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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."

Comment: Effect Change (Score 1) 561

by XB-70 (#47662069) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
This is so stupid. What is the staffing profile of, say, Glamour Magazine? Would you, as a stockholder, want white, straight males as staffers at Glamour? Not in a million years!

Each staff member is a profit centre. If you hire someone who's return on investment is 20% less but their ethnicity fits your company's profile, your competitors will eat you for breakfast - while hiring the best staff away from you.

If you really want to effect change, create a double-blind hiring system so that race and gender become non-issues - and you end up with the best staff. Period.

Comment: You voted for 'em. (Score 3, Interesting) 217

It is long overdue that government surveillance becomes a major political issue. Yet, we are no longer represented by our elected officials who have been bought off by the oligarchy. Moreover, if you talk to 99% of citizens, they will simply shrug off news items like this and go back to the latest Kardashian wardrobe malfunction intrigue.

This isn't about paranoia, it's about the fact that our personal rights are being completely abrogated by governments that are out of our control.

Our true freedom is doomed until we demand action so that due process takes place - legally and by the rules.

It's time to use the system to give itself back to us: with court challenges and by voting out non-supportive elected officials.

Exposure of incompetence and malfeasance with articles such as this are where to begin.

+ - Is Microsoft modding slashdot submissions?

Submitted by XB-70
XB-70 (812342) writes "I put what I thought was a witty comment on a Microsoft article and got modded troll.

I don't mind it — but it leaves me to wonder: Are Microsoft employees modding down non-supportive comments? What do Slashdot readers think?"

Comment: A scenario (Score 0, Troll) 70

by XB-70 (#47342929) Attached to: Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors
Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."

Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"

Job Candidate: "I was ... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."

Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"

Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."

Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was there a problem with your performance?"

Job Candidate: "None whatsoever."

Interviewer [Running lie detector against heartbeat data.]: "I am afraid that this interview is over."

Job Candidate: "But I was being sexually molested and am involved in a court case that I cannot discuss!!"

Interviewer [Noting extreme blood pressure levels.] "SECURITY!!"

Comment: Informed opinion (Score 1) 121

by XB-70 (#46927937) Attached to: Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux
I was speaking with a nuclear engineer just this past weekend. The reason that Chernobyl happened was that an unauthorized test took place over the direct objections of senior management. It was like taking the oil out of a car engine and seeing how long it would run. What did they expect would happen? In any event, after the disaster, the existing cover is/was inadequate at best.

Whether the new design is adequate or not is moot: when Putin takes over the country, he will completely shut down any real news and everything will be fine.

Comment: Honour? (Score 1) 300

by XB-70 (#46900119) Attached to: Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings
Yahoo! has stopped honouring so much of its user experience that they are doomed to failure.

Yahoo! Groups is bloated with spam that can't be blocked by its admins.

Yahoo! Messenger is so fraught with bugs and bloatware that users are fleeing in droves.

The main Yahoo! website is dated and mindless.

Yahoo! Mail is an abomination of unusable kludges and missteps.

Lastly, who uses Yahoo! to search for anything anymore, anyway?

Put a wooden stake in it, this thing is dead.

Comment: The Oligarchy won't let it happen. (Score 5, Insightful) 248

by XB-70 (#46836245) Attached to: New White House Petition For Net Neutrality
The recent Princeton research shows that the U.S. appears to be an oligarchy.

Let me put this out there: if they don't want net neutrality, mark my words, all the petitions in the world won't make a whit of difference.

Let's review this topic in two years and see whether I'm right.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson