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Comment: Guadalcanal (Score 1) 205

I'd believe it. I've seen some old (not ancient) charcoal drawings in a limestone cave on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The drawings were mainly of head hunting boats and war axes from the Western Province (from a different area the cave is in). The cave is hidden a couple of miles inland from the coast. The scenario would likely be that the war canoes turn up, the men stay to defend and the women and children run inland to the safety of the cave, then draw what they have seen on the cave walls. My other scenario is a mother yelling "would you kids stop drawing on the cave walls!!!!". If it's like my house, that would be much more like it.

Comment: Re:Good stuff (Score 3, Informative) 249

by capt_mulch (#45086873) Attached to: Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot Collapses and Dies At the Controls
Any light aircraft, when trimmed correctly, will continue to fly quite well if you leave it alone. Line it up on the runway (yes, it sort of steers like a car), and gently pull the power back (eyes to the end of the runway :-). With plenty of runway, it will land itself. Example - Lady Be Good

Comment: Re:no (Score 3, Interesting) 242

by capt_mulch (#43031319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Quickoffice On Chromebooks Topple Microsoft's Office?
LibreOffice can't disrupt MS Office because if something is free then there must be something wrong with it (that's how they think out in the Pacific). If LibreOffice had a $400 price tag it would be way more popular than it is. (Stolen watermelon always tastes better). That's why people pirate Windows rather then use Linux - free? what's wrong with it? I'm not getting a 'professional' pirated experience if I don't use Windows.

Comment: Re:Since when did slashdot become the onion? (Score 1) 84

by capt_mulch (#42825551) Attached to: Rich Countries Suffer Less Malware, Says Microsoft Study
Not just a piracy problem - even when offered open source software people in developing countries will go for pirated software because it is 'worth something' - if the software is free (as in you don't have to pay a license for it) then there must be something wrong with it. They would much rather use free stolen software than free free software. Also, due to lower connectivity rates, memory sticks get passed around (music, movies) - I'm not sure about now, but a few years ago here in the Solomon Islands I used to get 100% success rate on finding malware on memory sticks I tested. Another factor is the cost of bandwidth - Solomon Islands, 7 cents US per megabyte is costly for most locals, so memory stick malware passing is still rife.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.