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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 869 869

At least that is my hope. The concept of car ownership is archaic. I look forward to the offloading all the associated penalty costs of car ownership in favour of a service model.

You mean like Zip car?

I loved Zip Car, but not having control of the car is a problem. For instance, having a car available when you need it, for the length of time you need it, is the biggest problem. Life happens; you're on the road and whammo! a traffic jam because of an accident. If you're driving the car, you've now got a problem because the car needs to be returned. Or, you're waiting on a car that's currently stuck in a traffic jam.

We used Zip Car for about a year, and decided that a 15yo QX4 (which we paid for) suited our needs better. Being able to control the transport in our life is liberating.

Comment Re:Need to find a co-conspirator BEFORE you do thi (Score 1) 217 217

When you're committing a crime, don't screw your partner who can expose you.

Crime 101 I suppose...

I refer you to the opening heist of The Dark Knight, where each of the gang members shoots the gang member who has just done his bit.

"So do you kill me?"
"No, I kill the bus driver."
"Bus driver?"
(Bus crashes through wall, killing the first gang member. Second gang member shoots the bus driver)

Comment Re:"Edge" (Score 1) 140 140

I find it funny they've worked so hard so as not to alienate the users who think the "blue e" is the Internet but thought it was ok to radically change the interface in Windows 8.

Windows 8 was lead by Steven Sinofsky, described as someone with the maniacal power and force of will of a Steve Jobs ... lacking Jobs' best gift: An innate understanding of good design.

After Windows 8, Sinofsky didn't work at Microsoft anymore. Now Microsoft have to deal with his legacy: some good and some bad. The result is Windows 10, led by Gabe Aul.

I actually don't mind the Windows 10 Start menu. It's a good compromise between the Windows 95 - Windows 7 concepts and the Windows 8 Start screen. It could be better, but it's good enough.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 4, Insightful) 843 843

I am also curious (haven't looked) as to what the flight/fight profile of the F-35 is in the first place.

It's a replacement for everything. In theory, it can do the job of the A-10, F-16, F/A-18, and Harrier Jump Jet (to name a few)

In practice, so many competing priorities means compromises.

Comment Re:bit coin doesn't solve the strategic issue. (Score 1) 359 359

It's catastrophic to remain with the Euro, too. Acknowledging the economic & political lunacy that has been Greece over the last however many years, sticking with the Euro merely keeps the pain lingering far, far longer that another country in the same situation would.

Suppose Greece remains with the Euro: sooner or later, prices are going to rise. If you're thinking about visiting somewhere on the Mediterranean, are you going to stay in Greece, where the prices are high, or somewhere else, where your Euro has much more buying power? Greece would enter a nasty period of stagflation with no real opportunity to break the cycle.

The only outcome for Greece that is good in the long term means nasty times ahead in the short and medium terms. The opportunity to avoid this has been squandered buying votes; now loaning money to Greece simply keeps the problem from resolving.

Comment Re:Yeah, I'm sure that's the answer (Score 1) 359 359

I know when my country is looking at economic collapse I'd look to move all my money into a currency that's going to double-quintuple in value nearly overnight.

I'm buying food, fuel, guns and bullets. You can have all the gold in the world, ans I'm not trading it for my gallon of fuel.

Comment Re:bit coin doesn't solve the strategic issue. (Score 5, Insightful) 359 359

Exiting the Euro gives them some control over their destiny.

A country that is in such poor economic shape generally has it's currency devalued. This has two effects: first, imports are suddenly more expensive; and second exports are suddenly cheaper for the rest of the world to buy. As the economic mess cleans up, you have a capital inflow into the country, liquidity frees up and things get better.

Now Greece (or any other country in the EU): They don't have their own currency; they use the EU's. So they can't allow their currency to devalue; they are dragged along by the strength of the German economy, which effectively determines the value of the Euro. They can't control their economic destiny.

Exiting the Euro may be the only option to give the Greek economy exactly what it needs: a savage, sharp recession to flush out all the inefficiencies and get back to making stuff and exporting it. Or just producing enough for domestic consumption; that'll do. Staying in the EU probably means that it's going to be a long, drawn-out and painful process.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 219 219

How about an Amiga made with current technology?

Amiga fanatic from way back here.

When you say "Amiga with current technology", what exactly are you referring to?

Both CPU lines the Amiga used are dead.
The true power of the Amiga was how the custom chips worked together; those chips hit an evolutionary dead end about the time Windows 95 was released
The OS, whilst remarkable at the time, is sadly lacking in comparison to today's OS's in terms of services offered (think TCP/IP, for a start)
Amiga, Inc have tried many iterations of a business plan to get going again (think partnership with Tao Group etc)
What applications are there that would drive sales of this device?

Don't get me wrong: I almost always update Amiga Forever to keep an Amiga running for nostalgic reasons. But if a new piece of hardware was available, what would it actually contain, and (more importantly) why buy it?

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark