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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Failed state policies (411 comments)

Emphasis on the "near" total embargo. Healthcare and medical products and services were excluded, hence why they have a certain amount of relatively good hospitals and many, many doctors. The good hospitals aren't for the natives incidentally, they get the oil lamp and cockroach treatment, they're for wealthy medical tourists.

I have no information about people starving on the streets but I suspect it's a similar story.

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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Alien (113 comments)

Except about twice the size. I love reading this stuff, it helps me extrapolate the possible cost for spaceships in RPG games.

2 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Intrepid imaginaut Not really (154 comments)

"it marks the end of a world where broad knowledge of computers and being willing to create solutions instead of reuse them was valuable"

No, it pretty much just marks the end of Dr. Dobb's. Them young whippersnappers are quite capable of their own innovations.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Intrepid imaginaut Re:um yea no (130 comments)

Yeah they tried this before, it didn't work. Magda should perhaps stick to marketing.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Mods on crack? (873 comments)

Spain was far from the only front against the Caliphates and Islam, there was also constant pressure on the east. If you think the crusades had a patch on what Islamic forces had been doing before and continued to do afterwards you're sorely mistaken. As for Constantinople, that was the doing of a crafty old Doge of Venice who had a long standing grudge against the city.

The real problem here is people start pointing at the crusades as an example of Christian warmaking as if they were something special, if you read the history of the times pretty much everyone was kicking the shit out of everyone else and kept at it right up until the middle of the 20th century. There's nothing unique or even notable about the crusades, Genghis Khan was causing much bigger problems for Islamic civilisation as he tore through it from the opposite direction. And that's before we start looking at warring between Islamic states after the reconquista.

4 days ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Intrepid imaginaut Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

"Fact of the matter is weaker males is probably easier explained by the lack of redundancy of the X chromosome."

That's about as factual as the moon being made of green cheese.

4 days ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Intrepid imaginaut Re:You are not in control (113 comments)

Eh it happens because one male can impregnate many females, therefore ensuring maximum population survivability. Nothing to do with relative toughness, except by accident.

Simple, really.

4 days ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Intrepid imaginaut Re:what? (398 comments)

Come one...

Seriously, we're such ideologues on this issue that we're going to believe that there's some massive, industry wide conspiracy to cover this up?

What like Apple, Google, Microsoft etc conspiring to not poach workers from one another and hence keep wages down?

Nooo that would never happen.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Wow... (398 comments)

Noted and filed.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Intrepid imaginaut Re:52% (201 comments)

Absolute bollocks. From around 1998 to 2004 the country experienced a massive influx of sub Saharan Africans, for the first time ever people were actually immigrating here. Almost immediately after that, the country's population increased by about 15% over the course of three years due to Eastern European economic migrants.

Race riots? None. Right wing parties emerging? None. Public unrest and disturbances, widespread racist incidents? None. Actually there was one "secret" right wing neo nazi rally but that runed out to be some Polish lads.

Show me another developed western country that can say the same.

The kids playing happily together outside my window come from every corner of the planet, and their parents get along fine too. So spare us the slurs like a good (wo)man.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Intrepid imaginaut Re:52% (201 comments)

I found that comment to be as ridiculous as anything else he'd said. Ireland is possibly the least racist country on earth, and has been for a long time. This weird impression a lot of Americans have of Irish people being racist, as opposed to say the English, seems to arise from the way Irish immigrants were treated in the US, ie worse than black people. To distinguish themselves they appeared to have "gone native".

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Yeah, well ... (201 comments)

Widely accepted only among braindead yanks, who seperate the world into black, white, brown, yellow, and the race of Islam.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Intrepid imaginaut Okay just stop (346 comments)

I've read the comments and even, blasphemously, the article, and I still have no clear idea what's going on here.

Leftists quit because the publication was going right wing?

Talented editors quit because whatever (gawker?) wanted to turn into clickbait?

Nobody seems to talk about what actually happened here.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Its own editors said so (346 comments)

"loves to manufacture "facts" or omit actual facts when it suits them"

And you've just described feminism.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

Antimatter is relatively straightforward to produce close to a star.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

And don't forget

5) They could just be really frickin alien. Who knows why a lipid in methane based life form with thought processes that take years to complete would ignore us.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

Yeah, except most of the universe is missing from our theories and nobody can figure out where it went.

Yup, we've got it allll wrapped up with a bow tie on top.

Anyway the speed of light isn't a major barrier to interstellar exploration. Antimatter engiens, perfectly possible, could get us to the nearest star in maybe a decade or so. Even if we don't harness those kinds of energies, there's no reason to believe that human lifespans in the future will be going anywhere but upwards.

Interstellar exploration is very feasible.

about two weeks ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Intrepid imaginaut Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

This is gibberish, just build antimatter production stations near the sun. We're drowning in energy.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Intrepid imaginaut Re:What are they doing with all that money? (161 comments)

Cha the last week alone I had to uninstall Chrome from three seperate machines, it was crashing and opening multiple windows with no good explanation why, and no fix that actually worked.

You can always go back to IE I guess.

about a month ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Intrepid imaginaut Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

Plus he has a net worth of over $12 million, he'd get more from the interest than all the rest of that stuff put together.

about a month ago

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How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about 2 months ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results. Do you think you can find the lowest prices by shopping online? Think again.

A new study by researchers at Northeastern University confirmed the extent to which major e-commerce websites show some users different prices and a different set of results, even for identical searches."

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Million of British Imperial Documents Being Digitised

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about 2 months ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "A transgender singer hits stardom in Baghdad. Officials scramble to impose order after a Kuwaiti restaurant is found to be selling cat meat. Gulf royals on an official visit to London are left marooned in a drab south London suburb because of a shortage of hotel rooms in the West End.

These are some of the quirky stories hiding in nine miles of shelving at the British Library (BL) that hold the India Office Records — millions of documents recording Britain's 350-year presence in the sub-continent.

The India Office did not only administer India, it also exercised colonial rule over an area stretching west as far as Aden. That's why the files cover Persia and Arabia. And the reason the stories are coming to light is that the Qatar Foundation has paid £8.7m for nearly half a million documents relating to the Gulf to be digitised.

Work started in 2012, and many of those documents have now gone online at the Qatar National Library's digital library portal."

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Female gamers who have had enough of politics

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "An online RPG convention called ConTessa for female gamers who just want to game is being set up by Stacy Dellorfano, who writes: "The idea for ConTessa came about in late 2012 when I started craving for a space for myself where I could just be a gamer without having to constantly talk about being a woman who games, or constantly being expected to comment on every piece of artwork or game or political gender discussion that came up. It became so bad that I rarely got asked to actually talk about the actual games and gaming and frequently got asked to talk about anything involving gender politics.

I thought it would be nice to build a convention where women could set aside the gender politics for a few days and just enjoy being gamers.""

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Annonymous targets Irish websites over SOPA

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Intrepid imaginaut writes "It appears that anonymous has launched a widespread DDOS attack on numerous Irish government websites in the past few hours, taking down justice.ie and finance.gov.ie in an effort to attract attention to a piece of SOPA-like legislation that is being rushed through by Sean Sherlock. A Twitter account affiliated to the Swedish arm of Anonymous said the timing of the attack, when the websites would not be in heavy demand, was a “wake up – warning shot”."
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