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Comment: Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

by unity (#47251401) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order
I think you are greatly underestimating its effect. I have been sent many a link to it by my wife (non-geek) and have heard many of her girlfriends and female relatives discuss things they have seen on the site at social gatherings. It has definitely generated traffic to the store, as I don't think this is some isolated experience. I (a geek) wouldn't even know about the site if it wasn't for the nongeek women in my life.

Comment: Re:Alleged Apple patents on Android (Score 1) 249

by unity (#46182315) Attached to: Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone
I had to make a blackberry app for a customer and It was a total pain in the ass for too many reasons to list. I say good riddance to it. I wouldn't count windows phone out, its easy to develop for and I happen to really like the interface. They did take too long to get into all the carriers. My big complaint with MS was their total lack of support for corporate apps on the WP. They have recently rectified that FINALLY, but still its a pita and takes a fair number of steps to enable. oh, and i'm with you on the beta bullshit.

Comment: Re:Standing Desk setup (Score 1) 262

by unity (#40961849) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?
I've been programming at a standup desk for 12+ hour days for over 8 years now. i stand up straighter than before and am more productive. I'll never go back to sitting all day long. You have to make sure the desktop is high enough to force you to stand up straight though, mine comes up to my armpits.

Comment: we already have an "oil standard". petrodollar (Score 1) 601

by unity (#37347804) Attached to: Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard
we already have an "oil standard". it is called the US petrodollar.
this is a good read:
The End of Dollar Hegemony

excerpt:

Realizing the world was embarking on something new and mind-boggling, elite money managers, with especially strong support from U.S. authorities, struck an agreement with OPEC to price oil in U.S. dollars exclusively for all worldwide transactions. This gave the dollar a special place among world currencies and in essence “backed” the dollar with oil. In return, the U.S. promised to protect the various oil-rich kingdoms in the Persian Gulf against threat of invasion or domestic coup. This arrangement helped ignite the radical Islamic movement among those who resented our influence in the region. The arrangement gave the dollar artificial strength, with tremendous financial benefits for the United States. It allowed us to export our monetary inflation by buying oil and other goods at a great discount as dollar influence flourished.

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