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Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 66

I use them a lot for doing budgets and cash flow forecasts. That's the kind of job they were originally designed for, and within that milieu they can't really be beat. But going much beyond, where you have to use more and more query-like functionality is where they start to break.

Comment Re: Criminal (Score 1) 199

Politics, even at the ballot box, is the art of compromise. The perfect candidate will never exist, and even when you think you've found them, all you've found is a time bomb that will go off eventually.

The American system effectively offers you two choices; Trump or Clinton. You can vote third party, but that's just another way of voting for one of them, or you can stay home, which is still just a way of voting for one of them. The universe does not owe you easy answers, so you'll have to just resign yourself to the fact that every choice is effectively a vote for one of them.

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 2) 199

Even if the polls tighten up, Trump simply isn't competitive in enough battleground states to deliver victory. He's only "competitive" because you don't sell newspapers by saying "Three months to go, and GOP candidate is still doomed, and could never catch up." You sell advertising by proclaiming that national polls (which are incredibly poor indicators at the best of times) indicate "tightening". Besides, it's pretty clear that Trump still doesn't really want the job.

The bigger problem for the GOP is that the demographic that is driving Trump is in decline, and while it's likely to start dooming them in the Presidential races, the Senate isn't far behind, and gerrymandering will only buy them a few more House elections before it starts to falter in all but the reddest states. The Republicans have a serious demographic crisis on their hands, and at best a decade to solve it.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 66

That's my take on it. Spreadsheets are wonderful things... to a point, and then, when their developers and maintainers cross that line and start trying to use spreadsheets as querying engines, it can all get very ugly. Even if you get it to work, I have yet to see the spreadsheet software, and I was using them as far back as Multiplan, that didn't turn into a maintenance nightmare where one false step could lead to errors, or much worse, gibberish.

Comment Re:Maybe Wikileaks is the wrong entity to be angry (Score 1) 199

In many foreign countries your best bet is just dust yourself off and go on with your life.

The shit with the swimmers in Brazil is par. First you get robbed, then you have to pay off the cops to not charge you with inconveniencing the robbers (off duty cops). Best just to avoid the second bunch of thieves (cops) entirely.

Comment Re:Trapped? (Score 1) 199

Assange's problems are a lot bigger than Sweden. He is willfully evading British courts, which means before he ever answers for the Swedish charges, he's going to have to answer the Brits for why he evaded extradition. Even if he is ultimately found not guilty of committing any crimes in Sweden, he most certainly committed an offence in Britain.

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