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Comment Re: This is the future... (Score 2) 316

This following was published January 31, 2013.

"Migrants working in the United States sent a staggering $120 billion back to their families last year, it was revealed today.

The amount of money being sent by migrants across the entire world reached $530 billion last year, making it a larger economy than Iran or Argentina, the data from the World Bank showed.

This worldwide figure has tripled in the last ten years and is now three times bigger than the total aid budgets given by countries around the world. It has sparked debate whether this so-called remittance money could be a viable alternative to relying on help from other governments.

In the United States last year, more than $120 billion was sent by workers to families abroad - making it the largest sender of remittances in the world. More than $23 billion went to Mexico, $13.45 billion to China, $10.84 billion to India and $10 billion to the Philippines, among other recipients."

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 195

Exactly! After the fall of the wall, what was East Germany became a huge drag on the economy. Yes, there is strength in numbers when it comes to productive and trade. However, if you have a huge imbalance, that takes time to (pardon the pun) work itself out.

Comment Re:From personal experience... (Score 2) 173

Human are apex predators. In nature, "cheating" doesn't exist as it's a moral construct. But for the last part of our relatively long evolutionary period, we've found strength in numbers. We've become civilized. We understand game theory. In that, cheating has caustic social consequences in the long term that we've as a society have shunned.

Comment Re: Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 143

Just be professional about it. Tell him that there seems to be a mix of personal and company data, and to please separate the two and transfer any business relevant data to the server where it belongs. Personal data can to stored to an external drive or we can wipe it along with the rest of the internal drive.

Let them sort it out. Only they know what's what among all that data. There's no need to be involved in the sorting process.

Comment Re: So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

Well yes, that's why some cars have the gears staggered down the line instead of a strait throw up and down. For example, in the 2010 RAV4, by feel it's from P, to the right, and strait all the way down; where it ends is D. 4 through L are all staggered. I personally like this arrangement as I can flip between D and 4 with a fick of my wrist left or right.

Now take a 2009 Honda Civic as an example: half the time I'll throw it into D or 3. It's rather annoying.

Comment Re:The endless contractor cycle has to stop (Score 1) 185

Let me translate that for you in Gov-Speak - "We will outsource IT security oversea to India! It will save money, we will get the best and brightest minds in IT, and, the whole system is mobile so we can transfer to another should their performance drop".

And the Chinese is next in line for that contract. Why hack the servers when YOU'RE HOSTING THEM. Yeah baby yeah!!!

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score -1, Troll) 555

LOL, it was NEVER about science. It was all about establishing FUD so that taxation and social engineering can be put inlace to protect the politicians / elite of society. You didn't think they would ever eat the dog food brought about their own policies to combat AGW did you?

Comment Re:No problem (Score 5, Insightful) 667

Or just wait an hour or two for AdBlock's anti-AdBlock killer list to re-fix their site.

The advertisers need to understand that they really can't win this war - Even if it eventually comes down to letting every single ad and craptastic script on a page run in an invisible sandbox just to pass all their tests, we still won't watch the damned ads.

Find a revenue model that doesn't depend on pissing off your customers, or you deserve to go out of business. Really that simple.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

I'd expect drivers are slowing down because the road is less safe without the lines

You've just described virtually all "traffic-calming" techniques, in a nutshell.

Let's make roads narrower; let's add more curves to reduce visibility; let's have tall plants grow right up to the pavement so you can't see the deer; let's add random obstacles like rotaries-without-intersections; and now, let's take away the lines that let people know where and how many lanes exist!

All these will make traffic slow down, because they all make the road substantially more dangerous. You really want to make the road safer? 100% divided, with 100% gated fencing to keep kids and wildlife from wandering into the road. The rest of this just amounts to games, by nannies desperate to pretend that the real problem has anything to do with "speed" .

On the bright side, this suggestion at least does have one positive side-effect, no doubt totally unintentional: without lines, Everywhere becomes a passing zone.

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