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Comment: Re:Marketing geniuses (Score 1) 69

I subscribe to french Linux Magazine and Linux Pratique, two mags from the same editor and I enjoy reading them. First of all they have lots of info that you'd have to fish around the net to find. And here you don't need to even search for it. It's always up to date (well, the current month, d'oh), unlike web pages. And it's a good way to find NEW information, things you've never heard of before. And also it's a break from the computer, allowing you to sit and think for a while. The first mag is more for admins and has very in depth long and very technical articles. The second one shows how to use various user programs or short scripts.

Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 1) 323

by dargaud (#46777091) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
Haven't you ever noticed that plenty of retired people "never have time" when you ask them to do something ? They are always busy doing things. Well, not all of them, but those who had an active life and maintain it afterwards. Between fixing the house, the garden, building things, antique stores, ebay, hiking/biking around, etc...

Comment: Taxes from France (Score 1) 386

by dargaud (#46759571) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
Since you ask how it works in other countries, I find that in France they've streamlined the process to make it the easiest possible. Unless you are self-employed, the state knows how much you make since all jobs have obligatory declarations. So you receive a form that already contains all your info and how much you owe. If you agree, you just scan a QR code present on the page. It takes you to a webpage that just ask for confirmation and that's it. It litterally takes 10 seconds to file. Then topay, you either have already setup automated retrieval thrice a year from your bank account, or receive a form with another QR code that asks for permission to retrieve one third of the sum from your account. That's it.

Things like kids (declared at birth), significant others (declared at weddings), buying houses (declared during the purchase), etc, are all known to the state and taken into account. Pretty easy in most cases.

I don't think there's much possibility to hack the system since to only option you have is to agree or not. And if not I guess you need to file manually.

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 1) 581

by dargaud (#46728251) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
Just an anecdote. One of my best friend was a poor kid with no formal education. He works as a janitor. But he's also one of the best coders around, having done tens of dynamic websites in the '90s, a mapmaker (better than the state maps) and plenty of other things that bring in extra money but usually just for friends. And he's also and above all a great guy.

Comment: Re:just keep in mind (Score 1) 408

by dargaud (#46704811) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients
Well, in all honesty it depends on the CH. Above 6CH (10^(2*6)) there's hardly anything (that's already one part per trillion, nothing works at that low dose except maybe plutonium), and above 11CH you can be sure that there is less than one atom per mole according to Avogadro's number (~10^23). But the low CH such as 1 to 4 actually do contain something. The problem is that hardly any homeopathic 'remedy' contains those doses.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 147

by dargaud (#46691789) Attached to: Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Designing a hermetic container that lasts for years is non-trivial

Huh ? My cheap plastic watch is hermetic to 4 atm, and for years. Plenty of things are. And for a HD you don't have to stand more than 1/3 atm of pressure differential, something trivial. Having used hard drives at high altitude and seen them die quickly, I always wondered why they don't simply seal the damn things with air at 1 atm inside.

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