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Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 387

Union Carbide Bhopal. It was actually the first thing that came to my mind on that September morning back a few years. 8000 people died overnight, thousands more over the years since then. By a cost-cutting cheap ass US company that has never been properly held to account for its actions.

Comment Because no one wants Linux on a laptop...? (Score 1) 383

No one? Really?

I switched this year to an all-linux environment. Previously, I mainly used Cygwin and VirtualBox on Windows to carry out development and local administration of web projects. There were always issues with things like file permissions and line endings along with the mental overhead of working across two separate OS. As I was already experienced with Linux, switching to Ubuntu on a new 5th gen i5 / 8GB was a breeze. It was a great relief to move into a homogeneous environment and as I fleshed out my software stack the advantages just became more and more apparent.

But there have been issues and they weren't always straightforward to solve, requiring much command line work to figure out. There's an annoying bug that causes system fonts to render corrupt occasionally. I don't get much joy out of the Bluetooth. If I was a new user I would probably have been frustrated and would have had to install Windows. So much of your comment is very valid. It does require a certain level of expertise to ride out the issues and arrive at a fully functional system.

Comment Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 1) 363

your [html] skills are not very impressive.

And so, all these "well armed" people. Deluded. Meeting up with other well armed people to talk about being well armed, shooting holes at bogeys in their minds and Ignorantly re-parsing 18th century English texts as their children run around at their feet, loving it, emulating, fingering safety locks and shooting their kid sisters in the head. It's worth bearing in mind that a well-armed militia would be called an insurgency these days and would be met with a well-armed government. It's hard for me imagine any kind of scenario where the "well armed" would actually "win' any kind of serious test of their well-armedness. In short, they'd get their arse kicked.

Comment Re:Well that was an incoherent metaphor (Score 1) 270

Yup, Paul Bremmer - CPA1. His first act as Emperor of Iraq. The clumsy and sinister "de-ba'athification of Iraq".

and put disgruntled ex-army on the streets and out of work

...with all their weapons. Don't forget that part. He didn't disarm them first. No time for shit like that.

Paul Bremmer. Donald Rumsfeld. These two guys really need to put their hands up and say sorry. They fucked it up so bad. It's tragic.

Comment Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405

oh yeah, you get time on IM to formulate questions. Lots of time. That's because you are 'talking' to people typing with one finger, whilst simultaneously 'multitasking' (aka not really paying attention anyway). I sit there watching the little pen icon scribbling away thinking, ok , this will be good. Then a 7 word response comes back. It's shit. A chat is so much more efficient. Jot down notes as you talk, then summarise the salient details in an email. Old school? I know it is. But it is simply better work practice.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"