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Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 4, Insightful) 387

I certainly don't expect 100% perfection when bombing anything, which is why I always call bullshit when our politicians say we'll use "smart" bombs or "surgical air strikes" when trying to justify attacking someone.

Reference: every military action we've taken in my entire lifetime.

Comment Re:The poor UI limits LIbreOffice. (Score 1) 254

For something that's so language-based in the first place, localizing the icons makes perfect sense to me. In Spanish, "N" (Negrita), "c" (cursiva), and "s" (subrayada).

Perhaps a trickier problem is what to do when a language doesn't use the same type conventions. Does $LANGUAGE use underlining at all? Does it use some completely different convention?

Comment Compared to Amtrak here on the east coast? (Score 2) 515

Currently, the lowest price I can find on plain old Amtrak service from Baltimore to New York is $77 if I leave next week. (Less than half the distance between LA and SF.) Cut that train trip time in half, and I'd pay the extra cost over a Bolt bus.

Comment Re:Depends how you evaluate the curve (Score 1) 425

Comparing the professional musician market to the professional programming market seems dubious at best because the demand for those two services is radically different. Being a professional musician has always been about somehow standing out from the other millions of kids who want to be a star too. On the other hand, we're pretty much tripping over work to do in the programming world. If you can write code, and you don't absolutely suck, you will have work of some sort. It won't be rock star work, but it'll be an honest job that pays a comfortable living wage.

Comment I wish this had been around a few years ago (Score 1) 148

I used to do some web development for a company that primarily resold other peoples' software, and offered training on it. I got in some pretty epic arguments with this one sales guy that always said the website didn't "look like a startup website." I could see myself just sending him one of these and asking if that was what he was looking for.

Comment Re:Never trust them again (Score 4, Informative) 127

I think what the OP is getting at is that if enough people don't trust Lenovo, and Lenovo goes under as a result, it would be a great lesson to the other manufacturers that putting this sort of crapware on their machines doesn't pay in the long run. It's not an unreasonable point of view, but I think you're right, because I think the Superfish debacle won't be enough to drive Lenovo out of business. All we have left is the carrot of being a potential future customer since the stick of beating down Lenovo won't be effective.

In any problem, if you find yourself doing an infinite amount of work, the answer may be obtained by inspection.