* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2383 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

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Re: There is no security issue

Well, if you have Tories (or Republicans) then you have to account for this fact. You can't just ignore reality and assume that all will be well.

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Re: There is no security issue

Spot on. Everyone loves a handout but no one likes to pay.

Americas public healthcare options suffer from the same problem. Everyone is stingy and everyone has a different excuse for not properly funding things. The problem with the government being in charge of things is not the inherent problems with large systems or civil servants. It's the fact that someone will always want to cut the budget.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: The Future is pretty close to what it used to be...

...a better answer to that question is "I don't know" or "either they don't work, or they do work".

This is how you know these people don't know anything about the actual science involved.

Something about cats would have also been good.

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You can't even relate to the 60s.

Yes, and Dr Martin Luther King himself told her to stay put because even that was an inspiring improvement. People have lost all sense of perspective about these things.

Whoopi Goldberg could probably tell you a thing or two...

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Re: proof read?

I dunno. I've actually heard the man speak and it seemed he was more about Humanism than science and technology.

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Re: that really gave Star Trek muscle was, in a word: science.

Star Trek is a space western. The "physics" of the show serve the plot and the budget. It's nominally sci-fi because of the "tech getting us new places" angle but it's pretty thin really. Without a few good brawls and space battles Trek would have died a long time ago. If anything, the pretense gets in the way.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: Embedded systems!

They market devices like this for old Ataris and Amigas.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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"nice" lawyers

Lawyers have to deal with nasty shits that think they are above the law and can get away with breaking contracts and crippling people. They exist because people are scum and courts are less harmful than duels and rampaging vigilante mobs. They have to be jackasses because they are dealing with jackasses. If you're nice, people will eat you alive. Clients will take advantage and corporations will walk all over you.

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Re: I'm mixed about this..

> From what I read in the thread(s) of the mailing list: Linus does want to enforce them, but without using lawyers.

That's like using nothing more than harsh language against a Dalek.

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Re: So, to sum up...

"It's my party, and I will swear if I want to..."

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Re: So, to sum up...

RMS organized the creation of "the rest of it".

His contributions are not trivial.

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Re: So, to sum up...

Lawyers are a reflection of their clients. They are weapons. They merely implement policy. Those policies are set by the people that hire them.

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Let the adults speak...

As an actual, experienced, full time, production DBA, I hate the idea of depending on the database vendor for disk access code. It's a layer of obfuscation and something outside the scope of what ANY of the database vendors are actually good at. It completely breaks the Unix idea of well functioning, limited, highly specialized tools. It also ensures that the host of tools that can be employed against a regular file system are now WORTHLESS.

It's also going to be a terrible bother for the shallow end of the talent pool (which is the vast majority).

I would only deal with an RDBMS disk access layer if I absolutely had no choice.

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Are you kidding?

Are you kidding? EVERYONE hates lawyers. Ragging on lawyers is more like an attempt by Linus to pander to the masses.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: CPUs vs PSUs

Yeah, that's the real solution. Just turn stuff off when you don't use it. Even go so far as to disconnect it from wall power so it doesn't draw power while "idle". Surge strips are great for that. I had to do that with an ION HTPC in the bedroom because it still made noise when it was off. Bothered the spouse.

De-powering everything else that's supposed to be off but really isn't would probably save more than this nonsense.

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Re: I'm cautiously optimistic ...

Yeah... been there, done that. I would rather run an old ION.

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The Peoples Republic of Californa

...yet another reason I am f*cking glad that I didn't move to California.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: Just another distraction.

It doesn't really matter what kind of slander people come up with. I am NOT left of the Democrats.

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Re: The one thing all the media, and this one too, won't be telling you...

A lot of people are simple in the middle not affiliated with either side. It has been this way since the Continental Congress nearly didn't pass the Declaration of Independence. Both parties are full of themselves and don't acknowledge to what degree people don't drink either flavor of Kool-aid.

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Re: Now That Bernie is Out....

Both Bernie and Trump talk nonsense like the Golden Girl with no impulse control. They say whatever stupid shit that comes into their heads or what they think will get them elected.

OTOH, most politicians are like that...

Both represent fringe elements that need to be ejected from their respected parties. Both aren't really members of the parties they are running for. Trump is just an attention whore and Bernie is too afraid to properly label his party affiliation.

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Walken/Busey 2016

Quite. The role of the President primarily plays off what's happening in Congress. Both of our parties are nuts and neither one of them should have control of Congress and the White House at the same time.

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Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked

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Re: "Cat's name is Родина, why you ask?"

Rodina? Nah. The cat's name is Sasha.

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You know the old cliche...

If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

Muwahahaha!

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Re: All you conversations

After the Microsoft acquisition, Skype went downhill fast and even my Windows using friends told me to stay way from it.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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Re: Inflated prices...

Cheap 2TB (laptop) drives have been commonplace for awhile now. There's no reason to bother with something as small as 1TB unless it's an SSD.

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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Re: America

Generally, "bubba" does not refer to a black person. I guess I should have included a glossary.

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Re: America

Note that this is a cop, rather than a member of a militia or the Gangster Disciples.

That said, there have been black concealed carry holders that have managed to not get killed during a traffic stop. You're only going to hear about the ones where bubba goes apesh*t. Although I will admit our cops like to channel Dirty Harry a bit too much. This means no one can be complacent.

Facebook's mishandling of this video is certainly "convenient" though...

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: What a shocking and totally unexpected result...

