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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Godwin O'Hitler "GRR Martin is not your bitch" (150 comments)

Or so says Neil Gaiman, at which point one of my favourite authors lost all respect I had for him. What I say is call me back when it's finished.
GRR Martin is taking the piss. He took the piss with a Feast for Crows, among the dullest fantasy books I've ever read. He took the piss when he forgot about the readers for five years to go for the TV money. He is taking the piss trying to fool us into believing he knows where this story is heading.
A Song of Ice and Fire is a totally worthless work with no ounce of merit. Fuck you, Martin.

yesterday
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Like offence, like retortion (894 comments)

The problem is they can't say your prophet sucks if you don't have one. Maybe non-believers should keep a six-pack of prophets handy so the squabble can be settled verbally instead of with Kalashnikovs.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Hope the muslims win then. (329 comments)

"Trouble is. that might dispose of the the Mandelas and Ghandis too."

We probably wouldn't need quite as many Mandelas and Gandhis. Both of those rose up against regimes run by politicians, remember.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Godwin O'Hitler Re:French Language Imperialism in France (578 comments)

It's constitutional. The only official language in France is French. That's why they were the only country unable to produce an official list of their minority languages when required by the EU to do so -- legally there aren't any others. To be fair they did provide an unofficial list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Quebec Language Police (578 comments)

I get plenty of technical texts to translate that use the word calculateur, albeit not the kind of computer most people are familiar with.
There again maybe my clients are all 100 years old; what do I know?

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Godwin O'Hitler Re:Quebec Language Police (578 comments)

Well now let's see what the reference* says: a calculator is called "une calculatrice" by most people, "un calculateur" is a computery thing used in control systems, and "un ordinateur" (often shortened to "ordi" because people can't be arsed with such a long word) is what you buy from HP or Dell.

*Reference: It's my job to translate these things.

about three weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Godwin O'Hitler Elephants, yeah! (244 comments)

OK It's probably cheating because it's misinterpreted in a different language, but ... http://www.rathergood.com/elep...

I'd forgotten that site existed. Love it!

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Godwin O'Hitler Re:More than one window? (567 comments)

Translator here. Yep I've heard of that: original on the left, translation on the right. Let's see someone improve on that.

about 1 month ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Godwin O'Hitler Re:You're Still Using it Wrong (567 comments)

Sounds like vertical monitors are designed for people who use their computers lying down, so their sideways is up-down.
Actually it sounds quite appealing. I wouldn't need to get out of bed to work.

about 1 month ago
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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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 months ago

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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  |  about 12 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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