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Comment: Re:it's not that hard to use Wikipedia (Score 1) 147

by petermgreen (#47566203) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

If you see a statement in a Wikipedia article that you are thinking of repeating or relying on for something, look first to see: does it cite a source? In this case it did not. In that case, stop here, you should probably not trust the statement. At least not if it's something that matters at all. If it does cite a source, then things are better, but there is still one more step before you should rely on it for anything more than barroom trivia (like, say, publishing an academic paper): you should probably take a glance at that source and see if it really says that.

Unfortunately that isn't enough, many sites copy unreferenced information from wikipedia without indicating their source. These sites can later end up being cited by wikipedia.

Especailly if you are new to a field it can be difficult to know who are the reputable sources and who are the not to reputable ones.

Comment: Re:Past due not reported by companies (Score 1) 496

by petermgreen (#47563917) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

If you have a million in assets, what do you need a loan for?

Same reason anyone else does. They want/need to spend money on something now and don't have the cash on hand to pay for it.

Between a house and a pension pot I expect quite a lot of upper middle class people have a million in assets. That doesn't mean they have a lot of liquid cash.

Comment: Re:Elop (Score 1) 149

by petermgreen (#47550469) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Lets not forget that Nokia was floundering before Elop went in.

AIUI corporate officers are given wide lattitude to do what they belive is in the best interests of the company. Otherwise you'd get a flood of lawsuits whenever a descision turned out badly. So you would basically have to prove that Elop did not belive that going the MS route was in the best interests of the community.

Comment: Re:WinAPI Windows (Score 1) 322

by petermgreen (#47530401) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

The questions are

1: will MS continue tying winRT to the windows store and charging people for the privilage of bypassing it?
2: will MS be able to extend/enhance winRT so that one app can give a good experiance on both desktop and mobile?
3: will the developers buy into it or will they stick with win32 to maintain compatibility with the massive installed base of older versions?

Comment: Re:Why would I want "special magic things"? (Score 1) 322

by petermgreen (#47523067) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

pro-tip: not all keyboards have Windows keys!

Not all but certainly the vast majority.

The bigger problem with global shortcut keys is remote desktop tools, VMs etc. Will the global shortcut be picked up by the outer system? the inner system? both? (IME it's usually the outer system but I haven't tried win8 yet) what do I do if I want the other one?

Comment: Re: H-1b should not be used for lower-level worker (Score 1) 224

by petermgreen (#47522135) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

AIUI the problem is that the H1B abusers advertise a position with a low-level job title but a high level set of requirements. In this way they can appear to be paying the prevailing wage for the "position" while actually paying a lot less than they would pay for a similarly skilled american.

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