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The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

pommiekiwifruit Re:Where? (715 comments)

Don't forget the ARM chip, which runs most mobile phones!

more than 2 years ago
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Spaceman-Turned-Politician Can Call Himself 'Astronaut' On Ballot

pommiekiwifruit Re:Republicans do not believe "space" exists (181 comments)

It seems funny that "Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists!" had to be renamed for the US release since Science is seen as some sort of swear word over there. And that the BBC documentary "Frozen Planet" had to have its seventh episode withheld from some areas since it mentions climate change, and the other episodes dubbed over.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba

pommiekiwifruit Re:Im a mexican ex-resident (417 comments)

I think you may be double counting some of those countries! The people who have lived on the Falkland islands for 180 years might say that South Georgia and South Sandwich islands are not that independent, and you have France in there three times (St Pierre et Miquelin, french guyana and guadalupe all send deputies to the french parliament and are EU citizens) :-)

more than 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

pommiekiwifruit Re:Also, (516 comments)

When you are driving you shouldn't really be watching TV.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution

pommiekiwifruit Re:...and if you look closely... He's Native. (100 comments)

Well there was this Italian bloke who went in that direction in 1492 (which is before 1766). I had a friend who is a descendant of native americans, negro slaves, lost pacific tribe (the Moriori) and the Irish. These things happen!

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

pommiekiwifruit Re:Yes (1040 comments)

Do you not get points on your license for that? In the UK if you speed for example you will get points on your license, which could result in you being disqualified. And if you drive while disqualified you... can get more points on your (now non-existent) license. (Um, huh?)

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code

pommiekiwifruit Re:heart's in the right place, but (427 comments)

Are US schools really that bad? At schools I went to they tried to stop students from taking drugs, not put them on some! (this was years ago though).

I went to a few schools when I grew up, some of which did not have good academic reputations, and they just let me take the class (and exams) a year higher for subjects I was good at. Admittedly the time-table confusion for one year did mean for some classes I was sitting in a desk in the corridor, but at least I didn't have to resort to time travel like Hermione did in the harry potter books.

Being good at maths is quite common I would have though (compared to e.g. being good at History) but perhaps not as common as being good at a language (if you are bilingual). Do Hispanic kids get put in the same year in Spanish classes as beginners or do they get a more advanced course?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

pommiekiwifruit Re:Scaled Tariff (761 comments)

Is this some post from the future, where Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg all have their own currencies that they are manipulating? I know the Euro is a bit weak but it hasn't actually split up yet! And an attempt to impose different tariffs on different members of the EU is just asking for middlemen to work their way around that (and piss off the commission obviously). I will refrain from commenting on the merits of protectionism itself.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

pommiekiwifruit Re:So, to translate: (1303 comments)

Hey at one school I went to we all had to clean the school. Divided into four houses, each of which had the duty for a week. You got a bit of pride in the school from it being spotless, and didn't mess it up so much in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

pommiekiwifruit Re:An interesting metric (1303 comments)

Well I could see housemates or flatmates as being a lot less annoying than roommates. If you are in separate rooms you can at least turn lights on without waking people up, or getting annoyed by peoples' farts. And there is the possibility of bringing someone home.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code

pommiekiwifruit Re:first, we kill all of the lawyers (334 comments)

"should". Ha ha. You mean like the Ariane 5 rocket should not have exploded when some unimportant logging function failed. Behold the mighty power of hardware traps on exceptions.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

pommiekiwifruit Re:Yeah...but (1303 comments)

You are building/repairing historical reenactment stuff that uses different measurements from modern (19th century) English or modern American units? I am surprised it does not have the tolerance to use standard tools! Some "American Customary Measurements" do have the same names as "Imperial Measurements" as used in England (pints of beer and milestones on highways), but are not the same. For example volumes (pints, gallons) are noticeably different between England and America. An English pint is bigger of course, since it will hold beer not some sort of brewed rice drink. Also distance (inches, miles) are very slightly different since the US statute mile and the International mile were defined (in terms of metric of course) at different times. I think they are out by an eighth of an inch over a mile, which you would need decent GPS and long distances to notice.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

pommiekiwifruit Re:14 years?? (329 comments)

I apologise. It seems I am wrong about that; I am sure I read at the time that they were involved but it seems they were not, at least in a major way. However, Bin Laden group has been awarded the contract for the "Kingdom Tower" which is taller than the Burj Khalifa, and is building the very tall mosque clock, and has a joint venture with a company Arabtec (Dubai) that helped Samsung (Korea) and Besix (Belgium and Egypt) build the burj.

more than 2 years ago
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"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

pommiekiwifruit Re:Real Programmers... (688 comments)

"the elements of computing systems" will get you from logic gates to cpu design to assembler to writing a compiler in 300 easy pages.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

pommiekiwifruit Re:14 years?? (329 comments)

Yeah, but the Burj Khalifa was built by the Bin Laden family. Apparently they are good at skyscrapers. Didn't get the new york contract though...

more than 2 years ago
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Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

pommiekiwifruit Re:3L 2L (725 comments)

No, that is the international mile. The US mile is 5280 feet and 1/8 of an inch. Because it was defined before the invention of accuracy. Each mile is thus 8 furlongs, each furlong being 40 poles (or ten chains), each pole being 16 feet 6 inches, each foot being 12 inches, each inch being 3 barleycorns (presumably not genetically modified). Simples!

more than 2 years ago
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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration

pommiekiwifruit Re:Once Again... (815 comments)

Well I don't happen to carry a giant hosepipe with me when I am out and about. And the bouncers at night clubs confiscate my bottle of water when I go in. So I get a new bottle once a week (when leaving the club, to avoid getting a hangover the next day) to avoid getting thirsty.

about 3 years ago
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1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws

pommiekiwifruit Re:Live in NZ and ... it's no big deal (fortunatel (123 comments)

Strong response?? Both the captured French terrorists (Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart) were let go when the French government hinted at economic sanctions.

more than 3 years ago
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Wealthy Americans Turning To Europe For Medical Treatment

pommiekiwifruit Re:Christ versus Christians (519 comments)

IIRC some Muslims think that the fruit tree incident is a key indicator that Jesus was not divine, since otherwise He would have known it was bare. I can't remember learning about that at Sunday School (or anything else for that matter), so I don't know what the standard reply would be...

more than 3 years ago
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Arduino Goes ARM

pommiekiwifruit Re:RISC strikes again (144 comments)

I think you can get 6502 based systems with mask ROM for cheaper than the mask ROM by itself :-) (fewer external pins) - just a few cents from companies like GeneralPlus or WinBond or Elan. They are still useful and made in huge quantities.

more than 3 years ago

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