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  • in reply to: Debt Rattle July 11 2015 #22360

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    Regarding the debt rattle picture of the day: Same woman at same job.

    in reply to: George W. Bushmeat and the Economics of Ebola #15844

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    Survival in Eyam depended on if you were bit by a flea that had plague. The bubonic plague is not transmitted person to person, but via flea.

    in reply to: The Contractionary Vortex Of The Lumpen Proletariat #15747

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    Google earth will provide a number of clues, Germany aligned itself with Russia and the East some time ago – observe rail lines between these nations.

    I do not think East Germany had any say in the matter. Also, see the Eastern Bloc.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle Jan 27 2014: When Bubbles Bite #10994

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    Black holes still exist in all important ways, and there is still a huge one in the center of our galaxy. Physics it just trying to work out the details of the even horizon.
    Yes, Virginia, Black Holes Exist! Do black holes exist? The world’s most famous scientist vs. the actual science.
    If it quacks like a black hole

    in reply to: Adapting Technology To A Brave New World #10992

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    A great article. Some comments:

    • Some tablets are made intentionally to be very difficult to repair, with the hope you will buy a new tablet when the battery inevitably fails on it. Batteries fail both with age and use. Lots of glue makes repairing difficult. Notice that the Apple iPad Air only receives a 2 out of 10 repairability score in the iPad Air Teardown Guide. Perhaps in the next iPad model they will go all the way and solder the battery in too. Remember, repairing your own device or even changing your own battery hurts corporate profits. Some tablets are much easier to repair, so keep that in mind as a factor for purchasing consideration. Try to keep tablets, phones, and laptops plugged in and charged as often as possible to make the battery last as long as possible. The less you drain the battery, the longer it will last.
    • PC desktops are more repairable than laptops. Desktops usually have standard sized components that can be replaced. There are usually a large variety of replacement parts available. Laptops have customized parts for each model. Parts are customized for that particular model, and are expensive and harder to find. Macs have always been more difficult to repair in my opinion. Desktop PCs, perhaps running FOSS, will be the easiest and cheapest to keep running in the future.
    • Windows requires a lot of end user education to remain secure. The vast majority of users do not have this knowledge, which leads to most computers having acquired malware of one form or another. At the market leader, Windows, or software that runs on Windows, has most of the malware developer attention. This means there is much less malware for Macs and FOSS as there is much less of a user base to potentially infect.
    • The Automatic Earth, like most web sites, runs on FOSS software (WordPress and Nginx).
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