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Comment He's right (Score 1) 442

He's 100% right. The money the spent on a Mars trip would be better served fixing our crumbling infrastructure. What's the point of sending humans to mars when people die from bad roads and failing bridges everyday?

Of course the same could be said about throwing trillions at the F-35.

Comment Someone Forgets History (Score 1) 252

Wayland is Linux specific because...

One of the things that went wrong with X was that we tried to pull too much of the OS into X so that we could run on every old platform out there. Or to put it more bluntly, bending over backwards for fringe platforms
He seems to forget that Linux was once a "fringe platform". Sigh.
https://archive.fosdem.org/2012/interview/kristian-hogsberg

Comment The Importance of ISBNs (Score 4, Informative) 127

By putting an ISBN on your work, it is available in every wholesalers and retailer's database. Your book can be ordered anywhere by anyone. Amazon's identifier is for Amazon only.

Authors don't have to pay that much for an ISBN when they self publish. Lulu.com for instance charges $40 for a "global distribution package" which includes an ISBN.

Comment Not Going To Happen (Score 1) 943

I live in the next over from where they print the paper used on $1 bills. $1 bills are by far the most common demonination and it's loss would be economic disaster for the region. There is just no way to absorb all the workers who'd lose their jobs if Crane (who makes the paper) loses that amount of business from the government. On the top of that no Senator from Massachusetts would ever support it and a majority of the our Representatives wouldn't either.

I agree with the idea of dropping the dollar bill but it it would be a politcal and economic disaster for Massachusetts, thus won't happen for a long time, if ever.

Comment Re:Bologna (Score 1) 247

Yes and no. Bands like Pink Floyd stopped officially releasing singles but the record companies carried on packing tracks as singles, because they could and helped the record sell. After the sixties the next official single release was "Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two" in 1979. Led Zepplin never released a single, the record company did that all on their own.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?

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