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Comment Re:Reading between the lines here... (Score 1) 393

So yes, it is perfectly possible for intelligent, skilled people to end up in a job well below what they are qualified and able to do.

Not saying it's not. However, as you broached the topic, I would agree; it's entirely possible for someone to be employed well below what they're qualified for...for a short duration.

That doesn't seem to be what we're talking about here, however.

Comment Re:Stupid article (Score 2) 226

No, not at all. The Space Shuttle had to be substantially overhauled after *every single flight*. Airplanes don't. EasyJet for instance turns around a flight in under 30 minutes, which simply wouldn't be possible if it required more than a visual walk around by the crew between flights. I own an aircraft, and typically we only have to take things apart twice a year (and this is for an antique aircraft, too).

The Space Shuttle was not like this at all. It needed a full engine overhaul after every flight. The turbines on modern widebody twin engine aircraft will go thousands of cycles and tens of thousands of hours before requiring an overhaul - not a single cycle and single flight like the Shuttle.

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 2) 363

This isn't unusual.

I remember (seemingly back in the dark ages) having a debate with an academic about the truly awful state of UK university networking (at the time JANET was strictly X.25 and forbade IP traffic, the tools were terrible, the writing already had been on the wall for a couple of years that IP was the future, but this lot had a severe case of 'not invented here' syndrome and were pushing hard for an ISO-OSI model network instead of the "anarchy" of TCP/IP, think all the X.something standards designed by committee). He blustered "well JANET is an academic network for academics".

I wondered aloud where the academics and their wonderful X.25 network would be if there were no students (who needed to use the network to actually find stuff out, learn things, and get things done - normally through a painful and very restrictive and incredibly slow off-site gateway to the real internet - instead of pontificating in some ivory tower)

Fortunately a few months after this debate JANET finally admitted that TCP/IP wouldn't break the network, and as soon as they allowed IP, IP traffic handily exceeded X.25 traffic immediately. Computer science departments gladly and with great relief threw out all the "coloured book" standards and forgot about them.

Comment Re:I just can't really rejoice (Score 1) 59

Many private citizens need them. Lots of people go on vacation to different European countries. Many people in the EU live close to a border. You don't have to go halfway across the continent to be stung with extortionate roaming charges (often from the same company your contract is with - e.g. O2 Ireland charging O2 UK people huge roaming charges because they went 2 miles over the border).

Basic cell coverage will remain inexpensive due to competition, which will actually increase. Live in France and don't like the selection of French providers? Well you can use a German one or a Spanish one or an Italian one at no penalty because of the abolition of in-EU roaming charges.

Right now people have to carry multiple SIM cards to get around roaming charges which is awkward.

Comment Encryption (Score 1) 161

The trend is for everything to become encrypted, anyway - so the whole thing will be moot.

Even our company's website defaults to https and we're not even a tech company. YouTube defaults to https. Google. Farcebook, Reddit. (Slashdot seems to be one of the few that don't).

If they start throttling a protocol, people will start making it look like https to work around the throttling - use port 443 and TLS 1.2.

Comment Re:An excuse (Score 1, Flamebait) 216

It makes the USA not at all insolvent. You're comparing apples to oranges. The USA has the ability to pay, Spain, not so much. The USA has positive growth. Spain is lurching in and out of economic contraction (and suffering some brain drain as the people leaving university go elsewhere in Europe rather than facing 50% unemployment, with the only jobs for graduates being mostly waiters). By contrast many people are trying to get *into* the US.

Spain also does not have its own currency. Its debt is more like your household debt than typical sovereign debt - it lacks the usual controls a government has. Spain can't set its own interest rates. The USA can set its own interest rates. Also since lenders money is also sloshing towards Germany (because Germany is much safer), the rate on Spanish bonds has to be very high to attract anyone at all to lend to Spain. On the other hand, the USA effectively pays a negative yield to its bond holders. Also, because the USA has its own currency, if people start fleeing US bonds they are effectively selling dollars which will have a stabilizing negative feedback effect (it will lower the cost of the dollar).

You can't simply compare debt to GDP and niaevely say "USA is worse off than Spain".

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