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Comment: Basic life skills (Score 1) 737

by desertrat_it (#46741683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Essential - cooking, baking, bread making.

Brewing is another basic skill that produces a product that can be used for barter.

Farming / growing crops - how else will you get the grain/fruit for cooking?

Hunting - obvious one there. But the other side of that coin is butchering. How many butchers do you know?

Sewing, to repair clothes that won't be replaceable for a while.

I could go on.

Comment: BES was awful (Score 2) 278

by desertrat_it (#44996525) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

the company I worked for in 2001 - 2005 trialled BES on Windows 2000 Server and Exchange $whatever, configured especially for BES.

In that environment, BES blew goats. It constantly locked up, lost email, required reboots of the server, etc etc. The company *ran* back to GROUPWISE as a superior alternative to BES.

Comment: Re:This is disputed (Score 3, Funny) 380

by desertrat_it (#44902643) Attached to: Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret

"Solar is dead. Most of the US doesn't get enough sun to make solar feasible. "

Apparently I have been hallucinating all the sun in the Southern US States. Who knew that coulds could be so bright and shiny? Who knew that cloudiness would make me so sun... sorry, cloud-burned?

Wow. I have been learned good.

Comment: Re:Too bad. (Score 5, Informative) 798

by desertrat_it (#42777951) Attached to: AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

I use Ting - they are a division of Tucows, use the Sprint network, are no-contract, and have reasonable monthly fees and no overage penalty (they just move you to the next tariff). I have an Android smartphone which I can use without any data plan if I so wish.

www.ting.com

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