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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

John Jamieson Re:Of 1000? (466 comments)

Being a Millionaire before you die does not mean you ever became rich by North American Standards. Especially if you have another 30 years to work, and inflation goes to work.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

John Jamieson Re:Slippery Slope (1615 comments)

I am sure some people may miss the difference, I did not.... thus the title slippery slope.

Anyway, just yesterday some student up in Calgary (Canada) stabbed 5 other students to death with I knife (if I remember correctly).
Totally stupid/evil stuff, that is why they will have to take away the knives after they take away the guns. They are all "Arms"

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

John Jamieson Slippery Slope (1615 comments)

Good thing Knives are not arms.... oh wait.
What knives/cutters were used in the most recent stabbings, what cutters were used in 9/11. Ban them all!
Oh ya, this is going to work really well.

Take everything from the proles so they don't threaten the oligarchs!

about a week ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

John Jamieson Fantastic idea if done right (253 comments)

As long as it does not impact personal use at home, this will be a great service no one will want to give up once they are used to it. Of course, there will always be leechers that want to use, but not provide.

about a month and a half ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

John Jamieson You don't HAVE to be the Great Satan (510 comments)

"A lot of the privacy people, perhaps, don't understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan."

Well then, be like Darth Vader and take off the mask.

about 3 months ago
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

John Jamieson Out of the frying pan, into the fire. (284 comments)

My experience is that CGI usually does a better job. This should be a mess!

The only hope (that someone already identified) is where they pick up all the CGI people working on the project already.

about 3 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

John Jamieson Incorrect understanding of Christianity (495 comments)

No, Christianity does NOT have similar rules for non-Christians. Some who have claimed to follow Christianity may have, but they have to make it up. (creative excuses for discrimination seems all too common for most humans through history.)

Ghettos started as segregation of Jews, in places they were not treated well, in other gettos they were treated VERY well, encouraged to settle, and left alone to practice Judaism without restraint.

about 5 months ago
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Canonical Targets Ubuntu Privacy Critic

John Jamieson Re:Welp, (259 comments)

And consider Mageia as well? Darned good job done by those volunteers.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Selling Kindle Fire Refurbs For $139

John Jamieson Were you lucky enough to miss the sale? (52 comments)

I am betting that at $139 this will very soon be considered overpriced for a locked in tab that does not have GPS or a SD card slot.

Soon we will have the new google Tablet available at 199, and a bunch of others at bargain prices to compete.

This is one "bargain" that most of us will be lucky to miss.

about 2 years ago
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XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

John Jamieson Re:Can someone explain... (177 comments)

Yes, Intel has traditionally been weak at producing good graphics processors, and even weaker at good drivers. This chip does a good job of the math in the GPU section.

more than 2 years ago
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2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record

John Jamieson Re:The open question... (877 comments)

Very little water flows South from Canada to the US. Most of it flows West, North or East.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

John Jamieson Re:Nature is sexist (589 comments)

If someone disagrees with you, I suspect they have not raised children. We raised ours gender neutral, and by 6 months they already started showing their preferences. One son was fixated by machines at 6 months, the other had to pick a face painting at 1.5 years, never having seen a comic or cartoon in his life - he picked Spider Man, and loved it.(he is very well behaved but loves physical play, sword fighting etc.)

Our daughter plays barbies with my one son, and it fun to listen to. She spends an inordinate amount of time begging him not to kill all the guests at the wedding etc. Yes, they are playing well together but the interests and mental processes could not be more divergent.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

John Jamieson Good luck with that (589 comments)

Society has to get over the preoccupation of having a 50/50 gender split on everything.

As a married father of a girl and two boys it is very clear that every child at a very early age (6 months) starts displaying very different interests and abilities. My two boys both took to boy things instantly but one loved swords (guns, sports etc) and the other took to mechanical stuff (cars, thomas the train etc.)

A rule is just a general principle, but, as a rule girls move into IT for reasons other than the love of coding. Claim that they are too smart to work for free, that they figured out that IT staff are abused, that nerds scare them away or whatever you want... but the truth is they just have other interests, get over it.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Windows 7 Phone

John Jamieson Re:Why ignore US? (349 comments)

You wrote "Just pointing out that you've made the usual american mistake of trying to understand Europe based on your knowledge of the US. Europe as a concept is very much different from "US with countries instead of states"."

I appreciate that many in the US might see it that way, but most other americans won't. Canadians are especially well traveled with a much more developed world view (on average).

We could go on all day about where the boundries were historically, which people derived from each other, whether Finlanders are really Scandinavian etc.
The original poster talked about eastern Europe, not western Europe, not the EU and not even ancient Europe. As a result my reply was based on eastern Europe as it is commonly defined Today, whether anyone likes the boundries (or other peoples) or not.

John

P.S. Yes, I picked Italy out of all the divided countries to point out that it is common for people to distance themselves from others that are grouped with them.

ha en god dag

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Windows 7 Phone

John Jamieson Re:Why ignore US? (349 comments)

Yes, Canadians and Mexicans are not our countrymen, but they are Americans. The misuse of the term "American" is one of my pet peeves.

I never said ANYTHING about the EU. And how the heck is the geographical definition narrow? Next time cite an authoritative source for your continental boundary dispute.

Just because you think little of them, does not exclude them from your continent. You remind me of when I was in Italy, everywhere I went the people considered themselves the real Italians, not like those south of them. lol

"The states you refer to have never been considered part of "Europe"" -- funny that, why do all the economic studies on Europe and even Wikipedia include them???

Enough said, I probably should not have replied to a trolling post.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Windows 7 Phone

John Jamieson Re:Why ignore US? (349 comments)

I'm not sure who is ignorant here.

Europe goes east of Poland, and there are some poor countries there.
The poorest is very poor by our standards, "Moldova remains the poorest country in Europe in terms of earnings per capita which currently stands at $1,808.729"

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

John Jamieson Fire is a Trojan Horse? (521 comments)

After I read about Silk, I began wondering if the Fire is actually just a trojan for Silk.

Imagine the power of knowing every click. Knowing what Adverts are clicked, every product that is viewed. Amazon can target the client in a way that will make Google jealous. Will they start selling adverts next? Will they add or change adverts on your page?

Silk is indeed scary.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT's $1,000 House Challenge Yields Results

John Jamieson Re:Not for colder climes (203 comments)

Actually no,
Yes, straw bales CAN be used as infill, but, it is not the way a real straw home is done.

You build the walls by stacking the bales, compress them a bit - then coat the bales on both sides with mud, shotcrete or whatever. They are very strong, have some thermal mass, and because of the great thickness they have a good R value

more than 2 years ago
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AA batteries of any kind in my residence:

John Jamieson Misuse of the term Battery (instead of Cell) (297 comments)

The misuse of the term battery is so pervasive that 99.99% of people do not understand what a battery is, or where the term comes from.
A Battery is created when multiple cells are connected together. (AA is a cell, a 9V battery has 6 cells in it)

So, there can be 4 cells in a remote, but it is only one battery.

more than 2 years ago
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Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

John Jamieson This Troll is completely wrong (591 comments)

A better title would be "The desktop lost the battle to Linux". With Android, more personal computing devices ship with Linux than any other OS.

more than 2 years ago

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