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Comment Re: Technical Features Rather Than Content (Score 1) 121

OK, I'll bite. What has the post office done to wrong you, that a courier company (eg FedEx, UPS) hasn't done? I've had FedEx lose my packages. I've had ups refuse to deliver to a PO box (because I "can't sign for the package!" That's the whole POINT of a PO box - I don't need to be there to sign!)

Whereas the good old post office Just Works. This has been the case is metropolitan Australia, metropolitan USA, and rural areas in both countries. For delivering goods and documents ANYWHERE in a vast empty land, at a reasonable price, in a reasonable time, the government monopoly consistently wins. Especially for international deliveries - international couriers are obscenely expensive and no faster than the premium service from the post office.

Remember, YOU are the client of the post office. Who pays the courier company? The party sending the goods or documents. They et abulk rate from the courier company deliberately to undercut the post office. The courier has minimal incentive to actually deliver to you in a timely or efficient manner.

Comment Re: When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

Just one more anecdote here. Had to install mint on an old laptop to run the (cool!) AR sandbox software from UC Davis. Ridiculously easy to install to dual boot with windows 8 on a cheap lenovo. In fact I am sick of Microsoft's shenanigans and will soon switch to Mint on my main PC, quite a nice Dell laptop. Citrix client Just Works. Media Just Works. PCB CAD software (kicad or eagle, take your pick) Just Works. What's left? The occasional poorly I formatted Word document? I can can use a VM for that rare occasion. The side benefit is I lose all the Dell crapware that does infuriating things like steal focus from whatever window I'm working in because the ambient light changed. Seriously, that was a thing. Took a while to trawl the forums to fix it too.

Comment Re: In Iceland... (Score 1) 214

Hot Horse is an excellent horse burger shop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Close to the Union brewery too: http://www.hot-horse.si/en

Mongolian BBQ in Budapest is another great restaurant that also serves horse meat (and just about every other animal that isn't endangered) If you're ever in Hungary and are not a vegetarian, you owe it to yourself to go there. http://www.mongolianbbq.hu/en/

Comment Re: Is this actually legal? Piece meal removal of (Score 1) 665

Funny how those "pushing" for change are rarely the ones PAYING for the change. How much would it cost to switch from generic PCs to Macs? Even with Apple's "get them hooked early" education discounts, that has to be an expensive switch.

Besides, children are children. They just want what is cool and shiny, not what's best for the task at hand.

Comment Re: Screw the user (Score 1) 665

I installed Linux Mint a few weeks ago on a cheap lenovo laptop. It Just Worked. Dual-boots with windows 8. Plays audio/media seamlessly by default. Doesn't freak out when you plug in a thumb drive (unlike windows!)

My next PC will be linux-only, with windows in a VM for a playing with badly-written Word docs.

Comment Re: Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395

Don't buy brand name phone on a contract. I bought a generic Chinese android phone from Aldi (German supermarket chain) it cost about $150, has two sim sockets, microsd socket and is MINE to do whatever I want with. Change plan, change carriers, use two carriers at the same time, go overseas and use my local number AND my international number... If a carrier is giving you a phone for "free" why would you expect anything other than to be royally fucked by that carrier?

Comment Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 583

You might not be great at it, but I find it hard to believe you couldn't get better with practice. I know a few people with aspergers symptoms who have trained themselves to function "normally" in social situations. Sometimes this involves rote-learning "safe" responses to dozens of situations, because they can't "read" the situation on the fly. It's not easy, it takes a lot of time, and you may never be fantastic at it, but again, I find it hard to believe that by studying interpersonal situations you couldn't get better at managing them.

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