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Comment: A glorious victory for all (Score 5, Insightful) 471

by gatkinso (#47945227) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

For the UK - they remain united.

For Scotland - they get greater autonomy without the pain of going it alone.

For the Scottish people - their heritage and nationality received much attention (hell I didn't know there WAS a Scottish flag before this). They proved them selves to be paragons of peaceful demonstration and democracy.

For the Britons - the Welsh and Irish nationalities in the UK benefit from greater recognition as well. The English too!

The UK is an amazing and interesting union - and all should be proud to be a part. And who knows... maybe the next generation will decide Yes.

Such is the take of this American anyway.

Comment: Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (Score 1) 233

by gatkinso (#47938861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Honestly - that has not been my experience. I just started a graduate course in applied cryptography and the concepts seems to come far easier now than stuff did in my undergraduate (or previous graduate program) days.

And to be even more perfectly honest, I smoke weed now and didn't then.

But then again I still wake up with morning wood. That's it!

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819

by gatkinso (#47845665) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room


I have flown over a million miles on United... and this is appalling. A Premium Service flight *used* to be an aircraft with all Economy Plus seats with increased recline pitch, a section of United domestic First where E+ would be on a conventional aircraft, and lie flat seats in First. Better food and entertainment. The fare price was roughly double.

Having stopped flying in 2010 I now see that as of 2012 a PS flight is simply a normal flight with a few Global first seats up front and wifi.

Well, I guess the decision to stop travelling for work was a good one.

COBOL is for morons. -- E.W. Dijkstra