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Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 742

I mean that if you get a paycheck in Drachmas, and the Drachma drops in value, your paycheck is effectively gone down when measured in euros. You can get the same effect by keeping euros, and just lowering the amount. The difference is psychological. People don't like it when the number on the paycheck drops. They don't mind it as much when the number stays the same, and the currency drops by an equal amount.

No it is not psychological, you are forgetting a few details:

- If you own the bank $$$ Drachmas and the Drachmas drops in value, the amount you own also drops, while if you drop your paycheck and the $$$ amount you own the does not drop YOU are literally worse off.

- If you are rich and have a lot of Drachmas and the Drachmas drops in value, you are literally worse off. On the other side if If you are rich and your employees take a pay cut, that is good for you.

- Also, when the Drachmas drops in value the German cars become more expensive and the Greeks will buy less of them while some local goods keep their relative price. That is not good for Germany. Worse, some other EU countries can get the same ideas...

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 1) 1097

by imnotanumber (#49612983) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Thomas Jefferson said "A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have." I warn you - A government big enough to protect you is strong enough to destroy you.

Well. The bad part is that "A government that is not big enough to give you everything you want is still strong enough to take everything you have."

Worse: "A government that is not big enough to protect you is still strong enough to destroy you."

Even worse: if your government is not big enough to protect you then there are a lot of people strong enough to destroy you.

Comment: Re:His hotheaded attitude might turn people away (Score 1) 361

by imnotanumber (#48840209) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

I suspect there are some mission critical projects which have decided to not use Linux when they found out how unprofessionally the leader acts. "Cool kernel, but can we really put our trust on this kind of guy?"

They looked at his track record, leading a 23 year project from something that he started alone to having a global community of developers. How linux it is the kernel in the majority of mobile devices and supercomputers and said: "No, we need to choose something else marketed by a sensitive weasel..."

I just hope that those mission critical projects stay very far from me...

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 652

by imnotanumber (#48464267) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

No need to. In terms of safety the biggest catastrophe with the largest kill count and biggest population displacement was wonderful green hydroelectric dams.

That is why there are so many people afraid of hydroelectric dams! Oh wait... Aren't they?

No one is hiding nuclear from renewables using coal. Renewables is not the answer due to their inherent lack of baseload, so you compare nuclear to any other baseload system. Coal just happens to be the most popular and also a natural fallback for when .... e.g. the Germans shutter nuclear facilities. So why wouldn't you compare them?

You are wrong (from Wikipedia):

" Among the renewable energy sources, hydroelectric, geothermal,[3] biogas, biomass, solar thermal with storage and ocean thermal energy conversion can provide baseload power."

Renewable energy sources can provide baseload and, right now, coal just happens to be the most popular because things are rigged to make others pay the real price of using it. Again, don't hide the nuclear problems comparing it to coal.

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 652

by imnotanumber (#48464027) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

A coal plant, working absolutely perfectly according to its design parameters, will cause much more environmental and health damage than even a "catastrophic" nuclear failure. So no, it's not a technical issue. It's an emotional issue.

...

Why is that, in every discussion about renewable sources (hydro, wind, solar), the pro nuclear crowd has to bring the coal, only to try to make nuclear look better?

Those pushing for renewable sources also don't like coal, so don't hide the nuclear problems with the coal problems.

Comment: Re:Smart customers can avoid being exploited for d (Score 1) 60

by imnotanumber (#46907883) Attached to: Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

How many times do you generally read a novel you purchase? The minor risk that I won't be able to re-read a book some years from now because Amazon has folded or otherwise stopped honoring my purchase is an easy price to pay for the convenience. I enjoy the look of a well stocked home library as much as the next guy, but why really hoard stacks of books you will never open again?

There are other uses for the books. I regularly lend, to friends, some dead tree books that I bought more than ten years ago. Many were bought from Amazon...

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 693

by imnotanumber (#46752613) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money
There isn't anything wrong with making the default configuration simpler and/or prettier. But you can't remove things and not let the user configure it back.

Usually, sheer inertia will drive the majority your way, specially if anyone can correct a few pet configuration options. If you say "my way or the highway", guess what, many will hit the highway in search of a better environment.

Comment: Re:They still dont get it (Score 2) 237

by imnotanumber (#45043689) Attached to: Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

Nvidia still dosent get it.. Reminds me of now famous Torvalds quote from video where he send hes regards to Nvidia..

What doesn't it get that the quote from Linus reminds you of? That Linux developers are unprofessional? I think it gets that very well.

Nvidia still doesn't get that removing a feature, from the linux driver, to level it with the one for an inferior product is a big "f_ck you" to their linux costumers.

If that is being professional I think that calling " Linux developers are unprofessional" is praising them.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 706

by imnotanumber (#44848353) Attached to: Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

We have to take all threats seriously [...]

Of course you have to but no, an app is not a threat.

Of course not. I think that what got him in trouble was "... unwisely posted a video of it on YouTube".

The video alone, without the app, could be seen as a threat.

Of course, after some some clarification, things should not have escalated as they did.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky

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