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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Godwin O'Hitler Re:"which after typically" (102 comments)

You're quite right to point that out, Sir. The correct expression is "post-typically".

about two weeks ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

Godwin O'Hitler Re:WiFi in France (63 comments)

I seem to remember that when I enabled my French modem/router as a hotspot in order to be able to use other hotspots, my bandwidth got seriously gobbled up by people who weren't me.
For all the use I personally make of hot spots, it just plain wasn't worth it.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Silly (764 comments)

Oh do so fuck off wanting to change the English vocabulary and then claiming history is on your side
Do you think the French say "gay orgueil" or "gay fierté"? They don't. They have two words for pride and neither matches. So they say "gay pride".
Which means what?
It means "gay pride" is a cliché. Jeez, talk about not doing oneself any favours.

I don't have a problem with people's sexual orientation, but is it too much to ask to leave the language alone.
Invent your own frigging word if "proud" (as it is HISTORICALLY defined) doesn't quite capture your meaning.

It is possible. Look at 'Grok" for instance.

about three weeks ago
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EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Crazy EU logic (again) (68 comments)

OK that's fair enough, it does make a difference to how easily the problem is tackled once the infringement is discovered.
But I'm still not convinced that an irate copyright holder who finds their content on a Web page actually cares whether it's embedded or not, or should even have to care.

about three weeks ago
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EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

Godwin O'Hitler Crazy EU logic (again) (68 comments)

There is every difference between embedded content and linked content.
If you rip the video, store it on your site, then display it, there is absolutely no visible difference to the reader.
How do the underlying mechanics of how it got there change anything?

about a month ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Godwin O'Hitler Re:"not a good judgement" (113 comments)

If only the voters could choose who gets into office.
Sure we get to elect a European parliament, but the European Commission is the body who issues the directives.
And they are appointed by the European Council.
And they are appointed by National governments.
And the only power the parliament has in all that is to veto the president of the Commisssion.
So what are the chances of my vote having enough clout to filter through to the Commission? Hell, if every country voted its government in unanimously, their impact on the commission would still be minimal.

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Petite girl friends (475 comments)

I was at a house party a few years back where there was a Vietnamese girl who looked for all the world like a 15 year old. It turns out she was 25.
I commented on this a day or so later to a woman I know, who ventured to suggest that anyone who went out with her was obviously attracted to childish looks and therefore a dangerous, evil paedophile who should be locked up.
This might actually be true in the case of a genuine card-carrying paedophile, while at the same time a lot of non-paedophile suitors would be scared away. But what's the girl then supposed to do for a boyfriend? Go out with 15-year olds herself, making her the paedophile?

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Too bad (474 comments)

From Wikipedia:

"Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the fifth largest country in Europe."

With all due respect, I believe you are not as knowledgeable about the subject as you think you are.

If you'd used population or economy instead of land area your point could have been valid without being misleading.
Germany, France, the UK, and Italy all have significantly bigger populations and economies than Spain.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

You haven't looked into this fully have you?
http://www.oxforddictionaries....

The -ise ending is quite a recent introduction in UK English (c.1950), and from an etymological point of view is just plain wrong, as, incidentally, is the -yze ending in US English.

about 2 months ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Please explain your terms (189 comments)

FYI the spelling is Britannica. Maybe you are confusing it with the two Ts and the one N in Brittany.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Update cycles (391 comments)

I put my PC together so long ago I can't remember how long. It's the same with the broom I've been using since God knows when.
OK, I'll admit I've changed the head a few times, and occasionally the handle too, but trust me it's still sweeping as good as ever!

about 4 months ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Godwin O'Hitler Re:they just got confused.... (296 comments)

Nods at your joke but points out that office is absolutely a French word.
I'm not saying it means office or anything, mind; at least not in the sense of desks, filing cabinets, inkwells 'n' stuff.

about 4 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Godwin O'Hitler Re:against the two men, known only as AB and CD.' (240 comments)

So the only information we have is that there's maybe going to be a secret trial of two unidentified alleged terrorists for planning some unidentified terrorist act.

Beats me why they fucking bothered telling anybody about it at all. Still I guess it makes a change from Operation Yewtree.

about 6 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Godwin O'Hitler Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with any of your observations, but I do think "people who live in glass houses" isn't much of an argument, even in the best of cases.
The way I look at it is all today's governments are abominations, so they all need criticizing. And today happens to be the UK's turn.

about 6 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Not About Growth Anyway (97 comments)

Oh I understand Appelation d'Origine Contrôlée perfectly thanks. It's not like I didn't live in France for 30 years or anything.
Champagne is one of the worst abusers of AOC. It attacks products with "champagne" in the name that no one on earth could possibly mistake for Champagne or even fizzy wine or come to that even a drink. At that point it's no longer about AOC and that's why I choose the term trademark.
Now look up Laguiole and see why there's one law for the rich and one for the poor when it comes to trademarks/AOC. Not only is the village denied exclusive use of the Laguiole name for the well-known knife design that originated there, it is not even allowed to use its own name for anything except that specific knife.
Meanwhile elsewhere in France dairies are merrily making Gruyère, Emmental, and Cheddar cheese.

I am not American. I hate a lot of IP nonsense that comes out of the USA. But they are not the only bad boys as someone in this thread would have it.

about 6 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Godwin O'Hitler Re: Not About Growth Anyway (97 comments)

Yep, I do. Not sure what those have to do with trademarks mind.

about 6 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Not About Growth Anyway (97 comments)

Champagne is a retroactive trademark. I don't blame anyone for saying "fuck you" to a trademark that suddenly exists after 200 years of generic use.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Godwin O'Hitler My desktop computer (702 comments)

No name brand I assembled myself. Been running since 1995.
Just changed a disk drive here, mainboard there, updated the monitor a bit, added a li'l bit of RAM, fitted an optical disk drive when they came out, modernized the case and some other stuff—but it's still the same computer. I've never bought a new one!

about 7 months ago
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NSA Metadata Collection Program Has Stopped Zero Attacks

Godwin O'Hitler Re:I doesn't matter (199 comments)

NoKaOi wrote:

No politician that already has any real power is going to want to reign in the NSA.

SteveFoerster replied:

I think it's been a while now since politicians were really in charge of this sort of thing.

Did anyone else spot that?

about a year ago

Submissions

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Second Life: third party viewer DDoS scandal

Godwin O'Hitler Godwin O'Hitler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Godwin O'Hitler (205945) writes "Modular Systems, who develop the popular Emerald client for Second Life, have confessed to hijacking the internet connections of its 80,000 users to mount a DDoS attack on the Web site of someone they didn't get along with, while writing the incident off as a silly prank: http://blog.modularsystems.sl/2010/08/20/shenanigans/
Many residents are in uproar over being involuntary accomplices in the attack, which was revealed by the targeted site's owner, posting on the SL forums as resident Imma Twig.

It remains to be seen how Linden Lab will respond to this matter. It looks like its going to be a stern test of their credibility in enforcing the terms of their recently rewritten third party viewer policy. The attack seems to be a clear contravention of paragraph 2.d.3 of said policy: http://secondlife.com/corporate/tpv.php — not to mention any potential legal recriminations."

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Start all over again

Godwin O'Hitler Godwin O'Hitler writes  |  more than 11 years ago

What do you know: Slashdot wiped my whole journal out! Never mind; I suppose I'll just have to start all over again when I get the time.
Meanwhile, if you want to moan about grammar or English usage in general, be my guest.

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