Not necessarily. Both the law and the internal policy could have changed.

Since the other guy is not running for president, his infractions are also somewhat less significant. Although by the letter of the law, even a felony conviction probably wouldn't keep Hillary out of office.

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

> Are you aware that the stuff was classified after it was sent ?

Consider that a good reason not to violate policy.

Hillary is really just the same old sort of CxO that ignores the same IT policies that will get the little people fired (or arrested).

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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MD a Trade? WTF?

I dunno, if Brits don't want to become doctors you seriously messed up somewhere. So you lot like to brag about the NHS and then you abuse your medical professionals? Not that I would be surprised. Americans are huge ingrates about that too. They don't have appreciation for ANY sort of professional and expect everything for free. Everyone seems to devalue anyone else's job but their own.

Plumbing can be a lucrative gig and is hard to offshore. The same goes for nurses and doctors. Being an MD should be a plum job.

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Re: And what about the Cornish Pasty?

Don't f*cking worry about it. Place of origin markings take care of this. I know d*mn well that Vermont Cheddar is not from Cheddar, UK. This stuff doesn't need Pythonesque/Brazil style regulation in order to get sorted.

If you are proud of your stuff, plant your f*cking flag on it and let the buyer choose.

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Re: And so it starts.

Weren't these people already in a save haven, namely Turkey? So "International Law" effectively gives anyone total freedom of movement so long as they can screech "refugee"? That seems a bit daft.

It seems they stopped being refugees the moment they left Turkey.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Really?

I agree that all of these hysterics are just nonsense. While the current market corrections are due to a general level of conservatism and risk adversity, that same conservatism will push everyone away from doing anything too stupid. The people with the money want the status quo maintained as much as possible. This will not be an "ugly divorce". The elites don't want it to impact their pocketbook.

The fear mongering is just people pushing their personal agenda.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Brits--gift from America if you vote to remain.

I wouldn't admit ownership of Detroit if I didn't have to.

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Re: Dear Germany...

Americans are terrible about that too. Drives us nuts on cruise ships.

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Re: exporting bloody awful sausages

Cranberry in chorizo? [shudders]

Ay caramba!

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Throwing stones in glass houses are we?

pppppfffft We spent 2 weeks driving through Germany eating sausage. I would fly back just for the ones in Neuremburg.

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

If a product is pants, you don't buy it.

See how simple that is?

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

Curvy cucumbers? Really? You know there's a movement afoot to utilize mis-shappen and otherwise unwanted produce? Otherwise it goes to waste. Does this cucumber regulation sabotage that sort of thing?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I'm from the other side of the pond and I don't care who has what currency. The notes and coins are fun to collect but that's about it. Most of my transactions are handled in plastic. Exchange fees are a minor nuissance. Compared to all of the taxes you lot pay, it doesn't seem to be that big of an amount really.

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I don't see the Greeks or Turks being terribly motivated to control their borders on this issue. If anything, it's the intervening countries between Greece and France that seem to be putting up any resistance. Of course people are going to go in droves when they hear that there will be no resistance to them. They will even risk the lives of their children during the crossing.

From where I sit, Greece is welcoming the Syrians with open arms. The Brits seem a lot less enthusiastic.

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Re: Repeating history

English policy led to the famine and English policy made it worse. It's on par with the famine in Ukraine triggered by Stalin.

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Re: Repeating history

You already have Fascism versus Communism playing out in the US. The growth of either are fueled by economic shock.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

I don't pay that as an American, what makes you think you will as a Brit?

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Losing pension bennies for moving out of the country? That doesn't sound terribly civilized. In fact it sounds a lot like American horror stories.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

The problem with your country club analogy is that the club in question is not an exclusive members only club but is open to the public as are all of it's affiliates.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

So, you're saying that the EU is full of Donald Trumps... because punitive VISA policies are on the same level of stupid as anything Trump has ever come up with.

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Bad analogies are... bad.

Cornwall is not as nearly alien as the rest of the EU or even the UN. It's not always in your interest to be part of group that doesn't match you, may hate you, and be successful at passing measures that take advantage of you. Something like the US works because we aren't that different from each other and those parts of the country that want to "get bossy" are counterbalanced by the fact that our factions cross all borders and roughly balance each other out. It doesn't always work out but we're far less heterogeneous than even northern vs southern Italy.

Our Italians and Brits and Greeks and Turks and Germans are all mixed together in all of the states rather than be concentrated in states of their own.

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Re: Readers in North America should be aware of the differing UK terminology

That was made pretty clear by the article. It's also actually a more reasonable definition of middle class. I think the version that America uses is "pants". It obscures the difference between wage earning and wealth generation (and probably intentionally so). You shouldn't be called middle class unless you own income generating property. Middle class originally meant merchants and such, not affluent workers.

If you have no income generating property, you're just "working class" regardless of how large your debts are.

As a plumber, you should only be considered "middle class" if you own your own shop. Otherwise, you're just another employee. Tradesmen who are business owners can make mad money exploiting the labor of others.

Regardless, the definitions should not be engineered to include certain percentages of the population.

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Re: Dear Andrew

I saw that crash coming. I saw it in the adjustable rate mortgages. My corporate cynicism made it painfully obvious. If nothing else, those loans would get adjusted to the point where mass foreclosures would occur because the executive class really are greedy enough to saw off the branch they are sitting on.

Plus it was a bubble. All bubbles pop. Don't need to be a quant to figure that out.

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