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Comment Re:Where would we be without experts? (Score 1) 321

> they can definitely rent a two-room flat alone and afford normal food just like everyone else.

Maybe where you are, but not where I am. Many people I know in full time employment cannot afford to rent a 2 bed flat. And that's regardless of where they're from.

Most of the tradesmen I work with these days are EU migrants come to London. Some of them are quite successful and have good lives, but many others really work hard to get by and do not have what I'd consider to be a life worth living. But they acknowledge that they're just doing it for half a decade or so and then plan to move home. Plans range from outright retirement, to starting a family and a business with the seed money from here.

Comment Re:Where would we be without experts? (Score 1) 321

That's a race to the bottom though. Because they are happy to live 6 to a 2-bed house and do nothing but work for 5 years means that we all should. No family for you - the Romanians don't have one until they go back to Romania. No sports for you - the Polish don't need them, so why should you? No discretionary spending for you - the Lithuanians just save.

So now the whole country is living like that, then what happens? Well, no discretionary spending because you can't afford it means many business close. And those staff are now competing for your jobs at an even lower rate, but they're happy to live with 8 people in a 2-bed house. And so the race continues...

Comment Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (Score 2) 381

If you're getting the N then you probably won't use the USB, so you'll be fine.

If you're trying to use the scanner part of a brother MFC device on 64 bit Debian / Ubuntu / Mint, you need to be aware that the brother brscan packages install the shared objects into /usr/lib64 and sane only looks in /usr/lib.

Other than that, they're great.

Comment Re:Looks European.... cue the conspiracy... (Score 1) 302

I moved _from_ Zimbabwe many years ago, but not to the USA.

Whether you like it or not though, right now Zimbabwe has a more functional government than the USA does. It be run by a despot, against the good of its people and corrupt as all hell, but it's running. People can visit their national parks.

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