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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Bloke down the pub Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (207 comments)

Correlation or causation? And if it's the latter, which way round?


Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Bloke down the pub Re:But is it reaslistic? (360 comments)

You appear to be confusing science with engineering, which makes me suspect you know very little about either.

2 days ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Bloke down the pub Re: "Against a wall" (144 comments)

Spherical is the way to go, especially if you like cows.

2 days ago

The American Workday, By Profession

Bloke down the pub Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

How many other nouns form plurals by adding a d?

4 days ago

PHP 5.6.0 Released

Bloke down the pub Re:It's powerful, but.. (115 comments)

Maybe because it's a public holiday in some countries. Enterprisey stuff likes to know things like that.

As to there being two, I understand that the benighted heathens of the Byzantine persuasion calculate it differently to the bead-jigglers in Rome.

Then again, it's PHP so all bets are off.

4 days ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

Bloke down the pub Re: What's needed (126 comments)

Explained joke is explained.

4 days ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

Bloke down the pub Re:Let me help them (126 comments)

In Soviet Russia, you are belong to our base!

4 days ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Bloke down the pub Re:What it's not about (264 comments)


Is that short for motherfuckers?

about 6 months ago

Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Bloke down the pub Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (118 comments)

London South Bank University? I think that used to be the East Walford Arthur Fowler 6th Form College, so the Goodall comparison is more accurate than you might think.

about 6 months ago

Are You a Competent Cyborg?

Bloke down the pub Re:Meh (101 comments)

How do you know? You might have been drunk.

about 6 months ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Bloke down the pub Re: units please (476 comments)

The cold causes any oxygen present to liquify which in turn causes the packets to skid.

This is why Monster Cables are best.

about 7 months ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Bloke down the pub Re:units please (476 comments)

Bullshit. I watch BBC news at least twice a day, and I don't even recall the last time I heard Fahrenheit mentioned.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Learning DB the Right Way; Books, Tutorials, or What?

Bloke down the pub Re:You haven't told us what you want/need to do. (106 comments)

I've met more than one very good developer who didn't grok database design.

One subcontracted me to teach his girlfriend who needed it for a course she was doing. Basically, it involved us all going to the pub and talking about movies and music while she scribbled furiously. It's a good teaching example because it involves natural/surrogate keys (how do you deal with movies/bands/artists with the same name, or movies with more than one title?), multiple relationships (an actor might also direct, a musician can also be a producer) etc.

Another had gone through the induction training in half the normal time, so he'd caught up with my cohort and we were on a DB concepts course together. The DB instructor just couldn't make him understand the difference between "Gone With The Wind" in the abstract and a particular tape of it. In the end I think I convinced him that in the first case it always stars Clark Gable, but in the second we might have two in the shop (of which one is reserved) and the third is out and overdue. At least he shut up and let us get on with the class...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Departments Look Like In 5 Years?

Bloke down the pub Er, what? (184 comments)

As consumerization of IT and self-service trends becomes part and parcel of everyone's work in the enterprise

This is stated as if it's an axiom. I'm not going to opine on whether it's true or not, since I'm not sure what the blinking heck it's supposed to mean.

But the whole article falls flat on its arse if its major premise turns out to be a load of old bollocks, don't you think?

about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

Bloke down the pub Re:Where these proffessors the same profs who teac (597 comments)

Such mustaches were quite popular in the 1930s. My grandfather had one, and kept it all the way through WW2. Woe betide anyone who asked him why he had a Hitler mustache; he claimed he had it first, and therefore it was Hitler who had a my-grandad mustache, and without so much as a by-your-leave. Strong words would be in order when the British army got to Berlin...

One thing's sure, he certainly had it last.

about a year ago

IBM Robotic Coworker Will Help Engineers Fix Broken Systems

Bloke down the pub Re:The robot is the supervisor (56 comments)

In Soviet Russia, new mechatronic overlords welcome YOU!

about a year ago



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