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Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 428

by LordLucless (#46743781) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

but that was a declaration from a previous age when whiting cost money

Whiting still goes for about $55/kg around here.

When I can post about something and have a large audience, and I can edit/delete/repost with ease, why should I think about what I'm saying?

The fact that you don't is entirely the purists' point.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 428

by LordLucless (#46743773) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Ironically, the reason for this is precisely because the English language evolved dynamically. English is basically a language full of loan-words, and when you import a word, you import it's pronunciation, too. If it evolved less, it'd be more consistent. Evolution produces function, not necessarily elegence.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 2) 428

by LordLucless (#46743749) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

lots of my teachers were black...a black guy who graduated in chemical engineering...a black lawyer...a black doctor

You realise that when someone is making a claim about the aggregate, throwing specific examples out there is a totally meaningless argument? Nothing the OP said in any way implies that there are no intelligent, skilled, black teachers, chemists, lawyers or doctors. What it does imply is that there are less of those per capita than there are the white (or Asian, or Jewish, or whatever other racial demographic you like) equivalents.

Immediately after your little rant, you actually acknowledge the GPs point when you say "the reason black people did so badly". Saying "black people are doing poorly" in education doesn't imply that there are no educated black people, nor does it imply that the reasons they are doing poorly are necessarily associated with race (correlation/causation).

Comment: Re:u can rite any way u want (Score 2) 428

by LordLucless (#46743715) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Granted we already did with this when we speak, but if you are reading words, then there is the chance to be explicit and avoid the confusion from the beginning as you can specify intent with words.

Additionally, when speaking, you (generally) have a real-time situation going on, where you can query the speaker and get them to clarify if their language is imprecise. Exceptions to this (recorded sound), significantly post-date the phonetic evolution of the English language, in the same way the written word does. And of course, you don't have the additional communication channels (inflection, tone, body language, etc) that generally accompany the spoken word.

English is pretty robust, really. Make a couple of mistakes, and you can still usually determine the meaning. But, despite what people frequently seem to think, making lots of grammatical errors does obscure your meaning, especially if you're trying to communicate technical or complex thoughts. Without knowledge of grammar, you're limited to general, simple sentences.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1109

by LordLucless (#46701309) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

The equality that people want in marriage is in regards to civil equality for the most part. Ie, issues in regards to adoptions, death benefits, hospital visitations, joint property ownership, tax benefits (or penalties), and so forth

Not really. Here in Australia, all those things aren't determined by an official marriage, but whether the law considers you partners. Marriage makes your partners, but so does sexual cohabitation, and the rules are applied equally to homo and heterosexual couples. The marriage rules were changed a while back to deal with the increase in cohabitation without marriage.

But even so, there's still a big push for allowing homosexual marriage, despite it not offering any legal or technical advantages.

Comment: asdasd (Score 1) 341

When your IT guys move to Windows 7 for the central system, you better hope it can connect to it to store the images. You can't virtualise it because the DRM on the interface cost the manufacturer at least £10,000 to implement to stop you doing precisely that.

Sooner or later, you develop institutional memory, and every hospital in Britain refuses to buy any medical device that implements DRM, so you never get into that situation again.

Or at least, that's what would happen in a sane world, where technical decisions were made by technical people.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1744

by LordLucless (#46656037) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

I agree with you; the issue isn't free speech. Like you say, there's no legal problem with what people protesting against Eich have done. The ironic thing, though, is that most of these people are crusading on a platform of "tolerance", while their behaviours contradict the meaning of the word; they're redefining "tolerance" to mean, "agreeing with what I think", and becoming intolerant in the process.

I'm not sure whether that's sad, amusing, annoying, or all three.

* Disclaimer: I'm straight, believe homosexuality is immoral, and am paid-up member of a political party that has legitimising homosexual marriage as one of its policies, because I don't think government should be in the business of morality.

Comment: Re:Projections (Score 0) 987

by LordLucless (#46626579) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Now, if it continues like that for another ten-fifteen years, our models were wrong and you'll see me running in the street, celebrating.

Been there, done that.. If you're anything like the rest of the alarmist crowd, you'll just re-do the models, and claim you need another 15 years to falsify the new ones - which we should accept until they are proven wrong.

Comment: Daydream (Score 1) 75

by LordLucless (#46614051) Attached to: <em>Ultima Online</em> Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

I remember day-dreaming about an MMO like this ages ago when they were just coming into the mainstream. I was thinking one based on Feist's "Hall of Worlds" concept. Each player would start on a pre-fabbed world, and after levelling a bit, make their way into the Hall, where they could connect to player-generated worlds which served as dungeons against which to test their skill. After progressing sufficiently, they could gain control of their own world, and create another dungeon to add to the Hall of Worlds.

Still think it'd be a good game; I'd like to play it.

Comment: Re:Debunked. (Score 4, Informative) 110

That article's a strawman - it's debunking a claim that nobody made.

North Korea has a restricted number of haircuts that barbers are allowed to perform - 10 for men, and 18 for women. That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

The new claim was that the number of allowed haircuts for men was being reduced to 1. That doesn't mean the everyone in the country had to rush out and get their hair cut, it means that the next time they get their haircut, they will be forced to take a Kim Jong-un cut.

So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

Comment: Re:It's always in the future. (Score 1) 703

I know why: They're lazy. Instead of digging into the details, most journalists are content to repeat that mantra about “consensus” among climate scientists.

No, it's because "Arrgh! We're all going to die!" sells more newspapers than "Nothing's happening here, folks".

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius

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