1514 posts • joined 21 May 2007
Re: I have argued for many years
Hello LucreLout. I have this vision of a huge flor with a huge number of trousers from different times and different countries. All there for me to pull on and listen to them trying to tell me about the life they lived.
So, now in the trousers of a Cuban man who tells his son about his life on Cuba then living in Florida. We had this huge wonderful house, there was this beutiful garden with all the flowers and there was a water fontain and from the veranda on the second floor you had this beautiful view to the sea. The servants we had and the car, American, and Jose this wonderful old man, my chauffeur. Always ready anytime, day or night. How he policed the car, only once did I have to punish him. So modest never asking for more money. The influence I had, always the best table at any restaurant. And your mother, what a beutiful person she was. How she suffered her in Miami having to carry all the food home, she had such a weak heart since a child. How I miss her, what a great help she was. And there was Fulgencio, yes the Colonel the President Batista. What a wonderful man and a friend he was. How the Americans respected him. In the palace, I was invited with your mother, and he asked her to dance with her, what an honor that was.
And those terrible days and we had to leave suddenly. All those promises by the Americans but no results. There is no justice in this world.
Now I will leave the trousers of the son of a Cuban farmer on the floor, and lets go to South Africa.
I was there in the sixtees. A wonderful country, fine peope in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. But day by day you started to wonder about things. In the post office there was this vertical piece of cardboard so that you would approache the guy sitting there from the right while those others would stay on the left. You would be served first no matter how many there was on the left side. And of course there where separate park benches too. Once there was this bold fellow who sat down on my bench and my democratic European heart kicked in and I gave him a nodd and a smile. He smiled politely too. But then we were spotted. a police car stopped in front of us and two guys stepped out and approached us. I looked at my black bold friend, but he was still smiling and I started to wonder if perhaps the police could spend their time on bigger crimes. Then I felt a great disturbance in the force and I realised the police men had stopped in front of me, not a word, just two tight faces stairing at me. Then I suddenly realised I was sitting on the wrong bench. Did I feel like a potential terrorist then, no, stupid yes.
One of the senteces you eventually got a bit fed up with was the "we love our blacks". The first time you hear it you look at the nice person and perhaps you nodd or something but there seems to be absolutely nothing you could or should say. Next you realise that those same people probably never say it to eacjh other and it's for foreigners only and it starts to sound like when Europeans say "we love our cats, dogs whatever, only that they may infact do it.
Then there was the "This is Gods country" people. Always by the Boer part of the people. My vocabulary is not good enough to describe how creepy that starts to sount after a while. Begins aroud your arse and travels up your spine till it hits you in the neck.
In Durban I jumped onto a buss and sat down. Then a guy run towards me, while I was digging for my coins, and said no no you cannot pay, this is a Indian buss only, but it's OK, but you cannot show your head, you must keep it down. So there I was keeping my head on my knees, in Gods country, for free.
In those years sanctions by some European countries had begun against SA. Most people did not think they would affect anything then, the gold, the diamonds, the fruit and the support from countries of inportance would take care of all silly sanctions. I think only one person I met then realised that things had to change and would.
I think most South Africans understand how lucky they where having guys like Mandela and Tutu.
So who ever you are, LucreLout, try on some Bantu trousers and listen, there is always a story, always something to learn, sometimes something forgive, never anything to loose.
The "Searhing for sugar man" video is about a man his life and music but also about a people who was able to change.
And I will never try on Mandela's trousers, they are way way too big for me and for most of us.
Americans understand this "We the People". It was never "I the King" or "We the Queen" or "I the Government" or "We the White". No matter, If it is not "We the People" it will no better than "Ich Adolph".
Re: I have argued for many years
@ LucreLout, The fact that you cannot spell Mandela proves you are not South African and that you know nothin about it. I am happy about that and I cannot help you, but why not try this:
What we can learn from this is that it's harder and harder to hide backdors in the code and at the same time it's ever as hard for big companies like Apple or why not Sony (back then) to grasp it. Rather funny really (to choose a stupid word) but how do those programmers doing the coding sell it, do they say, Y,es Sir, this software is undetectable with a straight face. If not, would they get the boot. Are only the big brands involved in this terrosist/snoopping psychosis. Why do I have this feeling that Big Brother is getting madder and madder, not because he needs to, but because there are more and more opportunities to get madder and madder in a world he has less and less ability to technically understan.
Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.
"during the middle ages the earth suddenly went a lot cooler, this is why the Thames used to freeze" Yes that is well documented. I think using other reliable sources that we must conclude it happened some 2000 years ago in the Middle East too as walking on water was possible by the brave for a short time.
Re: Bleeding obvious ?
"Is there anyone reading this who *didn't* think this ?", I hope not. I wobder if "Stevens and his colleagues" are happy about how this great discovery was presented here or ....
Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.
@ Olius, yes the American involment has always been the same in South America and Central America. First there is some dictator and American business finds the best of friends, and it's fairly hard to be critical as business is business. Then eventually people wake up and get pissesd off. Now as a dictor is (in the very limited political language of the USA) called "right" the opposition is always called left. As an result the Americans have never been able to support even once any opposition against even one dictator because there is this fear of loosing business, the fear of loosing the grip of some dictator, the fear of having to deal with a democratic independent country in the back yeard, the fear of not being able to trade glass pebles for gold. And I can understand it, I have read Uncle Scrooge too. (and I seem to have lost my spell checker), but it is sad too, with the use of more intelligence the USA could be stronger and more successful too in those parts (or any) in the world. This US talk about defending democracy looking at the history is rather tainted. My balls and my vallet are always more important to me than any damned democracy where ever. And that is by no means an American invention I have sometimes tried to look at the world from the other side of the fence. For instance, suppose I was say 18 araund 1960 and Cuban, would I have been a bartender in a US Mafia run brothel in Havanna or would I have joined Casrtro and his terrorists fighting the arsehole society then. Or take Venenezuela, would I have stood up for the US oilcompanies or would I have asked them to fuck off exploiting my country. Finally if you think Shell in Africa has any responsibility for anything but making a profit then you are romantic (this of course regarding the guy with the Venezuela problem telling us about all the wonderfull things the US oilcompanies did in Venezuela).
"the EU didn't "force" MS to provide browser choice". True, but that solution was MS own suggestion and then accepted by the EU and then MS forgot about it for some time.
Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.
@ the spectacularly refined chap. That big government thing is, like job creator, popular words in the USA.
When the Republicans say they are against big government they want people to think that the Democrats are for big governments. Old tactics you can probably find described some thousend years ago. Empty words really. Then again if you are really serious you will have to suggest what you want to get rid of, the Army or Navy or education or healt care and so forth. With a more efficient, more results for the money government, that I would agree with.
As for nationalisation I think we should remember that we have nationalized the third world for many hundred years and we are still rather good at it. I don't think people in India felt like thiefs when getting their independence. According to Gandhi one of the few good things they got from the Empire was the English language. But what I fail to work out is who the hell was the teacher and I suppose I will have to choose icon accordingly.
Please do not accept all that shit.
Re: No Lumia?
My dear friend there is no way to mention Lumia with a "landfill" header. Landfill is appropriate regarding WinTel but not allowed there either.
"Germany may have won the World Cup..." Why not connect it to the price of milk in Afganistan as well.
I agree, the header should read:
Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND WINDOWS systems infected in just 24 hours.
I wonder if there is some old agreement to never mention Windows when there is any refference to infections, trojans or viruses in the header.
Re: Once a trouble maker always...
"There are massive risks with electronic voting because it is so easy for a small group in the right place to invisibly determine the results. Personally, I favour human counting."
Thanks, exactly my oppinion too. One could of course think that a programmer would defend electronic voting but the fact is that as a programmer you understand how damned easy it is to manipulate it. I think there should be a law against electronic voting because it will never be reliable.
The temptation to screw the results will always remain.
Try logic instead, why would "life" exist only on this planet alone among the increadible amount of galaxies. Just not logically possible unless The God (our) is a very local magician, Personally I belive we will find a set of local The Gods where ever we go. I am not sure It's a good idea to meet any of them or their followers considering the mess we have created at home. Desperately trying to find out who to send to ask for their permission to plant our flag on their property. Surprisingly it's perhaps better if there is no intelligent life out there as there is nothing here either.
Why so negative, something not true in "A group of French telcos is warning that Europe could fall behind Asia in the race towards 5G, and has launched a joint effort to stave off the threat.". Why not join them. France is far more technically advanced than some like to admit. Not too bad at OSS either.
Re: And I smuggly observe from
"more apps, doubtful"! I suppose you know you can use the Android store with Jolla.
This must be a Windows machine, if not, shurly MS has the money to deliver or what.
Re: Democracy in action
I had a look at that link and must admit it took some time to grasp it. But I wonder how many understand this "by" which is the Norse word for willage, Rugby for instance and hundreds in Northern countries, Visby and so forth and why not by-election, willage election a remainder of how old democracy is in the norh. One of these silly jokes I remember is the politician who said - I am thirty and my wife is thirtytwo. And if that does not sound like I am dirty and my wife is dirty too then you have no imagination.
Reading all of these comments I am sorry I took part, now signing off.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
@ FormerKowloonTonger, Sorry I don't get you, " impeach this Obama figure", why, I have no problems with him and I would have voted for him too. The problem with Sarah Palin was that the Republicans elected her. Which in my books means that something is very wrong in that party, even FOX got rid of her in no time.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
@ FormerKowloonTonger. Please, let me give you a shorter explanation. Who the hell could loose against things like Palin and the rest the Republicans have come up with, not to mention the whole damned party. Most of the Americans just used common sense.
