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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

LordLucless Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

but that was a declaration from a previous age when whiting cost money

Whiting still goes for about $55/kg around here.

When I can post about something and have a large audience, and I can edit/delete/repost with ease, why should I think about what I'm saying?

The fact that you don't is entirely the purists' point.

about two weeks ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

LordLucless Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

Ironically, the reason for this is precisely because the English language evolved dynamically. English is basically a language full of loan-words, and when you import a word, you import it's pronunciation, too. If it evolved less, it'd be more consistent. Evolution produces function, not necessarily elegence.

about two weeks ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

LordLucless Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (431 comments)

lots of my teachers were black...a black guy who graduated in chemical engineering...a black lawyer...a black doctor

You realise that when someone is making a claim about the aggregate, throwing specific examples out there is a totally meaningless argument? Nothing the OP said in any way implies that there are no intelligent, skilled, black teachers, chemists, lawyers or doctors. What it does imply is that there are less of those per capita than there are the white (or Asian, or Jewish, or whatever other racial demographic you like) equivalents.

Immediately after your little rant, you actually acknowledge the GPs point when you say "the reason black people did so badly". Saying "black people are doing poorly" in education doesn't imply that there are no educated black people, nor does it imply that the reasons they are doing poorly are necessarily associated with race (correlation/causation).

about two weeks ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

LordLucless Re:u can rite any way u want (431 comments)

Granted we already did with this when we speak, but if you are reading words, then there is the chance to be explicit and avoid the confusion from the beginning as you can specify intent with words.

Additionally, when speaking, you (generally) have a real-time situation going on, where you can query the speaker and get them to clarify if their language is imprecise. Exceptions to this (recorded sound), significantly post-date the phonetic evolution of the English language, in the same way the written word does. And of course, you don't have the additional communication channels (inflection, tone, body language, etc) that generally accompany the spoken word.

English is pretty robust, really. Make a couple of mistakes, and you can still usually determine the meaning. But, despite what people frequently seem to think, making lots of grammatical errors does obscure your meaning, especially if you're trying to communicate technical or complex thoughts. Without knowledge of grammar, you're limited to general, simple sentences.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

LordLucless Well, yeah (134 comments)

Spy agency's job is to spy. It'd be remiss of them not to use such a security hole.

The question is, would he allow the NSA to exploit a similar vulnerability against Americans. And I think we already know the answer to that one too.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

LordLucless Re:Wait What??? (610 comments)

No, he's suggesting the summary doesn't reproduce every *crucial* detail of the thing it's summarizing, making it a poor summary.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

LordLucless Re:Poor poor bigot (1116 comments)

The equality that people want in marriage is in regards to civil equality for the most part. Ie, issues in regards to adoptions, death benefits, hospital visitations, joint property ownership, tax benefits (or penalties), and so forth

Not really. Here in Australia, all those things aren't determined by an official marriage, but whether the law considers you partners. Marriage makes your partners, but so does sexual cohabitation, and the rules are applied equally to homo and heterosexual couples. The marriage rules were changed a while back to deal with the increase in cohabitation without marriage.

But even so, there's still a big push for allowing homosexual marriage, despite it not offering any legal or technical advantages.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

LordLucless asdasd (341 comments)

When your IT guys move to Windows 7 for the central system, you better hope it can connect to it to store the images. You can't virtualise it because the DRM on the interface cost the manufacturer at least £10,000 to implement to stop you doing precisely that.

Sooner or later, you develop institutional memory, and every hospital in Britain refuses to buy any medical device that implements DRM, so you never get into that situation again.

Or at least, that's what would happen in a sane world, where technical decisions were made by technical people.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

LordLucless Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

I agree with you; the issue isn't free speech. Like you say, there's no legal problem with what people protesting against Eich have done. The ironic thing, though, is that most of these people are crusading on a platform of "tolerance", while their behaviours contradict the meaning of the word; they're redefining "tolerance" to mean, "agreeing with what I think", and becoming intolerant in the process.

I'm not sure whether that's sad, amusing, annoying, or all three.

* Disclaimer: I'm straight, believe homosexuality is immoral, and am paid-up member of a political party that has legitimising homosexual marriage as one of its policies, because I don't think government should be in the business of morality.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

LordLucless Re:Climate Denial (987 comments)

Seems like the alarmists mods are out in force. I haven't seen a post above 2 that wasn't pro-AGW

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

LordLucless Re:Projections (987 comments)

Now, if it continues like that for another ten-fifteen years, our models were wrong and you'll see me running in the street, celebrating.

