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European Commission Outlines Steps To Restore Trust In EU-US Data Flows

Pogue Mahone Restore? (75 comments)

Difficult to *restore* a faith that was never there.

about 8 months ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Pogue Mahone Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Does "non-essential" cover senators and reps?

about 10 months ago

US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

Pogue Mahone Re: your sig (650 comments)

Surveillance is terrorism

1 year,2 days

US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

Pogue Mahone Re:Naming Names (650 comments)

Lets see now. 26 senators from 23 states. Less than half.

Was the assembly quorate?

1 year,2 days

1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

Pogue Mahone Re:I guess... (828 comments)

You mean your flying electric car currently has a power cable?

No wonder the range is limited.

more than 2 years ago

Ripping CDs Set To Be Legalized In UK

Pogue Mahone Re:Seriously? (156 comments)

> "...the government endorses a recent intellectual property report".

That's a first. I've lost count of the number of times some quango has been set up to bolster gov't policies and then been quietly buried when their report turns out to recommend the opposite.

more than 2 years ago

Geohot Denies Involvement In PSN Hack Attack

Pogue Mahone Re:Who the hell cares? (136 comments)

I'm not Sparticus either.

I'm Spartacus!

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders

Pogue Mahone Re:Great (145 comments)

First post, but modded down as "redundant"?

Reality must be on the blink again.*

[*] Douglas Adams,iirc.

more than 3 years ago

Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

Pogue Mahone Re:Ownership? (448 comments)

Nah, we've got our own thanks to the EUCD. :-(

more than 3 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

Pogue Mahone Re:Can't get there from here (709 comments)

That's called reductio ad absurdum

No it isn't. Reductio ad absurdum is where you assume the opposite (of what you want to prove) to be true and then after a series of logically correct inferences arrive at a "true" statement that is inconsistent with your assumption or the axioms.

Disproving a conjecture by finding a counter-example isn't a proof of anything except the falsehood of the conjecture. I suppose you could set up the falsehood of the conjecture as a theorem, but it doesn't really tell you anything.

Maybe you should try reductio ad nauseam. That's where you make a series of logically correct inferences until you arrive at the conclusion that everyone in your audience has dozed off. Then you suddenly announce "QED!" in a loud voice and move on to the next topic.

more than 3 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

Pogue Mahone Re:Can't get there from here (709 comments)

Nah - that's easy to debunk. Just ask for the citations. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

Pogue Mahone Re:BASIC (709 comments)

I think the fact that high school maths teachers are recommending calculators at all points to what's wrong with maths teaching, but maybe that's just me.

more than 3 years ago

The People vs. George Lucas To Premiere At SXSW

Pogue Mahone Cancer of the what? (149 comments)

Can't help noticing that the linked Express article says he has beaten prostate cancer, not colon cancer. For the anatomically challenged among you, it's the hole you pee through, not the one you sh1t through.

Just thought I'd mention it.

more than 4 years ago

Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

Pogue Mahone RE: your sig (447 comments)

Let them rape cake.

more than 4 years ago

EU Paves the Way For Three-Strikes Cut-Off Policy

Pogue Mahone Re:this will be a problem in the future. (272 comments)

You're talking about immunity from prosecution. This isn't prosecution ... it's a lynching.

more than 4 years ago

Miniature Stonehenge Discovered In Wiltshire, UK

Pogue Mahone Re:Recent Stonehenge Excavations (152 comments)

I asked about the Airman's Corner excavations at in the visitors' centre when I visited Stonehenge this summer. Apparently they're hoping *not* to find anything interesting there; they are looking for somewhere to put a new visitors' centre, and want to make sure that there won't be any archaeological remains under the car park.

more than 4 years ago


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