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Comment Then chickens would die out (Score 1) 331

Not many wild chickens in the world. If we could make artificial chicken meat, and I'd be all for eating it since it seems less cruel to me, then people would stop breeding chickens for food.

Chicken isn't the most perfect example for this because we also eat eggs. Apply that logic to pigs though - yep, much more of a problem.

Comment Doesn't smell right (Score 2) 513

....and the inflammatory sexist statement, made without any proof, at the end doesn't help. Extrapolating from the timing (we have literally nothing else to go on) it looks to me that he wasn't fired for wanting to take care of his wife. Seems more likely he was let go for either lying (or "sin of omission") at the interview and then asking for special treatment when he turned up.

We don't know what the role was, so we don't know how likely it would be for evening/weekend work etc.. A company may well have a duty of care to its employees, but it does not have a duty of care to people who aren't its employees. Unless this was all nailed down at interview then the company didn't get what they were told they were getting. Sympathy for an employee is one thing and we don't know how the company would have responded to an existing employee suddenly having that need. What we're seeing appears to be a potential employee hiding something until actually employed and then trying to spring it on a company as an obligation.

I am currently at a company that has been extremely generous to me in terms of time needed at home. I would not expect that same generosity if I had turned up at interview asking for the same, and I certainly wouldn't expect it if I turned up without letting them know and then saying "surprise, I'm working like this now".

Comment Re:I realize this is bad for 'purists' but... (Score 1) 184

The sharper image is the problem. You need a multisync that can go down to a resolution as low as 128x128 without issues, at half the rates of VGA (15Khz). The Hantarex repair page gives a small insight into the kind of specs required.

My own MAME machine has a 20" (I think) Hantarex being driven by a 1st gen ArcadeVGA - really old nVidea that has a custom BIOS flashed to guarantee 15Khz scan rates. It is superb. Without this, you're relying on software scaling to try and smooth things out, and it's really not the same.

Comment Re:Go ahead, get rid of the 'phone jack... (Score 1) 332

My friend, I hope this has been a valuable lesson for you. It should have been obvious several posts ago with all the ducking and weaving around sales vs market share that you're talking with an unrelenting Apple fanboy, but we're all only human, and in the heat of the moment it's easy to miss the signs.

Next time, I trust you'll spot the warning signs earlier and bow out before it's too late.

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 1) 151

Agree except for the iPhone bit (or high-end Android phone , it's not a platform war I'm describing). That has exactly the same rationale as the the high end graphics card - if I'm going to be using something constantly, then I want the best/fastest/most functional/. A high-end phone rather than el cheapo is exactly the kind of choice that getting the high-end graphics card is, if you actually plan on using the capabilities they have.

Comment Oh, is it 4GL time again? (Score 4, Informative) 338

All you have to do is specify the requirements, then you can just graphically draw it and put the app together! That's it! That's all you'll ever need to do. And it will work, just like it did in the 90s.

Actually, it will work exactly like it did in the 90s. Which is to say not at all, and to store up a load of 4GL take-out projects for the early 2000s...

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

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