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Comment: Re:Most Secret War (Score 2) 75

by Teun (#48845781) Attached to: Winston Churchill's Scientists
I too remember his funeral, the man was iconic.

And working for a UK based company I see problems in the English culture that have caused the losers of WWII to now be the owner and manager of great British brands like Rolls Royce, Bentley and Mini auto mobiles.
Others like Vauxhal and Ford are just manufacturing plants building largely German engineered cars. Mazda and Toyota took over other factories.

The British (English!) problem is they are so cock-sure of their own products they can't believe you need to continually work on improvement, "hey we have the best engineers in the world, this X-years old design is the best, change can't be an improvement".

Even now the Brits have some brilliant engineers but until they recognise the outside world has moved on they will never be successful outside their own country.

Oh and let's not forget the considerable number of followers of that idiot drunk Nigel Farage that want to close up even more. We're seventy years after the end of WWII and the following disintegration of the Empire and they still don't see the value of openness for future progress. Churchill was a Liberal Conservative, the Liberals is the UK party with the least support and the Conservatives with their shining example Cameron don't understand the modern world...

Comment: A legal system (Score 5, Insightful) 83

by Teun (#48840737) Attached to: What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola
Yes Africa is rife with corruption.

Some see it as a natural thing, that's really sad because now they won't oppose it.
Others see it as the result of colonialism but we're 20-50 years on and things only got worse...

Talking about Ebola, two months ago I arrived in Angola and they had temperature screening for those getting off the plane.
Rather sad was this was only done for foreigners, those with an Angolan passport are apparently immune :(.
Africa is rife with corruption and corruption breeds what we'd otherwise see as stupidity but for individuals it's really just a way of survival.

The only effective way to fight corruption is to have a solid legal system and from European experience we learn that needs to be in place for several generations before it becomes effective.
Since the British occupation of South Africa it had a reasonable judiciary but now Zuma's ANC has taken over it is left to die, laws are watered down and officials installed based on their race and political affiliation.

It is a sad conclusion but even in the best scenario Africa will be corrupt for at least the next century.

Comment: Re:I have a fun time with these calls (Score 1) 246

by Teun (#48641209) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
Same here, given time I'll try to stretch the call and make them ask me silly things on this Linux computer.

But most of the time I run out of patience before them and then go 'may I ask a question?' :
Are your parents proud to have a criminal in the family?

The last Asian became very irritated and started calling me names, mission accomplished :)

Comment: Re:Doesn't seem simple (Score 1) 137

by Teun (#48611141) Attached to: Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland
You are both correct in your analysis.

It's exactly for the prevention and resolution of these sort of conflicts civilised nations negotiate and sign bi-lateral or international treaties like via the UN.

Regrettably the (conservative) right wing of USofA politics has years ago decided to laugh at such treaties and now we have an issue.

The 'Conflict of Law' legal specialists will be the only beneficiaries!

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