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Comment: Of course you can! (Score 4, Informative) 376

by ph1ll (#48490933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

The companies that discriminate on age are not the ones you want to work for.

There are plenty of companies out there that appreciate the older worker has more experience and is willing to pay for that. Probably not startups but who cares?

Myself, I'm in my early 40s and run my own little consultancy and life is pretty good with no end of decent clients in sight just yet.

Comment: Re:Winner (Score 4, Insightful) 147

"This scheme is a great success that is transforming the Brazilian culture"

And American culture too, I predict. As we don't have time for our elderly, I wonder how many more will find new little friends on the internet to whom they can recount their stories and who will keep them company?

This is a good story for everyone.

Comment: The probabilities of multiple cot deaths (Score 5, Interesting) 166

by ph1ll (#46274495) Attached to: Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

Another example is in the curious case of Professor Meadows - a great paediatrician but a shite mathematician.

He endorsed the dictum that “one sudden infant death is a tragedy, two is suspicious and three is murder, until proved otherwise“. The trouble is, given enough numbers, multiple cot deaths are an inevitability.

Unfortunately, his expert testimony convicted an innocent woman. Fortunately, she was released on appeal when the math was reviewed.

Comment: Re:So much disinformation... (Score 1) 152

by ph1ll (#46254445) Attached to: Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

Mod parent up.

I'm getting bored of articles about Venezuela's so-called dictatorship. Ask yourself:

  1. Why is Venezuela's democracy questioned when former US President, Jimmy Carter, whose foundation monitors these things, says "of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world"?
  2. Why does the media spend so much time vilifying Venezuela's democracy when our friends in Saudi Arabia chop off the head of a princess in a car park, ban women from driving and do not have elections but have a rather nasty dictator? "Ignore that man behind the curtain" - apparently it's hateful little Venezuela with their elections that keep voting in socialists that are the real problem not the Islamic dictatorships of the Middle East with whom we can more easily negotiate oil supplies.
  3. Does it have anything to do with Venezuela having the world's largest proven reserves of oil? And that despite all the animosity between Venezuela and the United States, it still is the fourth largest exporter of oil to the US? Or could it be that it used to have a habit of threatening to stop selling oil to the United States? A self-destructive move but one which it had every right to do.

Venezuela is undeniably badly run. But in a democracy, a country has the right (within reason) to run their affairs as they see fit.

Comment: Re:hrm (Score 1) 730

by ph1ll (#45515919) Attached to: Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

She actually has a lot of power and sometimes she exercises it. For instance, in Australia (another one of her domains) she dissolved the parliament there via her proxy, John Kerr. This was 1975 so it was not recent but neither was it that long ago.

For the most part, the Aussies were grateful as both their parties had descended into a mutual death spiral. The dissolution allowed the common man to give their politicians a good kicking in the subsequent elections.

Comment: Re:And if they do this, we have to do that, and... (Score 4, Insightful) 433

by ph1ll (#44782121) Attached to: US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

"The full on assault of Libya, and Iraq took 14-20 days. and we rolled over their defenses with minimal to no losses of our own. Do you honestly think iran would last longer than 30 days againist a full on military strike?"

And how many days did it take America to "roll over" Vietnam?

America is the World's pre-eminent super power but as soon as their boys start returning home in body bags, they lose the taste for war. Do you think Iran doesn't know this?

You can't compare Iran with Iraq. Iran is 4 times as large, over twice as populated and (unlike Iraq) largely ethnically homogenous and pretty unified. They lost between 300 000 and 600 000 in their war with Iraq and suffered chemical attacks but they still repelled the invaders (who were being assisted by the US). Can you image America taking even a small percentage of those casualties?

I don't want to sound down on America, but if you think this is going to be a walk in the park, you're going to get your asses kicked.

Comment: Re:So what's new? (Score 1) 222

by ph1ll (#44632073) Attached to: Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

"I remember when Iraqi soldiers were throwing babies out ot incubators in Kuwait..."

Are you aware that this has long been dismissed as propaganda? Have a read here:

"Though reporters did not then have access to Kuwait, [the] testimony was regarded as credible at the time and was widely publicized. It was cited numerous times by United States senators and the president in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War...

"Following the liberation of Kuwait, reporters were given access to the country and found the story of stolen incubators unsubstantiated....

"In 1992, it was revealed that [the woman giving testimony] was the daughter of Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Furthermore, it was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign which was run by Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government. Following this, al-Sabah's testimony has largely come to be regarded as wartime propaganda."

Fell for it first time. Are we going to fall for it again?

Comment: Re:Remember this (Score 0) 506

"But eventually they will have to come to terms with the fact that 1400? year old religious-based legal system just cannot be applied in a modern world... then it will really be no more violent/dangerous than modern day Christianity"

You mean it will start two World Wars and one Holocaust?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.