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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

realkiwi What do I have to say to the public? (209 comments)

I am not the kind of person to stand up on a soap box at Hyde Park Corner. So why would I post to the public? I do it to promote my boat building web site, period. Everything else I have to say is reserved for "family" or "friends" or other special interest groups/comunities.

Hey doesn't that sound a lot like "social media"?

about a week ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

realkiwi Re:Chinese that speak English (578 comments)

Learn logic before posting next time.

My reply was: "The global 1% are bilingual (at least)". Did you read MFA?

"Just being snobs" is a personal opinion expressed after my answer to the original post, where is the lack of logic in that?

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

realkiwi Re:Sure, sure English will rule the world (578 comments)

I don't even care for Basque, it just happens that I was born here but it is useless for tech jobs (unless someone wants to slack off working in education).

I have missed out on several webmaster jobs because I don't speak Basque...

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

realkiwi Re:Chinese that speak English (578 comments)

The global 1% are bilingual (at least) They have studied languages because their parents can afford to send them overseas to expensive schools.

The hip Chinese kids are just being snobs when they speak in English in their home country. Elite Western kids speak French when they are in Paris and Spanish when they are in Madrid. I bet if they are in a French restaurant in New York city they are even capable of speaking French there too...

Your theory is BS

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

realkiwi Re:Good riddens... (578 comments)

Good riddance - if you want to dominate the world learn to spell first!

Wars are not started by languages but by greed and stupidity.

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

realkiwi Sure, sure English will rule the world (578 comments)

First of all do not confuse language and dialects. People around here speak Basque, one of those tiny languages which are gong to disappear according to some. But young people here are becoming more and more interested by their cultural heritage and more and more are learning Basque. That is because there is a unification of the several Basque dialects into a single language understood and spoken by all. Dialects have disappeared or are disappearing but the language is reinforced

English is my mother tongue but where I live I had to learn another language, French, in which I am fully bilingual. Right now I am learning Spanish because I live 11 km from the border and it is quite handy. My girlfriend speaks French, Spanish and Basque and has decided to learn some English. Many Europeans speak several languages and it doesn't seem to be an issue for them.

about a month ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

realkiwi I have used it to learn Spanish (75 comments)

Working nights in a hotel (read "lots of spare time") I decided to learn Spanish. I live 11km from Spain so it is kind of usefull... Last night a Spanish guy said I spoke real good Spanish for someone who learnt from an internet site on his own.

I guess that is an endorsement of the quality of Duolongo lessons.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

realkiwi Re:Mark sees a future without Facebook (199 comments)

You thinking that people over 35 are old means you are very soon going to be in hot water. Breaking news: you are going to be joining us the "uncool" RSN!

My young adult kids think I'm cool and that is all that really matters when you are "old". I always thought that facebook was a load of crap and have never bothered with it.

about a year ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

realkiwi Re:or? (312 comments)

Sorry I posted too quickly.

Powerboats with motors over 9.9hp on inland waters and motors over 6hp offshore.

1 year,27 days
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Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

realkiwi Of course there are exceptions... (147 comments)

Born and raised a NZ farmers son I have been allergic (pollen) and suffered from asthma (allergic not chronic) all my life. I grew up surrounded by dirty dogs and more sheep and cattle than most people will ever see in a whole lifetime.

Did the fact that precautions were not taken with farm chemicals back then have something to do with the allergy. I have been exposed to DDT, pesticides, feretilizers, you name it.

So OK maybe this works in a city environnement with kids that live in a modern hyper clean envirronment and who eat agro-industry cr@p er sorry food. Didn't work for this farmers son.

about a year ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

realkiwi Re:obligatory... (495 comments)

How did this option get left out?

I have a life, not a cell phone.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

realkiwi Re:That's sorta up to you; (314 comments)

I'm calling BS on this, sorry! I learnt my second language at over 21. I'm learning a third one right now. I have no problem with languages. Accents you work on if you have the time.

I learnt progamming at over 30. The PC came on the market when I was over 30... I'm still learning. It depends on the individual. Some people can, others can't.

If I had stuck with what Iearned before 14 I would be a sheep farmer. That was all there was in my neck of the woods.

about a year and a half ago
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Global Warming Has Made the North Greener

realkiwi Re:My mother's garden has earthworms (398 comments)

Just a couple of questions: how did they get there? Have they been migrating north underground?

about 2 years ago
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A Server That Can Fall From the Sky, and Survive

realkiwi Who uses a screen? (91 comments)

> Hope they drop some hardened screens, too, to help with setup.

Sorry but what about disk images with ssh all set up and ready to go before throwing it from the plane? Most servers I have root on are thousands of kilometers away. The closest is about 600km from this screen and keyboard.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

realkiwi Re:What company (451 comments)

I agree with the above. Your communication is bad. For a small fee I will rewrite the appropriate parts of your web site.

more than 2 years ago
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PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

realkiwi nude protest (418 comments)

Will this mean a nude cosplay protest by beautiful PETA supporters?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Launching Its Own Windows Phone Smartphone

realkiwi Re:Get ready for the myPhone! (190 comments)

You forgot: and the screen will be blue...

more than 2 years ago

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