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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

Burb Re:Why don't they just learn English? (562 comments)

"gotten" used to be the Queen's English (King James translation of Genesis includes "I have gotten a man from the Lord"). UK English use has deviated over time from early modern. Just sayin'

1 year,10 days
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Queen's WWIII Speech Revealed

Burb Re:One line (147 comments)

This only works with Daleks, not nuclear weapons

about a year ago
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Kenyans Will Soon Be Able To Send Bitcoin By Phone

Burb Re:Nigeria won't be far behind (83 comments)

" Forget the hoarders, the conversions and the "banks"; this is a means to transfer money that everyone should have access to."

The hoarders, the conversions and the "banks" are exactly what make Bitcoin absolutely worthless. To say nothing of the miners. No one wants to send money home to Mom & Pop if they can't trust the handlers and the value fluctuates wildly.

about a year ago
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Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Burb I'm not a patent lawyer, but I can tell you this (342 comments)

Of course! Insulting the US patent office is a known technique to guarantee your submission will be calmly and objectively reviewed. Do it now.

about a year ago
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Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

Burb Re:Nobody read the source? (303 comments)

I look forward to seeing this on the front page of the Daily Mail.

about 2 years ago
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These 19th Century Postcards Predicted Our Future

Burb Re:explaining our world to a 19th century person.. (157 comments)

"Our world would traumatize people from the 19th century." Victorians were not as universally repressed as popular belief would suggest. In public, there was higher standard of "official" morality, perhaps. But HG Wells had a quite colourful love life.

about 2 years ago
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Have Your Fingerprints Read From 6 Meters Away

Burb Angular resolution (122 comments)

Hang on, what about the angular resolution of visible light at 6m, with indents in surely being 0.1mm? Can we get high enough resolution Is that even possible? How fast must the picture be taken to avoid blurring?

No, haven't RTFA. So sue me.

more than 2 years ago
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O2 Fixes 'Accidental' Leak of Phone Numbers

Burb Gotta love those quote marks (42 comments)

Compare:
O2 Fixes 'Accidental' Leak of Phone Numbers
vs
O2 Fixes Accidental Leak of Phone Numbers

more than 2 years ago
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The Case For Surrealism In Games

Burb Re:CAT (186 comments)

Artichoke

more than 3 years ago
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The Case For Surrealism In Games

Burb CAT (186 comments)

Dolphin

more than 3 years ago
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Gamification — How Much of It Is Really New?

Burb Hyperbole error at line 10 (95 comments)

If you want to avoid all the chatter and buzz around the concept of gamification, I recommend being me. Never heard of it. Is this a US thing?

more than 3 years ago
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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

Burb Re:Well, that'll be helpful (377 comments)

By all means have an argument with the straw man you consider me to be. You'll always beat him. But did I say that? No, I didn't.

more than 3 years ago
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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

Burb Re:Well, that'll be helpful (377 comments)

Hehe, well I am British. Who knows, maybe I would have been. Nice try at an ad hominem attack though.

more than 3 years ago
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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

Burb Re:Well, that'll be helpful (377 comments)

The only place where two wrongs make a right is boolean algebra. Revenge/retaliation just continues a cycle of aggression and destruction. I'm hardly happy about extraordinary rendition either. Whatever Anonymous' valid claims may be, this does nothing for their cause, except to give themselves hugely negative publicity. Way to go, generate sympathy for those you are against... sheesh.

more than 3 years ago
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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

Burb Well, that'll be helpful (377 comments)

Another mature contribution from those grown-ups at Anonymous.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Explorer 9 Caught Cheating In SunSpider

Burb Re:I'm sure there's no hyperbole in this article (360 comments)

Let's review that argument, shall we?

Statement 1: The ONLY reasonable explanation is that they are cheating. Or there is an optimisation bug which screws performance.

Comment: I think you need to look at meaning of "ONLY" as you have used it, and the way the rest of the world uses is.

Statement 2: there is no evidence of an optimisation bug, therefore it must be cheating

Comment: One could plausibly argue that there is no actual evidence of cheating, therefore it's an optimisation bug. Since there is no internal evidence of any kind.

Yes, it COULD be cheating, but you can't argue that it must be so based on the information in the article. There are enough weasel phrases in your analysis to populate a weasel world theme park.

more than 3 years ago
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BP Caught Photoshopping Disaster Response Photos

Burb Re:More BP news... (560 comments)

Well, Mr. AC, I am F-ing O of it. I don't live in the USA. I'll fully accept that anti-BP sentiment is justified. Hey, if they were greedy corporate imbeciles, then sue them just as you would do greedy corporate imbeciles from the USA or anywhere else.

I'll not accept snide remarks made about BP just because it's British. That's irrelevant.

more than 4 years ago

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