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Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 1) 195

by marcovje (#47474909) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

He means that a business should hold its own belt up, and not be financed via the government by allocation of taxes.

In short, charge toll and let them pass the charge on to consumers via their products/services pricing.. That's the capitalistic way, not the commie state taking taxes from personal traffic and going light on business driving. (that being said, in Europe it is the same. Consumers pay much more for driving (gas taxes and direct road taxes) than business drivers)

That being said, I would argue that normal erosion factors (like rain/flood/freezing) are a bigger factor than 1%

Comment: Re:A Century Ago (Score 1) 195

by marcovje (#47474883) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Highspeed trains are mostly interesting for midlong distances (till 1000 km), and specially from urban center to urban center.

1) trains are faster.
2) but more importantly trains still move reasonably fast in and near urban centers
3) While budget flights (if they happen to go from/to where you want) are cheaper they often require extended checkin times and airport to center commute negating time advantages

Comment: Re:What the fuck is this thing? (Score 1) 69

by marcovje (#47374509) Attached to: ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

PAE is mostly for kernels and a few select apps that page out buffers (like SQL Server). It is not a general flat >4GB memory space for applications.

And yes I remember how it was with the 8086. Which is why I try to forget segmentation for general purpose programming :-)

Comment: Software support and longevity. (Score 2) 246

by marcovje (#45449987) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

I mainly use it as always-on machine in addition to the filer. The main reason is that with a filer you are more conservative. OpenVPN, postgresql db. I also have some applicationservers (3-tier) developed for it, but that is not production yes.

Most important bit is long time usability and support, features are only secondary. In that RPI is unique.

Comment: Re:It's called marketing. (Score 1) 321

by marcovje (#44855189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

Marketing is indeed not just about dolling up old hat. It is primarily about finding an audience, and give feedback to implementers about what the customer might want.

(and btw

1) I think the RoR and Zope examples are totally irrelevant, since they were in a "hot" area at the time. Minimalistic WMs are not, unless you get default on the next Raspberry Pi)
2) I think the "I can't code for sh*t" argument of the original can only be invoked if you have at least 2 years of experience in a documenting team. Just to make sure you know what your talking about when calling people to invest their free time.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.