Been there, done that.. If you're anything like the rest of the alarmist crowd, you'll just re-do the models, and claim you need another 15 years to falsify the new ones - which we should accept until they are proven wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

LordLucless Daydream (75 comments)

I remember day-dreaming about an MMO like this ages ago when they were just coming into the mainstream. I was thinking one based on Feist's "Hall of Worlds" concept. Each player would start on a pre-fabbed world, and after levelling a bit, make their way into the Hall, where they could connect to player-generated worlds which served as dungeons against which to test their skill. After progressing sufficiently, they could gain control of their own world, and create another dungeon to add to the Hall of Worlds.

Still think it'd be a good game; I'd like to play it.

about three weeks ago
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

LordLucless Re:Debunked. (110 comments)

That article's a strawman - it's debunking a claim that nobody made.

North Korea has a restricted number of haircuts that barbers are allowed to perform - 10 for men, and 18 for women. That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

The new claim was that the number of allowed haircuts for men was being reduced to 1. That doesn't mean the everyone in the country had to rush out and get their hair cut, it means that the next time they get their haircut, they will be forced to take a Kim Jong-un cut.

So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

LordLucless Re:It's always in the future. (703 comments)

I know why: They're lazy. Instead of digging into the details, most journalists are content to repeat that mantra about “consensus” among climate scientists.

No, it's because "Arrgh! We're all going to die!" sells more newspapers than "Nothing's happening here, folks".

about a month ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

LordLucless Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

They'll likely fall for a predefined attack vector

Also, jamming and false imagining will pretty much end any use of drones in the battle field

giving machines gun seams like a rather bad idea.

You do realise there's a difference between "unmanned" and "autonomous" don't you?

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

LordLucless Re:Psychotic wife (710 comments)

He "hesitated", and then (according to her) started abusing her on commit messages, and pulling her code out. It was the that, not the "hesitation" that I was labelling as "not handling it well".

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

LordLucless Psychotic wife (710 comments)

It seems the lion's share of the problem was a founder's psychotic wife, who basically stalked her - which doesn't seem to have anything to do with gender discrimination, and all to do with one person being a nut-job.

Of the other issues she raised:
* Another engineer made a pass at her, got rejected, and didn't handle the rejection will.
* Some girls were hula-hoop dancing, and guys were watching them

The first issue might have been a problem, but if it was at all proportionate to the page-space dedicated to discussing it, it sounds like a fairly minor issue, and one that should really be able to be solved by HR. The second is just, well, petty. Sounds like she'd made up her mind to hate the place by that stage, and was finding fault with every little thing.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

LordLucless Re:And... (676 comments)

Nobody said abolish; they said limit their powers. And yes, states government's powers should be more limited than their constituent cities, for precisely the reasons you list.

about a month and a half ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

LordLucless Re:And... (676 comments)

It's not that state politicians are more moral; it's that their power is more limited. Less power = less corruption - and they have 49 competitors, which are relatively trivial to move between (compared to moving to a different country, anyway).

about a month and a half ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

LordLucless Re:Economics of envy (303 comments)

That statement is beyond dim, do you not understand what the definition of inequality is?

I'm the dim one, when apparently you cannot perform basic comprehension. I was questioning why 50 poor people getting rich was considered a bad thing, not why it was considered inequality.

How many decades of there being no "trickle-down effect"....profits get paid to rich shareholders and directors.

Blah, blah, blah, off-topic ranting on "trickle-down" economics that has nothing to do with what I posted. I guess a keyword in my post must have tripped a spinal reflex, or something.

about a month and a half ago

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Australia Elects Libertarian Senator (By Accident)

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about 7 months ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting.

In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

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Australian spy agency seek permission to hack third-party computers

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about a year ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "ASIO, Australia's spy agency, is pushing for the ability to lawfully hijack peoples' computers — even if they are not under suspicion of any crime. They seek the ability to gain access to a third party's computer in order to facilitate gaining access to the real target — essentially using any person's personal computer as a proxy for their hacking attempts.

The current legislation prohibits any action by ASIO that, among other things, interferes with a person's legitimate use of their computer. Conceivably, over-turning this restriction would give ASIO the ability to build their own bot-net of compromised machines.

Perhaps inevitably, they say these changes are required to help them catch terrorists."

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NSW Police taken to court for massive software piracy

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The New South Wales police have been sued by Micro Focus for around 15 years of copyright infringement. Allegedly, they have been using Micro Focus' mainframe software throughout the entire force, while paying for only a fraction of the required licenses. More, they supplied other departments — NSW Police Integrity Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the NSW Ombudsman's Office — with the software.

The other departments have already settled out of court, but the police are still stalling."

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LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordLucless writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

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