"the implicit suggestion that they have a long foreign ancestry?", All human beings have a long foreign ancestry?.
Re: squek squek
"Also the Communications Act only requires retention of IP addresses, it does not prove which contents was sent or received, and it does not apply to information services like cyberlockers, online forums or instant messanging.". So why this fantastic need to collect that data.
"Surely as a business they have the right to remove anything they like from their index at any time?". Perhaps not that simple. Perhaps they removed everything SAP because Oracle made it an exellent business or just for fun as they as a business have the right to remove anything they like from their index at any time.
"It's not like the French to start wining about stuff." I suppose so too, being modest must be the reason they are damned good at space technology, airplanes, nuclear technology, fast trains, cars, ships, large and small, medicare, good food, freedom fries, clean cities, clean teeth and nails. It's amazing how much you can achieve by modesty.
"The blueprints for the new chip design aren't being released as yet,","The team is now adapting a version of Linux to use the new chip.", Superb logic, to hide from the vultures behind closed source you will need open source to succeed. I quite like that, but I wonder if I have ever seen it expressed this openly.
Hello Lis 0r, I am too short of time among the football to think of your problems but why do you speak about "libertarian, fedora-wearing douchebags" did you expect "tits and legs" to work as before. In software it's about producing acceptable code, not about how you dress or your political opinions. It's indeed a bit strange as most professions seem to have their code of how to dress. That does not apply to programmers. In the Nordic countries there are quite a few female programmers, no doubt less than 50%, but some of the best I have met are women. Anyway I would like to wish my Nordic friends
Re: Thank goodness!!
"I near shat.", good for you you didn't, what you should have done was to by FB shares. That is the way to avoid "shitting" and make money, some did, no doubt.
OK, Don Jefe, but when you wright "If you want it different then the only thing that's going to make that happen is if you stop buying it", should you not point out that customers should avoid "lock in" and have several vendors to compete against each other.
My advice to the Australians is to invest in FOSS, you do produce bread and butter too within the country.
Re: Don't you get it?
"The US passed a law a long time ago giving US law sovereignty everywhere on this planet."
"The issue here is that US law doesn't allow for the consideration of other countries".
Calm down, when for instance smoking pot in Holland is allowed and stem cell research is allowed in the EU it does not matter at all what the US law says, not at all.
"From an economic standpoint: the US is the larger market."
The US population is 320M, Europe about 800M and the EU about 500M.
And if you look at the GDP per capita it's $51,749 in the USA. Listing some of the European countries you find there is no stellar difference anymore, this for 2012.
Czech Republic 18,690
United Kingdom 38,920
As anybody knows this does not tell everything but the point is that there is no way the USA will remain the number one market. And regarding the trade agreement between the USA and the EU it seems to me the USA is pushing while the EU, as I hope, will have a better look at the "small text".
And it does not matter at all. China was once probably the worlds largest economy like Europe too.
I am more concerned about the Wall Street creating yet another meltdown.
Re: Forget Scottish Independence
"Singapore; Hong Kong; Brunei; Bahrain; Taiwan; they all have the advantage of being islands", they took the bigger island, we tend to be that when given a chance to choose between big and small.
Yes, but I doubt creationism is on the curriculum in Middle East, Africa etc, or tried to be forced into the curriculum of any schools or universities nor do I think you will find any creationism amusement parks either. Creationism is a scam and I bet Mr Ham and his ilk know it too. But money is money as always.
Re: @ Lars
@Euripides Pants, lots of parents teach their children at home, they bring up, raise their kids, all should.
But that is after school, an addition to what kids learn at school, and I would point out among other children. Homeschooling is about preventing kids from going to school and I doubt those parents have shit to give. Behind this wish to prevent kids from going to school lies some quasi religious nonsense. How this is allowed in the USA is beyond me.
As for a definition of a good form of child abuse define for me a good form of a headache.
"It gets really, really old.". Yes, but the problem is it's still there, mostly only in the USA though. It's a scam and like home schooling an awful form of child abuse.
Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?
Are you perhaps thinking about the moon.
Re: Lars Just saying....
@Matt Bryant, Yes, so, I did say important and fine no offence meant. No plane was perfect in every respect, that would be impossible. If I had to choose the best among the British from that period I would probably choose the Mosquito. This article was not about WW2 fighters or bombers but, as you know, comments tend to move in mysterious ways. There is a lot of interesting stuff about those plans on the net and on YouTube, including what was made elsewhere. Fascinating stuff, and those who are really into it don't feel unpatriotic if they appreciate what was made in other countries too. My "favorite" fighter would probably be the FW-190. Some of that here.
