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Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 2) 157

I'd seriously like to see the courts side with consumers and insist Lexmar must refill the cartridge for free as long as I own the printer. Let's see how fast the printer companies back off from their outrageous claims.

All of the printer companies have a history of abusing the legal system. Lexmar just happens to the worse offender.

Comment Re:Neglect is more likely (Score 1) 100

Nearly right. The "South Vietnamese" government was an illegal and illegitimate device conjured up by Washington to justify its violent intervention. There was a nation called Vietnam. After international talks, an election was scheduled for Vietnam. Washington decided that the Communists were certain to win the election, so it engineered a "rebellion" by a newly-invented entity called "South Vietnam". Insofar as it ever existed, South Vietnam must have seceded from Vietnam, just as Washington maintains

That's a very good summary.

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 195

and I have some of the best dark skies in the country. Most people have never seen a dark sky, and underestimate its value.

Oh man, I envy you there.

I'm wanting to try my hand at some astral photography, but I dunno when I'll get a chance to find somewhere to go that isn't trashed with urban light pollution.....

It was just before Katrina, when I went with a girlfriend to a little beach house type thing in Mexico, well away from the large cities, that I last saw a nice, unpolluted nighttime sky.

I'd forgotten what a beautiful display a black night full of stars and planets looked like.

We got there and just sat on the deck with a couple beers that first night (and most nights afterwards) just staring into the night sky and marveling how wondrous it was...

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 122

Okay, well, with a cut-down population, you also lose the labor required to produce to support the population. Then labor becomes a short resource. Without a labor reserve, you can't take advantage of technical progress, and so the economy becomes unstable and poverty becomes more wide-spread, rather than the normal model of developing better access to food, clean water, and healthcare as technology improves.

This flies in the face of history. Cut-down populations lead to boom times of reduced poverty and inequality (most notably after the black plague). A terrible way to get a boom time, but that's what happens.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm just out-of-touch... (Score 2) 207

The constant unyielding unending march of useless abstraction.

hardware (hypervisor) -> kernel (per process hardware abstraction for userland) -> interpreted runtimes (nodejs/java/.net etc).

That last part is why modern 'apps' are bloated piles of garbage that need multighz machines to be responsive doing things that could be done on a 486 (eg winNT/mirc on a 486 vs discord on a haswell@4.7ghz). The argument is security and ease of development (zomg! cloud!). The former's been readily disproved and the latter sacrifices significant capability and performance. I think we're well past the point of diminishing returns and into the realm of significant drawbacks.

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