* Posts by Sherrie Ludwig

150 posts • joined 10 Nov 2013

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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Tablet

I have both a ten year old PC and an Apple Mini. My aging eyes much prefer the PC for actually seeing things I might buy for my business, for doing spreadsheet stuff and for any actual word juggling stuff I do, like email. Typing on a screen is miserable compared to a full keyboard. I use the mini for Square, for travel, and for navigation, and let's face it, games while waiting. I am a troglodyte who loves my 17-inch screen and will be replacing it with another if it goes pfft.

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Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Fellow vegetarian here - Nutrimatic

Yeah, veg food can be great, but when you NEED a rare steak, nothing else in the world tastes, s, satisfies like nice, thick T-bone.

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Lessig quits presidential race to spend more time with his idiotic ideas

Sherrie Ludwig

Corporate America

Fears a guy who hasn't taken a penny from them, Senator Bernie Sanders. Check out his message, and the fact that his online presence is huge while the mainstream media has been trying very hard not to report on him. He's either crushing it in the polls or not a contender - depends on which lying polls you believe. the primary elections will be interesting this year.

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Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Why would you do this?

I'm an old lady whose main computing experience dealt with machines that took Holerith cards. I use the internet for news, reaching friends and family that live far away, and for information and amusement. I don't know much about filters, cookies, etc. I just don't pay attention to ads. Period. Would I block these if I knew how? Sure. But it sounds rather complex, I don't know how, and your explanation is about as clear to me as my instruction on how to cast on and knit would be to you. Oh, and I do order some stuff on the internet, but if the company isn't reachable by phone, I don't do business with them. Old-fashioned? Yup.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Well that settles it

I've just gotten very good at ignoring the ad content. I couldn't tell you what the ads look like or are flogging anywhere on any pages I visit. Even the pop-up/overlay ads, I just click the X. No idea what just went by. Lately, there are pages that want me to disable cookies before I view them. I back up and don't view them. Simple.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

Sherrie Ludwig

So, someone who counters a claim with "I do not and never have beaten my spouse" Is automatically suspected of beating their dog? And their children? You have an interesting way of taking statements.

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John, if this goes to trial and Mr. Woods wins, this WILL strike a blow in the name of those who have been hounded on the internet. Sure, you can call me names, but if you allege publicly that I engage in a certain deleterious action (in this case, taking drugs) you had better have proof or I have grounds to sue. Do I think he will collect? probably not. Do I think he is justified? Yes. Being in the public eye means you had better have a thick skin, but it doesn't mean you can be libeled at will.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stalled until November

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The TPP can best be served by...

Upvoted for both points, especially the second. And I am American.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Oh well

Yes, a pardon can be issued for crimes of which one is not yet convicted. When President Ford pardoned ex-President Nixon, it saved the USA from going through the motions of a trial that would have accomplished nothing more than what was already achieved, the removal from office of a person who committed impeachable acts. While I agreed with the action then, since the damage and the removal from office had already been done, I now think we should have tried him, and let the whole ugly crapstew of the GOP run and hide under rocks. The party would have had to reinvent or die, and we might not have the fascists and the 1% quite as arrogantly running things.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I gave in years ago

"never a tie, though..." consider a bow tie, or an ascot?

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: "I’m told these are heavy metal acts that performed at the festival"

"that would still leave 9% for the next time." No, it would, on average, still leave 10%. Assume 100 people, of whom 10 are bad. Take away 10 random people. Although both the population and sample sizes are rather small for this, you would have 90 people left, likely 9 of which are bad, which would still be 10%. Statistics are poorly understood by many people, no need to add to it.

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Bernie Sanders wants FCC to probe broadband prices (but wait, is there an election coming?)

Sherrie Ludwig

What is this "broadband"

you speak of? I live two hours north of Chicago, and the best I can get (granted, I don't pay a lot for it, about $20/month) is labeled "up to 5Mbps", but tests on a good day at POINT5Mbps download, point3 upload. No streaming anything, all my communication by html, Skype is fugeddaboutit, and a one minute video is a three to five minute coffee break to buffer and see without interruption. Would cheerfully pay more for service that would at least allow Netflix streaming on one device.

