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Comment Not everyone in the third world is poor. (Score 1) 248

It seems to me you should be looking at the commercial viability of particular markets and not the dismal per capita income of the population as a whole. Licensing AutoCAD isn't going to break the budget of a $10 million dollar construction project in Central America.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 63

Mozilla's actual inclusion report is confusing. First it says "58% of people in the world can't afford an Internet connection." Then it contrasts the same number "57.8% of the world’s population cannot afford broadband Internet service" with "39.5% of the world’s population cannot afford Internet on their phone or mobile device". My best guess, based on the wording of the Affordability Report that Mozilla's inclusion report cites, is that "broadband" means "either wired service at home or cellular service", not service in a library, restaurant, or Internet café.

Comment Re:A problem without a good solution. (Score 2) 248

Unless you're Red Hat and can sell support contracts, or unless you're Google and you can use it to prop up your ad platform and app store, where's the money in developing free software? Case in point: What's the "free and open source" counterpart to, say, Animal Crossing or Smash Bros.?

Comment Re:Don't be obtuse (Score 1) 347

Let's look per $100,000 of value. I put down $20,000. Now it's worth $200,000. So I made $100,000 on a $20,000 investment. Subtract interest, taxes, and other living expenses. I have lived for free and tripled my money.

Where's your 20 year BS? That was 6 years and the house made more than me every single month of that time. I can pay off the loan any day I want to cash out my profit and sell the house to move.

Comment Re:it's not always about race (Score 1) 347

We do it all the time. We've been doing it for hundreds of years in America. By around 15 years after immigration immigrants are high functioning in the culture though cultural differences remain. By 2nd generation (that is children of parents who have been here 15 years or more) there are few remaining culture differences that influence economic well being. By 3rd and 4th those disappear entirely.

Comment Re:AI? (Score 1) 154

You have been reluctant to define intelligent. I don't know what scientific results you are talking about. We are learning how brains work. We have been able to emulate simple ones. So far there is no sign of some missing ingredient in what we are doing. The road we are on looks promising.

Comment Re:Back-scratchy (Score 1) 347

Correct and may be the case that with today's excellent telecommuting that the localization advantage is going to disappear. However things like:

a) people tend to pick first job near their college
b) people often tend to pick careers based on parents
c) people's career paths are guided by opportunities where they work
etc... still drive local specialization.

Comment Re:64bit (Score 1) 147

Why does it take so long for basics like web servers and databases to get there?

Because the PHP language on 32-bit architectures doesn't support 64-bit integers. All you get are 32-bit actual integers and the 52-bit type you get by (ab)using a double-precision floating point value as an integer.

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