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Comment: Re:Okaaay. (Score 3, Interesting) 203 203

Exactly what I did, after a lifetime of ever-unfinished international legal diplomacy. Except - I gave a copy of the DVD to the boss's secretary, and a copy to another secretary. Bosses would never bother to look, but good secretaries would compete to find answers.

Comment: Happy Christmas, Grandpa (Score 1) 80 80

When I die there will be a huge pile of assorted data that is specific to me - ancestry, DNA, interests, writing style, books bought, etc etc. Next-generation associative databases should be able to trawl that in such a way that my grandchildren can still ask me questions - even if only as a 'party game'. Main concern is that someone will patent the all-too-'obvious' processes, so that you need an annual paid license to secure immortality.

Comment: Anthropology (Score 1) 356 356

Any anthropologists around? IANaA, but my theory is that in cultures where testosterone-driven men (like us?) are not allowed to socialise nicely with girls of their own standard, and are shamed into avoiding masturbation or same-sex fun, there will be outbursts of plain primitive sexual aggression. India is hardly worst, if you consider what happens routinely in some Islamic countries.

Comment: Swiftean slide (Score 1) 167 167

East of the Atlantic, where people know what a Yahoo is (or was), the brand could never have been taken seriously. For those of us who don't already know, Swift described a yahoo as being filthy with unpleasant habits. At least they didn't name it for the absent millionaire boyfriend of Liz Hurley, a certain Bing.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 542 542

The Ayatollah's right. You can't sustain irrationality, autocracy and extremism against a tide of information and entertainment shared worldwide and without regard to gender. That's probably what he wants to do, so his policy is wise. But it won't last, even if things have to get (very) much worse before they get better.

Comment: Re:Blaming the cables? (Score 1) 476 476

Thanks for one sensible answer, more than half way down the thread. Now, can we all guess what is it about Norwegian supply that is so different? Different rules for things connected? Current limitations when most distribution is overhead, or run from more distant step-down, different lengths for charging leads... or what?

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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