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Comment Re:Irish Brexit? (Score 1) 71

The point is they gave the tax breaks selectively, which IS against EU law. You can have a tax of 0% so long as that tax rate is available to any company.

In this case the EU bureaucrats and paper pushers are trying to re-interpret the existing rules covering this situation

You mean they're actually doing something in favour of the tax payer for once? Something that they should have done years ago.

and then apply penalties retroactively.

All penalties are retroactive. You don't get penalised for something you're yet to do.

Comment Re: Surprise (Score 1) 67

The other far more difficult thing is getting coffee to go. It's a pretty much given that a coffee shop in Australia or the USA will serve it to go, not so in western Europe where it's much more a sit-down affair.

I can't relate to that from my experience. Denmark has so many walk in/walk out cafe's and coffee carts. You can sit in, but it seems more common to take away than not. Sweden/Norway/Germany/Hungary not as good as Denmark for coffee but certainly the same sort of cafe culture. I can imagine that it might be different in France, Spain and Italy, I've not visited those places in recent times. Also we may be talking about differing types of dining experience, I mainly get coffee and cafe's during the day with breakfast or lunch, not restaurants for an evening meal. Coffee at restaurants is usually awful, I often order one just to see if they can top the yuk scale.

Comment Re: Surprise (Score 1) 67

I don't know what you guys are taking about. I've lived in CA, Copenhagen Denmark, England and New Zealand, and I've visited various European countries and about half the US states. I usually get coffee. There's no noticeable difference in the service speed between all these places. You get better coffee in urban areas mostly.

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 2) 503

You've totally nailed it on the head there. 8 years ago I was using Ubuntu. It seemed like Linux on the desktop was getting better at a nice pace. The graphics stuff improved considerably from 2006-2008 such that the same laptop that in 2006 felt pretty jerky just moving windows around was silky smooth in 2008. And then somehow it all went to shit and I bought a macbook.

Comment prefer airbnb to exist (Score 1) 260

As someone who rents I dislike the idea of AirBnB pushing up prices. But as someone who travels AirBnB has been the best thing in years. Hotels are fine if you're on your own, but I usually travel with my family. Staying in a slightly run down home is way better than a very nice hotel or holiday home when your kids are going to run around in it. Not to mention seeing into other peoples lives and houses.

I travelled around the US with my family and our 3 cats. I know some hotels let you have pets, but the limit is usually 2 and they don't like cats. Didn't have trouble finding places on AirBnB usually within a 4 hour drive of one another. I know that it would be possible before AirBnB existed, but would have required a lot more planning, and our trip was entirely unplanned.

Comment Re:Rails is deja vu all over again (Score 1) 37

Yes you're correct, and Rails is still like that. It figures out all the columns on boot (in production, on each page load in development). It has a separate migration system that allows you to modify the schema.

I developed on Rails for a few years. I'm not fond of using it now but I recognize it for what it is/was, a product of it's time. It made developing database backed web applications much faster and easier than Java or .NET at the time, and more structured than PHP. Nothing in software is new, but it built on what came before in it's problem space at just the right time to capture a wave of interest and to spread it's ideas to other platforms.

Comment Re:IT is a big profession (Score 1) 246

Ruby on Rails is 10 years old, and there's still plenty of jobs in it, and new projects. It's not something I personally want to do anymore, but it fills a niche well enough. JavaScript is 20 years old, and I don't think that's a language that will disappear any time soon. Frameworks may come and go, but surely the same is true of C/C++.

Comment bad summary (Score 1) 57

The summary has it back to front. The polymer can be stretched into other shapes which it keeps until it is raised to body temperature. The material will snap back into shape even when lifting a weight or crush an object that it has been wound around.

This means that in surgery a strand of polymer can be stretched to put into place, whereupon it springs back into the desired shape, perhaps constricting something, or raising / pulling something.

Comment I want to pay but... (Score 1) 675

I don't want to see ads ever. If I visited a site like wired every day then I could see myself paying, but I don't, I only ever follow the occasional link there. Some kind of multi-site micropayment service might work quite well - something like a spotify subscription where the money from my subscription is distributed to the content provider that I visit, proportional to the number of visits. Not perfect but if one provider ducks behind a paywall I just stop visiting, if they all disappeared then I'd probably pay.

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