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Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity

lordtoran Re:there are Programmers then here are PROGRAMMERS (597 comments)

Interpreter code is quite simple; what you mostly do is analyze and tokenize a text stream. 64k is a really generous amount of RAM for that task if you are at least a half decent coder with some Assembler experience. Ages ago I did elaborate string processing on an 8086 using Assembler, within a 64k shared code/data segment. It's really not hard if you know how the underlying processor architecture behaves, which in turn is a requirement for actually programming in Assembler.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients?

lordtoran Re:The client is not the expensive bit (349 comments)

With your advertisement for expensive proprietary software you do one thing exceptionally well: totally miss the point.

The article author wants to boot an operating system via PXE, with no OS actually being present on the client. Even if he were to do it the traditional "remote login" way, the OS on the clients doesn't matter, nor is it visible at all, only the server OS.

more than 4 years ago
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Carriers, Manufacturers Are Strangling Android

lordtoran Re:What a nightmare. (306 comments)

You were talking to a chair thar was a Google employee? I thought they had somewhat stricter recruitment criteria.

more than 4 years ago
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Mandatory Use of Open Standards In Hungary

lordtoran Re:What? (163 comments)

I really cry for these oppressed US Americans, Liberians and Burmese who are oppressed by our standards tyranny yet still bravely resist and stick to intuitive units like 5/12 of an eighth of an adult foot's approximate length.

more than 4 years ago
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Mandatory Use of Open Standards In Hungary

lordtoran Re:Open Source? (163 comments)

I, for one, are hungary for goulash soup now.

more than 4 years ago
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Mandatory Use of Open Standards In Hungary

lordtoran Re:This is anticompetitive (163 comments)

Well, then those software publishers finally have to compete on quality, not lock-in, and write software that is good at impementing the standard to win the bid.

more than 4 years ago
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Mandatory Use of Open Standards In Hungary

lordtoran Re:Isn't it obvious? (163 comments)

XML is abused way too often in places where it doesn't belong. Also it is not easy to read or edit with the ultimate tool - the good old text editor.

more than 4 years ago
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Project Honey Pot Traps Billionth Spam

lordtoran Re:one billion spammers (118 comments)

More like, one-sixth of the world population are part of a botnet, relaying junk mail for the true spammers.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Pizza Analogy (277 comments)

Funny that I didn't manage to get a pizza with chorizo in southern Spain; the few pizzerias I found were only serving American style-something. BTW as a German I associated peperoni with bell pepper too, and we have a lot more common words for different members of the Capsicum genus of plants. The big, mild variety is "Paprika", for example.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:About Time! (277 comments)

It's certainly most feasible for the American version of rural. In Europe, there is not a single square meter untouched by man (except of some areas north of the polar circle) and walking into into a random direction at a random place will make you stand on someone's lawn within half an hour maximum. Obviously, connected water management is the way to go. I saw a few cesspools in a remote village at the southern outskirts of Spain ("remote" meaning a village of 300 being 20 km away from a town of 22000), but tap water was ok.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Pizza Analogy (277 comments)

In my experience with Italy, what you get extremely varies with where you go (not only regarding food). You can expect to get good food at the "traditional" places, otherwise it's more grab bag style.

That said, American pizza is different but not worse or better. I like the kind of cheese on American pizza but not the softness of the edge.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Banking INternationally (277 comments)

Funniest pizza analogy I have seen in a while. Mod accordingly please.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Banking INternationally (277 comments)

Too much censorship of the mass media, too much promotion of consumerism. Watching stupid shows on TV and buying the latest and greatest products is what we westerners are told will make us happy. Well, the happiest people on this planet (according to a statistic I don't remember the name of) are the Colombians. They live in a country ridden by fifty years of civil war and a significant part of the population working 15 hours a day so they can eat. And they still enjoy life more than everyone else on the planet.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Banking INternationally (277 comments)

That alliance would be rather Germany + France, I think. They are often called the "engine" of the evolution of the European Union. Also, they are the biggest payers.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Banking INternationally (277 comments)

What makes you think that the US has to pay upkeep for UN property?

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:everyone doesn't hate Americans (277 comments)

Yes, that's a big problem with them, the thinking that their way is the only one that can be. I travel a lot and also hang out on travel forums. The funniest I ever read there was from a fellow German living in Nicaragua. He said that the coast is overrun with American expats, who have been living there for ten or twenty years, don't know one word of Spanish and still demand that the locals speak their language. What a fucked up life that must be.

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Pizza Analogy (277 comments)

Who cares, if they make the best pizza?

more than 4 years ago
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EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

lordtoran Re:Chicago-style pizza isn't pizza (277 comments)

Then it would be a calzone, not a pizza. I'm starting to get confused.

more than 4 years ago

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Institute urges the EU to unbundle Windows

lordtoran lordtoran writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lordtoran writes "A think tank in Europe called The Globalisation Institute has recommended that the EU Commission require the unbundling of Microsoft Windows from new computers to promote competition in the Operating System (OS) software market.

Noting in a policy briefing the EU Commission's recent antitrust victory in the European Court of First Instance, which in part directed Microsoft to unbundle its Media Player product from the Windows OS, the Globalisation Institute says:

"Examining a more central issue — the lack of choice in desktop operating systems — is now needed if the Commission is to encourage a marketplace in which [the] vision of thriving competition is enacted. This briefing argues for the Commission's thinking on Microsoft's operating system monopoly to go to its logical conclusion and support the "unbundling" of Windows from desktop computers.""

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