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Uncle Sam spanks PayPal for credit scheme cockup

Sherrie Ludwig

Paypal? Is that still around?

I have not used Paypal for over ten years. My account got hacked, I got spammed, I closed the account after a devil's worth of hassle (ended up cancelling the credit card it was linked to, for good measure), and refuse to use it. It seems to be an additional layer of fees for not very much useful.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

Sherrie Ludwig

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. He's off his rocker otherwise, but sometimes the random stuff that comes out of his mouth tries to make sense.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: So what about the other nineteen states and the U.S. Government

Thank you for pointing out the elephant in the room (the elephant is the symbol of the Republican party, not known in the last forty years for being on the side of "truth, justice, and the American Way" to quote the Superman legend). Republicans have been eroding the rights and privileges of our country by terrifying low-information voters, granting corporations rights that supersede those of the citizenry, and giving credence to the Golden Rule - that is, those with the most gold make the rules.

I'll believe that a corporation is a person when it can be drafted or imprisoned. I have never seen a corporation praying in a church, synagogue or a mosque, or being baptized, circumcised. They do not get to have religions.

The Republicans are twisting the religious freedom part of our Constitution to mean everyone must be compelled to respect fundamentalist Christianity by law, but no other religions or beliefs are valid enough to be respected.

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FTC to DirecTV: No more lies! Tell viewers what you really charge

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Wut?

Living in the rural USA, there is nothing else. Broadcast is out of range (too hilly) cable doesn't come out here. My DSL (which I pay dearly for) is a whopping POINT 5Mbps. Roku and Netflix require a bit better than that, unless you want to wait ten minutes for every two of your show. Suggestions?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a child a loaded gun'

Sherrie Ludwig

Not all climate mod ideas are giant space mirrors. Read the chapter in Superfreakonomics about "Budyko's Blanket" and find that there are some crazy-sounding, cheap, easily reversible methods of cooling the upper atmosphere as well. There are also some reasons there not to do so, and some reasoned discussion overall on climate change.

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

Sherrie Ludwig

I would be giddy if I could get

the 5Mbps that is the "best available DSL" for which I pay $25 a month for, but I get (on a good day) POINT 5Mbps download and POINT 3Mbps upload tested in my rural corner of the Illinois-Wisconsin border in the US. Have contacted numerous companies that stuff my snail mail box and my email inbox with offers, they come out, wave an electric thingy or don't come out and look on a map and say "sorry, we don't have authorization to cover this area/ don't have enough signal/ too far from the tower/wire station/junction/whatever. AT and effingT is the only game in town for anything including dial-up, unless I splash out for a grand or so in equipment for satellite and no guarantees there, either.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

Sherrie Ludwig

At least the UK has noticed

I'm on the Illinois/Wisconsin border in the US, about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Chicago and the best I can get, FOR ANY MONEY, is called 5Mbps, but tests at .5Mbps download, .3upload. And what is the US plan to upgrade this?......crickets. Gee, it's quiet in the country.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

Sherrie Ludwig

Suggestion: Sony puts the movie out - on streaming services, DVDs sold at cost to produce, gives it away to networks, etc. etc. Not that I'm a great fan of the film, but it would be fun to see how these "terrorists" deal with everyone in the US having access to the movie all at once.

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: BT are the problem

If the residential buildings across the street have fibre and your business doesn't, and you need the speed the solution is obvious: rent an apartment across the street (could share with next-door businesses?) and run IT out of it. Could use the place as a business-owned "hospitality suite" for meetings or putting up the odd guest. I'm across the pond, don't know if it would fly under Brit tax and biz laws. But if the situation is actually as described, it would be a cold day in Hades before I would bow to that kind of extortion. Run the numbers, meet with other local businesses and see if it works.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Let's see...

Heads-up navigating while driving, where's the nearest (loo, gas station, Chinese restaurant, etc.), fun for architecture buffs or museum-goers, plus useful for, say, skills like changing a tire or learning a language. Oh,and I WOULD use it while shopping, for my list and where to find it in the store, plus calculating total I'm spending. Yup, expensive,but I'm not an early adopter, so will look at it when the price drops.

