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Comment: They said that in the late '800s (Score 1) 290

To quote a statement apocryphally attributed to Lord Kelvin: "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement" And then came Quantum mechanics, Relativity... don't worry... there's heaps to play around with

Comment: Re:antibiotics and statistics (Score 1) 159

by curious.corn (#44094303) Attached to: New Links Found Between Bacteria and Cancer
Well, nasty... it seems to work much better than all other treatments, including massively destructing and disfiguring surgery procedures. Now, getting an enema or swallowing a pill of purified bacterial matter may entice a giggle or two, but so does eating french cheese, which is just rotten milk - by the bacteria that thrives under toenails... I've been having irritable bowel for a decade, and I'm going to ask my GP about this transplant... I don't mind :)

Comment: Re:Not blocking, just ignoring (Score 2) 291

by curious.corn (#43268093) Attached to: Google Blogger: Vietnamese HS Students Excelling At CS
The problem is this: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/magazine/skills-dont-pay-the-bills.html Managers still live the early '900, practicing what looks like class warfare, trying to run companies like sweatshops and forgetting the supply-demand rule when it's time for them to cough up... ;)

Comment: Bullshit bingo! (Score 1) 223

by curious.corn (#42880589) Attached to: What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

... leverage... dynamic cultures... nimble and innovative... move fast and run... key ... prove that you can...

Ah sorry, I couldn't resist.

This middle-manager speak is a stereotypical example of what obedient group-thinkers regurgitate in the hope of kicking other competitors of the same ilk, off the hill they're climbing; they could be selling cheese, or trading pebbles, or running an "app startup" and it wouldn't make a difference. Just the same bullshit bingo, while engineers are kept down in the basement, getting a bone thrown every now and then...

Comment: Re:I wish he would make it less buggy (Score 1) 98

by curious.corn (#41713519) Attached to: Ubuntu Isn't Becoming Less Open, Says Shuttleworth

Ah ok, we'll see next Monday: my story is that I tried upgrading an existing 12.04 and all seemed to go well until the installed started complaining that I had chosen to "hold back broken packages". Once it rebooted grub barfed and dumped me to its command line.

My guess is that the new package manager took half hour to abort the install or run through the b0rked list of packages, broke the previous one in the process and reboot, so that now I'm left staring at the old grub deploy.

It's kind of annoying really, all I had added to the bog standard install were the repos for Chrome and VirtualBox. How is it possible for such a standard upgrade to fail so badly is unbelievable.

Comment: Re:Phones should just be phones (Score 0) 738

by curious.corn (#40966989) Attached to: Why Apple Is Suing Every Android Manufacturer In Sight
Hmm, as if Apple hasn't created the first true smartphone.
Listen, before Jobs decided it was time to get a real one in our hands, we had to deal with craptastic shite such ash the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_6630 Seriously; at the time it cost me about as much as an iPhone and it was nothing compared to the iPhone, and when the 3G arrived in EU it was the end for anything else. Those suits running the competition think they can just slavishly copy and out-number Apple by sheer inertia but really those fucks don't give a rats ass about innovation or getting cool electronics out of the door.
Samsung and the other are run by the Dilberts, not Apple... you have no clue.

Comment: Sort of normal here in EU... (Score 3, Funny) 170

by curious.corn (#40963797) Attached to: What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?
and it's part of social security here (of course you get to pay a couple EURs a month for the privilege). But I guess this over-the-top socialist expropriation of financial assets doesn't resonate with the you folks across the ocean... but it does qualify for a good bullet point in the "benefits" employment contract section. Yep, us european are decadent spoilt brats... :P

Comment: Re:Not Anonymous? (Score 1) 234

by curious.corn (#40854217) Attached to: Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity
Yeah, many students from south Italy move out to go study in another (better) University. It's the locals that don't have any incentive to do so, after all who in his/her right mind would pay 500EUR for a bed (just a bed) in an overcrowded apartment if they could avoid that. The problem in Italy is that social security for the older generations couldn't be cut so what the right wing establishment did was simply to cut back on the younger. Left without decent opportunities they ended up staying on family budget, effectively reducing social spending across all generations. By cutting back I'm not referring only to subsidy cheques but also to indirect damages inflicted upon them: a good part of the right constituency in Italy are professionals. These people often employ younger people on perpetually temp contracts or outright illegally, and are rich enough to own homes that are put for rent at exorbitant prices. A State that cared for all its citizens would repress and discourage these abuses but nothing has been done in the past 20 years. People are starting to call it "generational warfare"

Comment: Re:Not Anonymous? (Score 2) 234

by curious.corn (#40854137) Attached to: Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity

Don't generalize that too much, though. Mediterranean maybe, but here in Belgium, and our neighbors France, Germany and the Netherlands (which, you'll have to admit, is a sizeable part of Europe), we generally move out after university, or as soon as we find a job.

Well, the reason is in your answer, "... as soon as we find a job..." which in many parts of Italy can often mean "never". I'm living in NL now and for what I can see, dutch kids are encouraged to move out by means of lavish (by IT standards) subsidies and a fairly inclusive and accessible job market. I'm pretty sure many Italians would be more than happy to carry their affairs away from their parents' home, if only they could...

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