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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

afc_wimbledon Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (235 comments)

Sure fella, or your fucking epileptic ass can TRY A DIFFERENT PRODUCT.

I think it's pretty obvious he meant an epileptic would be driving a car and get a seizure due to passing by a biker with this. Use your brain, asshole.

In most online discussion of cyclists vs car drivers the use of brain seems to be frowned upon.

about 4 months ago
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Iain Banks: Extremely Ill With Cancer

afc_wimbledon I wish I was as good a wordsmith as he... (150 comments)

...so I could properly thank him for the pleasure and enlightenment I've got from his books over the last 20 years, and try to express the sadness I feel at this news. Sad, sad, sad.

about a year and a half ago
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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

afc_wimbledon Re: What the fuck is a GPA? (441 comments)

calling them human is a bit much, there's at least a few billion bug people and then you have the indians (dot not feather) who are at best going to kindly ask you please sir to do their homework for them on stackoverflow.

Don't come to the UK (or many other civilised countries) because I think you've just committed a criminal offence here (under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006). Then again I'm guessing you don't get out of your trailer park often.

about a year and a half ago
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What Is Your Favorite Halloween Treat?

afc_wimbledon Re:Missing option (267 comments)

Hear, hear. Also I suspect "Alcohol" would be the desired treat of choice of most of the "children" roaming the streets here. Hope it rains, Bah Humbug, bloody Yank import *, etc.

* Yes it is, regardless of what Wikipedia says. Trick or treating was vanishingly rare or unknown over here before Buffy and the other high school programmes popularised it (and High School Proms, gawd help us).

about 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

afc_wimbledon Re:Punched cards (654 comments)

Punch card porn? I don't want to know!

Well, there *were* punched card decks to produce on the line printer various "artworks", since you ask! ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

afc_wimbledon Punched cards (654 comments)

Well they could get really gooey if you got them wet!

more than 2 years ago
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My most recent tax bill was ...

afc_wimbledon Negative tax bills.... (394 comments)

Can and do happen is in the UK, and other countries with schemes simimar to the UK's PAYE, where you pay a pre-assessed amount directly from your salary. As it's pre-assessed, and circumstances change, there may be an adjustment, either a bill or a repayment, at the end of the year. For most peoiple this is zero or small. The instance of these "end of year surprises" *should* reduce in the UK from next year, when RTI (Ral Time Information - sort of PAYE on steroids) is intrduced.

more than 2 years ago
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20th Anniversary of Michelangelo Virus Scare

afc_wimbledon 1989... (92 comments)

In 1989 there was an earlier Malware scare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS_(trojan_horse) claiming to come from "PC Cyborg Corporation" and demanding money. I worked for a company called Cyborg Systems that made payroll software for IBM Mainframes and the like. PC Plod turned up, wondering if we were branching out...

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

afc_wimbledon Pension provision (651 comments)

Well I am in my mid 50's, and I want to retire at some point!

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus

afc_wimbledon Re:mirage (272 comments)

I sit corrected on Celcius, which still requires the degree symbol. I'd love to be able to say I only use Kelvin, but....

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus

afc_wimbledon Re:mirage (272 comments)

Slashdot eats degree symbols, even if encoded as HTML entities. Alas we cannot poke fun at people for that particular typographical wandering.

Neither the SI temperature unit (K) nor the most common (C) require a pesky degree symbol. As the internets is supposed to be worldwide and modern, perhaps chosing one of those units might have been more appropriate?

more than 2 years ago
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Ice Cream Sandwich Ported To X86

afc_wimbledon Re:Singularity (202 comments)

It seems our technology continues to expand in all directions and then collapse into a single device. TVs, PCs, and phones are becoming part of the same thing.

You missed out the next step. The lawyers & marketing bods get involved, realise they are losing money, and split the hardware and software up into discrete items again, that they can sell to you individually. Rinse, and repeat.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

afc_wimbledon Re:Religion... a method of self-governance (1319 comments)

Only if you make up the religion yourself. Otherwise the priest class do the governing, and are sometimes part of the government, or are manipulated by the ruling class.

more than 2 years ago
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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

afc_wimbledon Re:Four yorkshiremen poll (292 comments)

You have jobs?

Yes, he didn't die, he retired to Hebden Bridge.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too

afc_wimbledon Ah, Lawyers... (271 comments)

...the only force strong enough to hold back the technological singularity!

more than 3 years ago
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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

afc_wimbledon You can get my data out of my cold, dead... (396 comments)

Quite right. My company's (and personal, for that matter) data is too valuable to give to unknown spotty Herberts at wherever the datacentre is, to read, share and lose, to say nothing of the spooks for whichever country it happens to be in. Not until there are proper SLAs and data protection rules in place, at the very least.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

afc_wimbledon Re:direct democracy is a joke (179 comments)

Oh I agree - I was trying to say that all sensible forms of what we call democracy are compromises between "true" democracy and convenience. The trick is to get the balance right!

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

afc_wimbledon Re:i don't agree with you (179 comments)

Didn't "the downfall of democracy" start when our ancestors decided it was better to elect people to decide things for us rather than doing it directly? Yes, I know that's not how it came about, but representative democracy *is* a concession to convenience over direct democracy.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

afc_wimbledon Re:everyone should stick to paper (179 comments)

I don't disagree, but I'm afraid the X Factor generation will demand a more user friendly way of voting, or they won't bother.

more than 4 years ago

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