Years ago I knew a fighter pilot from the war who once, rather drunk, suddenly said - you guys have no idea of how much shit there is in a human being. Much later we had to ask him about that and he told us that they had to pick up the pieces of the crew from friends and foes from planes that crashed in the neighborhood. He also told us that, very much against his own will, he shed a tear when he shot his first enemy pilot to pieces.
Looking at those fine machines I try to remember why they where built and sometimes I feel movies about that period tend to be more romantic than the reality.
Re: Just saying....
On the other hand it might be better to look less at history and more on today and the future. The Spitfire was important and a fine plane if not superior in any way. A short range plane and useless in supporting bombers over Germany, I think the Mustang (with a British engine) then solved that problem.
Hemingway was sexist too as he newer wrote "The old woman and the sea".
Re: What OS for Apollo
The logic to day, as Linux runs 96% of the top500 supercomputers, is that the OS is mentioned only if it is not Linux. The top50 are all Linux. The next "big" OS is Unix.
Under Statistics/List Statistics you find the graphs.
@Mark Honman you forgot to use the "Joke Alert" icon.
@Joefish, thanks, and I agree with the "expose", perhaps some will better understand "to be given an opportunity" or "to throwing shit against the wall and seeing what sticks". I think "In this, he differs with folks like Rohan Silva" is a bit unfair as I doubt Silva expects that everybody should or would become a programmer. I would expose kids to programming as early as possible. If you look at people who are world class, be it music or F1 or whatever quite a few where exposed as very young.
One story I find superb is about Blaise Pascal who as a kid with his class was forced, by his teacher, to add together all digits from 1 to 100 before going home. Pascal got it, wrote down 5050 and surprised his teacher. The way I like to look at it is that that task exposed him to logic, calculus in early years is not about logic but about how to do things. Also he was exposed to his teacher who took interest in him.
Re: Back and forth
Upvoted for Björn Kurtén.
@ Peter Johnston 1, nice, perhaps David cannot find a stone in the modern world of asphalt or perhaps the
saga is as much worth as the Noah's Ark. Then again if a company sells one in two books in the USA perhaps the word "obesity" would be more appropriate.
Re: But the advantage of the modern age....
"the modern age..." is not about many small shops but about a few big ones. Equally "the advantage of the modern age." is about an advantage for the very few. Socialism and bailouts for the very rich and capitalism and a kick in the ass for the rest. Interesting though how Americans seem to understand that the "J" in the DoJ has disappeared and that the EU is possible more reliable.
Re: You ignore China to your peril
@bigtimehustler, you are completely right, Microsoft decides about their source code, but you should also remember the fuss MS made about letting governments audit the source earlier.
As having spent many years programming in machine code or processor code if you like, I would like to point out that you cannot hide behind binary, it's all there to be studied. A tedious task yes, but doable. I still love machine code and the number of instructions I still remember from 1970 is amazing. Also in those years we used "line spies" to test and debug transmission protocols, so you cannot hide what a computer or say, a router, sends and receives either. Encrypted data would make that more difficult but I think you would still see where it's sent to.
About "Tomorrow's picture: ultra deep" It would not surprise me if it was about the same thing.
One can use the "discuss" for deeper questions.
Re: September 11, 2001
"Most historians now accept". Most "historians" also accept that Kennedy was shot by Oswald or Oswald plus pal or Castro or US Cubans or Russia or the CIA or the FBI or Connally or the driver or Johnson or Nixon or his own brother or Warren or the mob or .... Must have forgotten some. just pick your historian.
Re: Mystic Meg
"You're trying to connect two seperate things. Inflation is the average increase in the cost of living. Pay, as in salary, is the replacement cost of someone that can do the role to an acceptable standard. Increases in inflation don't logically bring about increases in pay."
Not all that separate when it's about your salary and your life. Nobody wants that, not the workers nor the unions not even the state. Nobody wants to increase the number of poor people in the population. Lets again remember this is about Amazon and not about IBM, MS, Google and similar who tend to pay well.
If people working for Amazon and the union they belong to think 2% is not good enough then who is to blame them, let them fight it out. A company unable to pay a decent salary should change or go bust. Americans, I think, look at unions in a different way than most Europeans (not sure about the Brits). I suppose the reason for that is that unions often where taken over by the mob in the USA. Or is that only propaganda. Unions representing the work force sit down to the table with those who represent the companies, well educated intelligent people. Some times the state will take part in the negotiation and eventually they will agree.
And as should be, they will concentrate more on the underpaid workers and their working conditions.
I was a programmer/systems analyst for 35 years. For 25 years my salary rose OK and most of us working in IT had no reason to belong to any union. When the depression stroke most people joined a union and I don't think we lost anything because of that. TopOnePercent, do we actually have anything to argue about.
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