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Comment Re:Economics is hard (Score 4, Insightful) 168

However, the cost of 3-6 months trying to get a new machine configured properly and the correct software installed is NOT trivial in terms of time wasted. And 3 months would be an optimistic estimate. The biggest time waste I see is the dreaded "refresh", where you have everything working, then someone comes around wanting to "upgrade" your machine, and then you spend weeks or months arguing with IT about which applications should be installed, finding that half your documents are corrupted because this version of WORD is incompatible with the last 5 (all of which are also incompatible with each other), and poking around the internet trying to troubleshoot because no one has any idea what to do about it.

Comment Re:Religion (Score 1) 90

Isaac Newton was a religious fanatic even by standards of the day. He invented modern science and differential calculus as a side-effect.

    Rene Descartes was highly religious and formed the basis of modern philosophy, citing God as the basic element of the universe.

    The vast majority of the human population believes in some sort of higher power.

Baron_Yam, on the other hand , makes smart-ass comments on the internet

Comment Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod! (Score 4, Interesting) 197

The reason for this is to find "terrorists", but how many terrorists are dumb enough to give over their accounts that they use to actively proclaim jihad on the world with?

        A lot of them, actually. ISIS is very active about it, in fact. I think both the French and Monaco truck-ramming idiots had posts on some social media about jihad. Same with the idiots who shot up the theater.

        These guys are not criminal masterminds, nor are they particularly crafty or intelligent. Something this simple wouldn't stop all of them, but it would at least flag some of them.

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