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Comment Re:At the expense of US specializations. (Score 1) 469

It'd be fine if you could just order a foreign market car, while the US keeps its home market vehicles large, US-sized, powered and priced for the masses.

You realize that your own government is eviscerating the chances of "US-sized, powered and priced" cars ever coming back, right? See the new CAFE requirements for mileage.

Comment Re:Mixed feelings (Score 2) 244

PHP is like BASIC. In the right hands it can certainly produce just as readable and maintainable code as any other language, but the short learning curve to get to first base invites people with little or no discipline, or often enough, without any underpinnings at all, to write absolute garbage.

Would you you prefer that said people stumble their way through something more difficult like C, so that they can produce even worse code than they would have in PHP?

Comment Re:Is it open sourced? (Score 1) 244

I had the opposite experience. When testing on some newer quad core servers (several years ago), I found that eaccelerator would cause segfaults in Apache that I couldn't pin down to anything in particular. It wasn't hardware either, because it happened on several machines equally. I ditched eaccelerator for APC and things have been peachy since.

Comment Re:A lack of diversity... (Score 4, Insightful) 236

Although there are alternatives to Adobe Reader, none of them is good enough to gain significant market share.

Are you kidding me? Acrobat is such a steaming pile of crap that it has bred a completely misplaced hatred of PDF in most Windows users. Ever seen a Slashdot summary with a "(warning, PDF)" note after a link? Only Acrobat can manage to bog down a brand new system opening a 1 page PDF, every other PDF reader in the world will open it instantaneously.

If anything, Acrobat has single handedly painted PDF into the very niche corner that it's in now. PDF is a good format hobbled by a hopelessly lousy reference implementation.

Comment Re:Reflections (Score 4, Insightful) 960

At the core of the problem is that security is a tradeoff between convenience and security. Users like convenience and don't care about security. IT is tasked with (among other things) keeping things secure, and so users see them as making things less convenient. Making things even worse is that people ignorant of technology closer to the top of the organization are fond of instituting security theatre policies, which of course also fall upon IT to implement.

Comment Re:What a crock. (Score 2) 304

Yes and no, some drives have tripled in price while others have seen modest gains. Checking local stores, I see that the WD Caviar Green 2T drive that used to be on sale for $65 every week is now $180. However, the WD Caviar Green 3T drive that used to be in the $220 range is now... *drumroll* ...$250. Now, I'm pretty sure the 2T drive was significantly less than $180 when it was released several years ago.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but I guess people are still buying the 2T drives instead of the 3T drives, even though the latter actually is ~10% cheaper per gig now.

I have a sneaking suspicion that once drive prices start falling again they'll fall very slowly and may never reach the levels we saw just a few months ago.

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