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Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 1) 161

by ahodgson (#48917407) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Borrowing and spending only makes sense if the borrowing leads to enough additional income in the future to justify paying off the interest on the loan. That generally means infrastructure spending, for infrastructure that is actually needed to create real growth.

Borrowing for anything else just makes you poorer in the long term.

Comment: Re:Lets blame google! (Score 2) 188

by ahodgson (#48905573) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Good luck with that. Ratings agencies can't even give an honest appraisal of the country's debt without getting dragged into lawsuits and being forced to fork over billions of dollars in penalties. Any company that actually defied the police state would be out of business within a week.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 781

by ahodgson (#48858389) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

At 10 I could bike anywhere I could reach. I had my own boat, and a gas account at the marina, and would frequently be out all day.

I usually bussed to school, because it was a couple of miles, but I could and did walk or bike it fairly often.

I'm astonished at how coddled most children are, these days. No wonder everyone's scared all the time.

Comment: Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (Score 5, Informative) 402

by ahodgson (#48822555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

The comparison to Windows NT is because systemd insists on binary logs, takes over vast chunks of functionality that it has no business touching, and makes it basically impossible to debug problems. It makes the experience of administering the server much more like administering Windows than administering Linux should be.

Comment: Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (Score 1) 892

by ahodgson (#48820315) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

You have to protect religion, or else certain sects of Christians pass laws that oppress everyone else just for believing in a slightly different sky faerie than they do, or even for not believing in sky faeries at all. Protecting everyone's beliefs or the lack thereof is the only way to keep the meddlers out.

Comment: Re:Classroom participation (Score 1) 249

by ahodgson (#48794953) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

My grade 12 math teacher basically gave me a 0, dropping me 20%, for participation and attendance. Despite having a 95% test average that term. So for the rest of the year I brought no work to class and just sat and read a paperback. I figured I couldn't do worse than 0. Man that pissed her off.

Probably not the best way to handle it, but screw teachers who punish good students for not doing things their way.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

by ahodgson (#48663755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

All utterly irrelevant, since virtually any real application behind that is going to be doing at most a few hundred requests per second per core.

Web server differences are only relevant for serving tiny static files, or possibly a messaging app with millions of otherwise cheap requests coming in.

Also, most sites offload image and static file serving to a CDN.

I guarantee that 99.9+% of real sites will see no performance difference between Apache and Nginx.

Kill Ugly Processor Architectures - Karl Lehenbauer