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  Nice.   But I have to retract a bit my enthusiasism for Final Cut pro X 10.0.8. I ran into some problems with my project. At the start of the project it was snappy and fast as it can be, way faster than with 10.0.3, and more stable, but when I neared the end of the project, it became slower.    Part of the problem is also that whenever I combine two clips into one an additional clip gets generated in the list, so that at the end of the project I have a 2 hour long clip...
I was using Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 as a hobby editor for months without updating it, on my Mac Mini late 2009 with 8 GB Ram.    Last week I updated it straight to 10.0.8 and man what a major change that is, not only a huge amount of new features are in, but most important it is much faster and much more stable than before.    The only regret I have is that I didn't update earlier, a lot of time I could have saved!
Hmm, I thought I read somewhere that Mountain Lion uses a new way to address RAM, ie. that regardless of how many apps are simultaneously open, the RAM gets addressed dynamically and allocated to the processes that need it at that very moment.    So it shouldn't matter anymore how many apps are simultaneously open, the only thing that matters is what processes are running at the moment and how much RAM they need at the moment to get the job done. I think this idea of...
Well, I did it the lazy way and paid some 50€ to a local apple-store-service-technician (if you ask me an overpriced service for a work of 20 minutes) but it was imho definitely worth it, not the paying of 50€, but expanding the 2GB Ram of my late 2009 macmini to 8 GB, the difference is like night and day. It's like I had handbrakes on before.
My experience as an hobby-editor with macmini (late 2009) and Final Cut Pro X are these:   1. You can't have enough HD-space. My macmini has a 160 GB internal HD and I was quickly filling it up, so I bought an external 1TB Firewire 800-HD, and now I feel relieved.Of course an SSD would be snappier, but the prices are at least 3x as high, but if money is no issue, getting a (or two) 500 GB-SSD would be an idea.   2. The most important upgrade I did just a few days...
There's no way around it, if you want to change the constitution regarding such an important aspect that deals with states' citizens having the arms to organize an armed resistance against the federal government's standing army should the need arise, then only a broad and honest discussion within the US-society followed by a general referendum can do the trick.   If the US-society decides in the referendum that the right to have arms in citizen's hands is too...
This is a classic case of safety vs liberty.   As some philosophers concluded, you can't have both to a 100%. You either give up liberty for safety or vice-versa. Some philosopher even made the case that a society that chooses safety and gives up its liberty won't have either in the end.   The thing is guns in the hands of citizens is a way to keep up liberty. Of course you can argue that it's not necessary to be paranoid about the federal government, after all...
I agree that an armed guard won't stop much, the attacker will only make sure to kill him first and then he has free hand. Imho the best solution is to have as many armed and trained adults as possible. That way the attacker doesn't know who is a threat to him.   The other possible solution would be to completely ban weapons, to close down the weapon-shops, the weapon-producing-companies and to forcibly disarm the population. The consequence would be like in the case...
Besides arming and training/certifying adults to carry handguns, how about stopping the mass-media-coverage of these massacres. Through the media these lost souls get turned into antiheroes which motivates others to seek fame that way.
  Because the police can't prevent massacres from happening, they can't be everywhere at the same time. The police also can't prevent a raping of a woman to happen. In these cases they would often come too late. The police is good for capturing criminals after they did their crime.   In that role, the police and courts... act as a deterrance against people thinking about doing crimes who have a problem with being caught and convicted. But people that don't care about what...
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