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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

16Chapel Re:Bad call (611 comments)

And that it pretends it wasn't.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

16Chapel Re:Bad call (611 comments)

Please reconsider your stance on evolution before it's too late, or you will have all eternity to consider your foolishness as you rot in the pit.

Your god is evil.

about 3 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

16Chapel Re:First sandwich (730 comments)

> You cannot live in a free society if there is a class of people that are born with rights to which the majority have no claim.

You just described every society on the planet. Whether it's due to aristocratic privilege or good ol' money, that's how the world works.

about 5 months ago
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

16Chapel Simple (240 comments)

Just don't plug it into a Mac keyboard.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Jumps Into Desktop Virtualization With "WorkSpaces"

16Chapel I have Xubuntu destop running on an EC2 (92 comments)

For the last year or so I've been using an Amazon EC2 small server, running Xubuntu Desktop (and accessed via NoMachine remote desktop) as my main development environment. I'm a LAMP developer who works at home a fair bit, and since I already had the EC2 server running a couple of client sites I decided to try and get remote desktop access to it, as described here:

http://aws-musings.com/4-easy-steps-to-enable-remote-desktop-on-your-ubuntu-ec2-instance/
(ps - see step 6 here also: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX or the 'sudo /usr/lib/nx/nxsetup --install' command won't work )

Why bother?

Well, I needed a static IP address to access certain things for work (private, ip-locked rss feeds for example). I had got around that previously by dialing in via GoToMyPC to my office Windows PC (where we have a static IP). The main problem there was it could be a bit laggy (especially when our office connection was being hogged by outgoing offsite backups), especially for some reason when I was using my virtual linux environment (running on VirtualBox).

It works really well - I have nice and reliable (linux) desktop environment that I can get access to from any of my machines, with the added bonus that I can demo things straight from my 'local' dev envirnoment as it's actually on the web.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

16Chapel Two Months Notice (892 comments)

I'm amazed by this thread - at my current position (where I'm now the lead dev) I have it written in to my contract that I'll give two months of notice (this was a requirement when the gave me a raise). That's not really that odd here in the UK - previously I've had a three month notice period.

about 8 months ago
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Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

16Chapel Re:Hardly surprising.... (313 comments)

YMMV - personally I learnt best by listening to the lecturer and digesting what they're saying (and, even better, asking the odd question). Writing things down doesn't help me remember, and never has - I actually find it distracting.

about 8 months ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

16Chapel Re:Eh (637 comments)

On the other hand (here in the UK) my Dad was rushed to hospital when he had a blood clot in his lung and received first class treatment. My wife was admitted straight away for a gall bladder infection (after a visit to the GP), and our baby was born in a brand new birth centre with fantastic facilities and great midwives.

Generally speaking, the NHS is fantastic when anything life-threatening happens, but after care can be crap (for example, my Dad having to queue up to get his medication outside the clinic every week, even in snowy weather).

about 8 months ago
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

16Chapel Re:Naming Names (650 comments)

Jeez, remind me never to go drinking with you around closing time.

about 9 months ago
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

16Chapel Re:One problem (353 comments)

I'd add:

* Don't use your phone while driving
* Keep your distance from the car in front
* Expect everyone else on the road to be an idiot

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

16Chapel Enjoy our local wifi spots (273 comments)

If you're in London, I must recommend some local places for you to go.

There's a charming cafe chain called 'Starbucks' - they do pretty good coffee and usually have wifi. Don't be put off by the 'crazy' names for their drink sizes, just bask in that local charm. If you can't find one of those, do stop into one of the family restaurants in the 'McDonalds' chain - they often have wifi, and you can enjoy one of our local delicacies (cheese and meat at the same time, crazy!).

about a year ago
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Canadian Man Pleads Guilty In Celebrity Hacking and Harrassment Case

16Chapel Re:And now... (52 comments)

Not that famous? She's quite famous on that new internet thing, you know.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

16Chapel Re:A smart watch? (260 comments)

I bought a Casiq watch in Nicaragua - that's not a typo, it was a clear ripoff of the classic 80s Casio digital watch, with just the 'q' in the logo different (as I recall, logo copying is easier to prosecute than actual design / circuit copying). It cost me a couple of dollars, and:

* survived a little swim when my kayak upturned
* still worked at least 3 years later on the same battery
* had an awesome upgrade from the original in the form of multicoloured LEDs that pulsed randomly when the alarm went off. Wrist disco FTW.

1 year,3 days
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

16Chapel Re:Better answer (572 comments)

You win the internet.

1 year,13 days
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

16Chapel Re:Fault Irrelevant: Shows Flaw (700 comments)

When was the last time anybody said "wow, look at that BMW"? Just sayin'.

about a year ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

16Chapel Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

"I don't remember"
" I've had many many hundreds of UK beers"

Could be related.... :-)

about a year ago
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Fetuses Caught Yawning In 4D

16Chapel Quaid..... (117 comments)

Open your mind.....

about a year ago
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Cheap, Portable Ultrasound Could a Be Lifesaver .

16Chapel Ultrasound machines = awesome (139 comments)

Strange to hear the current ultrasound machines being described as 'clunky' - the one at my (NHS) hospital where my wife got her scans was pretty awesome. The level of ergonomic & functional design that went into it was fantastic, and the operator knew exactly what she was doing. The machine had clearly been designed in collaboration with the end user, as it had e.g. cubby holes for gel bottles and all smooth easy-to-clean surfaces. The nurse had one hand on the scanner, and the other on a trackball with which she was marking up the images as she took them - the images zipped to the side of the screen in a nice thumbnail list as she took them, and everything worked really well.

Considering how often bespoke technology workplace seems to be poorly thought out or just generic stuff pressed into service, I was very impressed.

about a year and a half ago

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