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Comment Well... (Score 1) 491

..isn't this how executives expect to be treated, even though they're not the necessarily smartest ones in the company?

So what's their excuse? Special treatment occurs in the workplace all the time.

Comment Re:Maybe they're scared of us too? (Score 1) 1015

Are these two options mutually exclusive?

You don't think when Columbus came to America he was afraid for his life? That most of the actions of the consequent European conquerers came from fear? That the safest course of action was the conquest, and oppression of an entire continent of people? The burning of the Mayan Codecs. The dividing and conquering of the Aztec, and Incan empires. Religious conversions. Enslavement. Genocide. And, where applicable, the conscious spreading of disease among Native Americans.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 193

Hmm, I use 5 banks on a regular basis. Carrying around 5 devices with me so I can check my bank accounts seems awfully inconvenient.

You already carry five of the six devices you'd need: five bank cards. The sixth device is a card reader.

Neither of the banks I use require me to use the card reader to log in, but both require it to actually do anything important (send money, etc).

I have two card readers (both banks sent me one) so I keep one at home and one at work.

Comment Re:I wish people would act more ethically (Score 1) 443

The thing is, a lot of us don't care that much about Open Source. Sure, there's a lot of fondness for the little guy, but personally I find it hard to get my knickers in a twist when someone violates the GPL. The source code that they based their changes on is still available. If the violators didn't use GPLed code in the first place we'd not be in a better position.

Comment Re:Security through obscurity? (Score 1) 1015

There's a bunch of fallacies in that:

1) You don't need exotic types of propulsion. You just need a lot of time. We're likely a matter of a half dozen decades from molecular manufacturing, and substantially increasing lifespan. The two together are all that's needed for *us* to colonize the galaxy. (And if you doubt that, think of a list of problems with it, and then ask yourself what a mastery of genetics and molecular engineering would do for all of those problems.)

2) Ask yourself what reason we'd have, in that scenario, to need weapons any more potent than what we've got now. You assume the aliens would.

3) We rarely spot fairly large mile-plus asteroids before they actually pass us. What makes you think we could spot even MASSIVE spacecraft with any warning?


Comment Credit cards = evil! (Score 1) 146

the impossibility for a Ugandan to obtain a credit card

Sorry, but in what weird society is a credit card an ideal over actually non-customer-raping alternatives?
Credit cards are by their very design made to fuck you over. There is no such thing as a credit card that doesn’t.
If you do digital payment, do it right. If you do money, do it right.
Hell, half the reason the US economy is so bad for people, is the money system behind it. For which credit cards — the concept of giving you imaginary money and taking back more than there is actual money, to get free work from you without you noticing ” are an essential part.

Credit cards? No thanks. I won’t ever in my life take a credit. And if I can, I’ll avoid imaginary money (e.g. €) altogether.

Comment Did they do any bacterial labs? (Score 1) 10

I didn't see any mention of them taking any samples for culture to identify any potential bacterial infection. Of course, there are some bugs that are more prevalent down there than others, but with all the antibiotics they are throwing at you, I would hope that at some time they would have gone for more than just a textbook course.

And this probably already occurred to you, but I'll say it anyways. Going back to a previous antibiotic course isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you go first with drug A, then drug B, you could actually find that drug B makes a more permissive environment for the bug that was previously hindered by drug A. Hence you need to go back to drug A to finish off the first bug. And of course you probably know that drug-drug interactions can be enormously bad, so they probably needed to give you drugs A and B separately.

At any rate, I hope someone is doing the proper microbacterial work on you as you go through this. Otherwise they may be only making better bugs (in your nuts no less) and flushing money (and time) down the toilet.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido