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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Panoptes Re:Will this effect markets? (232 comments)

"something mysterious will happen to Kim Jong-Un". You mean he might get a decent haircut?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Panoptes Re:The Economist (285 comments)

Old magazines are a complete sense experience. The brittle feel of the paper, the colour as it browns towards the edges of the pages, the (by now) quaint font and layout conventions, the style of language and changes in structure and word usage, idioms and expressions that are no longer current or fashionable; the smell of the paper, the tactile quality of the old covers and binding, the faint noise of opening a long-closed magazine. It's an aesthetic experience that gives the publication a sense of history, a view of another time.

about a week ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

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

"Up to the early 20th century, words were spelled phonetically" Utter poppycock!

about two weeks ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Panoptes Re:Behind the times. (314 comments)

The French (capitalisation) government (spelling) has (singular verb) initiated (not instigated) ... and so on. What price culture?

about 4 months ago
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Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

Panoptes Re:A bad remake is a foot! (207 comments)

"A bad remake is afoot!" - corrected that for you.

about 4 months ago
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Prime Minister Wiretapped — Vast Corruption Upending Turkey's Government

Panoptes Re:They named a country after a bird? (123 comments)

I don't know which is worse - the ignorance, or the illogicality, of this puerile post.

about 4 months ago
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UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

Panoptes Re:Jesus FUCK - Learn to fucking SPELL! (88 comments)

"Both "admissible" and "admissable" are correct according to the OED."

Really? Go back and check the OED - you'll find that the only spelling is "admissible".

about 6 months ago
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Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home

Panoptes Re:Annoying mistake in TFS (189 comments)

The only grammatical 'rule' is to use 'whom' when it is governed by a preposition: to whom, from whom, for whom, etc. The rest is usage and personal preference, whatever the pedants may claim.

about 7 months ago
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Text Analyzer Reveals Emotional 'Temperature' of Novels and Fairy Tales

Panoptes Re:The "eight fundamental emotions" (65 comments)

"This is part of the new field of sentiment analysis in which common words are categorised as positive, negative or neutral and associated with one of the eight fundamental emotions - joy, sadness, anger, fear, trust, disgust, surprise and anticipation."

Codswallop! This notion has been around for a very long time under the name of connotation. Giving something a new name and peddling it as a new concept doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the writer's competence or integrity.

about 7 months ago
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Automatic Translation Without Dictionaries

Panoptes Re:Synonyms (115 comments)

Synonyms are only the tip of the iceberg: there are so many other problem areas. Collocations (words that 'go together'): we can say a 'tall boy', but not a 'high boy'; 'a large beer', but not 'a big beer'. Connotations (attitudes, feelings and emotions that a word acquires): compare 'a slim girl' with 'a skinny girl'. Idioms: 'hot potato' and 'red herring' cannot be translated directly into any another language. Add irony and sarcasm to the mix, class and regional usage, dialects, diglossia (for example, demotic and classical Arabic), puns and plays on words - the list goes on. Machine translation is a chimera.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

Panoptes Re:Internet Explorer (391 comments)

Oh, wonderful! NSAKEY is an anagram of SNEAKY. This is almost on a par with the USA renaming its overseas information services ICA (International Communications Agency) many years ago.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Fails Antivirus Certification Test (Again), Challenges the Results

Panoptes Re:"virii" is not a fucking word, moron. (228 comments)

Not only is 'penii' not a word (copulating or otherwise), but the offence is compounded because the correct Latin ending would 'i', not 'ii'. From the Oxford English Dictionary: penis (ËpiËnÉs) Pl. penes (-iËz), peni (erron.), penises. 'Erron', of course, is a contraction of 'erroneous'.

about a year ago
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Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm

Panoptes Re:Greengrocers apostrophe? (214 comments)

Why do so many non-native English speakers who write broken English are surprised and annoyed when people make them notice their errors ? Learn from your errors. Practise what you preach. That should be: Why are so many non-native English speakers who write broken English surprised and annoyed when people make them notice their errors ? Learn from your errors.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'

Panoptes Re:Like he said (343 comments)

"Just like people like Ribbon now" Personal opinion presented as a fact doesn't really contribute much to the discussion.

about a year and a half ago
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In Advance of Ramadan, Indonesian Gov't Starts Massive Censorship Push

Panoptes Re:I'm expecting another Arab Spring there real so (184 comments)

ThatsMyNick makes valid points; let me take them further. Here in Indonesia, come Ramadan there's always a mad rush for clerics and politicos to do an "I'm holier than thou" act. Draconian pledges and swingeing action plans that turn out to be mere wishful thinking thunder from the media and every soapbox in the country - but they're all chimeras, sops to the gangs of religious fanatics that plague Indonesia. In reality this is one of the most tolerant Muslim communities in the world, but the proverbial few bad apples spoil the barrel.

Indonesia is in the Internet stone age. The country is rated near the very bottom of Internet provision - way below many third-world and developing countries. Those of us who 'enjoy' broadband pay through the nose for a seriously flawed and inadequate service, and we're laughing out loud at the very notion that the muppets who run our IT services can filter anything other than their monthly pay cheques.

about 2 years ago
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Return of the Vacuum Tube

Panoptes Re:Amps (313 comments)

Tubes (or valves, as they were known in the UK) had one big quality advantaqe - noise level. A valve amplifer could produce dead silence: tranny amplifiers, even the best, had a faint but audible slushy hiss.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes

Panoptes Re:The British are proud of their Pound (185 comments)

The dollar derives from 'taler', an abbreviation of the name of the place in Germany where silver was mined in the sixteenth century. Shakespeare plays on the words 'dolour' and 'dollar' in The Tempest.

about 2 years ago
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WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan

Panoptes Re:That (650 comments)

The notion that people join the military because they're bloodthirsty savages is completely out of touch with reality.

This is so true. The bloodthirsty savages join the legal profession and become lawyers.

about 2 years ago
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Meet Firefox's Built-In PDF Reader

Panoptes Re:Please God no! (257 comments)

It was indeed a nice semantics lesson! As an English teacher I really appreciate learning advanced meanings and lexical shift, so this is a little gem for me.

more than 2 years ago

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