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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

stymy Re:Munich did it already (293 comments)

You would use a 9-year-long migration as a success story? Also, Excel has many useful features not in Calc, that I couldn't live without. I'm an actuary, and none probably work for a municipality, but I can see accountants and the like getting a lot of use out of them.

about a week ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

stymy Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Except that 70% of Republicans in that district are in favor of immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, so essentially what Cantor was proposing. If that's among the Republicans, I would expect people to the left of that to me more in favor of it. Where are those polls you talk about?
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-...

about 1 month ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

stymy Re:Hurray for Japan (274 comments)

I don't think just looking at rate of gun ownership is the answer. At least in North America, most gun homicides are committed with handguns, but most of the guns in Canada are rifles and shotguns, so I think it's quite possible there's a very strong correlation between rate of handgun ownership and murder rate.

about 3 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

stymy Re:Of 1000? (467 comments)

If you have a mortgage on a decent apartment or house in SF or NY, between that and your 101k that's probably at least a million by the time you pay off the place.

about 3 months ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

stymy Re: US dollar (192 comments)

So? It doesn't matter why people want them, just that they do (with regards to determining their value).

about 5 months ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

stymy Re:US dollar (192 comments)

Value is a function of supply and demand. A classic question in economics is why water is cheap, when it is essential to life, and diamonds are expensive, even though they just look pretty (of course, that doesn't hold totally nowadays, but the question is centuries old). The standard answer is that while people want both water and diamonds, there's a lot of water, but not a lot of diamonds. These basic forces also govern the prices of most things.

Well, US dollars have an incredibly high demand. The first part comes from how a couple TRILLION dollars are needed a year to pay taxes. The government won't take anything else for taxes, and will punish you if you don't pay what you owe, so that's a massive source of demand. The other is that US dollars are legal tender, and while that doesn't matter as much anymore, for a very long time most payments were made in cash, and if you received a service by law you could pay in USD and the merchants couldn't refuse it. That's still true but secondary, however the financial system is designed for it (in the USA of course) in large part because of that. So USD have intrinsic value because people NEED them to pay taxes, whereas bitcoins aren't needed for anything, and can't compare with a couple trillion dollars' worth of guaranteed demand.

about 5 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

stymy Re:Comparison from a real climate modeler (560 comments)

The error bars on some of those graphs are so monstrously large it would be almost impossible for the real data to fall outside that range (in the first one, the margin of error for the forecast grows to a range of almost 0 degrees to 1). Anything with that much error has no real predictive value whatsoever.

about 5 months ago
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Swedish Police Use WhatsApp For Surveillance Ops, Share Intel With Civilians

stymy Re:Oh FFS! (37 comments)

BlackBerrys only store stuff in foreign servers by default. You can set up your own servers, with end-to-end encryption from them to the phones, and that's presumably what the Swedish police has done.

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

stymy Re:Why sell mining rigs? (250 comments)

Bitcoin prices are very volatile. It's a death knell for a business if your revenue can drop by 50% or more in the space of a few weeks. You'd need to keep a ton of cash on hand just in case. While you might make more money in the long run mining bitcoins rather than selling rigs, it's very hard to run a real business that way. Selling the rigs is the lower-risk, lower-reward option.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

stymy Re:I TOO CAN HAVE RECORD REVENUE IF !! (289 comments)

They just started that product line. Microsoft looks at the long-term more than other companies. For example, the XBox originally made them lose billions, but now the newer versions are raking in the dough.

about 6 months ago
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Paging Dr. MacGyver: Maker Movement Comes To Medical Gear

stymy Re:"Concerns" (61 comments)

Generally, hearing aids only raise the volume for very select frequencies. What she's done is probably just ramped up the volume for everything. So she could end up with far worse hearing loss.

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

stymy Re:Collusion, in tech? (130 comments)

Regular workers vastly outnumber management. Pay of C*O level people at S&P 500 companies is generally a decimal of their total expenses, so axing their pay really won't change much for the average worker.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

stymy Re:some facts (934 comments)

Considering most murders are committed with handguns, just the overall rate of gun ownership is pretty meaningless. I don't know about Iceland, but here in Canada, there are tons of rifles and shotguns, but very few pistols and revolvers. I expect European countries with a high rate of gun ownership will be similar.

about 7 months ago
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Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

stymy Re:"Dark Market"? (184 comments)

I think the difference is that black market is strictly illegal, while dark market includes legit businesses that sometimes buy stolen goods (like copper lines, etc.) on the side.

about 8 months ago
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New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

stymy Re:Teach to the test (263 comments)

It's not just like that in Asia. When I came to Canada from Argentina, I had just finished grade 3, and I was given a bunch of tests to see what my level was. In particular, I was tested at a Grade 9 level in Math, and I wasn't privately tutored or anything like that.

Of course, my parents could afford to send me to a good private school, where I worked very hard. Argentina as a whole did rather poorly on this test because those whose parents don't have money go to schools with no budget for anything and teachers that are on strike half the time.

That said, I never had any homework, and the school didn't filter incoming students with tests or whatever, anyone who could pay could get in. However, the work was rather hard. For example, in grade 3, one was expected to write 3-5 pages by hand for a 1-hour test. In Canada, I only started to see that kind of crunch in grade 10.

about 8 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

stymy Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

Just because people with money have access to very good care in the US does not make a good system, which involves the whole population. On average, pretty much all other OECD get better results for far less money (both as a %age of GDP, and in absolute terms).

about 7 months ago
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The Best Way To Blow the Whistle

stymy Re:Honesty is never treasured in corporate world (141 comments)

No, in many cases it's the exact opposite. If you took the stuff people say to each other in Argentina at face value, you'd think the country was made of the most racist and belligerent people on the planet.

about 8 months ago
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Nasdaq 4000 — This Time It's Different?

stymy Re:Different? Indeed. (241 comments)

Japan's economy has been crippled because of deflation over the last 2 decades, not inflation as you suggest. Any reasonable economic indicator shows that if anything, inflation is too low right now.

about 8 months ago

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