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MarkWebles

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  1. That's as rosy a picture of imperialism as I've ever read. I don't understand why people complain about it so much.
  2. I went back and re-read your post, and this time for comprehension. Your post suggests quite the opposite of what I attributed to you. I apologize for my hasty critique.
  3. Xena, your post is incoherent. You seem to be espousing fear and panic. Want to give it another try?
  4. Don't be tempted to ride without proper equipment, as many here don't and they make it look like such fun. A friend has recently quit riding after his 3rd. unscheduled get-off. He found the road-rash to be annoying. To suggest that one should "Drive Defensively" here is a gross understatement. They are out to kill you. Stay away from the Chinese brands, the quality of materials leaves a bit to be desired. ...and learn where the Topes are: hitting one unexpectedly can ruin your whole day. Aside from that: ride, be free!
  5. Coincidentally, I had a doctors appointment with my GP on last Tuesday and somehow got talking about the borderline irrationality some have about germs. She said "That's on you gringos, we Mexicans are still sane. Don't worry, get dirty". I almost pissed myself.
  6. The best thing about Dell, from a corporate stand point, was/is their warranty and part replacement policy. "What's wrong?" "I don't know, it's new and doesn't work." "O.K., we'll ship you another."
  7. Not everyone wears apathy as a badge of honour. Some of us actually like to move out of our comfort zones, try new things; to risk failure, or revel in success. I could try and impress upon you the joy of exploring the unknown, but it's likely pointless. Reminds me of a coworker who once said, "Why try, just watch tv." At first I though the was joking. He wasn't.
  8. Bash on Windows 10. While your at it, don't overlook Python, Perl, Powershell, PHP or Ruby. The fun never need stop. BTW, bash is available on all Linux distributions and bash scripts don't need to be compiled in order to execute them.
  9. Skill? What skill? Most of us need no more skill than what it takes to push a button and click an icon. I could easily teach a child how to install any of the more main stream Linux distributions and have said child connected to the internet in under an hour (it usually takes me about 30 minutes to install Linux). And said child wouldn't know that it was supposed to be difficult until he/she spoke to an adult who "has a friend who knows computers". Back when I was a (primarily) Windows technician, I used to dread those words.
  10. Eric, the first truly viable version of Windows was version 3.1 (released in 1992), before that it was little more than a curiosity. You state that you used DOS before switching to Windows which suggests that you've been a computer user for about 30 years, yet you are still not a "computer person". Support for Linux on the internet is ubiquitous and it's not difficult to learn, certainly no more difficult than Windows, but an effort is still required. Perhaps you're best suited to the tried-and-true: Crayons, version 1.0.
  11. Read the study, ignore the histrionics. "The report considers only the types of carrier (bags) available from UK supermarkets." The bags in question are all made from plastics, excepting the cotton ones, of course. And consider that home made cotton bags tend be constructed of cloth that has already served a primary purpose. We have some home made bags that were originally jeans. We've been using the bags for about 8 years now. Remember when smoking was healthy?
  12. There's always CancĂșn. You could catch a bullfight. Oops, too late. No matter, as the song goes, barbarism begins at home.
  13. No doubt we'll evolve to a point where we will able to keep up with our social media chores and simultaneously get the requisite amount of sleep each night. Brave New World, indeed.
  14. There, there, people. Don't get yer boxers in a bunch. All the excitement will surely keep you up tonight. ETA: "Goody for you". Who says that?
  15. My, my! What did we do before the development of modern, easily obtained pharmaceuticals? Probably something barbaric like avoiding pharmaceuticals, or better, going for a walk .
  16. As long as the right people are profiting, who are we to complain?
  17. What they need to do is convince people that they really don't need the mountain of plastic shit that is available on every shelf of every Walmart on the continent.
  18. I know that you think the buzzing noise you here all the time is just a sign of aging, but it is in fact the point going over your head. "Smallpox was officially declared eradicated in 1979". The Smallpox vaccine is no longer given because the Smallpox vaccine worked and we didn't have every febrile, reactionary bead clutcher getting in the way. As for the plague that killed millions, it is now treatable with antibiotics. Science, not potions or prayers or prostrations; Science. The scientific method is just that, a method. Nothing to sell. Oh, and for the record, the quote is "lies, damn lies and statistics". I think your millennia old belief system is showing. How gauche.
  19. http://www.crispian.net/PTIR/Nonsense.html Just sayin'!
  20. cafemediterraneo, I believe you are quite correct to be concerned about vaccinations. Nobody should be able to prevent us from contracting whatever infectious disease strikes our fancy. Say, smallpox, or whatever you think might go well with the drapes. Do you honestly believe that the well-being of one individual outweighs the health of an entire society? Do you know that The Black Plague killed almost 100 million people in the 14th. century. How many people do you know of that have died from it? Anybody? Anybody at all? Didn't think so. Science: It's not just for movies, anymore.
  21. Peer review is where you watch the boats at rest.
  22. Stop confusing us with all this sciency sounding stuff. Genetic? Who is that, anyway? Just some know-it-all with high degrees.
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