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Comment Re: Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 394

The big four don't give a shit if they lose a few retail customers. These are the same customers who require customer service, physical bank branches etc. The banks only get about five dollars a week in account fees from these customers. They are at best a loss leader, at least until they get a half million dollar mortgage for an overpriced home.

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

Tofu isn't always beneficial for the environment either... The is a lot of GM "RoundUp-Ready" soy grown in Argentina. Millions of acres of the stuff. So it's a nasty monoculture when it's veing grown, then there's the "food miles" of shipping it to vegans around the world. I don't have the numbers to verifiy exactly how "bad" this is relative to locally-grown meat or eggs, but this idea of tofu as a substitute for meat protein is not without its drawbacks either. All things in moderation!

Here's one link, plenty more if google "GM soy Argentina." https://www.theguardian.com/sc...

Comment Re: Technical Features Rather Than Content (Score 1) 121

OK, I'll bite. What has the post office done to wrong you, that a courier company (eg FedEx, UPS) hasn't done? I've had FedEx lose my packages. I've had ups refuse to deliver to a PO box (because I "can't sign for the package!" That's the whole POINT of a PO box - I don't need to be there to sign!)

Whereas the good old post office Just Works. This has been the case is metropolitan Australia, metropolitan USA, and rural areas in both countries. For delivering goods and documents ANYWHERE in a vast empty land, at a reasonable price, in a reasonable time, the government monopoly consistently wins. Especially for international deliveries - international couriers are obscenely expensive and no faster than the premium service from the post office.

Remember, YOU are the client of the post office. Who pays the courier company? The party sending the goods or documents. They et abulk rate from the courier company deliberately to undercut the post office. The courier has minimal incentive to actually deliver to you in a timely or efficient manner.

Comment Re: When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

Just one more anecdote here. Had to install mint on an old laptop to run the (cool!) AR sandbox software from UC Davis. Ridiculously easy to install to dual boot with windows 8 on a cheap lenovo. In fact I am sick of Microsoft's shenanigans and will soon switch to Mint on my main PC, quite a nice Dell laptop. Citrix client Just Works. Media Just Works. PCB CAD software (kicad or eagle, take your pick) Just Works. What's left? The occasional poorly I formatted Word document? I can can use a VM for that rare occasion. The side benefit is I lose all the Dell crapware that does infuriating things like steal focus from whatever window I'm working in because the ambient light changed. Seriously, that was a thing. Took a while to trawl the forums to fix it too.

Comment Re: In Iceland... (Score 1) 214

Hot Horse is an excellent horse burger shop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Close to the Union brewery too: http://www.hot-horse.si/en

Mongolian BBQ in Budapest is another great restaurant that also serves horse meat (and just about every other animal that isn't endangered) If you're ever in Hungary and are not a vegetarian, you owe it to yourself to go there. http://www.mongolianbbq.hu/en/

Comment Re: Is this actually legal? Piece meal removal of (Score 1) 665

Funny how those "pushing" for change are rarely the ones PAYING for the change. How much would it cost to switch from generic PCs to Macs? Even with Apple's "get them hooked early" education discounts, that has to be an expensive switch.

Besides, children are children. They just want what is cool and shiny, not what's best for the task at hand.

Comment Re: Screw the user (Score 1) 665

I installed Linux Mint a few weeks ago on a cheap lenovo laptop. It Just Worked. Dual-boots with windows 8. Plays audio/media seamlessly by default. Doesn't freak out when you plug in a thumb drive (unlike windows!)

My next PC will be linux-only, with windows in a VM for a playing with badly-written Word docs.

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