I don't trust myself to comment...
Isn't it simply a question of what your house is made of? I have seen houses in the USA that seem to be built almost wholly from wood; no problem there. My house has external brick walls, but the internal walls are breezeblock, presumably with some steel reinforcement. Result: wireless works OK vertically (through the light wooden ceilings and floors) but often not at all horizontally or diagonally. I'm sitting here participating in this thread with wireless, but I have purchased a good (Diavolo) powerline networking system so I can always plug in wired Ethernet through the nearest mains socket.
"Then she doesn't need a PC, she needs an iPad or a Surface RT".
Good luck buying one of those with a 24-inch screen, so she can see her pictures in full glorious detail. And read her messages in 24-point, because her eyes aren't so good any more.
But at least it'll fit in her purse. (And probably stay there, when she forgets about it).
Oh by the way, Grandma... you can buy this PC with Linux pre-installed for less than the other one without Windows. That's because Linux needs less powerful hardware to run properly. Oh, and you'll find it just as easy (if that's the word) to use as Windows.
Freedom! Isn't it good?
Other questions that would be moderated "Troll" by Slashdotters:
"Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?"
"What is truth?"
"And what of doing evil in return for evil, which is the morality of the many—is that just or not?"
"So to answer your question, US culture is, simply put, not communist dictatorship culture, it's something that's objectively better for most people..."
That sounds rather like a description of the American political system, not culture. What do you think is the difference?
"Where are you from again? I'm sure I can point out how inbred you are".
What difference does it make where I am from? (Seriously). And how would it advance our discourse if you were to point out how "inbred" I am? That sounds like a straightforward ad hominem, which should be ignored.
As it happens, my simple question was exactly what it looks like: a simple question. Someone mentioned US culture, and I inquired what that is. I honestly would like to know. Some replies on this thread have suggested answers, but I don't think any so far are framed in a very serious way.
Another way of looking at my simple question is as something like a Rorschach test. It's quite revealing, and even somewhat amusing, to see the responses it brings forth.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".
'According to the story, a “typical liberal college professor and avowed atheist” declares his intent to prove that there is no God by giving the creator 15 minutes to strike him from the podium. A few minutes before the deadline, a Marine “just released from active duty and newly registered” walks up to the professor and knocks him out with one punch. When the professor recovers and asks for an explanation, the Marine replies, “God was busy. He sent me.”'
Actually I find that story amusing and thought-provoking on several levels. Taken at face value, it's good for a smile - the professor was rather sticking his neck out. Although I suppose the Marine might get a short prison sentence for assault - especially considering that he has been trained to kill with his bare hands, and has a duty not to use his military training to harm a civilian. (Outside the movies and TV, knocking someone out with one punch can lead to distressing complications such as a broken neck, broken jaw, concussion, or permanent brain damage).
Looking a little deeper, it's significant that the Marine apparently believes it's legitimate to claim that "God... sent me" to do his work. If he really believes this, might he also believe that God has sent him to kill an abortionist... or blow up the biggest meeting of atheists he can find? As someone said (my words), "Follow anyone who is seeking God. Run from anyone who has found Him".
" If you read the article again, you'll see that the Office of Personnel Management only said that those organizations were affiliated with violent organizations".
How ironic that those doubtful allegations were used to stop her from working for the most violent organization in the world - the US federal government.
Think it through. Which is the only organization to have used nuclear and chemical weapons against civilians? Which organization's *first* reaction to any development in the rest of the world is to bomb it? Which organization has deliberately caused the deaths of literally millions of civilians - including at least half a million children - since 1945? Which organization has started or stirred up over 200 wars since 1945? Which organization spends as much on its armed forces, every year, as the rest of the world combined?
Talk of "terrorist organizations" can turn out to be very double-edged when you have a track record like that.
"The US Army is hardly the world's largest".
Not since Vietnam, when the drug addiction and officer-fragging led to a decision never to field a conscript army again. Nowadays the US Army consists mainly of those whose principles and patriotism are so lofty that they are blind to the harm their efforts can cause, and the majority who can't earn enough to eat any other way.
What is that?
Whoops, I misunderstood the article for a moment there. If it's a matter of incorrect or misleading statistical analysis, that seems to be rife in studies of nutrition at least. Part of the problem may be that the same people develop a theory, conduct studies to test it, and do the statistical analysis on their numbers. Naturally, the numbers usually turn out to support their theory!
It might be safer if the three different activities were done by separate teams, with a "blind" system so no team knows who the other teams are. Thus the theory is developed by Team A, then studies/experiments to test it are created by Team B, and the number are analyzed by Team C. Thus Team C would have no idea what theory they were analyzing, or what might be the meaning of any correlations they found.
Now that is an interesting observation! Mostly, in science, when someone does an experiment that supposedly proves a theory, the next step is to document and publish every detailed step. Only when a number of peers have replicated the results can they be accepted with any confidence.
Yet in clinical trials of new drugs, it seems, only a single trial is ever done. How did that ever get accepted as proper scientific evidence?