt, hold off until others with similar configurations try it first and report their results. But for the love of God, use the ISO, not Windows Update, to upgrade.

This scares the shit out of me, a guy with almost 30 years of programming experience. What the hell is Grampa supposed to do?

Well, not me, I mean my grandpa. My proverbial grandpa, my real ones died before I was born. My in-law, let's say, or dad. Ok most of them are dead, too, and I guess I am the patriarch of my family now.

Ok, grampa and expert computer programmer are merged now. I do not want to burn CDs, or type on command lines, or go get drivers myself for freaking major party 3d cards. If I don't wanna deal, what is grandp...nevermind.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 2) 290 290

Do charlatans have a right to stir up fear to enrich themselves via books and useless substitutes, with no evidence of a problem whatsoever and tons of evidence in safety?

Pardon me, I have to go buy gluten-free cheeseburger buns. It must be a valid concern, right? Also, I am getting a vaccine without thimerosol or adjuvants, whew!

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a