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Comment Re:You see this in small businesses (Score 1) 616

Binary objects are obviously far more opaque than plain text when it comes to piping data between tools, and that is a negative thing for the reasons he just gave.

When your shell can decode these binary objects natively, they are not any more opaque than text encoded as a stream of ASCII or UTF-(8|16|32) bytes. PowerShell pipes btw work seamlessly with native executables and turn these objects into text so you can put a grep at the end of your chain of PowerShell (assuming you have gnu grep installed) to perform filtering the unix way. Powershell will turn text into an object (of type string), and the console spits out text in the end. You can redirect this text to a file.

In addition to all that, you have the ability to operate on .NET objects. You can compile C# and VB.NET classes on the fly. C# and VB.NET will let you call an unmanaged dll function (e.g. the equivilant of linking to a .so and making an API call). So I could write a script that call call any .NET DLL easily, and with a few lines of C#, call any unmanaged API call. That's really useful. Whatever isn't exposed to me as a PowerShell cmdlet, I can access with not a lot of code.

Comment Re:How quaint! (Score 1) 83

Because jet injectors (which actually predate TOS) aren't nearly as neat as Star Trek portrays. Blowback and cross-contamination is a major concern. You basically need a new tip for each injection, rather than just a single one to use forever.

I thought that except for diabetics self administering needles, most of the time needles were used once.

Comment Re:Give them away (Score 2) 302

It's interesting and disconcerting people can't figure anything out on their own and feel the need to ask for help online or Google answers. If the OP doesn't know what to do with found calculators yet the OP works in a school where students would benefit from these calculators, I think we're in trouble. Next time I'm sleepy or hungry and don't know what to do about it I'm going to post a /. article and ask everyone.

Perhaps its a matter of "whats the best course of action." He knows how to sell them. He knows how to give them away. He knows how to throw them out. He is looking for an out of the box solution, or third party moral justification for any of these actions.

Comment Re:Bill Gates is a Rock Star. (Score 2) 413

A lot of people would just sit on their fortunes (Warren Buffet) or piss it away on political bullshit (Koch brothers). I know a lot of the crowd here is anti-Microsoft, but it's nice to see Bill Gates doing something with his hoard and something halfway-geeky to boot!

Yeah The Oracle from Omaha should give away large chunks of his wealth to philanthropic causes. Oh wait . . .

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

Well, not quite true. If the currency fails, a strong man could TAKE POWER.

See Weimar Germany.

I can't see a Hitler taking over the entire US by persuasion. The union would split up first, and a large chunk of the contiguous 48 states might be lead by a dictator. Said dictator might reunite the country via military conquest though.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

The northeast also has cheap internet. I pay $15 a month for DSL, or have the option to pay $50 a month for highspeed FiOS or cable.

I live in Jersey city (literally right across the river from manhattan). After taxes I pay just under $100 for the FIOS double play (phone and internet). It might get cheaper if I drop the land line, but I don't think I can do fios or cable for under $50.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

I'm fine with getting rid of Social Security, just don't make me pay the 6% of my income then. (Even if you "force" me to open a 401(k) instead, which I obviously already have, because anybody that's not a moron won't give up free employer match.)

I've worked at places without matches. Its not a guarantee. That being said, its worth the tax savings.

Comment Re:No shit sherlock (Score 1) 237

Where are these cheap Americans that will work for $1.75/hour?

No where, and that's why we should hang those motherfuckers that sold us out to the Indians in a public place and leave them rotting as a warning to future motherfuckers that would do the same.

Who's with me?

Or wait for Indian cost of living and salaries to rise, while mean while manufacturing moves to third world states like Alabama.Be patient, everything is cyclical.

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