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Comment Re:UI/Process Stability (Score 1) 597

In actual newly designed buildings, the architect cost is 20-25% (source: Fred Brooks). Not talking about McMansions here that are built like refrigerators on the assembly line. And plenty of large buildings (either residential, commercial or industrial) run over money and time budget.

Comment Re:And it begins (Score 1) 531

The restaurant owner now has more income, so he maybe buys a nicer car.


The customer now spends less on food, so now he buys some nicer shoes.

You forgot the third clause, "and the former cook is now starving".

The money does not disappear, but if they move away from the cook, what is the going to live on? "Find something else?" you say - then the money has been moved around a bit more, but did the general happiness increase?

Comment Re:RIB: Religion Is Bunk (Score 1) 1237

Before you make that claim, are you going to drink your own medicine and present us with some evidence? Have you conducted long-term studies that show that prayer is useless?

That's easy. Two football teams pray to win. Only one does. Obviously prayer had nothing to do with the result.

The team who won prayed harder! Duh'

Providence is on the side of the big battalions.
      -- Sevigne

Comment Problems with 'unsigned drivers' (libusb-win32) (Score 1) 401

I installed Windows 7 on my three year-old Thinkpad and it worked fine, until I had to install drivers for some microcontroller development boards that I'm playing with. The problem was that they used drivers that ran on top of libusb-win32 and as that is a free software project, it does not have signed drivers. With Windows XP through Vista, when the device manager complained that you were installing unsigned drivers, you could push the 'trust me, I'm an engineer' button. That button no longer works for Windows 7 64 bit. You can no longer install whatever you want on your own hardware using a legit copy of the operating system. The brave new future is here, on your PC.

I spent two days trying to get it to work, then gave up and went back to XP/32 bit.

"We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement." -- Richard J. Daley