First World (Was: What dialup modem WILL work with 8.x and uart?)

Daniel Staal DStaal at
Mon Aug 22 13:45:09 UTC 2011

On Mon, August 22, 2011 7:19 am, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
> I live in some 3rd world country (BTW, how does one become 1st world?)

Back in the day, you'd have needed to join NATO...  (2nd world, of course,
required joining the Warsaw Pact.)

These days, I subscribe to the 'soda theory'.  At the lowest level of an
economy, you can only buy one of Pepsi or Coke.  A step up, and you will
have a choice.  The next step beyond that, you have a choice between
Sprite and 7-Up.  A first world economy will have multiple choices for any
flavor of soda, including things like Root Beer, Grape, or Sport Drinks. 
In fact, you will have specialty sodas in most flavors, that are in
limited distribution by area, but still in major market retailers.  They
will often be sold at prices near or above half an hour's wage (at minimum
wage) for a single soda.  (Vs. Coke or Pepsi, which are usually sold at
half that or less.)


Daniel T. Staal

(How is Kenya these days?  I haven't been there in 10 years or so...)

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