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Comment: Re:crap (Score 1) 124

by Xest (#49560983) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Yeah tell me about it, as I say I was struggling at first and figured maybe it was a snobbish reference to the use of artifact rather than the British English but basically never used artefact.

It wasn't until I literally parsed it word by word taking a pause in between that I caught it. It's a rather fantastic example of inbuilt human brain automatic error detection and correction though :) Judging by the replies it caught quite a few people - I think there's a psychological study in there somewhere!

Comment: Re:Curse you, Entropy! (Score 1) 169

It's the same mentality which claims recycling aluminum cans is more costly, in every sense, than getting the raw materials and making the can in the first place.

Anything to justify how evil not continuing down our current path is because if it can be shown through evidence that recycling or alternative fuels provide the same benefits we enjoy now with substantially reduced costs and/or environmental effects, their political agenda will be shown for the farce it is.

Comment: Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 145

by Xest (#49560291) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

Have you ever stopped to read one of your own posts? It's just you like to cry that everyone else is crying, which means that you're basically always crying that the world apparently doesn't adhere to your Daily Mail led world view after all.

I know it must suck being lied to all your life, to find out that you've in fact been consistently fed a crock of shit when reality comes shining through, but I'm afraid that's something you'll have to get used to.

Don't worry, you can go and vote Farage soon, and when your ilk get a mere 15% at most you can pretend that you're somehow in a majority and we should do everything you say, even though the reality is you're still a pointless little squeak in the corner that no one gives the slightest shit about.

Comment: Re:Good bye ( and not good buy) (Score 1) 81

by Xest (#49560219) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

There's always someone that gets a lemon though, you can't judge an entire range with a single anecdote, you need a larger data set. To highlight the point that you can't judge the whole on one case I can simply counteract with my anecdote; I've knocked my Nexus 7 off a table directly onto a solid stone floor. I expected a smashed screen and broken innards, but it didn't even get a scratch and still works fine one year on.

My partner's iPad (also an iPad 2, though doesn't go back to 2009, I don't think they were out then) in contrast just started randomly freezing recently, though it is at least about 3 or 4 years old now I believe so I don't really feel too bad about it given it's age (and the fact she won it so didn't cost us anything anyway).

I'm not here to defend Google, god only knows they cut off support for my Galaxy Nexus after less than 15 months of it being available in the UK market which is a wholly unacceptable way to treat customers, and as such I too wouldn't buy another Google branded device. But I don't think it's fair to say the Nexus 7 is an inherently unreliable device as mine has been sturdy and reliable since I got it (I got mine in 2012, no idea where the 2013 in the summary comes from, maybe the version refresh?).

Comment: Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 145

by Xest (#49560007) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

Er, the simple fact that the British government has greenlighted the abandonment of net neutrality, coupled with the fact that ISPs have stopped fighting the ban and instead are voluntarily banning IS the evidence that something is going on. Given that we've seen the link between people like Jeremy Hunt (who have publicly sided against net neutrality) and Rupert Murdoch and so forth first hand, coupled with the fact the Digital Economy Act was put in place after a bit of boat based lobbying from Geffen to Mandelson it's not entirely rocket science to see there is a strong link between the music/movie industry and government efforts to block piracy websites. It's also established fact that government has greenlighted the industry's net neutrality whitewash.

But it's not surprising you're a bit dumb, you're on TalkTalk after all, it's not exactly an ISP that's designed for intelligent people, mostly targetting the dregs of society who don't know any better and are happy to pay for an overly contended ISP that anyone with a clue wouldn't use even if it was completely free.

You know what gave it away? The fact you had to jump straight into some random, nonsensical left vs. right rant. It gave it away because that's the sort of nonsense I'd expect from someone as dumb as Sarah Palin, which you apparently are as dumb as. So well done on broadcasting your stupidity and your black vs. white "I'm too dumb to understand shades of grey" mentality to the whole internet.

Angry un-thinking Daily Mail reader 0 - 1 Reality

Comment: Re:crap (Score 1) 124

by Xest (#49559551) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

I'm pretty sure it's not a perfectly well constructed bit of English.

But honestly, I don't blame you for claiming it's not, I read it correctly 3 times before I realised it's actually incredibly broken.

It seems I have the capacity to automatically filter out terrible English unless I'm really trying hard to look for it. I'd wager you do too :)

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 124

by Xest (#49559407) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Honestly, the explanation may be even simpler again.

This pyramid dates back 1800 years, but 2200 years ago China's first emperor had his own tomb built, and whilst it has not been excavated it is long rumoured to have been filled with rivers of mercury, and of course, jade, which is common in China.

So as much as we like to pretend otherwise in many Western history books it's feasible that there was, in the intervening 400 years, some knowledge transfer and trade from China to Mexico, and that this Mexican pyramid was simply built to mirror this one in China that is similarly pyramid shaped, filled with mercury, and full of jade.

Of course, I believe the oldest pyramids we know are perhaps the most famous ones in Egypt dating back even further, so this may all simply represent an eastwards spreading of that kind of style of tomb over a few centuries of human civilisation. I can quite imagine travellers being so mesmerised by these massive constructions full of jade, liquid mercury and other such things that they may want to replicate them upon returning home or reaching new lands.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 150

if a disease can spread because it can find enough vectors since not enough vaccinate, you are also giving the disease time and space to tinker, and perhaps evolve a new strain that existing vaccines don't protect against

so: yup. but that's less superrich killing and more superstupid killing us

Comment: Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 145

by Xest (#49559273) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

"The cost for the ISP to send someone is more than they're likely to lose, so you're very likely to get a default judgement against them."

Not on something like this you're not. ISPs aren't going to let the floodgates to such claims be opened. They'll try and extinguish any such movement using plenty of cash for the best representation they can find.

This is what the banks tried and failed to do with PPI - they fought tooth and nail to try and get those cases shut down ASAP because they knew if people started winning it'd cost them a fortune, luckily it didn't work, however for anyone trying such a thing it can be an expensive and time consuming battle.

Comment: Re:UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 1) 145

by Xest (#49559247) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

This isn't entirely true, some ISPs have been going above and beyond the court order.

For example, even though PlusNet is owned by BT, it isn't covered by the original court order, and yet it still blocks ThePirateBay.

The court order was relatively limited in scope, and yet ISPs like Sky are actively hunting additional proxies not even covered by the order and blocking those too.

Somewhere along the lines the ISPs dropped their opposition to this very quietly. I'd wager a deal was done between music industry, government and ISPs - it seems that the government has promised not to enforce net neutrality on ISPs so that they can filter, throttle, and block at will as long as ISPs agree to bow down to the whims of the BPI. The ISPs get to screw people by double dipping on their networks, the BPI gets to have sites it hates censored, and government puppets of the likes of Murdoch's media outlets keep getting their back handers. It's a solution that's made everyone happy except, you know, the people ISPs customers who actually pay for their existence in the first place, and that the MPs are supposed to serve those same people but instead serve whoever will bribe them the most.

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