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Comment Two Ifs... (Score 1) 34

If alcohol doesn't increase the rate of accidents, for example because tipsy drivers drive more carefully to avoid being pulled over, then these statistics mean nothing.

If people's motivation for driving home drunk instead of getting a cab, uber or lyft is because their car is parked in limited time parking where it would be subject to fines and/or towing when left overnight, then the availability of cabs is moot.

Statistics isn't hard if you do it right. Observational studies of rare events are highly likely to be confounded.

Comment Re: Translating for the rest of the world (Score 1) 126

Your point?

Some elements end in -um, some in -ium. If you complain about aluminum, then you're a hypocrite for also not complaining about all the others. Americans aren't complaining about all the elements ending in -ium; we have no problem understanding that some are one way and some another, it's only a bunch of dickheads who seem to think they should all end in -ium and complain about this even though a bunch of them don't, and haven't for millenia.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 526

Finance? It's go Quickbooks or go home. And they *only* make a Windows version. (No, that online crap doesn't count)

According to another poster here, Quickbooks doesn't work on Windows 10, only Win7.

So saying that we "chose" to use Microsoft is like saying that someone who lives in a cholera infested area "chose" to drink beer, and that attitude won't win you any favours.

I'm not trying to win any favors. I'm actually just laughing at you all as you suffer with all the stuff MS is doing lately, which are the direct results of your own bad choices.

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 307

C will fail to help you make a chip.

I've used and modified C programs that took SPICE output to optimize IC circuit speed, and interfaced with part of Verilog to calculate gate loading and speed. C was essential to our process of chipmaking.

Fair enough. I was really aiming at HDLs for digital logic, but I didn't write with sufficient precision.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 601

For one, we're talking about police vehicles here. They're not going to be chasing someone at high speeds and just cruise in a straight line. What if the suspect tries to run them off the road?

Secondly, just because your vehicle can go in a straight line doesn't mean it's safe at that speed. What if you need to swerve or take some evasive action? Now you're looking at a rollover. You really have no business driving that vehicle faster than 55. If you want to drive fast, get a car.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 601

Where is that? I've never seen a police car anywhere in the US that wasn't some type of American-brand car. Not saying it's impossible, but I've really never seen or even heard of it. Usually, for the cars, they use either Chargers or Impalas. I'm sure Passats are more economical than those two, but not by that much over the Impala I would think.

Comment Re:Year of the... (Score 1) 526

Hahaha!!! Maybe you don't remember, but they already had an anti-trust trial back in the late 90s. Nothing came of it, and that was back when MS had even more of a monopoly than they do now (back then, desktop Linux was basically non-existent and Macs were barely on the radar, and smartphones didn't exist).

There's plenty of alternatives now for people who really want to free themselves from MS's crapware. The problem is that they just don't want to. And I don't feel sorry for them one bit. They were warned about this stuff many, many years ago and they didn't listen and even ridiculed us; now their chickens are coming home to roost. I look forward to the next abuse MS heaps on them.

Comment Re:Year of the... (Score 1) 526

Considering Microsoft making exceptions to lockdowns, I think they are going to piss off a lot of minor businesses because Windows Professional will not get those exceptions.

Yeah, and what are they gonna do about it? File a complaint? bwahahaha

Everyone collectively deciding to hand MS this much power over their computing infrastructure has enabled MS to act this way, and the customers are now reaping the rewards of their decisions.

Comment Re:In a country far far away (Score 4, Insightful) 526

I don't have 6-10 hours a week to mess around with crap not working randomly.

Apparently you do have time and inclination and tolerance to put up with MS advertising to you and preventing you from turning off spyware and other "features".

I also don't want to waste the money I spent.

You need to go read about the Sunk Cost Fallacy.

You offer a half baked solution without understanding the current needs of the populace

Hey, if the populace doesn't mind being spied on and having advertising forced on them right in the OS, then good for them, they can have it. Not me.

Push them to Apple at least.

I don't think all that software you listed will work on MacOSX, so that doesn't seem like a viable alternative to people like you either.

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