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Comment Re:Past their time (Score 1) 467

Here's a better example, note the wages:

Lincoln welders are priced competitively. The company is famous for their quality equipment which often lasts decades. (The SA series engine-driven welders are standard in oil field and pipeline use in many countries.)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/12/yes-to-profit-sharing-and-no-layoffs-for-64-years-in-a-row.html

Comment Re:Past their time (Score 4, Insightful) 467

"Now, they've priced the American worker out of the global labor market."

The American worker isn't priced out of the market. For example, we export BMWs to mainland China. We don't need many meat puppets and nut turners to do that.

The American worker is less NECESSARY because efficient businesses need fewer workers. Workers are an expensive burden, which is why even Foxconn is turning to robotics.

Comment Re:And it's still not as good as Ubuntu or Debian. (Score 1) 202

There is several how to because everybody has a different view on what to use

There doesn't need to be a single solution for any of these, but having all the setup be manual doesn't help most users. That's why we went with deb/rpm in the first place.

As far as the choices - all of my clients just tell me "make me a mailserver". They don't choose the specs, they tell me the requirements and I choose the specs. Frankly most people don't care why underlies their tools, for better or worse. Of the hundreds or thousands of packages I use, I can say I've only studied the .specs of dozens of them, so at a certain level apparently I don't care either.

Comment Re:Too bad she is pretty (Score 1) 170

When did you last time see a pretty woman doing great things like that?

My goodness, did you go to college? Work anywhere that had employees? I've been in classes with, studied under, and worked with numerous gorgeous women. From that subset of classmates, many are doing great things today.

If you need an example from the famous super-genius echelon, the one that comes to mind most immediately would be Lisa Randall, though frankly it's the sapiosexual qualities that do it for me.

Comment Re:its not news yet (Score 0) 177

than a handful of irrelevant people who made a pretty website and metioned the Raspberry Pi

Hey, when I read this I thought, "oh, look, something useful to do with those buggy-as-shit RPi's I got conned into buying," and then I went and read their site:

Optional: USB sound card for better quality (the integrated sound card on the Raspberry Pi has an annoying crackle bug)

<cartman>Goddammit!</cartman>

Comment Re:And it's still not as good as Ubuntu or Debian. (Score 3, Insightful) 202

They're both fine. What's more surprising to me is that both of them have completely missed the functionality that puppet, cfengine, et. al. provide.

It used to be that distros would adopt and integrate such functionality. So many of the Fedora 'spins' could simply be expressed as a puppet script. Having a well-supported "make me a mailserver" etc. would be great too.

Comment Re:Some things should not be.. (Score 1) 522

Your brain no longer functioning properly is not going to be solved by getting a new body, that will happen with age. Go read a science book!

When you replace the neurons one at a time with electronic substitutes (say, as an Alzheimer's treatment), at what point is Grandma no longer Grandma?

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 1103

"Maybe the job doesn't meet your aspirations, but maybe you need the money and want to work, even if only for a couple of years. What then?"

America: A nation full of temporarily-embarrassed millionaires. In any case, I would say more people, with a longer time commitment, are benefiting from the union presence.

Comment Re:Historically, NSA have done the opposite. (Score 2) 407

yeah, the conventional wisdom is that NSA improved the S-boxes in Lucifer, and at the time nobody quite understood why. Academic cryptographers later understood why and this sort of led to a ghetto legend that NSA people were mentats who were far advanced from academia. The more likely explanation is that in the mid-70's, when crypto CS was relatively new, that the people who held such interests gravitated to the NSA because that's where the opportunities were. NSA likely had somebody on staff who had studied substitution ciphers, perhaps done a PhD paper on it.

Now there are commercial and academic opportunities for cryptographers, and while still courted by the NSA, Will Hunting has had his influence.

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