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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 4, Insightful) 817 817

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) 358 358

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) 358 358

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) 358 358

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) 218 218

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?

Comment: Re:Low quality software must be free (as in beer) (Score 2, Interesting) 85 85

... as that would show the absolutely low quality of their code

What is directly known about Microsoft code doesn't support your argument. For example, after the Windows 2000 code leak several people did their own analysis of the code. For example, kuro5hin concluded:

In short, there is nothing really surprising in this leak. Microsoft does not steal open-source code. Their older code is flaky, their modern code excellent. Their programmers are skilled and enthusiastic. Problems are generally due to a trade-off of current quality against vast hardware, software and backward compatibility.

Note that last sentence: Problems are generally due to a trade-off of current quality against vast hardware, software and backward compatibility.

More recently, static code analysis was done on the legally released Word for Windows 1.1a by PVS-Studio. They concluded:

I have found very few strange fragments. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, I found the code to be skillfully and clearly written. Secondly, the analysis had to be incomplete, while teaching the analyzer the specifics of the old C language wouldn't be of any use.

In short, there may be many reasons not to pay for Microsoft's software. Your perception of the quality of their code is not one.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, they're right (Score 4, Insightful) 289 289

If I allow Windows Update to "update" the driver for my Bluetooth stick, it doesn't work any longer.

I've seen that problem before on a Bluetooth stick. The real issue was that I had purchased some Chinese ripoff clone of another product (I didn't know at the time that's what I was doing. We learn.); and the original company had released updated drivers to Microsoft. These new drivers worked just fine with the oem product, but something in the ripoff product didn't work with the new drivers, and the stick stopped working. I had to back the drivers out, re-install the original drivers and mark that particular update as "do not install".

I've no idea if the original company (who had their gear ripped off) spiked the driver deliberately or simple broke it by accident.

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