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Comment: Re:What they are cheering about? (Score 1) 862 862

Mind you - I am Polish and here also people HATE to pay taxes - they know that their taxes are being spent in wrong ways usually, the taxes fuel a caste of mindless clerks etc. but nevertheless Polish people DO PAY taxes like VAT and icome.

So you're proud to be paying taxes spent in the wrong way? Congratulations on being part of the problem.

Comment: Re:I hope for an agreement (Score 1) 862 862

Should each state in the US have its own currency?

If you live in California, Texas, or Alaska, you probably would say yes. We lose money to the federal government every year, to pay for things in other states that we (at least in California) can't even afford. If you live in some other state, you would probably say no.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 5, Insightful) 862 862

just to pick one category, a military without any hardware isn't much of a military. But the concept that Greece can't pay back its loans is a lie.)

Greece can't pay back its loans and basically remain Greece. You never give an order which you know will not be followed. And you should know ahead of time whether your orders will or will not be followed.

(Note: the Troika isn't faultless either. In exchange for loans, rather than focusing on trying to improve the raw numbers with austerity, they should have been focused 100% on trying to force you to fix your structural problems so you can be competitive enough to stay in Europe. They tried to tackle the root problem in a totally counterproductive way and ended up earning a lot of hate for that.

Notably, austerity tends to shut down the economy, which will only lead to further financial insolvency.

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 256 256

Meanwhile, Snap-On, Mac and Matco break less often to begin with. When they do break, the local distributor shows up the same day in their truck with a replacement and you still get the customer out the door by close of business.

All of this, and maybe Apple support too, works really well when you live in the city, near one of their facilities. When you live anywhere else, it all goes to hell. The delivery trucks don't go to most of the shops, so you get stuff from whichever truck actually shows up. And when you need a machine serviced, they expect you to either bring it in, wait, or ship it and wait. It's not just Apple, I don't mean to pick on them alone; my fun stories involve HP... but only because I didn't buy Apple, or Sony, etc etc. (The Sony machines ordered alongside my HP which finally died of nVidia GPU die bonding failure plus HP tech with bad habits died long before my HP did.)

Comment: Re:Range and recharging time (Score 1) 592 592

I think it would be wicked cool to build an electric rock crawler. It seems like a natural fit because you get an exquisite level of control over wheel slip, and you also get massive torque from 0. It would be a sort of ultimate stress test for the components, but that could only lead to building better speed controllers... or going broke :)

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 256 256

However, Apple has one thing at the consumer [1] level... and that is very good CS.

I've heard lots of stories that went both ways there. As someone who has owned a piece of Apple hardware with a known and admitted hardware bug which Apple closed wontfix and told people to buy more hardware to get around the problem, I have my own opinions about the value of Apple support.

For example, MAC and Snap-On tools are more expensive than what comes off the boat to a Harbor Freight store... but the expensive tools tend to be better in the long run since they last longer, and if they do break, there is a no questions asked warranty. Similar with Macs.

Oh, you failed so hard when you tried to make the car analogy... because the hand tools at Harbor Freight have lifetime warranties now, and it's a lot cheaper to get the extended warranty for the other stuff (like scanners etc.) than it is from Snap-On, Mac etc. Now I'm left with the distinct impression that you don't understand cars or computers.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"