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Comment: Re:Rather Than in more out (Score 1) 156 156

Custom OS is not about what is in it but all about what is left out. Custom OS for appliances that only has in it what is actually necessary for that appliance

Your mouth to Microsoft and Apple's ears. I want an OS that does nothing but run my programs and stay out of my way. I can get my own browser thanks.

If y'all could just get Linux to run current AAA games, and some professional music & audio software, I'd never spend another nickel with Microsoft or Apple.

Comment: Re:Another piece in the puzzle... (Score 1) 89 89

If the comment I was replying to is off-topic, then the one i replied to is as well.

The fact is other than describing it as 'liquid metal' they do not explain how it actually moves or where its actual processor is and how it communicates with the rest of its, for lack of a better term, 'mass'. We don't know what it looks like on a microscopic level, for all we know it *is* a ton of little nano machines. We certainly do not know any differently from that and the description in the movie isn't adequate enough to say I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 450 450

there are also those screaming "racist" at everything even when it isnt and it seems to have been this way for the past 10 years now here.

I can't imagine why anyone would see racism in today's USA.


Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 156 156

You can get the BSOD back instead of reboot somewhere in the settings.

Even in 2005 you'd be waiting a long time to actually see either happen.

I ditched MS for Linux 10 years ago and will never go back to that bloated/slow POS they call an operating system.

Amusingly 'unstable' is not on that list.

Comment: Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 450 450

Those loans were made irresponsibly, to a country that the bankers knew could not afford to repay them. The people who made them didn't expect to get paid back by Greece, they expected to get paid back by another EMF bailout of Greece.

Not just irresponsibly, but with predatory intent.

The IMF is a payday loan outfit. They're a loan shark who's happy to lend your restaurant money to stay in business with the hope that when you can't pay, they'll burn you down for the credit default swaps. The IMF are some of the evilest SOBs on the planet.

Comment: Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 450 450

Central banks are not funded by taxpayers. The IMF for example was funded by the US in a budget-neutral manner, as an exchange of assets. Translation: the IMF's money is created out of thin air. That the IMF won't give Greece any of their created money is shameful, sociopathic, criminal, and utterly unnecessary.

That was the first post to show actual insight into the situation.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 450 450

I really don't think they'll have much say in the matter.

Of course they have a say in the matter. Wait until tomorrow to see the panicked offers of help from Germany, because make no mistake, if Greece leaves the Euro, it's worse for Germany and England than it is for Greece.

Greece will survive. The Euro may not, now that people realize that the whole thing was a scam and the loan shark can be chased out of town.

Comment: Re:Drop the hammer on them. (Score 4, Insightful) 450 450

"Drop the hammer on them."

That's the easy part. The hard part is dealing with what happens after the hammer has been dropped.

Someone once said that the definition of a bad policy is one that leads to a place where you have nothing but bad options. I believe everyone (not just the Greeks) thought back in 2000 it woudl be good policy to bring Greece into the Eurozone. But now we've now reached the point where otherwise rational people are talking about "dropping the hammer", as if having an incipient failed state in Europe is a small price to pay for 600 euro in your pocket. The frustration is understandable, but the the satisfaction of dropping the hammer on Greece would be short-lived -- possibly on the order of weeks depending on the scale of financial disruption.

The unhappy truth is that bad policy choices fifteen years ago means all the options available today lead to long-lived, complicated, and expensive consequences.

Comment: underestimates... (Score 1) 344 344

Underestimating time needed happens all the time in the software industry. It probably is worse in the gaming industry where publishing deadlines often get set 6 months or more in advance, but I still get hit with guaranteed release dates for customer commitments at my job now where I've put in ~100 hour weeks to fulfill (telecommuting many of these probably saved my marriage, as I would work 4 hours after my wife went to bed). Still, it is nothing like the 160 hour weeks in the office for a game release crunch (and no, that isn't all work - I slept on beanbag chairs in the testing room and they catered in meals, but at some point you're just so burned out and stinking of feet that you need a night sleeping at home and a long shower).

I can't think of any instance where I've cost a project, but I'm sure they exist. OTOH, I did have a workaround for a $5 million dollar contract where the customer was going to reject our Linux port due to a bug I found and reported. The developer and pubs person assigned the defect were laid off after 9/11 so the defect slipped through to the customer. Fortunately, I overheard a sales person talking about it and supplied the workaround, saving the contract.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon