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Comment: Re:pardon my french, but "duh" (Score 2) 74 74

Well that may be so. But as you get older you get less patient with people wasting your time.

Let's say you're 90 years old. You're using a webmail system which does everything you need it to do. Then some manager has a brainwave and suddenly all the functions are somewhere else. How much of the 3.99 years the actuarial tables say you've got left do you want to spend dealing with that?

It's not just 90 year-olds. Take a poll of working-age users and find out how many like the MS Office Ribbon; how many people are cool with the regular UI reshuffling that takes place in Windows just to prove you're paying your upgrade fee for software that's "new"?

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 290 290

Ha ha ha ha ha, sure, you can believe in magic if you like, in this reality though we obey the laws of thermodynamics, especially conservation of energy and momentum. You cannot consume what you did not produce.

Take an empty island, put 1,000,000 people on it and if they do not produce they will not eat. No amount of funny money printed by 'government' will solve that very basic issue of food and energy and shelter and other life necessities (and luxuries) not coming into existence just because you printed some candy wrappers.

Comment: Re:Therac 25 (Score 2) 74 74

I was working as a developer when the news of the Therac 25 problems broke, so I remember it well. You actually have it backwards; it wasn't bad UI design at all.

The thing is mere functional testing of the user interface would not have revealed the flaw in the system. What happened is that people who used the system very day, day in and day out, became so fast at entering the machine settings the rate of UI events exceeded the ability of the custom monitor software written for the machine to respond correctly to them.

If the UI was bad from a design standpoint the fundamental system engineering flaws of the system might never have been revealed.

Comment: Re:Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 1) 142 142

You don't have to wait for MSFT, just use WSUS Offline. I've used it for many years, in fact I still have the WSUS Offline .ISOs for Win2K and WinXP and it works like a charm, lets you use DVDs or USB sticks, will even include .NET and Office if you like. Oh and you're welcome ;-)

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 290 290

The reality is that the USA will never have trouble 'selling' its bonds, because the federal reserve just buys them if nobody else will or it wants to drive down interest rates

- I absolutely agree with you, which is why the bond collapse will happen as the result of the currency crisis, which will result from this inflation.

Essentially the fed, ECB, BoE are saying to savers go and spend your money, stop hoarding it. But savers are not listening so aggregate demand is still broken.

- of-course people don't want to spend on bonds and stocks that is the 'demand' we are talking about, let's be clear about it. People are not buying the bonds and stocks that governments want to see selling.

The reality is that the inflationary policy is destroying the economy and a destroyed economy will collapse in its own right, the currency collapses because of the government spending that the mob wants and the economy collapses due to this gigantic misallocaiton of resources. The currency collapse triggers the bond market collapse, since bonds are currency promised in the future.

Japan is stagnating specifically because it is inflating like the USA but its currency is NOT the so called 'reserve', and so the inflation that Japan is producing stays within its own borders, it's absorbing its own inflation and destroying its own economy.

The USA is using the status of the 'reserve currency' to spread the misery around, spreading inflation is national past time, the biggest USA export is its inflation, which creates inflation everywhere else before taking home back to the USA. This is happening of-course anyway, it's manifesting itself as destruction of the productive sector, gigantic real unemployment, class warfare, bubbles in everything everywhere.

The 0% Fed's interest rate for 7 years put USA economy on the inflationary needle and this drug will not be kicked without a huge collapse first, no junkie kicks his habit before hitting the rock bottom.

The clear best answer for the economy in general is free market and removal of government from money and interest rate manipulation, abolition of the welfare state and restructuring of all debts. Whether saving is worth more than borrowing is a question to the healthy free market, something that USA lost long ago.

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 290 290

Ha ha, what a funny comment.

Money is
1. Store of value.
2. Means of exchange.
3. Unit of account.

I understand that it's way above your head, since you believe money to be CREATED by government, which is absolute, unadulterated, pure 100% nonsense that leads to disasters like Greece, like Zimbabwe, like USSR and hundreds of others.

Government cannot create money any more than government can create anything and it does not create anything of any productive value and it shouldn't.

Money comes into existence when new goods are produce that people are willing to exchange for, in that case money comes into existence through deflation of money supply with regards to the total productive output.

Money comes into existence when people decide what it is that they actually want to exchange in and store value in and what is easy to count, divide, add, subtract, which is why gold is money.

Money does not come into existence by any government magic or by any other form of magic, that is true, the only thing that government 'magic' (or fractional reserve magic for that reason) can do is take value from existing assets and redistribute it by lowering asset values. This trick really only works if the government has a monopoly on that type of asset, which is why government sets up counterfeiting laws that prohibit competition to the counterfeiting operations that government is running whenever it turns on the printing press.

The real USD existed when in fact IT WAS AN IOU, it was a banknote issued by the bank who promised to deliver gold upon receiving the note.

What governments do is not money creating, what governments do is price controls, exchange controls, inflation and theft, but they cannot create money. A government can dilute the value of all money in existence but it cannot create money, it cannot add net value into the system, it can only subtract net value.

An organization that is capable of adding net value into the system runs a profitable business, not a government, which lives on coercion backed by deadly force.

Anyway, I am sure this is either completely above your head and/or completely against your propaganda.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 290 290

Greece can even service the current debts if they are allowed to borrow at lower rates. That's essentially what the 'bailout' was - the ability to borrow at lower costs to re-finance the debts. Even simply extending the bailout program without imposing new austerity would have been enough to let Greece recover.

And if we continue an analogy with a household, right now Greece has a steady job with enough income to cover the expenses for a fairly well-off lifestyle. However, it has also a crippling underwater mortgage. For a household the simplest way out of this would be a bankruptcy and a new start.

But OK, suppose that we put the interests of the Holy German Empire on the front. The problem is, austerity actually HURTS the creditors by undermining Greek economy. There's really no reasons for austerity except for sadism of Merkel.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 4, Insightful) 315 315

They've also completely failed to consider that just as quickly a one website may rise to prominence, another may equally quickly supplant it. Look at Facebook replacing MySpace for example.

Wouldn't a more relevant example of this be Reddit replacing Digg?

Comment: Re:Why nobody cares about Zune (Score 1) 273 273

Bluetooth headphones seem to either be wicked uncomfortable (plantronic backbeats) or exquisitely sensitive to sweat (Motorola). So it's nice being able to listen to music over corded headphones, and still have the smartphone available to do whatever in between sets.

I don't know about your phone, but every decent smartphone I've ever seen has a standard 1/4" headphone jack. It doesn't keep you from doing other things with the phone.

Also the mp3 player just fucking 'works' on demand. Spotify seems to crash about 50% of the time and requires a reboot of the phone.

Every decent phone I've seen lets you just put MP3s on it (or even Oggs with Android phones) and play them directly.

Also having the headphone jack come out, then having my phone broadcast my horrible taste of music over its speaker after accidentally touching the screen/volume buttons -- was embarrassing enough to ensure it happened just once :)

Ok now this is definitely something I don't know how to fix on a smartphone...

Comment: Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 273 273

It might not be about the electronics, but the things you talk about sound like really low-value products. The special thing about electronics is that they're high-value; maybe not as much as in the 80s when a VCR cost $1000 (a large fraction of the price of a car back then), but still usually a lot more than a stick of deodorant.

And TV shows don't get canceled because of lack of popularity, but because of idiotic network executives. It's not like they actually poll viewers to see what's popular (how many Nielsen families do you know?), especially in an age when people use DVRs, Hulu, and Netflix.

Always look over your shoulder because everyone is watching and plotting against you.