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Comment: C64 (Score 4, Interesting) 115

by sourcerror (#48605989) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

There were a lot of "enterprise" software written for the C64 in the late 80ies in the communist block because it didn't fell under the import ban.

It also supported a lot of peripherals, like floppy disk, hard drive and mouse. It also had a lot of documentation in German, which was easier to learn in the Eastern block.

Comment: Re:This just illustrates (Score 2) 365

by sourcerror (#47339973) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

No. Energy generation is a very difficult thing in that entire grid must stay within certain tolerance levels. We're talking about gigawatts per hour, so your swimming pool would have to be a size of a large lake or two and would obviously not be worth the cost.

Or you need a lot of small swimming pools. My water boiler uses so called "night current" which is sporadic excess electricity sold at a discounted price. (I live in Hungary.)

Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 2, Interesting) 138

by sourcerror (#46117003) Attached to: Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief

Abraham Lincoln was deeply involved in overall strategy and in day-to-day operations during the American Civil War, 1861–1865; historians have given Lincoln high praise for his strategic sense and his ability to select and encourage commanders such as Ulysses S. Grant.[39] ... Harry S. Truman believed in a high amount of civilian leadership of the military, making many tactical and policy decisions based on the recommendations of his advisors— including the decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan, to commit American forces in the Korean War, and to terminate Douglas MacArthur from his command.[42]

Comment: Re:Eh, no one listens to me (Score 1) 397

by sourcerror (#45988653) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

To be honest, a proper green card immigrant is still preferable than H1-B, because a H1-B can be blackmailed with deportation by his employer. A green card holding immigrant is more likely to stand up for his rights than an H1-B (because the latter ties him to one specific employer).

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.