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Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 128

by smugfunt (#49496577) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

I've actually seen plans where cut wood is dumped to the bottom of the ocean

What a great idea! We could weight it down with gold or uranium or something.

Or we could build furniture, houses or other long lasting useful stuff out of the good timber and use the charcoal made with the rest to improve the soil.

Comment: China's Web Junkies (Score 1) 91

by smugfunt (#49412677) Attached to: Outside Beijing, a Military-style Bootcamp For "Internet Addiction"

There is a fine documentary on this subject called "China's Web Junkies".
All the young lads (they are all midteens) are put in these boot camps by their parents at great expense. They are not government re-education camps, there is no political angle to these kid's problems. Nor are they hackers of any kind.
The main point to realise is that they are not addicted to the internet as such but to online gaming in particular. And they really do seem to be addicts. Their bragging about regularly playing for 24 or 36 hours straight might seem to be exaggerated but when some of them escape during the film they are quickly recaptured... at the nearest internet cafe.

Comment: Re:This brought to you by the same people (Score 1) 305

by smugfunt (#49032659) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Aspartame... ant killer

How do you kill ants with aspartame? I was unable to persuade them to eat it.

Thalidomide... give the go ahead to reintroduce it...

IIRC only one isomer of thalidomide does bad things.

The resurgence of poliomyelitis... Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS, Motor Neurone Disease, Post Polio Residual Paralysis... actually caused by the live polio vaccine

Well, everyone with those very rare diseases certainly had the vaccine. But so did everyone without those diseases, except the ones with polio.

Comment: Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (Score 1) 254

by smugfunt (#48767791) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

I have read practically everything by Heinlein and "I Will Fear No Evil" is without doubt the worst load of crap he ever wrote, and he wrote a lot of crap towards the end. In fact, after "Stranger" only "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Friday" are worth bothering with. To be fair, he was ill when he wrote it and the publisher wouldn't wait for him to recover enough to fix it up. OTOH it may not have been salvageable. The premise has already been used in at least one movie anyway.

Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 2) 165

The US didn't create Israel, the British and French did.

The Balfour Declaration notwithstanding, the foundation of Israel was contrary to Britsh foreign policy at the time, hence this.

The perfect example of this is Rwanda where the Tutsi's were put in control under British rule and then subjugated the larger Hutu population.

Belgian, not British.

Since the start of the cold war the US has interfered in nations world wide

This makes for interesting reading: US foreign jaunts

Comment: Re:Every release is a rewrite? (Score 1) 199

by smugfunt (#47672837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

It seems to me that a major problem here is only releasing once a year.

Odoo is commercial, and Open Source.

As an Odoo user and developer I would be happy with a 'release' every two years or more. I can pull bug fixes from the VCS to keep my current system running.
The 'releases' are for big changes and spiffy new features which require a data 'migration' and code 'porting'. Neither I nor my clients want to be doing that every three months. It is an ERP system not some simple desktop app.

+ - The Long and Winding Road to the Surveillance Society->

Submitted by smugfunt
smugfunt writes: There is a new blog post by Adam Curtis tracing some of the strange connections and interesting characters in the evolution of the digital Panopticon we find ourselves living in. He posits that many of the data-driven systems now used in all sectors of society have the effect (deliberate and accidental) of forestalling change/fostering stability. As always, he brings to our attention some hitherto unnoticed 'men behind the curtain'.
Link to Original Source

Comment: He already made the sale, this is just the collect (Score 1) 138

by smugfunt (#47330265) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

This venture, it seems to me, is just a way to legitimize the payback for services he has already rendered while he was at the NSA. His 'clients' already know who they are, and they will expect to get nothing more concrete for their million per month than his continuing influence (or perhaps silence) in certain matters.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 341

by smugfunt (#47040673) Attached to: UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

BT owns the copper line going to my house, and it is broken

+1 for Charliemopps. I had the same problem as you; it would work when BT came to test it, but sometime it was shit. After a couple of visits I made the connection with the rain and on their third visit I suggested to the BT guys that they replace my underground wire with an overhead one from the handy pole outside. Problem solved.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming