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Comment: Bad make (Score 1) 464 464

I wear very strong progressives with different script in each eye. I once had lens like you describe. I tried for a few days THEN I learned that they hadn't been made properly. The post above talking about inter-pupuilary distance is spot on. They have to be EXACT.

I would bet good money that the glasses you have had made up have the wrong inter-pupilary distance.

Assuming I'm right, your optomotrist should replace them at no cost.

I also got the latest and greatest photogrey lens with my last script but they made white people's skin look pink in the sun - the company making the lens withdrew them and I got free replacements.

Comment: Slashdot moderator system broken (Score 1) 117 117

I've got mod points but won't be using them.


Because the system isn't working. Check the number of comments rated 5 on this thread. How many are basically the same comment? I had to scroll down towards the very end to find a different and valuable comment.

There are too many moderator points sloshing around.

I'd be happy with 2 points only on about the same timeframe as I've been getting five points.

Comment: Re:You're looking in the mirror! (Score 1) 323 323

Ok. Thanks for the lesson. It's a timely reminder for me. I learnt hate from my mother and have to unlearn it. Having said that, you are perhaps making the mistake of shooting the messenger in your response to me. Try rewriting my message in "nice" (including removing rhetorical devices), then check my logic.

Comment: Are all slashdot moderators unscientific rednecks? (Score 1) 323 323

I'm totally stunned by the anti-scientific "bash kids" meme being promoted in the comments on this admitedly badly written summary.

The evidence is clear, spanking is shit. I'd expect slashdot people to understand that.

Oh but my parents spanked me and I'm Ok. Sure about that? My ancestors dragged women by the hair into caves and raped them. Is that OK too?

Or is it that slashdot is so dominated by USA cititizens who live in a totally fucked violent anti-democratic society that any evidence challenging their view is tossed aside without a proper hearing?

Grow up guys.

Comment: Die Like a Man (Score 1) 71 71

Puff piece for Skype and lousy summary with no analysis whatsover of very well known translation problems.

Meantime to lighten things up:
Translator joke:
A Mexican bandit robbed a bank. The sheriff and his bilingual deputy captured him, and the sheriff, who couldn't speak Spanish, asked him where he'd hidden the money. "No se nada," said the bandit.
The sheriff put a gun to the bandit's head and said to his deputy: "Tell him, if he doesn't tell us where the money is, I'll blow his brains out."
Upon receiving the translation, the bandit became very animated. "Ya me acuerdo! Tienen que caminar tres cuadradas hasta ese gran arbol. Debajo del arbol, alli esta el dinero."
The sheriff leaned forward. "Yeah? Well..?"
The deputy replied: "He says he wants to die like a man."

Comment: WHOIS and textual analysis (Score 1) 388 388

Ah, so that's why my WHOIS searches don't work any more. Seriously though, what's the best WHOIS website?

I once prepared to give court evidence where police had framed a student of mine who was on remand in a jail I was teaching in. The case was simple because the police had "verballed" the guy in perfect English with the exception that "-ed" endings were left off verbs where they needed to be (LOL). The police dropped their case.

My guess is that the SONY hack 9/11 type threat is written by someone who has strong command of English but is pretending they don't. In particular it would be interesting to see if grammatical errors conform to those a Korean might make. Here it is:

"We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

More to come"

Comment: Re:Fluff piece (Score 1) 56 56

I don't have mod points now, so someone please give post points. As to the fluff piece accusation, I think you are being too tough. The piece provides a nice hook and some good info for anyone wanting to follow up. It is simply untrue to say there is no useful info in it.

Comment: Crime in USA (Score 0, Flamebait) 218 218

This worries me enormously. One more step towards 1984. If anyone has not read 1984 I don't think you can really know what you are talking about.

The "crime" problem in the USA stems from the way your society is organised: no democracy (no Proportional Representation), brainless gun culture, moronic belief in the American Dream, crazy oil-based foreign policy, greed is good mentality, enormous and growing gap between rich and poor, and a complete and utter collective ignorance of alternative possibilities. The collective ignorance coupled with overweening nationalism and a conviction that your empire is the best and only way of doing things is scary.

Trying to tackle crime in this context is big time 'ambulance at the bottom of the cliff' stuff.

But while you get yourselves sorted, why not learn from others around the world about how to tackle "crime". Check out the nordics. Get yourself educated about criminology - there's some great science on it in John Pratt, Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism (Routledge, ISBN: 9780415524735)

And here's a starter pack:

Germany’s Prison Act states “the sole aim of incarceration is to enable prisoners to lead a life of social responsibility free of crime upon release.”

6 reasons why European prisons better than US =

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.