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Comment: Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 1) 50 50

Was this some sort of lease to own scheme? Municipalities tend to pay very little for cash less than a leasing company

EU, which is always ahead on the matter of economical stupidity, now even mandates member state to that a deficit under 0.5% of GDP, which means loaning to invest is forbidden. It seems considered better to spend money to lease instead of paying a debt.

Comment: ATX power supply (Score 1) 66 66

I just replaced a fried power supply from a 30 years old 8 bit computer. I used a modern ATX power supply and it works fine.

As noted earlier, the only problem is the missing -5V line, which existed in AT power supplies but was removed in ATX. But many ATX power supplies still offer the -5V line through the "reserved" pin 20 (it faces the grey wire "power good" on pin 8). If there is a white wire there, you have it.

Comment: Your tax dollars at work (Score 1) 819 819

This is US taxpayer dollars at work, but it may not be that bad, actually.

US economy works through permanent Keynesian stimulus on military industry. Public money pored here irrigate the whole economy, even after profit has been made, since the thing is really big: US accounts for 50% of worldwide military expenses.

The problem is that having huge military expenses means you have a huge military power, and the temptation to use it, which will make everyone in the world hate you. The F35 is a solution to this problem: big expenses, but no military power gained. This is a very clever move.

Comment: Re:I don't get the problem with going after Uber (Score 1) 333 333

Anyway, I really just don't think the Police are at all interested in dealing with the Uber

Police started busting UberPOP users yesterday in Paris: stopping cars with one passenger at the back and checking if that person and the driver knew each others.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

[socialists] of force to implement their agenda

You should not confuse socialists from Russia or China with socialists from France. In 1944, the french communist party, which staffed a lot of France insider resistance, mostly controlled the territory after the Germans were defeated. The french communists had enough power to perform coup, but they did not.try it.

And anyway, Francois Hollande is not a socialist, despite his claims. His governments' action suggest he is more neoliberalism fan boy

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers