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Comment Re:....wait....SecondLife is still a thing? (Score 1) 230

The apathy is because we vote for their candidates and they turn around and screw us over. Obamacare was really well appreciated, but he didn't really get much else done,

It's also been a punch in the nuts to the middle class, which has seen health care costs skyrocket, as usual. Meanwhile, the rich get to opt out in one way or another, and the poor get some shitty, substandard health care and feel grateful for it. Since the middle class is at its smallest size since... what was that depressing thing called again? I guess that won't affect voting much. Meanwhile, it should galvanize the poor, who think they're getting a great deal when they get the equivalent of table scraps of the rich, but taken from the middle class.

When Obama took office, there were two problems with medical care in the US:

1. Access
2. Cost

He decided to tackle access, and has basically succeeded at that. He decided to ignore cost, and things have not gotten better.

I think this was actually probably the correct move. Once people have had access to medical care for a while, taking it away will be difficult, so it was essential that this be done early.

The cost problem will need to be solved, and it will continue to get worse until no matter how conservative you are as a politician you will need to help fix it.

Comment Re:Not many morals in the federation really (Score 4, Insightful) 485

An automatic dishwasher is more for sanitizing than removing the mechanical aspects of hand washing.

There are two schools of thought about dishwashers. This is one.

The other schools is that a dishwasher is to replace hand washing.

I had a friend who was of the 2nd school, and his girlfriend was of the 1st school. He basically tied her down to a chair, loaded the dishwasher his way - without pre-washing, just shoving everything in. He started it.

They waited.

In the end, they opened it... AND THE DISHES WERE CLEAN.

I recommend you try the experiment. It might not work with your dishwasher (especially if you are an American and have a rental property, as landlords in the US put in the cheapest shit they can). But it might!!! Think of the hours of your life you'll get back....

Comment Re:Those outside of Greece will have an impact (Score 1) 359

If you look at deficit as a percentage of GDP it's not too bad:

Might want to look at total governmental debt instead of deficit. Deficit just marks the extent to which the debt is increasing year by year.

Or even look at current accounts deficit - the deficit ignoring interest on outstanding debt.

The comment I was replying to was discussing spending more money than taking in, which is the definition of deficit. My point is that compared to other industrialized countries, Greece is about middle of the pack regarding its deficit, so you need to look further than this simple explanation of Greece's woes.

Comment Re:Those outside of Greece will have an impact (Score 1) 359

At the end of the day, you just can't keep spending more than you take in. It's going to collapse at some point. Greece is one of the most notorious countries at doing this, and so they're the canary in the coal mine.

This is actually not true. If you look at deficit as a percentage of GDP it's not too bad:

USA: 5.8%
UK: 5.7%
France: 4.0%
Greece: 3.5%
Netherlands: 2.3%
Canada: 1.8%
Switzerland: 0.0%
Germany: -0.7% (surplus!)

What is unusual about Greece is that the GDP per capita has fallen for the past 6 years, under the fiscal policies imposed by the IMF. For comparison, the US had GDP per capita fall one year, Germany two, Holland three.

Fundamentally Greece had some corrupt government officials who lied. Sadly the financial wonks decided to use this opportunity to impose "reforms" to the Greek economy based on neoconservative economic pseudo-science, using latent racism and repressed notions of group punishment to motivate European societies with large lending institutions. :(

Comment Tool for checking metadata (Score 1) 321

I know it's not really an answer to your question since it's not done, but I started a tool to save and check metadata of files:


Right now it just outputs a file with all of the meta-data (including SHA-224 hash of the file contents). If you think this seems interesting, I can whip up the part that uses that file to check the meta-data this weekend.

Comment edlin (Score 1) 362

phillistines. ms-dos edit and then dos2unix when done

I remember learning the edlin command set pretty well. My roommate mocked me, but I defended this use of time by saying "every computer will always have edlin on it".

I can still feel the scorn of his laughter when MS-DOS 5.0 replaced my trusty edlin with that monstrous "edit" bloatware. :'(


I'm happy to see that the FreeDOS project includes a GPL-licensed version of my beloved edlin...

"edit" indeed!

Comment Re:Cool... (Score 1) 165

This is somewhat disingenuous. Physics is physics and rocket technology hasn't improved much since the Centaur (hydrogen rocket) engine in the mid-1960s because they're already getting close to the theoretical maximum energy from chemical rockets. This is sort of like saying we shouldn't develop spoons and forks at the turn of the last millennium because by 1935 we'll have developed the spork. Cutlery has been a mature technology for about two thousand years now, and you can't really improve on it. Short of FTL travel we're looking at scramjets and multigenerational probes.

Cutlery has changed significantly, even in the 700 year period we were discussing:

Slate article

I'm not sure how it affects your argument, but perhaps you should try to find an example of something that hasn't changed significantly in the past 700 years.

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