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Comment Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (Score 1) 325

At least half what you claimed happened is not even mentioned in those links. In fact, some of it seems to be contradicted by those links. I don't really know what happened, but when someone starts in with the citations that don't support their claims, I generally start to think their bias is an insurmountable barrier for them to find out the truth,

Comment Re:Refactor? APU? (Score 1) 211

If the refactor is done properly I don't think the OpenCL acceleration would be necessary. Heck, 1-2-3 running on a 486 was pretty speedy.

I'd love to tie in R/Octave and do Numerical Analysis with Calc, so that OpenCL would be very handy indeed, seeing as it uses the CPU/GPGPUs and any other processor/co-processor like DSPs.

Comment Re:Clarification (Score 1) 211

From the article:

Calc is based on object oriented design from 20 years ago when developers thought that a cell should be an object and that creates a huge number of problems around doing things efficiently.

The problem isn't that Calc is object-oriented but was designed such that many things depended on the spreadsheet cell.

OOA/OOD isn't the problem. It's the team of architects who came up with their design using OOA/OOD that is the problem. Lighthouse Design using NeXT's MVC paradigms had Quantrix and Parasheet, Diagram!, Tasmaster, Concurrence [precursor to Keynote] and more. Some of the architects are at Apple and have been working on iWorks.

Comment Re:Right (Re:If you need it you are doing it wrong (Score 1) 211

Actually, the UI for Lotus Improv was quite nice and won some awards.

Its (spiritual) successor, Quantrix Financial Modeler seems to be selling well enough, even w/ a $1,495 price point.

I wish that Flexisheet (an opensource take on this sort of thing) would get more traction.

Correct and Improv was written specifically for NeXTSTEP which made it possible to do what it did. Improv fell apart and couldn't replicate the same MVC frameworks of ObjC/NeXTSTEP on Windows. Quantrix Financial Modeler was purchased and was also originally on NeXTSTEP. I used both at NeXT.

Comment Re:Or you could use rivers and dams for storage (Score 3, Informative) 109

The lost GDP in Salmon exports outweighs the Power exports in Washington State: Grand Coulee's primarily provides power to the US Government facilities, not anyone in Washington State. It also provides power to Arizona. People buy power from Bonneville Power in Washington State. The return of proper salmon runs will currently add > $4 Billion in GDP.

Comment Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (Score 1) 325

I suppose you could argue that Martin felt threatened when Zimmerman reached into his pocket to get his cellphone.

Seems to me that would qualify under the "stand your ground" law - Martin had a reasonable belief of an unlawful threat and that he did not have an obligation to retreat. Cops shoot people all the time for exactly the same reason, Martin would be justified in hitting Zimmerman first if the thought Zimmerman was in the process of drawing a weapon.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 324

There is a difference between taking an address down and reading your mail.

Exactly. The outside of a piece of mail is considered public. There is no expectation of privacy. That's, after all, why there is an envelope in the first place! Stuff inside the envelope is considered private, and protected. The outside? No.

Personally, I've long suspected that the Post Office was doing something like this because they've displayed an ability to trace a given piece of mail when requested, despite not having purchased a tracking service, albeit with substantial latency. How can they tell that a bit of mail from my Aunt Mabel did or didn't come through my local post office in the last two weeks without making some kind of record of every piece?

Comment Re:Never seen any of these legendary leaks. (Score 1) 326

I have a firefox running on a Debian box that serves as my network monitoring station. It's been running since May 20, reloading a plain html 2.0 web page every 5 minutes. No tabs, no javascript, no images, just plain jane html on a single web page. It has leaked its way from the 200 megs it started at up to 1.2 gigabytes today.

(And don't get me started about how Firefox for Linux doesn't honor the standard X primitives for positioning the window on the screen. Not that its competitors are any better.)

Comment Re:God it feels good to be an American!!!!!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 621

Why do you think that they are helping the US? They want to show their own prospective leakers that they had better not get any ideas.

They might think they are intimidating prospective leakers, but what they are really doing is encouraging them. Snowden saw what the US did to people like Bradley Manning and the NSA leakers who came before him and he STILL decided to go ahead.

It was apparent from the first mention of his name that he was motivated by patriotism and idealogy - all this bootlicking by EU members is only going to push their own leakers that much closer to a similar breaking point as Obama's 180 on warrantless wiretaps pushed Snowden.

Submission + - U.S. Govt Logging All Snail Mail for Law Enforcement

prakslash writes: If you thought that at least your snail mail letters and packages are safe, think again. According to the New York Times, the US government has two snail mail surveillance programs in place — Mail Covers and Mail Isolation Control and Tracking. Together, the two programs show that snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail. Next time you order something from Amazon, ThinkGeek or Newegg, ask them to wrap it in tin foil!.

Comment Re:Never seen any of these legendary leaks. (Score 1) 326

Maybe this would be a good time to mention that I put my console computer into -sleep- mode rather than leave it running. It returns from sleep mode in about 5 seconds with the day's work on screen and all ready to go.

Firefox wasn't running overnight, but it's still running from yesterday. Get it?

Comment Re:Oh, look! Just what the economy needs! (Score 5, Informative) 600

Having gone up about 20% since obama care passed.

And how much did it go up in the years before obamacare was passed?
Sounds like we were seeing double-digit inflation in health care insurance costs most years in the decade prior to obamacare's passage.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2009-09-15-insurance-costs_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

Seems like the rate of inflation in health care insurance is slowing to a historically low level of 4.5%:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/07/02/5-easy-ways-to-reduce-your-health-care-costs/

YMMV, but nationwide the trend is getting better not worse.

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