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Comment Just read Fortune 500 (Score 1) 465

Want to find out if there are any time travelers? Just read the Fortune 500 list of most wealthy people. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim, etc.

Had I traveled back from the future, I would certainly bet all my money on the stock market or raise a technology company with future knowledge. Gathering resources are essential to any kind of mission they were sent to, or if they have no mission at all, who wouldn't like to live comfortably and rich.

Comment Re:Welcome to my world (Score 1) 484

36 sq ft cubicle? LUXURY !!!!
I share an 80 sq ft cubicle with four other people. That's 20 sq ft per worker. I don't need a bat to reach my neighbor, I just need to turn around and extend my arm. In case you are interested, I work in R&D in a Fortune 500 company but in a 3rd world country.
It could be worse, though. I wouldn't like to work in an open space (no walls, no privacy whatsoever) or crammed side to side (as those who work in call centers).

Comment Re:Adopting the proposed protocol? (Score 1) 201

Insightful comment, but maybe by first installing a 'private' (or 'commercial') P2P network these conglomerates feel entitled to push for stronger restrictions on public P2P networks since there should be no need anymore for them (since all legal free download will still be available, but controlled).

Their logic may go like this
1) getting scr**ed by public P2P
2) establish several private P2P
3) go to congress with argument that there is no more need for public P2P
4) public (uncontrolled) P2P becomes illegal
5) profit !!!

There is no need for the ????

Comment Re:Cuba? (Score 1) 1270

If Cuba's helathcare is a failure the let's compare Cuba to the US.
According to the World Health Organization (see ) the results are:

Life expectancy at birth m/f (years):
Cuba: 76/80
US: 75/80

Healthy life expectancy at birth m/f (years, 2003):
Cuba: 67/70
US: 67/71

Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births):
Cuba: 7
US: 8

Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population):
Cuba: 127/82
US: 137/80

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2005):
Cuba: 333
US: 6,347

Total expenditure on health as % of GDP (2005):
Cuba: 7.6
US: 15.2

Reach your own conclusions.
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