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* Posts by PhilDin

17 posts • joined 25 Jun 2010

Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

PhilDin

Re: Depression kills.

@fruitoftheloon, glad it worked out, there should be many days in the future between you and your son that you won't trade for the world.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

PhilDin

Re: Truth or consequences

I can't bring myself to agree with any of that!

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

PhilDin

Seriously, what's the problem

Ok, you can dispute how useful this information is but why would it possibly be news? Website owners like to know how their sites are being used. Of course they'd also like to know what you ate for breakfast as well but they don't have access to that, all they know is how their own sites are being used. This is (should be) standard practice in GUI development, web or otherwise.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

PhilDin
Happy

Re: What about...

I've been using Mint 14 with KDE since it came out and I've been very happy with it. I'd used OpenSuse for years and tried Kubuntu on and off (it never felt polished when I tried it although that may have been at a low point in the project). I expect to stay with Mint with KDE for the foreseeable future as it's rock solid and nicely polished.

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

PhilDin

Re: You takes your chances..........

But the purpose of civil litigation is not to blot anybody's anything, it's to put right a wrong that has happened to you specifically. So if the defendant offers to put things right for you then it's job done and continuing with the case is wasting everyone's time. I think we can all agree that the best civil lawsuit is the one that never happens. One way that judges can reduce the amount of litigation is to ask whether a reasonable offer to settle has been made. If it was, then the court's time has been tied up with an issue that has already been solved.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

PhilDin

Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

I'm also curious about this but also, how do you repair one once it's been cut or more generally, how do you join two pieces of fibre optic cable?

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

PhilDin

Re: What a prat!

Could you provide a bit more information about this? It sounds interesting and I'd like to read up on it (I've always had a morbid curiosity about how the soviet economy worked:)

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

PhilDin
Trollface

Re: Over the top

An excellent analysis from someone who's clearly watched two or maybe even three episodes of Blackadder goes forth. In reality the officers during WW1 were not the idiots they were portrayed to be, particularly General Haig.

As regards your remarks on true heroism, you seem to be advocating the scenario where the military can decide what wars they will and won't engage in rather than that decision being made by their democratically elected paymasters; sounds great, I can't see anything wrong with that plan.

Overall you seem to have absolutely nothing positive to say, just lashing out randomly at rank and file soldiers, their officers, the government and Sainsburys. Maybe you should think about what you DO believe in.

Finally, I'm not British and I don't wear a poppy but I would never consider describing the dead from WW1 as "Darwin award hopefuls"; that historically wrong and ethically repugnant.

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Irish cop child abuse image plan attracts data protection ire

PhilDin

Some crimes are so heinous...

that even people who haven't comitted them need to be locked up!

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IBM kills off Irish server works

PhilDin
FAIL

FFS stop bashing the free market

Holy crap, the level of discourse on this topic seems to have really plummeted. IBM are leaving because it's cheaper for them to do so. That's the reason the came here (Ireland) in the first place but economic and legal conditions change, it's not as though China has been standing still for the last 10 years so it's not strange that these things happen.

As regards the lefty socialist thinking here, Ireland is fscked because the government put €50bn into the failed banks. Nobody except the banks asked them to do this. The free market way would have been to sell of the assets of the failed banks to the highest bidder with the (meagre) proceeds going to the creditors. The only role for government here is to ensure that things proceed in an orderly fashion with none of the insiders stealing on their way out.

With respect to currency manipulation, that's an expensive game that China is playing. They seem to be prepared to think longer term than western democracies and put down a lot of their hard earned money in order to keep the RMB low. It's worth noting that this doesn't come free and it's also a game that anyone can play. If Ireland wanted to, it could play it too if it were prepared to leave the Euro.

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SCADA worm a 'nation state search-and-destroy weapon'

PhilDin
Thumb Up

Yes it is

The title really give the wrong impression. As a confirmed athiest I drop in on CSM occasionally, I've always found it to be very good quality journalism.

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Undiplomatic tweet from French diplomats

PhilDin

Roma eunt domus...

or is it Roma ite domun:)

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ACPO defuses impending photo row with police forces

PhilDin
FAIL

Constantly reminded of Brazil

The film that is, not the country, this clip really captures the mood for the whole film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWTkjF5C1dM

Note that everyone involved is a bit busy, a bit unsympathetic but never actually evil (with the possible exception of the security guard in the Information Retrieval HQ), some of the officials are tremendously nice people in fact. This film should be required watching for anyone involved in public administration (actually, it should be required watching for anyone wishing to cast a vote).

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Eagles singer wins case against US politico

PhilDin

What an a$$hat

I always associated Don Henley with assholery since he sued some other guy called Don Henley who had a website for distributing quotes from the bible among other things (this all happened some time around 1998 some I'm a bit fuzzy on the detail). The bible loving DH made it clear that he was unrelated to the Eagles DH on the home page of his site but the Eagles DH persisted with his lawsuit. I don't recall the outcome of the case but ever since then, I've always subconsiously associated Don Henley with this bit of bullying.

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'Be careful' warning accompanies latest Linux kernel

PhilDin
Troll

Definitely misleading

So the warning that "accompanies" the latest kernel is not actually about the latest kernel, it's about the development version. Is this a misunderstanding or a deliberate troll?

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Ireland to block EU-Israel data hoover

PhilDin
Go

Crap!

Dermot Ahern was on my sh!t list for introducing the blasphemy bill, this doesn't get him off the hook but I have to take my hat off to him.

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Venus home to lost cities left by long-dead aliens, says ESA

PhilDin
Headmaster

Not "only a theory"

The idea that Venus once contained life is not a theory, it's a hypothesis. I know it sounds like nitpicking but this sloppy language usage is what allows the creationists to say that evolution is "only a theory". To be clear, to qualify for the moniker of theory, scientists would have to have suggested experiments to test the hypothesis, some of those experiments would have been carried out, there might be a mix of supporting, inconclusive and contrary outcomes of these experiments. If something is in the "difficult to test" phase then it's not yet qualified to be called a theory.

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