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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 (8972) 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.

Comment: Re:Britain is but a client state of Uncle Sam (Score 1) 43

by smugfunt (#46895831) Attached to: British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged To Play In NSA's Data Pools

It derives from the French "Grande" as in "big", referring to the Island of Britain as the larger part or Brittany

'Great' became part of the official title when Scotland joined Britain (being England and Wales) in 1707. Before that it was only occasionally used, when it was necessary to distinguish Britain from Brittany, mostly in Latin or French. So 'derives' is not correct IMHO.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

2)Parental issues, usually their parents are drunks, or pay zero attention to them.

Yup, or the wrong kind of attention. In primary school I once walked home with a kid with nascent bullying tendencies (I was much bigger than him). As he walked in his back door I heard his mother launch into a rabid sweary tirade at him for no reason I could see. So he was being bullied at home and just doing the same thing at school.

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