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Comment Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

I had this problem until I started consistently going to sleep the second I got tired. My problems came because I wasn't keeping a schedule.
To get ON to the schedule, 3mg (milligram, not microgram!) sleep tablets of melatonin (completely natural, what your brain releases for sleepy time) do wonders.

Comment but the flaw is a human one (Score 1) 1576

The flaw is a human one.
*FDIC can be good thing, and it can be abused.
*Monetary policy under democratic control would definitely be abused by the people getting elected-- "sure we'll have a bit of inflation if it means the economy keeps doing well so I get re-elected...and a bit more...and a bit more..."
*Pension funds managed by boards controlled by the workers, what happens when the majority of workers are older retiring soon and pass reforms to raid the coffers leaving the youngins high and dry?

Rest of that stuff is pretty good though, specifically
-un-suspension of mark-to-market accounting ("require banks to use honest bookkeeping")
-pretty much everything else you listed

Comment Re:Anything from Packt (Score 1) 700

Everything I've read from Packt rates 8/10+ in my book.

but should I read your book?

on topic:
1984 made me paranoid as hell.
but as another /.'er pointed out, ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE!!!!!

This was encouragement in the wrong direction for me.
Yes they are monitoring everybody. But if you practice love, peace, patience...there is no law against these things. Therein lies true peace, because happiness doesn't come from liberty, temporary safety, Benjamin Franklin, or deserve neithers. ???

Irregardless, it's a good book and I'd still recommend reading it.

Comment Re:Is this news? (Score 1) 321

^calculating the energy required to accelerate a 2 ton object to orbital velocities in under 100 yards is left as an exercise for the reader.

it's probably on the order of the entire consumption of energy of the planet for one hour, condensed into less than 1 millisecond

Comment Re:Is USB really better? (Score 1) 543

Personally I think it's more along the lines that the USB-micro connectors don't last anywhere near as long. The connector on the phone seems to be ok, it's the connector on the cable that plugs into it that keeps losing rigidity and starts wiggling out if I pick the phone up after have plugged it in for charging for the night.
I can't imagine what would happen if they put one of those on the bottom.

The EU is a bunch of clowns that couldn't figure out why a unified currency with differentiated deficit spending was a recipe for disaster. The last thing I would expect them to be an expert on is device desgin.

Comment Re:It's not iTunes or Apple, it's RIAA (Score 1) 570

It's similar to the people who really, really want to waste USD $150 on a pair of Air Jordans. Most of them aren't going to buy them for playing basketball, they buy them because of the brand name and because of the perception that it will somehow make them cooler.

Very much the same thing when it comes to Apple products. Most of the people buying them don't understand what the specs, features and limitations mean for them. The only thing they know is the brand and the belief that it will somehow make them hip.

that's no perception, that's reality. We refused to sell out (or "buy out" I suppose), so we are nerdy and uncooler.

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