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Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1176 1176

"They lose too much in a grexit."

This calculation is rapidly readjusted at this point. The Greek economy is peanuts in comparison to the whole EU, and setting a precedent that you can bend the rules with impunity will be more expansive.

My bet: Greek sovereign default by the end of this week. Grexit by the end of the months after the ECB stoped re-financing the Greek banks.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 208 208

There is nothing natural about markets.

Markets don't just happen automatically, they are created by governments that level the playing field, provides fair jurisprudence and enforce contract law.

I am all for good governance with checks and balances precisely because I like free markets and personal liberties.

Comment: Man did I *hate* that product (Score 1) 387 387

Biggest accomplishment of Windows 3.x was how it drove the development and adoption of Linux. Got me to install an early SuSE distro with a 0.9x kernel.

It's hard to describe, if you haven't experienced it, how drastic the difference was. I marveled at the capabilities of my PC after it ran Linux. It could easily hold its own against UNIX workstations five times as expansive.

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis