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I suffer from jet lag ...

bargainsale I don't fly E-W, you insensitive clod! (163 comments)

I have travelled extensively by air, but overwhelmingly north-south (I'm from the UK but spent years in Africa.)

about a month ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

bargainsale Re:Always videos :( (293 comments)

Too right. Have a virtual modpoint. (I see you've rightly acquired lots of real ones, so I don't feel too bad.)

about 2 months ago
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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

bargainsale Re:Not "thousands" (53 comments)

Exactly so. The actual article says "millions" though. Perhaps the submitter himself didn't read TFA?

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

bargainsale Not "thousands" (53 comments)

"which entered our ancestors' genomes thousands of years ago"

Millions. One might hope that errors of three orders of magnitude would be uncommon on Slashdot.

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

bargainsale Re:As an American (248 comments)

Man's right.

The UK is a major offender with GCHQ, but our government has been shamingly successful in closing down debate on the issue compared with what's happening in the US. The main response from our wonderful government has been to threaten the Guardian. This in a country where (happily) you still don't risk life and limb by opposing the government. The sad fact is that people here don't care about their freedom as much as Americans do.

As I often point out to the pretty numerous people I meet who object to some new lunacy in American politics - you may complain about this, but whatever you think about [whatever], be sure there are Americans who care just as much about [whatever] and are actually trying to do something about it.

about 7 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

bargainsale Re:Control... (926 comments)

You mean until 1453. (Ask any Greek)

about 9 months ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

bargainsale Leper colonies aren't "long gone." (452 comments)

Given that TFA is only using leprosy as a metaphor, I suppose this is, strictly, off-topic.

But I have to say, in the many countries where leprosy hasn't gone away, there are still plenty of very real, non-metaphorical leper colonies. I know because I'm an eye surgeon who used to work in Africa, and I've been involved in outreach trips to operate on cataracts in leper colonies. If we hadn't arranged the trips, the people would have had no chance of getting their sight back. Nobody much cares about them.

Find another bloody metaphor.

about a year ago
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To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

bargainsale Re:clod (166 comments)

Soviet-era Bulgarian joke (as told me by a Soviet-era Bulgarian):

A: Why do Bulgarian policemen always go around in threes?
B: Dunno. Why?
A: One knows how to read, and one knows how to write.
B: What's the third one for?
A: He's keeping an eye on the two intellectuals.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

bargainsale Re:I'd be excited about this movie, except... (470 comments)

To clarify, the non-fact-checker I'm dissing is Janis Ian, not cervesaebraciator, whose comments are highly sensible (I reckon) and who has made a good catch in finding the Janis Ian quote. Evidently a fact-checker.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

bargainsale Re:I'd be excited about this movie, except... (470 comments)

Anybody who thinks James Joyce was antisemitic plainly hasn't done the research - in particular, hasn't read Ulysses. Or even seen a synopsis of the plot ...

General point is right, though. Which proves that even people who don't bother checking facts get it right sometimes.

Not difficult to construct a list of horrible people who made great novels, great poetry, great art ... but then only people who think that Art can play the role of morality or religion should be surprised.

about a year ago
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New Java 0-Day Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild

bargainsale Re:Surprise Surprise (193 comments)

C is "secure" now?
Surprise, surprise indeed ...

about a year ago
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

bargainsale Re:Winter solstice (157 comments)

Last time I checked, Scotland was still part of the UK. We practically invented New Year.

about a year and a half ago
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Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?

bargainsale Re:Easy way to solve robots taking jobs (540 comments)

Yup.

I'm the son of a teenage mother and I'm doing just fine, thanks.

As far as is consistent with being someone who posts on Slashdot, that is ...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

bargainsale Re:Alexi Panshin (1130 comments)

I was scrolling down to see if anyone had beaten me to Alexei Panshin. Drat.

"Rite of Passage" is one of the great science fiction novels. There isn't anything very groundbreaking from the science angle but the characterisation and plot are brilliant.

My teenage daughter assumed that Panshin must be female because his teenage girl protagonist is so believable. Her gradual (partial) transcending of her own cultural blindness is excellently done, and the way Panshin manages to use her as a highly sympathetic POV character from what turns out to be a really quite disturbing culture is done with a lot of subtlety.

about 2 years ago
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New Cyberbullying Evidence Rules May Go Too Far

bargainsale Re:Rights? Right. (125 comments)

I think you're probably thinking of Thailand.

more than 2 years ago

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App store distributing corrupt binaries

bargainsale bargainsale writes  |  about 2 years ago

bargainsale (1038112) writes "Many recent updates from Apple's App store are crashing immediately, including Instapaper. Instapaper's creator, Marco Arment, thinks this is due to corrupt binaries being distributed.
As Angry Birds Space is among those affected, there is some hope that Apple may acknowledge the problem and fix it ..."

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Poll suggestion

bargainsale bargainsale writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bargainsale (1038112) writes "Poll suggestion:

Most Widely Disregarded Advice

+ Live Long and Prosper
+ RTFM
+ RTFA
+ Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus
+ Read all the questions carefully before answering
+ Be prepared!
+ Don't complain about lack of options
+ Please Read the Moderator Guidelines carefully before emailing CowboyNeal"

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