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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

sjf Re:Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

Exactly. Moreover it was in the bio of a Congressman. For some voters "lawyer" is a pretty damning word, "Attorney," less so. But "Corporate Lawyer," is synonymous with "Corporate Shill."

about 2 months ago

Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

sjf Re:What is "computer-directed flight control"? (353 comments)

You're right. If it existed, it would have been a mechanical computer, likely gyroscopically controlled. Norden had an autopilot coupled bombing computer in production in the very early 30's.
Indeed autopilots are almost as old as the biplane.

"Computers" as we think of them today simply didn't exist then. The nearest things to that would be the Bombe and Colossus later in the war.

about 7 months ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

sjf Re:This is so true - the UK plug is ridiculous (1174 comments)

Nope, it was designed in a time when there were not many appliances, and those that existed had much higher current draws that they typically do today.
Note, there was at a time a much smaller alternative British plug used for lamps...i.e. lower current devices. ("Type D 2A")
If the only things you are likely to be plugging in are 12 or 15amp beasts, then the British plug is a pretty good design. Doubtless it is overdesigned for our solid state low current devices, but they didn't exist when this plug was designed.

more than 4 years ago

China Admits Use of Death-Row Organs

sjf Re:I don't see the problem (309 comments)

Hey, speak for yourself. My organs are going to be pickled in canopic jars so that I can use them in the afterlife. Except, my brain that is. You can scoop that out through my nose with a long spoon - won't be needing that, thank you very much.

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Sell In UK For Half the US Price

sjf Re:Arbitrage (487 comments)

No, I don't feign confusion at all. I know precisely what you and for that matter most US residents mean when they say "America". Moreover, I am perhaps only a little less guilty of using the work in that sense than you are. I have however lived, visited and spoken the languages of perhaps a dozen other countries that do not use the term so ethnocentrically. Plenty of Canadians are well educated enough to assert that they also live in America, just not the United States. Despite your wish to the contrary, being the "biggest" (you're not), richest country in the region does not entitle you to dictate to others what they think.

For that matter, it may piss off the Irish no end, but Eire is correctly described as part of the British Isles from a geographic perspective. Likewise, many Finns are surprised to learn that they don't live in Scandinavia. Misunderstandings, no matter how widely held, are still misunderstandings.

My comment was merely an attempt at a little wit. I did not mean to shatter your, so easily threatened, sense of national importance.
And, look, I managed to do it without calling anyone an "asshole".

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Sell In UK For Half the US Price

sjf Re:Arbitrage (487 comments)

The UK doesn't have sovereign power in America.

Theoretically, the UK does indeed have plenty of sovereign power in America. Thirteen states from Canada to Guyana all recognize her Majesty to a greater or lessor extent.

I think you meant in the United States

more than 5 years ago

TomTom Releases iPhone Navigation App

sjf Re:Expensive, but saves on devices (289 comments)

Not really. This is how an application must behave in order to get approved for the Apple Store.
Moreover, we can assume that Tom Tom are not beholden to the regular Apple agreement, since that also prohibits developing turn by turn voice navigation applications.
It's foolish to make assumptions about the behaviour of the OS from the terms of Apple's agreement, especially when Tom Tom are clearly a special case.
Plenty of applications available through Cydia can background.

ObComment: yes, way too expensive. I'll stick to xGPS for free from Cydia.

more than 5 years ago

Android Applications Soon To Run On MIPS32 Chips

sjf PSP is MIPS (93 comments)

Hmm. Interesting

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

sjf Re:Rarely the diplomate (909 comments)

Agreed, it's a simple rule of management: if someone is acting earnestly, you don't describe their work as a "pile of sh*t."
If their work is a "pile of sh*t" as a general rule, then you dismiss them. How you do this for the Linux kernel, I have no idea. How long is the queue of (competent) people begging to be cursed by Torvalds ?

more than 5 years ago

Steve Jobs Had a Liver Transplant Two Months Ago

sjf Re:can Americans tell me.. (436 comments)

Show me an HMO that doesn't ration health care.

more than 5 years ago

Steve Jobs Had a Liver Transplant Two Months Ago

sjf Re:can Americans tell me.. (436 comments)

No, most hospitals are required by state law to treat folks without insurance for emergency care. So, by the point you are actually dying you'll get treatment. And, by that point it's only palliative.

But, hey, at least the US doesn't have socialist health care! Those socialist fire fighters do such a terrible job putting out our houses when they're on fire, and don't get me started on those socialist training camps called public (US sense) schools.

more than 5 years ago

MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX

sjf Knuth (674 comments)

Call me when it's been re-written by Knuth !

more than 5 years ago

Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

sjf RTVE Server room in Madrid (1127 comments)

The air conditioning was pumping second hand cigarette smoke IN to the server room.
No-one was smoking in the server room, but the smoke concentration was higher in there than the rest of the building.
It was the non-smokers who were huddled out side the building taking oxygen breaks.

Then when we finished for the day, the damn project lead slammed the car door on my hand.

Still, the food and wine were superlative...

more than 5 years ago

Going Deep Inside Xserve Apple Drive Modules

sjf Re:Here we go again (243 comments)

The pixie dust is in the controller, not the platter.

more than 5 years ago

Update — No DRM In New iPod Shuffle

sjf Re:Places Apple still have DRM. (264 comments)

Mobile phones & Ipods (make sure user can't run Apps which haven't paid the Apple tax)

Absolutely not true. You can license your iPhone/iPod Touch app on a per device basis and completely bypass the App store - no fees to Apple necessary.

The "tax" is for using the App Store as a distribution method.

ITMS (video)

Again, there's nothing to stop you putting your own video without DRM on your iPod.

more than 5 years ago

Traveling With Tom Bihn's Checkpoint Flyer

sjf Executive Summary (133 comments)

An excuse to show off about how well travelled he is, and, very incidentally, by the way be buys bags that have straps that cost more than your bag.

more than 5 years ago

How To Handle Corporate Blackmail?

sjf Re:Leave sooner. (675 comments)

Yup, companies rarely give "recommendations" or bad references. They may be able to dismiss you without cause, but any company big enough to have a legal department knows that they can get sued for limiting your ability to earn a living by giving a negative reference.

You've got the new job, don't worry. Personal recommendations carry more weight than anything pro-forma on corporate letterhead.

more than 5 years ago

How To Be A Geek Goddess

sjf Re:Well, duh. (349 comments)

I think you might want to spend a little more time with the genuine article.
That laptop's not where you think it is.

more than 5 years ago

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono

sjf Samba ? (570 comments)

I think what you outline is a possibility, but it is not mandatory. I don't believe that Samba, for instance, makes Linux a second class citizen. Far from it...
Most folks that I know would much rather run Unix based Samba servers than Windows, and I do believe that Samba has reached such a degree of penetration that breaking it would not be in Microsoft's interest: think of the number of media servers designed to share with windows systems that are actually running an embedded Linux.
I'm certain there are other cases where the open source implementation is better than the proprietary one.

more than 5 years ago


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