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Comment Re:Niggers. (Score 2, Insightful) 359

Wasn't there enough information posted and published everywhere in the mass media in Liberia to inform even the dumbest people not to do that at all? I mean, after 1000 people die in a quite horrid way, a bunch of RFSP (Really F****** Stupid People) storms an Ebola Quarantine Center, lets the infected patients flee, steals the medical supplies and probably believes they just fulfilled the will of their ancestors.

Then, after these RFSP let the infected escape, possibly carrying the bodies oozing with Ebola infected fluids in their own arms home, put them on a bed, washing these infected fluids away, and then using the towels to wash and dry themselves, get infected in turn. And if they didn't get infected by just caring for their relative expiring from one of the most horrid diseases, they will get infected when they kiss the deceased or 'ritually' wash him, or when they cuddle up (or doing some more improper things) with the oozing cadaver full of filovirii looking for the next host to infect. And if that was not enough, they will 'celebrate' the death of their relative by eating some bush meat, containing yet another Ebola strain.

Lather, rinse, repeat, this time multiplied by 500, because the whole clan of course has to conglomerate around the putrid cadaver of a usually quite controllable disease. And of course, these relatives, in the two weeks that the virus takes to manifest itself, return home into their jungle villages in the four corners of Liberia and adjoining countries.

That's how you make an epidemic spread like wildfire.

Now, if the authorities in African countries are smart, the next time such crap happens, don't use rifles. Use flame throwers. Disinfects looters, kills the sick in a safe way and prevents more spread. As brutal as it may sound, this will probably save many more lives than just letting these people who just proved that the ancestors of homo sapiens which still live on trees are quite much smarter 'live their culture'.

And showing the burning looters screaming in agony (because they just got BBQed by desperate authorities trying to contain the outbreak) on national TV will make sure the next bunch of idiots reconsiders their idea of looting a health center trying to contain one of the deadliest viral diseases known to mankind.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Learning Linux Sys Admin via networked Raspberry Pis?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm finding myself getting tired of the internal politics of the MegaCorp for whom I do Tech Support, and I feel treated more as a call center person now than as 3rd-level tech support. So I was thinking of getting back into Linux Sys administration, and I'd like to know if any of you have (re)learned Linux system admin skills via a network of RaspBerry Pi? (I just don't have the spare room to spend on bigger Linux boxen). I was thinking of buying 4 or so Raspberries, a router, and the cabling etc. Have any of you done this? Any caveats or things I forgot? (I've got the VGA monitor, as I'm thinking of using one main Raspberry Pi with the VGA monitor, and then RDPing/SSHing to the rest).

Submission + - Hacking Email Privacy: Send an Email and Know When it was Read! (

magro writes: It's possible to send a simple email and know when and how many times it was read. This takes advantage of html email reading programs (Webmail Gmail, iPhone, Android, Outlook, etc) that allow automatic download of html rich email that contains external images. In short, if you follow the steps @ you will be able to send an email and then check private information about the recipient later.

Comment Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (Score 1) 564

The problem just is that more and more people (AKA 'islamists') start believing that implementing the 'holy' Quran literally is going to make this world better.

Let's hope some predator drone finds these twits and sends them a clear warning by dropping a 500kg block of concrete into their house, with a note attached that if they or anybody else ever impedes things like that again, the 500kg concrete is going to be swapped with a few Mk82 bombs with live fuses and real explosives.

Alas, debating with these people is nigh impossible, and the only language they understand is violence, or at least the clear and present danger of ending up having to schedule an appointment with 72 virgins.

And even the Quran knows to how work out problems with their own believers - if a majority of muslims was susceptible to jail sentences or fines for theft or other crimes, the Quran wouldn't mandate chopping off hands and other body parts.

Comment Several Inconvenient Truths About The Debt Ceiling (Score 4, Informative) 932

- Not one penny of US debt has been repaid for 51 years: the last time US government funded debt actually decresed on a year-over-year basis was 1960
97% of today's funded debt has been accumulated since August 1971 - the end of the Bretton Woods era by Nixon, and the terminal delinking of all fiat currencies from any and all hard assets, ushered in the era of modern-day hyper-debt insolvency
- Obama projects 2.5% Fed Funds rate in budget calculations through 2020. Average Fed Funds rate since 1980: 5.7%; Since 2008: 0.00%, If average 5.7% rate was used, projected US deficit would increase by another $4.9 trillion by 2020
- Obama projects 4.2% growth rate over next 3 years. If a normal growth rate of 2.5% is used, deficits would increase by another $4 trillion by 2020
- The US government borrows 40-50 cents for every dollar it spends. A balanced budget would mean cutting government spending in half.
- Implementing a balanced budget would not reduce current debt outstanding. It would merely stop it from growing.
- Over the past three fiscal years US debt grew by over $1.5 trillion per year: this is more than three times the record annual debt increase in any previous year in US history
- Last night deficit reduction targets were cut from $4 trillion to $2 trillion over the next decade, in exchange for a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling hike, which will last the Treasury until the next presidential election. Said otherwise, the Treasury needs to fund a $2.4 trillion hold over the next 15 months. Over a decade this come to $20 trillion: ten times more than the proposed deficit reduction.

In other words, cut the US budget in half to stop the situation from getting worse. Then start working on your debt mountains.

Comment Re:Problem (Score 1) 173

Their damn problem if they get cut off. By staging examples and publicizing them, other companies will stop working for spammers.

A similar method is used against drug dealers in some countries - deal 15g of hard stuff, get an appointment with the hangman. And drug dealing is harder to catch than spam-based credit card processing.

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