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Shall. We. Play. A. Game?

OOH, ya beat me to it.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: It always comes down to people

Actually,it all comes down to entropy. Every system tends to chaos and disorder (read: disrepair). Humans age, satellite orbits decay and require fuel to boost them back, until the fuel runs out and they fall. Metal rusts, plastics degrade (especially in the rough environment of space). Circuits get glitchy. There's always somebody needed to put the pennies on the balance arm of Big Ben. Unless the AI can train some other creature/device, and make more of these helpers to keep itself going, we can breathe easy.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

Sherrie Ludwig

Chance favors the prepared mind. Do the homework first, acquire what knowledge can be acquired, then when luck comes calling, it is easier to recognize and run with it.

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Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

Sherrie Ludwig

Use suggestions

I'm a jeweler, and if it can be modified to use jeweler's wax, it would seem to be quite fun for making casting models - or I could plate the doodles with metal for durability and looks. I can also see architects having a go to either work out some design considerations or to give a client a rough sketch that even the most 3D challenged could make out. And that's just off the top of my head. How about chemists modelling proteins? Or crafters making something like ornaments? think of it sort of like the drape-and-pin method some clothing designers (still?) use to work out new designs.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Sherrie Ludwig

Confounding variables not addressed

1. The people in the study do not seem to be a random sample: they self-selected whether they ate no, some, or mostly organic. This glosses over WHY they chose the way they eat. My husband was diagnosed with cancer, and that is why we are eating much more organically now.

2. Controlled for age distribution? I did not see that. Older people have an increased risk of cancer.

3. No control for WHERE people live. In the USA, the city dwellers are loads more likely to jump on the organic bandwagon, while out in my rural area many people really don't see the point. Urban vs. rural have greatly differing cancer rates due to environmental factors.

Just a few of the quibbles I see with this study. BTW, we don't eat ALL organic, just try to stay organic on the stuff that usually uses more pesticides, like celery and apples.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Sherrie Ludwig

You've got 'em across the pond, too, eh?

Maybe I am assuming that the article writer is UK because that is where most of the articles hail from, but this "oh, shut up and eat your gruel" is classic Tea Party drivel. I have no problem with him asking organisations to stick to their original mission, but being proud of being a right wingnut is frankly proof of his stupidity. "I'm right(wing), and therefore, by definition, you are wrong" is what is murdering whatever "exceptionalism" the USA could have claimed to have. Yes, some people are poorer than churchmice. The question is, what if anything, to do about that? Throwing crusts to a permanently underfed, undereducated underclass and neglecting public works (from roads and sewers to libraries), or reasonable attempts to help people get out of that condition? "I've got mine - shove off" or "I got this partly through my own efforts and partly because those before me invested in the public good - so I need to pay it forward also" The US is foundering not because of the income inequality, but because people conflate wealth with superiority, with knowing what's best for all others, with OWNING others (we made that mistake once).

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Go To Jail. Go Directly To Jail…

Those who trade freedom for security will have neither freedom nor security. I live in the USA and want the NSA stripped down and disbanded. They did not protect the Boston Marathon, they do f-all to shield us against the shooters in schools and theatres, or against the completely crazy "tea party" people who are trying to take over the government. Their rationale is "Look at all the tigers we have saved you from!" "There are no tigers roaming here" "Yes, and we have saved you from them all!"

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: There's an arrogance to the US too...

I'm a US citizen, born here, and horrified by what my country has become. Yes, on the whole, Americans are smug, having been fed that "greatest free democracy in the world" line for at least since WWII. Yes, most are totally ignorant of world views, courtesy of our miserable "news"outlets. And the average cit has NO INTEREST in changing that, and in fact is proud of it. I have served as an election judge for a few years, and the level of interest and knowledge of even our own civics is nearly nil. If you ever want to get an idea of how far from informed the populace is, tune in to any Fox News, motto "fair and balanced", broadcast, and listen to the modern Goebbels and Himmler big lie. Please let me know, Reg community, how things go in your home countries, I'm shopping for where to go retire, somewhere that the gov isn't in my bedroom, the healthcare isn't for the rich only, and people can discuss issues and disagree politely without drawing weapons.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Isn't this just

"Normal for Florida?"

