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Comment: Re:Delivery method (Score 1) 64

by sg_oneill (#47512705) Attached to: Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

Actually a Judas-virus approach would be perfect since its already clear that the body seems unable or unwilling to kill the virus, its free to move into place to knife its buddies. And if the body does decide to start killing the viruses, well all the better really it means the body now realises HIV isn't something to keep about!

Comment: Pretty low (Score 5, Insightful) 76

Exploiting the technical ignorance of elderly congressmen by lying about the technical needs of deaf folks.

Its pretty scummy tactic. Unfortunately for Verison disabilities activists can be INCREDIBLY noisy when they are shat upon, so I doubt our deaf friends are going to tolerate this guff at all.

Go deaf dudes!

Comment: Re:Such harassment (Score 1) 362

by sg_oneill (#47505553) Attached to: Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

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I'm curious, have you ever had a job? I don't mean a summer job or your coding job surrounded by fellow nerdlings. I'm talking about a job in a larger company where you have to deal with all sorts of people.

Yes, I work in the public service and been CTO at a telecommunications provider and I've fired staff before for this.

I suggest working on your social skills if your making a habit of upsetting your female coworkers.

Comment: Re:The good news is that he's mortal (Score 1) 63

by sg_oneill (#47505533) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

No matter how rich and obnoxious the fucker will eventually drop dead.

You'll want it soon. He's done incredible damage to australias democracy by controlling 70% of the media and using it to straight up intimidate politicians and then blatantly lie about those who don't bow down.

An amazing amount of australians believe the rises in their energy costs came from the carbon tarifs despite every economist of note pointing out the inflation was almost insignificant , and many australians even complain about the effect the mining tax has on them despite it applying to about 2 or 3 hundred companies tops.

Very few realise that 90% of peoples taxes dropped somewhat significantly BECAUSE of those taxes. But why would they know? Newscorp decided to simply not report that, and it led to an astonishingly incompetent government being voted in.

Don't let this happen to you America.

Comment: Re:Such harassment (Score 1, Troll) 362

by sg_oneill (#47472293) Attached to: Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Whether it does or doe not contribute to a healthy work environment, is it sexual harassment?

I say no.

Who gives a shit about the semantics. If your making your female workmates uncomfortable, you deserve to be rapidly ejected out the door with "DO NOT HIRE AGAIN" stamped on your file.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 0) 749

by sg_oneill (#47454111) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Unfortunately that is not the case. Swiss have ultimately bowed to the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

When US says jump, the rest of the world jumps...

Nothing unfortunate about it. That only affects the rich and powerful who for all purpose defraud american taxpayers and then shift the money offshore.

Why should any american have to suffer increased deficits and taxes so a tiny elite of wealthy parasites can continue to leach american money offshore

Comment: Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (Score 1) 285

by sg_oneill (#47453961) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

One day was pestering to be let out of a room and I managed to whack him right in the face with the door. His response was to walk slowly over to the sofa look right at me and then scratch it really slowly while holding my gaze.

Mine did even worse once. She normally sleeps on the end of my bed. One night however I had a girlfriend stay over the night and the cat got a bit upset when she threw the cat off the bed. So she went out into the hallway, pulled all my girlfriends clothes out of her bag and strew them up and down the hallway. Then *pissed on them*. First time she's peed inside since she was a kitten.

That was a pretty strong message I suspect.,

Comment: Re:Does anyone oppose this? (Score 2) 155

by sg_oneill (#47446739) Attached to: Fighting Climate Change With Trade

Since when have protective tariffs been "efficient"?

Freemarket capitalists should be supporting freetrade no matter what reason the politicians give for getting rid of tariffs. Or are you one of those freemaket people who only think there should be freetrade if the USA benefits?

"grrr scientists are engaged in a vast left wing conspiracy organized by the lizard people to lie about physics for some reason" is why.

Some peoples brains just sieze up when the scientific community points out some aspects of our current way of life might be harmful to our long term viability as a society.

Comment: Re:A legend of OS design (Score 3, Interesting) 136

by sg_oneill (#47424685) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Part of the reason I used Minix was I had an old second hand 286. because I couldn't afford one of the new-fangled 386s. Computers where bloody expensive back then! At the time I had started using a local BBS called "Omen" which had just gotten a brand spanking new ISDN connection to this new thing called "ARPAnet" (aka "Australian research something something net") , aka the australian wing of the internet, and it had two amazing features 1) IRC, 2) Usenet (There was also Gopher but eh..... Usenet was better indexed and also had hilarious flame wars). Anyway it struck me that if I had a unix I could get a SLIP connection to the internet and run IRC *and* Usenet simultaneously using the magical wonder of multitasking. Omen was using Linux (very very brand new) but since I didnt have a 386 I couldnt use it. So I grabbed Minix, since I couldnt afford Xenix or SCO Unix (Pre SCO getting brought out by Caldera and then turning cthulhu it was a great company).

Problem is Minix didnt have a network stack :(

Comment: A legend of OS design (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by sg_oneill (#47424321) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

A lot of people have the wrong impression about the good professor after the infamous exchange, but they miss that this is what academics do, and despite the flameyness of the exchange, Linus and Tanenbaum had a great deal of respect for each other. After all Linus was, for all purposes, Tanenbaums greatest student. I remember borrowing his book from UWA and getting the disks from the UWA computer club, following the instructions to get a functional minix up, then following his book to write a driver for my highly bugshit WANG (yes that was the brand name lol) hard drive controller. I learned more from that about how computers *really* work, than almost any thing I've ever learned. The difficulty of his book was notorious, probably the only books I found harder was Walter Pistons music theory book "Harmony", and Deleuzes philosophy text "Capitalism and Schizophrenia". And like those books, in its field Tanenbaums work shook the foundations of academia.

Enjoy your retirement old man, you deserved it.

Comment: Re:Cosmic Baking (Score 2) 79

by sg_oneill (#47422717) Attached to: Study: Why the Moon's Far Side Looks So Different

Good thing zits generally disappear once you leave your teenage years...you only get them later if you are really unlucky.

Of course on geological/cosmic type time scales, by the time she leaves puberty, the main species on this earth will be homo-greyalien or something. We're not a species that seems like it wants to hang around too long, what with our whole "Lets invent nuclear weapons, venus out the atmosphere and then feed dolphins plastic bags" tendencies.

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