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Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 168

by Archangel Michael (#47931859) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

1495 Quarantining of Mercenaries in Switzerland.

While not 100% effective immediately, it did drastically reduced the infection rate. WHICH is really the goal.

Now, if your one of those "100% or don't bother trying" people, you're part of the problem.

But then again, allowing infected people to migrate all around the world seems so much better option. I mean, how else are we going to reduce population by 7 billion people to "sustainable" levels like the Georgia Guidestones suggest?

Comment: Merger from Heck (Score 1) 120

by Tablizer (#47931855) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

These new batches of "Capitalist Commie" countries sometimes have the worst of both capitalism and communism, such as 1) wage slavery, and 2) no ability to do anything about it politically.

One could argue the US was such a country during the late 1800's. The "big 3" mega-oligopolies bribed the system up the wazoo such that democracy was a zombie at the time. (Some argue we are headed back that way now.)

Comment: Not a chance, you crap monsters! (Score 1) 110

by msobkow (#47931109) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

I used to be a big Logitech fan. Not any more.

I had one of their trackballs for close to 10 years. I was happy with it and loved it, so I bought a new one when it failed. The new one died in 9 months.

So I bought one of their mice, 'cause I've always had good luck with them. It died in 6 months.

Logitech makes absolute CRAP nowadays. There is no way in hell I'd trust them to keep my house working

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 791

by argStyopa (#47930591) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You link one paper from Harvard on "why terrorism doesn't work".
I'll refute that by pointing to:
1) 8 guys sneaking onto planes with boxcutters and crashing them into buildings is terrorism
2) 15000 psychos taking over chunks of country with astonishing brutality is not terrorism (as referenced in that paper), and 'thousands of psychos taking crap over' HAS worked* repeatedly through human history; from the "Barbarian invasions" of Roman times, to the Huns, the Mongols)

*maybe not in the longest scales, but certainly enough to enmiserate a generation or three.

Comment: Re:When doing anything involving the ocean (Score 4, Interesting) 164

by swb (#47930343) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

The original screws were probably bronze, not brass. Bronze has no appreciable zinc while brass contains a lot of zinc. Immersed in sea water, brass will dezincify and corrode.

Most marine raw water systems use bronze fittings for this reason.

Stainless isn't suitable for below the waterline applications because the chromium can't form a protective oxidization layer due to the lack of oxygen exposure.

Your boat would have sunk with brass or stainless screws.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 441

by eclectro (#47930201) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

they're going to find it hard to secure the financing and trade deals they're going to need to make this work.

I submit that current trade agreements such as TIPP only work to lower wages and shift jobs overseas. In which case a vote for independence would be very beneficial to the Scottish people.

Comment: Re:Keyboard (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by Archangel Michael (#47929865) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Tapping a keyboard three times to type special character. No Swype. Caps always showing, regardless of actual capitalization. All but Unusable with one hand (one handed typing jokes aside). Auto Correct that guesses wrong more often than it should. The interface is not as intuitive as Apple or iOS users claim it is, IMHO.

Comment: Re:Do Geeks actually watch this show? (Score 1) 87

by gfxguy (#47929523) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory
I agree... people I talk to at work (decidedly NOT geeks; I'm the lone computer programmer) mostly don't like the show. They call it a show about smart people for dumb people. I guess, in a way, all sitcoms are for dumb people... smart people would be doing something better with their time, but I digress. IMO it's not a show "about" smart people, it's a show about social interactions among really quirky people. The science has very little to do with the show at all... it's an aside; a part of the setting, not the main point.

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