Can you Floridians do something about the politicians you've been electing? They make this guy look like a pillar of the community. Just embarrassing. I moved out of Ohio because it was looking like Florida without the palm trees. Something in the water? Secret CIA trials of mind-altering substances?

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: by those eyes..

Good grief, no! Any pitbulls I have befriended have MUCH better taste that that. (I imagine even after biting him, they'd have to go wash their mouths out - BLECH!) Poor animal.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The government has changed its talking points

>Nationalism is irrational, it is, literally and completely, nothing but powerful people's mindgame to get

>less powerful people to act against their own best interest.

So the best interest of the poor downtrodden prole is not to support his own country is it?

That's an interesting point of view - care to elaborate?

Not the OP, but I see it as in the interest of the "prole" to seek to advance the rights of the individual over the state, to insist upon having the right to not just disagree with the state but to change it if it conflicts with the rights of individuals. For this to happen, it requires that the proles be informed of the actions of the state, and to have both the will and the ability to effect changes. When people realize that the only "state" that matters is this wet pebble we have to coexist upon, as I hope the people will sometime realize, then the states are the entities that will need to be disbanded.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I can see the point

I am actually surprised that people still wear fragrance. Most offices in this area (U.S. Midwest) ban wearing fragrance to avoid issues with worker chemical sensitivities and the general level of complaints (one person's hint of fragrance is the next person's bathed in the stuff).

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Rand Paul launches class-action lawsuit to end NSA phone spying

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Irony, we've heard of it....

Yep, look up him and his goofy dad, Ron Paul, for laughs aplenty, especially if you aren't in the USA.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Even a stopped clock...

... is right twice a day. For anyone not familiar with US politics, Rand Paul and his father Ron Paul are foil-hat loonies of the first water. If there is a goofy, far-out, been thought of and sensibly discarded populist idea for mis-managing the country, these guys have thumped a tub for it. They sound reasonable when one is half-listening, but then they go way off the rails into right wingnut territory. Their support of what sounds like a sensible idea reminds me of when Richard Nixon, after his resignation in disgrace, offered his services to the Republicans to endorse their candidates, and he was delicately told, um, thanks, we'll call you.......

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Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: $13,000,000.00

I am happy to note I am ignorant in US civil law, but in general, no, the loser is not ordered to pay court costs. That is why so many loony lawsuits clog up the US courts. A risk-management exec buddy of mine regaled us with stories of being told to pay off a woman who claimed that her microwave was making her pregnant - she was up to four or five kids now- (too costly to fight), and the reason for idiot stickers on oven doors "this door is not to be used as a step stool", and on kids' Halloween costumes "this Superman cape and costume does not permit the wearer to fly, and makes no claim or attribution to that effect". Trying to make things idiot-proof in the US just proves that the idiots are numerous and inventive.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

Sherrie Ludwig

Somebody needs to explain to the unmarked WHY a person would need to write anything permanently on his or her body. One guy I worked with had his kids' names on his forearm.....seriously? Did he think he would forget? And programming languages that are amazing cutting edge one day are obsolete the next (COBOL, anyone?) C. M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" is here....

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: PoS says it all really.

It is. It does. USA still uses magnetic stripe cards.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Useless

OK, simple answer. Stop using credit cards. Keep a debit card attached to an account that you deposit ONLY the amount you intend to spend in a week or so, and REFUSE automatic overdraft protection. Limits your exposure, you can transfer in money as needed, if you are paranoid enough, keep it in a separate bank from your main accounts and do physical transfer of funds. Or, just pay cash.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Hit the Target

I suspect the mom and pop shops are MORE careful with customer data because they really need every sale, and because the owners themselves will lose money for any problem transactions. Target, the shareholders will get a little jolt, then back to usual.

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Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: What is Renewable about Renewables?

Yeah, yeah,yeah, the same old blather justifying nuclear power. The worst downside to solar and wind power is sunburn and chapped lips.....Now, about that third eye in your forehead from a little nuclear "mishap".....

