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Comment: A more important issue... (Score 4, Funny) 246

by XB-70 (#48641041) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
Where is the class action lawsuit against Microsoft for the man-decades of hours lost due to BSOD and other, major issues with the O/S that have cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and data?

If automakers built cars that crashed as often as all the versions of Windows, the earth's population would be about 1,000 people today.

Comment: Crap (Score 5, Insightful) 435

by XB-70 (#48619455) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the wonderful Cuban people desperately need medicine, goods and services that are in deplorably short supply.

The curse is that a small few are about to make huge profits on land and state enterprises. I don't care how the laws will be worded, any time you have a major economic shift like this, opportunists will take incredible advantage of the situation.

The other curse is that Western 'culture' - McDonald's, Burger King, Coke and Pepsi will invade. They will do tremendous harm to the health of the average Cuban.

Lastly, the wonderful beaches and hotels will be overrun. Cuba is so close to the U.S. that development will explode and tourism will skyrocket. The 'pristine' aspect of Cuba will quickly disappear in a morass of tawdry tourist traps.

Adios Cuba viejo y bienvenido al futuro.

Comment: The workplace is changing. (Score 3, Insightful) 496

by XB-70 (#48427167) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
Here is a possible reason for the disparity in income:

A relative of mine is a Veterinarian.

When he graduated in the '80s 80% of Vets were male. They worked from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM or longer - often six days a week.

Today, 80% of Vets are female. Rather than working long hours, they often choose to have a family and work part-time. The net result is that 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet.

This is not a bad thing. They get to have both a career and be at home for their families.

The net result though, it that their incomes are substantially lower than a male vet's would be.

Is this wrong? No. Is this a new way of having a work-life balance? Yes.

Comment: The worst thing you can do. (Score 1) 273

by XB-70 (#48316367) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
NEVER tell a kid that they are smart. ALWAYS encourage them when they apply themselves.

If they are told that they are smart, they will get a mind-set that says: "I'm smart, I don't need to work at this."

A wealthy friend of the family once told me: "There are two ways to become wealthy: out smart the other guy. The rest of us out work him."

Comment: Why is this not escalated? (Score 3, Insightful) 63

by XB-70 (#48268199) Attached to: Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group
We pay a fortune in taxes for government agencies: INTERPOL, FBI, RCMP, NSA, CSIS, CIA etc. etc.

It is disgraceful that a consortium of PRIVATE companies has to tackle this issue when there is clear violation of any number of laws at stake.

Get to work, you government agencies, and, instead of spying on your fellow countrymen, do your job.

Comment: What is fair? (Score 1) 540

by XB-70 (#47880135) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion
When someone has plans to point a nuclear missile at you in your back yard, you do what you can to protect yourself. The net result of the Cuban 'experiment' is a large number of well-educated people who have little or no resources to use that educational wealth.

I chatted with a 50 yr old 'pool boy' in Veradero. I asked him his occupation. He said: "Economist". He was earning 300 times as much cleaning hotel pools in the special tourist area than he would have in his profession.

In Trinidad, Cuba, there are extremely well-trained doctors and nurses at clinics... except that there is a real dearth of medicine available.

Cubans are crushed by their so-called government. It is heinous and loathsome.

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Churchill

Comment: Fortunately there is Linux.... (Score 0, Offtopic) 179

by XB-70 (#47671773) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death
The update crashed 100% on re-boot stopping at 10% install. Fortunately, I was able to disable UEFI, boot to my Ubuntu Linux partition, go online and figure out what to do... then go back and bang away 'till it booted. I ended up going back to a good install point and adding updates incrementally.

Note to self: Always, always put a Linux partition on EVERY Windoze machine!

Yeah, yeah, I could carry a bootable USB around, but this way, it's always IN the machine.

My problem is this: WHO is going to PAY me for my time? Isn't it time that a consumer watchdog agency said: "Enough is enough, Microsoft. You have cost users countless BILLIONS of hours and money. If this were a car, Ford or GM or Toyota would be BANKRUPTED by the recalls."

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda