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Comment: What does this mean? (Score 2) 362

So there's an upcoming referendum on leaving the EU... do we expect their government to not be investigating the implications of that? It would be grossly incompetent for them not to investigate what would happen, if there's any chance that it will.

So, what's supposed to be the news here? Is leaving the EU something that was not considered within the realm of possibility, but this leak demonstrates the seriousness of it? I don't follow UK/EU internal politics. (Except for Jeremy Clarkson... freedom to fracas! Reinstate Jeremy!)

Comment: Re:SimCity Cities: Skylines (Score 1) 83

by sound+vision (#49757179) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game
I'm wondering, what sort of problems have you had with SimCity 4? I'm able to play it on Windows 7 64-bit on a GTX 275 without any tweaking. The only issue I've had with it is occasional crashing, but I remember that also happened on a period Pentium 4 box - at least with the Network Addon mod.

Comment: Re:It's RAID 0 (Score 1) 223

It's not quite "as well", with RAID 0 if you lose either of two drives, the data is gone. That effectively doubles the chance of failure.
If you only have the budget to play with 2 drives, you should be using one drive normally and the second drive as an external backup. Not RAID 1, that leaves you open to software/file system errors and the like. Having the backup as a separate drive that's not plugged in except when running backups negates a lot of those failure modes.

Comment: You've probably got a spindle in your closet, (Score 1) 123

by sound+vision (#49733915) Attached to: Jason Scott of Textfiles.com Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

You've probably got a spindle in your closet...

Nope, definitely no AOL coaster spindles in my closet. Hell, they didn't even work well as coasters! Judging by the amount of broken discs lying around on the street 15 years ago, nobody else kept them either. Nor have I kept driver discs since I got broadband. Getting them off the internet is easier, plus you get a newer version of the driver to boot.

Comment: Re:Comparison (Score 1) 1080

by sound+vision (#49733501) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Definitely... Someone making $10/hr in the US is going to need to spend something like 15% of their income on health insurance, even with a subsidy. That's just to hold the insurance - if they need to actually receive health care for any reason, there are always co-pays, deductibles, and stuff that just isn't covered at all. Someone in France may also be able to get by without owning a car because of a working public transit system, or at least use the car much less. These two items alone might account for a third of a U.S. worker's income.
It helps to bring up specific examples like this when discussing it, because many people in the US really don't realize what they're missing. It's engrained in the popular mind that the US has the best standard of living in the world. Add to that all the political propaganda going around, and some people's eyes start to glaze over as soon as they read the phrase "social services". Even if people have the conception that such a thing exists somewhere, they might be brainwashed into thinking it's somehow bad.

Comment: Re:Pizza shop worker loves Seattle’s new $15 (Score 1) 1080

by sound+vision (#49733397) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Just the name "Red Alert Politics" says something about their strategy, and the strategy of many other similar outlets. They have to whip people into an emotional frenzy where reason is discarded, which is how they turn members of the working class against their own interests. Sometimes they trigger such a state using religion, or race, or an emotional appeal to the instinct to protect children. As some of these things have come to mean less to people, "invisible hand"/money-worshipping nonsense preached with an air of authority have taken a big place in the arsenal. Regardless of the specific methods used to invoke a state of blind "red alert"... the goal is always to obscure the vulnerable reader's chance of thinking about the issues critically. Bonus points if your material reinforces what the reader thinks he already knows. A consistent voice of garbage from many sources is highly effective.

It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and intimidation.

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