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Comment: So? Ballmer ist not a real manager (Score 2) 208

by Opportunist (#48228739) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Quite seriously, first he steered MS from having the muscle in any negotiation with whomever (from retailer to customer, they could say "my way or the highway" and their "partners" could only grin and bear it) to a mediocre company that has to accept setback after setback, only to blow the money he swindled our of piledriving MS on a mediocre (if that) sports team.

He'd probably be a great manager for GM, a bank or anything else that we have to prop up now because their managers are about as useful as monkey boy, but just like a company that makes no profit is no business, an idiot that drives companies into a freefall tailspin is no manager.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 350

by Opportunist (#48218845) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

...provided you're in the presence of something or someone that can transmit it. Before you go full bore on panic mode, realize that we are talking about a low single digit cases in the US and that Ebola is, at least to our current knowledge, only contagious when symptoms are displayed.

In other words, as long as you're not an idiot you should be fine. As for the rest, well, Darwin should be allowed to be right from time to time.

Comment: Re:in favor of "space suits" (Score 3, Insightful) 350

by Opportunist (#48218833) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Becaues the average I-beam is more easy to spot than the average virus. It's trivial to know whether you're protected from an I-Beam (is that hard hat on? Yes? You are), but not whether you're protected against viral matter (is your hazmat suit tight? You sure? Are you?)

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 3, Insightful) 350

by Opportunist (#48218819) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

It's not easy to catch for the average person. Hmm... how to draw a parallel that the average /. reader can understand...

If your job is to solder tiny parts into electronics, getting burned by a soldering iron is quite easy if you're not careful. It's rather unlikely to impossible for the average person on the street to get a soldering burn.

Likewise, if you're working with people who are infectious on a daily base and have to handle their highly contagious blood, urine, feces, saliva and other stuff the average person not only finds yucky but wouldn't want to get near if paid to do so, you can get infected easily if you're not careful, while for the average person who has zero if not less contact to either contagious people or their bodily substances the risk is far lower, if not nonexistent.

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