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Comment Re:How would it have benefitted Windows RT people? (Score 2) 75

Well, you're right, and I guess the OP was just being wishful. But then again, what big advantage is there in loading X86 WIN32 apps via the app store, when an X86 desktop system can load them easily already? If it's simply for the sake of the distribution mechanism (and if MS is going to take a cut), I can't imagine too many wanting to take advantage.

They would have an app store doing all the updating and marketing previously unknown programs.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance vs. Tax evasion (Score 1) 579

You're absolutely right.
I'm from Belgium, a country that has a lot of social programs, 2 language communities and whippersnap politics.
But we can even go the FOD financien (IRS) beforehand and have them help fill out our taxform.
I did that this year for the first time and it was a huge relief and absolutely necessary considering the situation I'm in.
So get (cheap) tax aid people, not only for yourself, but for your mother, grandmother or whoever you're the go-to-guy for.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance vs. Tax evasion (Score 1) 579

It's important to understand the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance is taking all the deductions, programs, etc. you are entitled to under tax law. We would never expect an individual to not take a tax deduction or child credit etc. because they have "courage". That's just bad personal finances.

Yet most people are unknowingly `courageous` because they don't have a tax team behind them.

Comment Re:The problem is 21 (Score 1) 201

Yes and they (Eastern Europe) have a substantially lower life expectancy.
And there is a strong correlation with alcohol abuse (
Frankly serving a 6 year booze, even if diluted is appalling.
And I'm from Belgium, where the legal drinking age is 16 and you have your first half of wine at 12.

Comment Re:Contrasting anecdote (Score 1) 209

The thing that bothers me about Backblaze, and the reason why I have a very hard time taking their results seriously, is the way they design their pods. They take a custom fabbed chassis, then fill it with the most ghetto components known to man: SATA port multipliers, ultra-low-end HBAs, dual "gamer" power supplies, very substandard cooling, and until recently they used super sketchy desktop boards. It's only last year that they finally changed the board for a Supermicro, primarily to get 10GbE very cheaply. For that same money, you can buy a ready-made 60-bay Supermicro chassis with redundant power and SAS - and a warranty. Hell, I bet SM would deliver directly to Backblaze's doorstep *and* give them a friendly discount.

I agree completely, especially about all the marvell crap, but what's so wrong about a gamer PSU.
What besides form factor makes a zippy PSU that much better ?

Comment Re:comment (Score 1) 209

So, you build a RAID array out of drives designed for "not RAID", and they started failing on you. And this is somehow Seagate's fault? The mind boggles.

Aren't we all building raid arrays with non-raid disks for SMB and home use nowadays anyway ?
If you're being pedantic and take RAID to mean "Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks" then the Seagate Archive is in fact the most ideal candidate.
I wouldn't though but that doens't mean he shouldn't.

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