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Comment: Re:I hate to be this guy... (Score 2) 186

by Builder (#47935147) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Firstly, where do you plan to evacuate a significant percentage of the world's population to ? Secondly, how are you going to decide who is worthy of evacuation and who has just put his gun down and is hiding with the locals to make sure he can carry on the abuse and oppression in their new location ? Finally, how are you going to get this food to them ?

Food nutrition or availability isn't the problem - the problem is identifying valid recipients and then getting it past every government agent, checkpoint thug and warlord into the region.

I've worked in strange places in Africa and I've seen a lot of this first hand. The only fix is for people to organise and setup governments that are fair and have their people's interests at heart. That won't happen without massive amounts of education and people believing they can change things, and vested external interests stepping aside so that this can happen. I doubt very much that this will happen in my lifetime, short of a massively powerful nation deciding it is in their best interests.

Watching China's march into Africa is very interesting to me for these reasons.

Comment: Re:Jesus wept, will people never learn? (Score 1) 150

by Builder (#47832695) Attached to: Hackers Break Into

The network admins will have all of that. But they'll be a shared resource covering thousands of ports across hundreds of services. And if you raise a request saying that I need on the internet accessible network, chances are, you'll get it. Because of how we structure our SLAs, performance reviews and outsourcing contracts, more often than not, the job of the network admin (or server admin, or proxy admin, etc.) is to carry out the instructions in the ticket. If an approved ticket requests something, the network admin has to do it if he wants to keep out of the bottom part of the stack rank.

Comment: Re:The problem is the other way round... (Score 1) 962

by Builder (#47521191) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Most women who are in professional environments have had the experience where they propose a course of action, and people ignore them and keep talking, and then some guy proposes the same exact course of action, and everyone agrees with it, and concludes that the guy had the idea. Watch carefully in meetings and you can see it too. It's sort of magical.

Most guys have had that happen too.

Comment: Dodgy arrests under the terrorism act (Score 1) 240

by Builder (#47170943) Attached to: UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

People have been detained or arrested in the UK under various iterations of the terrorism act for really pathetic things. In one example, a woman was arrested for walking on a cycle path.

Given that we have already abused the terrorism laws by using them to detain and arrest people for offences that are clearly not terrorism related, how can we trust our system to hold trials in secret just because they are terrorism related ?

For all we know, these people walked on a cycle path - we have arrested people under terrorism related acts for things like this, so how can we be sure that the cause for arresting these people wasn't this trivial ?

Comment: Not a problem elsewhere (Score 2) 482

by Builder (#46897759) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

This is only a problem in America from what I can tell.

In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, I buy my phone outright then buy connectivity to a network separately. I currently pay £12 per month (including taxes) for 300 minutes, 500 SMSs and unlimited data. The unlimited data seems truly unlimited so far.

We don't pay to receive calls or SMSs, so the low looking amounts shown there are more than adequate for my needs.

I change providers roughly once every 6 months as deals change to ensure that I'm getting the best possible deal, and I take my existing number with me at no extra charge.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 1) 635

by Builder (#46034793) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

I think that really depends on your field. There's certainly loads more work available for me in London, and the pay outside of London for similar roles with similar hours is around 20% less.

Similar properties in Stamford (only place I know well enough to compare to) are not cheaper enough to impact my mortgage and travel options are more restricted there.

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