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Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 287

I don't know where you get your numbers from, but I am a blade smith, part time self employed as such, and I can guarantee you that it does not take a week to hammer out a knife. Starting from steel stock I can hammer out a proper blade in about 20 minutes by hand. Even doing something fancy and making a multi layered steel knife with moderately complex steel patterning can be done in under a couple of hours.

Filing, grinding, heat treatment, polishing and making a handle take longer. Even so, if I apply myself I can get a multilayered knife from stock to finished knife in less than 8 working hours (need to allow time for tempering and curing of expoxy) if I want everything to be crisp and show quality. At the last gathering I went to I made a small multilayer knife for a friend in under 5 hours, though I admit the polishing before etching was not up to my usual standards simply due to lack of time.

I grant you that this does not devalue the gist of your argument, but if you throw out numbers you have to keep the realistic. The above numbers are just for my skill level. I am good, but not like professional smiths of old. I've once seen an 85 year old guy from Sheffield forge blades like you wouldn't believe. He could crank out close to 400 fully detailed pocket knife blades per day.

Comment Re:I don't understand all the hate on the mini NES (Score 5, Insightful) 94

Then your wife pulled off a miracle because stores around here only got a couple that didn't even make it to the shelves before flying out the door. They told me they couldn't reserve any, and that some might come in, 2 weeks after Christmas. And now I find out that Nintendo discontinued the f*cking thing.

Instead of ramping up production ahead of time and making a killing with Christmas sales, they limit supply to a couple thousand and then discontinue the thing before it becomes available off the shelf. There is no point is talking about how great the thing is when most people didn't even get the chance to just go to the store and by one before it's gone again.

Comment Re:Wait! (Score 3, Interesting) 311

Quite late in the discussion, but yes. I work as a sysadmin in a big biotech pharma company where we make special treatments for a specific rare disease that will kill the people who have it if they don't get it. It cannot be cured, because it is due to a genetic defect. The only option is to supply the patient with enzymes that their own body doesn't make.

The medicine itself is 'reasonably' easy to make. But not when you have to comply with the regulatory requirements of various countries.

All research, marketing and other costs aside, we have a half a billion dollar plant, with over 500 employees, to make a drug for only 2500 patients worldwide, give or take. You can do the math on that. The reason we need that many employees is because the rules surrounding biotech drugs is incredibly strict. We are audited several times per year by various agencies, and things like change control, exception and deviation management, etc, are gruesome. Top heavy and very labor intensive.

Comment Re:Is GDB as good as the VS Debugger? (Score 1) 159

My experience with GDB is quite out of date. I did a lot of realtime Linux C++ development for Alcatel Space. I did exactly what the GP mentioned: develop and debug core infrastructure on windows using VS, and then port to Linux.

Keep in mind, I was used to platform infrastructure development on both Windows and Linux, and equally at ease with Visual Studio and VIM. In fact I much preferred VIM and G++ at that time.

The reason I chose to use visual studio to implement the first infrastructure builds, was that most of our software was multithreaded. Visual Studio debugger worked just fine with multithreaded applications. GDB otoh completely shat itself as soon as the code hit a breakpoint in a worker thread and I tried stepping into / over something. This was 2004 or 2005 iirc. I tried various things but most people I asked in a newsgroup related to GDB told me that I shouldn't be using threads anyway... yeah so helpful.

In any case, this was over 10 years ago and I don't know how the situation is today, but in my case the complete failure to debug multithreaded code made it useless to our team.

Comment Re:$500 is Shocking??? (Score 2) 195

I know the business guys use SAP here and no doubt it is expensive. Not sure how much though. I look after the process automation software in a pharmaceutical company, and the annual licensing of just our tech support is enough to buy a house. A big house. In a good neigborhood. And that is cheap compared to initial purchase of our software. Engineering licenses alone are something like 15K per seat.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1560

Correct. But those settlements give Hamas a veneer of righteousness on a global scale. They can point at Israel, and say 'see, Israel is continuing to gobble up our territory. so we fight'. And while those settlements would probably not make a difference either way, the fact is that Israel is occupying their territory and providing Hamas with a reasonable justification that is not deniable.

Comment Re: This works for me (Score 1) 416

Cars always burn in France. When I was working for Alcatel Space in Cannes, I was talking with one of the French consultants (he helped set up the realtime Linux env, I was a developer building on top of their OS) and it was during the riots after a couple of young troublemakers hid from the police and got electrocuted in a high voltage cabin.

I mentioned the news footage about the care burning, and he said 'This is in Marseilles. There are always cars burning. An average weekend in Marseilles has 60 cars burning. Now it's 100. So what. Some troublemakers even torch their own cars when a news crew is in the neighborhood just to appear on the news'

Every country has its peculiarities.

Comment Doesn't matter (Score 3, Interesting) 1321

This is like calling on the electors to not choose Trump, or come up with all sorts of far fetched plans that would somehow put Clinton on the big seat. Look at the county results map. Even if the DNC can somehow find a technicality to avoid a Trump presidency, the result will be more or less a civil war imo. There is no way that the actual people in those red counties are going to let 'the big city folks' put Trump aside.

I am not a big fan of him either. Nor of Hillary for that matter. But at this point it's gone so far that either he becomes president or you'll have riots from coast to coast.

Comment Social media are vital to me (Score 1) 186

I have a sysadmin job by day for my main income. But I am also a craftsman and artist in my free time. I occupy a niche within a niche and I am pretty successful and recognized as a skilled person who makes nice things.

None of that would be possible without social media to share pictures of my work, or having customers contact me. More than half my orders come from people contacting me via my fb page. The rest via a forum on which I am very active, and a handful through my website. So I'd say 90% at least via social media.

If it weren't for social media, I would simply not be able to do what I love. 75% of my customers live in the US and I live in Europe. I think I've only had 2 customers ever in my own country. So noone would buy my things which in turn means I would not have the funds to buy the materials I like to work with or the tools and machines I use. At best I would have to go to every single crafts fair in a 300 mile radius and make / sell 'low cost' (less than 300$) generic things that appeal to most people instead of making the things I love using the materials that I love.

Sure, social media can be a huge timesink and distraction if you let it. It can also be the vital enabler for your ideas or business.

Comment Re:How do they solve the credibility problem? (Score 2) 372

. (Sure, the guy can put on a condom, but by doing so he'd be telling the gal he doesn't trust her by default, which perhaps he might try to explain away with an even more awkward discussion about STDs, either way ruining the mood.)

Actually it is perfectly normal to use a condom to further decrease the odds of pregnancy. My gf was on the pill and I used condoms. Trust has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:This happned to me... (Score 1) 241

Very much this. If you want to be gandhi, be gandhi. Just don't be surprised if you end up being punished because you were making a point. The difference with a main ISP is that unlike the ISP, Tor is used in large part for trying to hide illegal activity such as pirating or sharing cp.

Arguing that the cp is not your problem because you only run the exit node is not going to win you any sympathy, regardless of the philosophical merits of your argument. If they can tie actual cp traffic to your node, you will end up ruined. That is the simple reality whether it is right or wrong.

It's like having right of way over a 30 ton truck: you may be in the right, but the truck will squash you to pulp.

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