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Observing Evolution Over 40,000 Generations

aproposofwhat Re:hmmm (461 comments)

It was a bloody silly question. Suggested reading - The Ancestor's Tale by Dawkins, though as he's a prominent and intelligent atheist you'd probably burn the book.

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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

aproposofwhat Re:I've been doing just this (480 comments)

Just launched OO.o on my cheap netbook (533 MHz Atom, 512 MB RAM, no swap, Linux and a little 8GB SSD) and it only took 8 seconds.

So yes, OO is much faster to load than it used to be :)

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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

aproposofwhat Re:Developers should use *slow* machines (480 comments)

Are you paying $50 per hour for your developers' typing?

Or are you paying them $50 per hour for their intellect?

Long compile times, in my experience, give an opportunity to nip off for a coffee or a cigarette, both of which tend to lead to greater productivity because you actually interact with co-workers.

Most of my programming problems have been solved during coffee or smoke breaks - yes it's frustrating to wait for a recompile, but the benefits of chewing the fat with other developers far outweigh the perceived loss in efficiency.

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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

aproposofwhat Re:Umm... (480 comments)

Well smart-arse - the next time you write a 60 gig project, please publish the details.

Arse.

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Red Hat Hit With Patent Suit Over JBoss

aproposofwhat Re:No ORM? In 1998? Yeah, right. (201 comments)

Well in 1994 when I did an Objectivity programming course, ORM was discussed, and there was even talk of working the other way with a SQL dialect aimed at talking to OODBMS systems. Happy days - that was my first bit of C++ programming, and overloading operators blew my mind :)

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Pirate Bay Day 5 — Prosecution Tries To Sneak In Evidence

aproposofwhat Re:Caught red-handed, some unofficial translations (341 comments)

After reading your post I would like to meet Monique - do you have her mobile number?

If there's one thing I like, it's big hairy lawyers.

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1,234,567,890 Seconds Since Unix Time Began

aproposofwhat Re:What is everyone drinking? (187 comments)

May I beg to differ, and offer Talisker as a fine (and slightly better mannered) alternative?

It's got the peat, but it's from Skye and is a little more subtle than either Ardbeg or Laphroaig (bigger island, so perhaps the influence of the sea is slightly less).

But then I am Welsh, so inclined to perversity in my choice of beverage :)

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Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

aproposofwhat Re:How to Falsify Evolution (951 comments)

and any sensible evolutionary system would have seen us wiped out long ago.

Give it time...

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Slashdot.org Self-Slashdotted

aproposofwhat Re:I want that problem - 40gb!! (388 comments)

Honestly has anyone ever heard of wireshark or netflow?

Nice troll - good luck to you reading packet traces from a 40Gb link.

No wonder you post as AC :)

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot.org Self-Slashdotted

aproposofwhat Re:*Sniff* they grow up so fast! (388 comments)

My thoughts exactly - but then I've only ever set up redundant networks on Cisco kit - perhaps there is a way to set up HP switches to failover without STP, but it's a mystery to me ;-)

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UK Can't Read Its Own ID Cards

aproposofwhat Re:Where exactly are these cards? (205 comments)

Trouble is with this government it's more likely that pro-Palestinians will be targeted, as criticism of Israel will soon be against the national interest once Mandie has completed his putsch.

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Lie Detector Company Threatens Critical Scientists With Suit

aproposofwhat Re:there are two enemies of science and progress (367 comments)

Some researchers published an article with an inflamatory title: "Charlatanry in forensic speech science: A problem to be taken seriously", and got sued for libel. This isn't about censorship or intellectual property laws, it's about a company protecting its image from mudslinging.

That's one perspective, true.

My perspective differs somewhat - the 'company protecting its image' are IMNSHO a bunch of snake oil salesmen, who are misusing libel law to silence researchers who point out that their snake oil is no better than any other snake oil.

How anyone can believe in lie detectors has always been a mystery to me - there may be a way of detecting a lie through imaging of brain activity, but the notion that voice analysis can detect lies is truly farcical. At best, voice analysis can detect stress, but then so could polygraphs, and they aren't overly accurate.

You're right though - most of the preceding discussion was off-topic and irrelevant.

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Ireland's Largest ISP Settles With Record Industry

aproposofwhat Re:It's all a red herring (222 comments)

Once you have the complete Dubliners' discography, what need have you for other fripperies?

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45% of Dutch Media-Buying Population Are "Pirates"

aproposofwhat Re:The other 55% (307 comments)

Aye - those clogs are a bugger when trying to move silently.

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UK Government Abandons Piracy Legislation

aproposofwhat Re:In other words... (155 comments)

Haha - you're entirely wrong.

Complimentary = with our compliments.

Complementary = making complete.

Unless you are trying to claim that the meaning of 'complementary' is that the bathroom sans soap is somewhat less than whole, you've just made a complete arse of yourself.

Thankyou for playing the pedantry game - please feel free to come back when you are better at it.

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Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

aproposofwhat Re:OOOK (1061 comments)

Historical facts?

Point me to some documentary (i.e. not hearsay) evidence for gas chambers, and I'll revise my position.

Until then, all I see is Soviet propaganda taken as convenient evidence, and an apparently random number of 6 million bandied about willy nilly.

So there's no great difference, sorry.

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Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

aproposofwhat Re:OOOK (1061 comments)

Well I'm fairly sceptical of the gas-chamber claims for the 'Holocaust', and if I were to voice my doubts in certain European countries I can be jailed for 'holocaust denial', although I have never seen any proof of the existence of gas chambers.

But then that's different, isn't it?

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Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

aproposofwhat Re:Nothing New (1061 comments)

Well why don't you fund 'Trojan Aid' to give them the choice of whether to reproduce or not?

more than 5 years ago
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Gaza Debate Goes Virtual

aproposofwhat Re:God, you fucking apologists! (644 comments)

Well, if the people doing the shelling were being "all but completely" starved by my government's actions, I might consider a point of view that differs from your Zionist apologia.

But then again you're a Zionist shill whose comments on this thread show you to be abusive as well as stupid, so I guess you'll just carry on in your delusions.

more than 5 years ago

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