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Collect

Obama runs the NSA? REALLY? You must live in fantasyland - bureaucrats and past appointees run the NSA, and any other government offices. In Britain and in the US, and probably every other country of any size in the world, who is sitting in the big chair has only the appearance of power, it's the lifelong paper-pushers who administer and follow (or ignore) the twaddle coming down the pipe that actually influence the lives of the population. The power to listen in is intoxicating and probably irresistible. J Edgar Hoover of the FBI was the real power in Washington, BECAUSE he knew everyone's dirt, or could manufacture plausible dirt on anyone. The lesson from his story isn't to avoid collecting dirt, it is to avoid being the visible point man doing it.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Sherrie Ludwig

Shoe sizes

Mens' and womens' shoe sizes are not the same in the US. My husband and I are about the same size in shoes (we can borrow each others' muck boots to go into the garden) but our number shoe size is about two numbers off - I'm a 10, he's an 8 1/2. But the only way either of us would look at a pair of Jimmy Choos would be to blink at the price, or roll eyes at the idiocy of anyone who would torture themselves with them.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Allergies?

A bout of hay fever could bankrupt the Glassy-eyed! I like the information-source ideas for Glass (my middle-aged memory is like a dropped Rolodex) so I can remember people's names, but some of the other apps border on the creepy. At least the Glass makes those obnoxious "selfies" impossible!

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Haven't seen it, so could someone tell me....

Well, I saw it because of the controversy, and because I liked Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Americans can't tell most Aussie accents from generic Brit, so if it was off I (USA) couldn't tell, but I thought the movie was a solid B movie, a bit slow, a bit repetitive, but it laid out the main conflicts without coming down on either side.

It also had NO promotion, I only heard of it because I searched to see what else the actor was in. In America, no promo, no movie.

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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Sherrie Ludwig

Yikes! I mean,Crikey!

American born and raised. Used to think I would like to visit and possibly live in Austrailia, then I saw Harry Butler's TV show, where he said, "there are (I don't remember the number) species of snakes in Austrailia. A few of them are non-poisonous." Add in Sydney funnel webs and all their cousins, and I think I'll stay up here, where black widows and brown recluses are, well,reclusive.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I feel your pain...

I seem to be married to your stateside doppelganger. May I make a few suggestions that may prevent said intellimouse being imbedded in your skull?

1. Don't preface your remarks with a lugubrious sigh that implies the asker is a dunce.

2. When told that she has already performed some actions to attempt to remedy the problem on her own, DO NOT walk in and immediately PERFORM THE SAME ACTIONS, as though your God-like touch will somehow cause the machine to behave.

3. Do not seize the mouse or keyboard, do something that causes the desired result and then WALK AWAY WITHOUT EXPLAINING what you did and why you did it.

You will live long and prosper more if the above suggestions are kept in mind.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Meh?

I don't hate mobile phones any more than I hate the internal combustion engine. I hate having a car drive through my yard, or the store when I'm shopping, or anywhere else that it may be possible to physically fit an automobile, but inappropriate. It is incumbent upon those who use a given technology, whether automotive or cellular, to learn both the actual rules of the road and some common courtesy points to allow the world to function smoothly. Pulling out the phone to quietly text "reschedule the meeting, the plane is delayed" is certainly reasonable. Bloviating about the great business deal you're going to pull off when you land is only going to activate the corporate spy in me. Or, I will offer all kinds of "help" to the guy on the phone on my end. Or tell the sob sister bitching about her rotten boyfriend that she needs to go to a better class of dive if she's picking up her guys in bars. You share your convo with me, I'll share right back (grin).

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Kneel

Mr. Jefe: May I come work for you? I don't know the industry or even the country, but you are one of the few people who seems to have a proper perspective on workday emergencies. Too many businesspeople have a God complex "the place would fall down without me". If I step into a situation where there is an irreplaceable person, I am very likely to fire that person. If I am that person, by bad luck or company layoffs, I document and/or train to ensure that I won't occaison the demise of an entire industry sector by taking a vacation day.

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