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Comment Metro / Windows 8? (Score 1) 204 204

Since the change I've hardly used my Xbox, and have moved pretty much to the PC. I'm sensitive to this kind crap.

This is my biggest worry is that they're going to pull the same trick with Metro. It's the advertiser's dream, and the one way they'll beat Google. They control the platform, they control the ads.

Comment Re:supply and demand (Score 1) 185 185

> The whole prescription thing is a racket, and both doctors and pharmacies are profitting handsomely.

They've solved that in The Netherlands by letting the insurance companies dictate the exact drugs to be used by their patients. They make deals directly with the drugs companies for the prices, and the pharmacists have to provide their choice in drugs.

The result: bottom line drug costs have increased substantially, forcing an inflation-busting increase in our monthly health insurance costs. At the same time, certain subsidiaries of said insurance companies are reporting massive profits thanks to large "management fees" from drugs companies.

In the meantime the ex-health ministers who made this possible have taken up cushy consultancy / board positions at the largest insurance companies here.

Oh, and the pharmacists have to stock a dozen makes of a drug to cover all of the insurance companies. Which has lead to a slew of pharmacy closures due to the increase in operating costs (and massive reduction in income - in the past each individual pharmacy had their own drug deals which subsidised their service - being on a smaller scale the final impact was less than what the massive insurance companies can achieve).

Comment Re:Et tu, Netherlands part 2 (Score 1) 304 304

> They've been doing stuff like that since forever. There aren't many companies that would do such a thing. That's the main reason I won't be easily persuaded to leave their service.

It's the reason why I pay more to stay on their service, instead of switching over to a faster connection with "we lie about our monthly fees" UPC.

Comment Blame the Automation (Score 1) 470 470

The reason that so many ebooks are bad is that there are a lot of lazy publishers out there who simply run (for example) Amazon's Word-to-Kindle scripts and upload the output.

Without ever reading it.

Or even worse, that use OCR to generate the ebook and then don't bother reading it.

Comment Re:I used to work in IT and.... (Score 1) 960 960

> Then you look at a developer who instead of contacting IT and asking for support, had admin access and
> changed the .net version of the app pool on their IIS instance from 2.x to 4.x

Why did the developer have admin access to a production server?

Us developers should only have access to test/qualification/staging, never to production. Unless we're the DevOp, in which case we're responsible for production and capable enough not to f**k it up.

Comment Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960 960

It'd probably be easier to just buy a desktop PC and use that as the build server. If you need to store the results of builds permanently then just copy that over to a file share.

Want backup? Buy two of them.

That's better than having IT buy a production-capable server with all that that entails when a consumer-level box is fit for purpose.

Comment Trouble with Lichen (Score 1) 904 904

"The plot concerns a young woman biochemist, who discovers that a chemical extracted from an unusual strain of lichen (hence the title), can be used to retard the ageing process, enabling people to live to around 200–300 years. Wyndham speculates how society would deal with this prospect."

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde