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Comment Re:Take it public (Score 1) 266

But you can't do that kind of thing on a large scale.

Why, to do that you'd have to dedicate tens of thousands of machines just to log collection and analysis, invent a whole new approach to databases that scales out that much, and a whole ecosystem of applications around it! Yeah, Facebook did all that, long ago. Remember what their real product is: the analytics are more important than the site itself.

Comment Re:Stolen? Steam? (Score 1) 264

Stolen does not mean to deprive another of ownership, it means to take without permission.

And what does take mean? When your definition was penned, taking something clearly deprived the former possessor of ownership.

I'll concede that re-using the word "stolen" isn't a terrible choice for this new "take-a-copy" action, but let's not pretend that this is what its meant all along.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 251

I gotta agree with the GP. Phds are specialists.

I've never seen code as bad as was produced by a bunch of applied math Phds. FORTRAN that included calculated GOTOs. Databases tables with more columns then the engine allowed and no primary key. (Their fix, a second table, joined on a 100 char 'id column', with a bunch more columns for data.)

Of course you couldn't tell them anything. One got real butt hurt/lost face when I said his project would get a failing grade in an undergraduate data structures course. Truth hurts.

Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 1) 570

I wouldn't have phrased it against "old guys like you" that way, but you're pretty much right. I'd much rather scale horizontally than depend on vertical hardware upgrades being able to handle increased loads.

Comment Re:Fresh Direct (Score 3, Interesting) 193

Hmm...I guess I'm not familiar with this "doorman" situation. Is this like a guard or something for people living in apartments there?

That being said, I guess delivered groceries do well for people that don't cook, and no reheating something in the microwave or boiling in a bag does not count for cooking.

But I like to cook from scratch whenever possible. I'd not feel confident that someone picking out produce, or seafood or meat would pick out the best looking selections, but instead would be looking more to rotate stock so that oldest is going out.

I like to pick up, squeeze, look at and smell my ingredients and get the best I can find for myself.

But I've noticed that so many folks today in the US, just don't seem to know how to cook anymore. Hell, I've not dated a woman in awhile that knew how to cook even, I've had to show several girlfriends how to prep and do food.

Although I think it is changing back a bit and people are more interested in the foods they eat and fix home cooked meals, we have a long way to go on that front.

But no thanks...I'll get my own groceries. I get the best deals that way. I look on Wed. to see what's going to be on sale at the various grocery stores, and plan my route on the weekend to hit 2-3 of them to get the sale items, and I build some of my weekly cooking around that. I eat quite well and don't spend all that much as others do with pre-packaged, processed crap food.

Comment Re:Have we disprove free will yet? (Score 0) 209

Well, let's face it: people don't know what's good for them. It's better if we let the smart people run society. They can make better decisions for us than we can make for ourselves. This is known as Coercive Paternalism and it is the hottest new movement since Progressivism. The closed-minded need not apply, CP is only available to those who enjoy having their cherished beliefs challenged. From page 1: "The truth is that we don't reason very well, and in many cases there is no justification for leaving us to struggle with our own inabilities and to suffer the consequences." Since the government is not tempted by the rewards of your poor decision-making, it can dispassionately make better decisions for you. Let's face it: "choice" is such a sacred cow, especially to a certain that kind of person who practices out-of-fashion politics.

Comment Re:Everyone a donor (Score 1) 200

Great system actually. The only way to avoid the horror stories of people being kidnapped for organs or, worse, the poor selling their organs, is to ensure there are enough donated organs available.

So instead, we only have to worry about hospitals purposely letting you die so they can harvest your organs. If you object, please tell me how this can be avoided. We can't be little Polyannas who think doctors (and hospital administrators, who may not even have medical degrees) can and will do no wrong. Even well-meaning people can make callous decisions with the belief that it's for "the greater good". The Hippocratic oath simply so longer applies; it became the hypocritical oath a long time ago.

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