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Comment Re:The song of the Lotus-Eaters (Score 1) 503 503


Population is widely expected to peak at around 8 - 10 billion and stabilise somewhere in the next 10 - 20 years, and probably decline a little afterwards. Scary visions of a planet bursting at the seams with people are just hyperbole at this point.

Comment Re:That's great if you have a mobile phone (Score 1) 213 213

I'm not sure why a luddite would also want an email account!

But in seriousness, at least in the UK, you can have SMS sent to a landline number no problem. Some magic along the way results in a phone call and a robot reading out the text message. Our banks even use an automated outbound voice messaging platform to do the same thing as the SMS for people who don't have a mobile.

I expect they'll offer this if demand is high enough.

Comment Re:Yes, this is news (Score 1) 554 554

Not sure how much vegetables cost in the USA, but everywhere I've been they're pretty fucking cheap. I'd question why someone is deemed capable of having a child in the first place if they can't spend a few pounds a week on some vegetables that may or may not be eaten...

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.