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Comment: Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (Score 0) 167

by Anne Thwacks (#47521649) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand
Unfortunately the schools ahd hospitals were destroyed by the rebels in the recent civil way. The rebels were a bunch of drug-crazed gangsters using child soldiers to.steal the gold and diamond mines.(The entire mines, not just the produce).

It was American money that funded the rebels, and the Europeans that insisted the government "negotiate" with the rebels as if they were a legitimate democratic opposition. This is the equivalent of asking the Italian government to negotiate with the Mafia. Only worse: The rebels knew they would go to hell for crimes against humanity if caught, so they were prepared to go to any extreme to avoid being caught - chopping random limbs off men women and children without mercy in drug-fueled rampages was only a part of it.

Yes its a f*ckup - but they were forced into this mess by outsiders. It take a lot to recover from that.

Comment: Re:Nail in the coffin... (Score 1) 92

by Anne Thwacks (#47513639) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)
We have to keep that old 1983 PDP-11 going.

Ebay the PDP11 and buy a dozen Pentium4s with the money.Assuming your PDP11 services 12 users, the performance will be similar, and the electric bill less than half. You may need an extra P4 to act as a tape server, a couple more to act as disk servers, and some others as terminal servers..

OK, maybe the PDP11 IS more power efficient!

Comment: Re:Plumber (Score 1) 509

by Anne Thwacks (#47460157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
You missed one of the two that we spotted when I was at college in the 1960's: Plumbers and prositutes. Hairdressers and cooks were added later.

We thought computers would replace accountants, even in 1967. Shakespeare had alerady recommended killing all the lawyers hundreds of years earlier, and who could argue with the bard?

Comment: Re:Reaching for symbolism - and failing (Score 1) 265

I think you have read too much of Karl Marx's twaddle.

Income inequality is what gives poor people a way of buying food - they work for the rich! Take it away, and no one works for anyone. If you are not self-sufficient, you die.

I know here on /. people like to say "Under capitalism, man exploits man, while under communism, its the other way round". Its not true. Under communism, everyone has nothing, not much happens and it gradually gets worse.

People dont risk death because their e-neighbour has a Hummer and they have a Ford Fiesta. They risk death because the alternative is a slower and more painful death of their entire family Whether by war, famine, of mafia inspired shootouts, its esactly the same reasoning.

I expect Dubai to go up in flames any time soon, but I doubt the dome will make a difference to when or how.

"Je suis Marxist, avec tendence Groucho!"

Comment: Re:sound and sides (Score 3, Insightful) 579

by Anne Thwacks (#47368145) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
More unintended consequences: you cant see the signals from the cab of a truck! You also cannot see them from other important places. These things are often a hazard to safety.

It is generally better to give drivers information than hide it.

More importantly, drivers have to pass a test, pedestrians don't, and may be (often are) drunk, insane or just mildly stupid. There is no law against stupidity, and never will be - it would not be in the interests of politicians. Some politicans appear to be both drunk and insane. There may be a law against it, but it does not seem to deter them.

...this is an awesome sight. The entire rebel resistance buried under six million hardbound copies of "The Naked Lunch." - The Firesign Theater