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Comment: Impressive (Score 0) 192

by Oxygen99 (#46902959) Attached to: How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet
Well. Congratulations America on finally fucking the internet. You've spent the last thirty years trying to undo and legislate against a technology you designed to withstand a nuclear war. Now you've succeeded. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or appalled. If only the Soviets attacked with lawyers rather than warheads you wouldn't have stood a chance.

Comment: Re:May they burn in hell. (Score 4, Insightful) 510

Well, you say child porn websites. I guess if you overlook the inadvertent blocks of Wikipedia and the wayback machine then yes, probably most of it isn't very pleasant. Given that the IWF is something of a law unto itself though I guess you'd never know. Down the memory hole we go.

As for 'fabulous web-filters'. Yes, we do. One of them is called Cleanfeed. And that started as child porn block. And now it's blocking links to downloads of copyrighted content at the behest of the MPA. I'm not sure what it'll be blocking tomorrow, or next month, or next year. Or why. Oh well. At least it's not a opaque, commercially provided entity with little in the way of oversight or transparency with the power to silently fence off content the powers that be don't agree with. Ah. Hang on...

Comment: Quelle Surprise (Score 5, Informative) 142

Of course they're at war. This is one of the most incompetent and scientifically illiterate governments in living memory. It's packed full of lunatic ideologues like Ian Duncan Smith and Teresa May who sideline professional academic advice time and time again in favour of their own prejudices stupidity and ignorance. I just wish their misguided, harmful and plain unworkable policies wouldn't wreck this countries social and political fabric for generations to come. It would be funny if the human cost wasn't so high

And you know what? In spite of this, the main opposition is still unable to differentiate itself as a better alternative than this shower of charlatans, bigots and liars.

I despair at this country. I really do.

+ - Iain Banks: Extremely ill with Cancer-> 2

Submitted by The_Other_Kelly
The_Other_Kelly (44440) writes "News that will shock and sadden the many fans of Iain (M.) Banks.

He is suffering from gall bladder cancer, and things do not look good.
See http://friends.banksophilia.com/ for details.

His books, both normal and science fiction, are world view
warping Excessions, and my heart goes out to him and his.
I am shocked and saddened.

Thank you, Iain."

Link to Original Source

+ - Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scottish author Iain Banks unlikely to live longer than a year and latest novel The Quarry set to be his last, he revealed on his website. From the BBC — The 59-year-old's novels include The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Complicity and the Culture series. The statement said his health problems came to light when he saw his doctor, suffering from a sore back. He was diagnosed with jaundice, before further tests established the full extent of his illness. A personal statment from Iain Banks released on the publisher site here."

Comment: Re:Slashdot the new Midnight Sun!!! (Score 3, Informative) 262

by Oxygen99 (#37376554) Attached to: Explosion At French Nuclear Site Kills One
Heh, I know it's bad form to reply to your own post, but a quote from the Guardian story on this made me laugh.

The papers said the body of one male worker at the plant had been "found carbonised", but it added that there was no evidence that the explosion had "caused any radioactive leak".

A spokesman for the French atomic energy authority told journalists: "For the moment, there is nothing coming out."


Emphasis, mine, obviously.

Comment: Re:Slashdot the new Midnight Sun!!! (Score 2) 262

by Oxygen99 (#37376516) Attached to: Explosion At French Nuclear Site Kills One
Would this be the same "they" who concocted the tissue of lies and half truths regarding the damage to the Fukushima plant, or is it some other reputable "they" who always tell the truth, no matter the personal cost, when something bad happens to their employers on their watch?

Frankly, in light of the current reputation of the nuclear industry, I think it's understandable people might be a little oversensitive to, ooh, I don't know, explosions at a nuclear waste processing site.

Rather a healthy skepticism about the words of a tarnished industry than a collective head in the sand blindly accepting the word of PR as truth. Sheesh. You're just as bad as those who insist on claiming the sky is falling all the time.

Comment: Why should digital rights be any different? (Score 2) 155

by Oxygen99 (#37301760) Attached to: The UK Government's Struggle With Digital Rights
Heh, Mensch is a loudmouth with only a tangential connection to reality. I wouldn't take what she had to say too seriously. Besides. I don't see why the policy on digital rights should be any less zig-zag and arbitrary than anything else that shower come up with. Cameron, Gove et al have been making up policy on the hoof since they returned to power. This is just one more example of the woeful disconnect between what reality is and what they'd like it to be. Ah well. I guess we all get the politicians we deserve.

Comment: That's five minutes I'll never get back (Score 5, Insightful) 638

by Oxygen99 (#35920308) Attached to: Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users
Christ. What a waste of time. A self selecting young, predominantly urban, affluent, middle class, college educated demographic is generally more liberal than the rest of the population? Well, I for one, am shocked.

No, not really. What would be more interesting is in looking at what the distribution for those attitudes looks like. I'd guess Mac users would represent a classic bell curve while PC users would have a much less predictable pattern. But then I wouldn't expect the people who do this kind of "research" have any interest beyond trolling in the first place. No questions about conformity or deference to authority either. That'd be an interesting outcome...

Comment: Re:Wouldn't it be a lot simpler (Score 0) 286

by Oxygen99 (#35868072) Attached to: Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets
Surely blocking traffic to expertsexchange would only force people to visit sites like EnthusiasticAmateurSexChange, DufusOnTheStreetSexChange and NotSureWhatItWasButNowItsDamnedScarySexChange instead?

No-one wants that. Clearly your solution falls victim to the law of unintended consequences. Think before you post next time.

Comment: Re:Comparisons like this don't mean squat... (Score 1, Interesting) 702

by Oxygen99 (#33587536) Attached to: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04
Heh, nothing against you personally, but when I read comments about "how installing {insert Linux distro here} on Granny's machine meant problems dropped by 90%", I wonder if Granny simply stopped using her computer quite so much or whether she simply doesn't ask for advice anymore...

"Goddammit Marv, I asked our son to speed up our computer and now we can't use it anymore! I'll be jiggered if I'm going back to him for advice..."

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