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Comment: Re:Kids these days... Re:Slashdot lucks out (Score 1) 300

by jrumney (#49136091) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
Luxury! We had to suck our uuencoded multipart Usenet posts from the server byte by byte through a straw. It took weeks to get all the parts together so they could be decoded on a slide rule and punched into a card by hand using a blunt nail and a screwdriver as a hammer.

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 2) 480

by jrumney (#49136025) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
You're probably still stuck at step 1. Another problem with Windows 7 is that it seems to take forever just to open an Explorer window compared with earlier versions of Windows. I've seen the behaviour described in the GP a few times in the last couple of weeks. I'd never seen it before that though, so maybe its a recent Patch Tuesday bonus.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 60

Our continent has had a rich history of cultures and languages, perhaps the most diverse in human history!

Not to belittle the great diversity of language on the American continent, but sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, especially India, Indonesia and the Philippines, are significantly more diverse lingustically even than Bolivia (the most lingustically diverse country in the Americas).

Comment: Re: Take your space (Score 1) 288

by jrumney (#49109351) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

You're unlikely to get robbed in a drug neighborhood, for example, because most people either don't have anything to steal, or have a weapon, or will fight to the death over their last $2.

There's also the fact that the gang that controls distribution has no interest in increased police presence on their turf, so they tend to keep petty street crime under control.

Comment: Re:Physics violation (Score 4, Informative) 690

by jrumney (#49013639) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

I remember reading a few years ago that in one of the south-east Asian cities (Kuala Lumpur maybe? Singapore?) there was two-tier pricing on electricity -- dirt cheap up to X kWh so that everyone could have lighting and basic usage

In Malaysia there are 5 tiers for electricity pricing (until recently it was 9), and if your total bill for the month comes to less than RM20 (around USD 7), the government covers it.

Comment: Re:Overseas stores (Score 1) 294

by jrumney (#49002931) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy
Only Borders and Radio Shack have come to Malaysia for their retirement as far as I'm aware. Radio Shack only started appearing around the time of the Borders collapse, so I guess the holding company for both has decided to specialize in deals with ailing US companies looking at overseas expansion as a way to save their business. But unlike Singapore, where Borders closed down a couple of months after the US, they've managed to separate it out enough from the parent company to end up with a known brand that they can continue to run independently. A newspaper article yesterday said that the local Radio Shacks have their own supply chains and won't be affected by the US collapse, so they may also last well beyond their US parent.

Comment: Overseas stores (Score 1) 294

by jrumney (#48994737) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

The company's franchise locations, as well as stores in Mexico and Asia, are not included in the deal.

I get that the overseas stores are not included in the sale to Sprint, because that would make absolutely no sense, but what I really want to know is what happens to them when Radio Shack goes bankrupt. In other words, I want to know if my local Radio Shack located inside a Borders store (I kid you not) will still be open.

Brain off-line, please wait.