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Comment: Some kind of agreement has been reached (Score 1) 96 96

I have no idea which one, but somekind of agreement must have been reached. I'm sure that Google ceeded something and the Chinese also. We shall see. Something to do with the change of leadership in China?

Google's trip North Korea may have some relation tho this.

We shall see...

Comment: IBM? What is IBM? (Score 1) 273 273

One generation more of tech people and if you ask them who is IBM they will have go search in Wikipedia to know what that company is or was in the future. How could a company lost brand name so fast. Now instead of having IBM stores (and app stores) have only Apple stores. Apple shows that hardware is profitable not only in profits but also in brand recognition. What is not profitable is bad management. Fortunately HP realized it before too late.

Also try to navigate IBM support web pages is a nightmare. Cannot find anything. The quality of information for IBM acquired software is terrible: Rational, telelogic, etc. Better let the former company support team manage support.

When company profits depends n shedding people, it takes not long until it goes toast.

Comment: Just give people an option (Score 1) 196 196

Just give people the option to choose. Set up two types of flight, one with full TSA screening and the other with pre 2001 screening. Those who want to fly secured by current TSA security screening procedures chose first option, those who do not agree with TSA procedures choose second option.

Comment: Last time I recieve the US treatment (Score 2) 417 417

In my last trip to Dominique republic from Europe I made the bad decisions to chose a flight with transit connection in Miami. Even being a transit connection we were photographed, finger printed and had to fill up exhaustive forms. It took 3 hours to get to the connection flight! Almost lost it.

Never again fly through the US.

Comment: Cheap interstellar travel (Score 1) 244 244

Wait for nomad planet, red darf, to pass nearby. Settle on or near it Use nomad planet/red darf materials to survive (may need special technology) Wait until a new interesting place is near enough. Move to it or send some settlers and continue travel. May consider change from nomad planet/red darf on the way if materials and/or direction is more convenient. Slow but safer

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"