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Comment: Re:The story (Score 1) 162

by Cutterman (#48066895) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Many years ago, relatively few people in Africa.
Few domesticated animals. Bushmeat normal part of diet.
Colonisation/"civilisation" - less deaths from disease/tribal wars.
More domestivated animals - more food - more Africans
Bushmeat relegated to occasional traditional treat.
Population rises, colonialists leave.
Medicine stays, governments collapse, foreign aid - more Africans
Not enough meat from domesticated animals - bushmeat consumption rises again
Now routine - first large wildlife declines, then small.
Eventually all the bushmeat is gone - anything larger than a mouse
World gets bored with endless foreign aid to despots
Most indigenous wildlife extinct - jungle very quiet.
Africans start eating each other.

Oh wait....

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 2) 304

Confirm Windows 7 affected. System fonts wouldn't display resulting in illegible system.
Did a restore and then cautiously installed update one by one, with reboots in between each.
Running OK now
Seems the problem was Windows installing all those updates in one big bunch.

The Cutter

Comment: Re:Wait.. (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by Cutterman (#47064153) Attached to: US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

The stupidity of ignoring nuclear fission never ceases to amaze me. Fusion is still a long way from practicality, will always expensive and isn't the clean dream - the massive neutron flux just makes even more radioactive waste. The oil & gas are going to run out one day, be it in 5 years or 50. Renewables are unreliable, expensive and the quantities of rare earths required make for horrible mining pollution as well as covering the landscape with ugly windmills and solar collectors.

High activity nuclear waste is a small volume storage problem and if we hadn't wasted the last 30 years we would have modern fission plant designs far safer than any of the chemical polluting shit we have now.

Fricken' ridiculous.

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 1) 564

by Cutterman (#46674899) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Following all this to it's logical conclusion, there is an excellent argument for allowing incestuous civil unions and the, following on from that, marriage.

After all, 20 of the States permit first cousin marriages and another six permit them under certain circumstances.

Why should not a brother and sister (or sister and sister, etc.) living together in a long term relationship be excluded from the benefits of marriage? There are hundreds of thousands of single men and women living monogamously with their mother or father for the long haul.

The Cutter

Comment: Bookstores (Score 2) 264

by Cutterman (#45252251) Attached to: France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon
Yeah, I've noticed it in Cape Town too. Bookstores are closing or downsizing. There are fewer serious books and more "bestsellers", chick-lit, and dumbed-down stuff. I have fond memories of sitting at my stammtisch in my favourite cafe in the 60's reading French paperbacks and cutting the pages as I went. Cutting the pages: a lost experience... Ho hum. Mac

Comment: Re:First problem is considering it clutter (Score 1) 536

by Cutterman (#42226237) Attached to: The Scourge of Error Handling
Agree. Most of the code I've written for handling lab instruments is about 30% doing stuff and 70% input validation, sanitizing, sanity checking and error handling. Can't leave it to the OS. Bloody tedious but you get used to it and a lot of it is boilerplate that once written just transfers to another rountine or app. Just habit. Assume things will break or that the user is demented. Mac

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin