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Comment: I would say "look until you find the CEO" (Score 1) 226

but that's putting you in bed with the weasels.

take some IT guys out for lunch with their laptop, show them how to lose their appetite. on a company computer.

things will happen at a good rate of speed.

if yoiu happen to have one of the security guys along, that will seal it quickly.

Comment: happens all the time, even around you (Score 4, Informative) 132

by swschrad (#49151063) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

meth heads have all the concentration and none of the frontal lobe action, they even try to steal live high-tension lines. which are aluminum around a steel core, nothing there but electrocution, folks.

my sleepy little weekly has a copper theft just about every other week when it's not cold enough to kill outside. cut open a container, clamp the wire to a bumper, and GO! that's even easier than breaking into a vacant house and cutting all the wire and plumbing out, although the little darlings probably are stripping that 24 gauge for days before they can sell it as bare wire.

Comment: I'll tell my insurance company to get right on it. (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by swschrad (#49131735) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Congress might fund NIH, if they could agree on anything, including whether to have Coke or Pepsi in the Senate Dining Room.

the immediate beneficiaries would be medical insurance companies, but the short-term is all they think about. if they say NO! now, they don't have to say NO! a thousand times, ten thousand times, when somebody is rotting out from infection by the minute and a doctor tries to prescribe a new $10,000 antibiotic.

if we had single-payer insurance, and ponied up along with the other developed nations, all of which are single-payer, a share of the prize, we might get someplace. I like the idea, but not its chances.

Comment: what's the point? it can't work (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by swschrad (#49128607) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks

how fast is 3D printing? slow as death by clean living. so that's one notch in the handle.

can you 3D print in a moving truck? the platform and system have to be stable like a $6000 turntable. notch 2.

is a 3D print product pretty? flexible? neon colors, black, and white are what you have, assuming you are not slinging molten metal or concrete, the other two mediums in use. not flexible. notch 3, fashionistas in revolt.

so far, it looks like three strikes and Amazon is out. they spend more time on slick PR releases than thought there.

"Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries." -- William George Jordan