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Comment Re: Profiting on the Backs of Others (Score 1) 457

I disagree. I think it is obvious Google picked Java because it was popular. They could have made it compatible, but on purpose did not. So in effect they did pull developers from Java platform.
If Google did not want to do that, they would not have used Java, but made a better language. A better language closer to modern scripting languages (e.g. no "generics") and more sane arithmetic (integers which cannot overflow, not require sin(x) return exactly[1] same result in every platform with every argument, etc.).

[1] I do not remember what the Java requirements are, but they are silly for this kind of a language. IMHO sin(10^50) is pretty much "implementation defined" as sin(10^50 + epsilon) is in effect random. Sure there are cases where you really have to do "infinitely precise" arithmetic to calculate sin(huge_value), but for generic computation? No.

Comment Re:Colorado sure has nice beaches (Score 1) 940

Are you really claiming 1% of the rich could not buy all the houses (i.e. land), even if you government would give permits "everywhere"?

Tell me one reason why the rich would not buy all the property, even if there is (un)reasonable amount. That way they can control the people thus ensuring they always get a bigger slice.

I think this is the next phase on the "fewer owning more and more": you'd be better of being a slave than having a job & rent.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 892

They only want "this" person for the top positions (board, ceo, etc), and they they give such a huge offer that there is no need to negotiate. Or if there is, they just make a new, bigger one.

Honestly, recruiting talent is not difficult, finding talent is. Sticking to "this person" is stupid, nobody is irreplaceable, at least not after "being hit by a bus".

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller