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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

thewils Passes what? (73 comments)

Wind? Seriously, what's wrong with the word "dies"?

2 days ago

An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

thewils Journalists aren't out to be accurate though... (227 comments)

They just want to be sensational enough to flog their own agenda to subscribers. Whenever I've been knowledgable about a news article (one that involved me personally) my impression from the news organization's take on it was that they got completely the wrong end of the stick and actually spread falsehoods and lies.

about two weeks ago

British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

thewils What about the old chestnuts... (135 comments)

I'm wondering how Scunthorpe Council is getting on. Did they get blocked, again?

about 2 months ago

Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

thewils Re:Religion (451 comments)

At least quote it in context...

"The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself."

about 3 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

thewils Coming soon to a street near you (626 comments)

Driverless car pulled over by driverless cop car and given a ticket.

about 8 months ago

Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

thewils If you want a time machine go to Bing Maps... (25 comments)

We have a lovely convention centre here in Vancouver, built and opened for the 2010 Olympics. In Bing maps unfortunately it is still at the piling stage :(

about 9 months ago

Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

thewils Re:There's a solution you know (184 comments)

Something akin to removal of appendages like in the 'old' days would seem to be appropriate.
If they really want to live in a place with no infrastructure then exile to a barren island would be a suggestion..

about a year ago

King James Programming

thewils Hey!!! (184 comments)

It actually makes more sense!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

thewils Call your Telecoms provider (497 comments)

They should be able to see that you are being harassed and block the call for you.

about a year ago

Queen's WWIII Speech Revealed

thewils You pray if you like (147 comments)

"As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be"

Because you know if there's ever an imminent threat the members of the Royal Family aren't going to be sat at Buck House with a cuppa tea counting down the seconds...they'll be on their merry way to the other three corners of the globe.

about a year and a half ago

Russia Proposes Banning Foul Language On the Internet

thewils Re:Obligartory (239 comments)

Fcuk you mothertrucker!

Now...was I profane or not?

about a year and a half ago

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

thewils Re: WTF? (543 comments)

...and don't even get me started with Team Foundation Server vs SourceSafe!

about a year and a half ago

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

thewils Re: WTF? (543 comments)

Actually, Microsoft have been working on this aspect to try to slow down VS to compete with Eclipse. VS2012 for instance now has a pause built in where you can't do anything for about 10 seconds when you open up an aspx page, presumably while it parses the file for you...even when you don't want intellisense and just want to copy some code out. It gets really annoying after a while.

Vanilla VS2012 won't let you build an installer for a Windows service either, which you could do with VS2010, so I have to maintain both of them on my dev box, unfortunately.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Use Sound Waves To Levitate, Move Objects

thewils This has been working for years already (78 comments)

Just play any, for example, Justin Bieber tune and the resulting sound waves instantly move me out of the room. Most commercials on TV work the same way, unless I'm in control of the remote.

about a year and a half ago

Join COBOL's Next Generation

thewils Sounds interesting.... (276 comments)

Until you realize that you have to go back to the world of Packed Decimal and EBCDIC - no thanks!!!

about a year and a half ago

Java API and Microsoft's .NET API: a Comparison

thewils Critical Bugs (319 comments)

C# does not appear to have 40 Critical bug fixes every quarter like Java does either. The latest Java update has caused a _lot_ of business systems to crash.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Admits To Domestic Surveillance Drone Use

thewils Surveillance on congress-persons? (207 comments)

Shouldn't members of the Senate and Congress be first to submit to phone/email surveillance and drone coverage?

After all they are very important people and they need to be kept safe from the terrorists. And I'm sure they have nothing illegal to hide.

about a year and a half ago

One Year Since Assange Took Refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy

thewils Tunnel? (541 comments)

Maybe he's digging a tunnel to the nearest tube station.

about a year and a half ago

Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

thewils Batshit Crazy (322 comments)

Don't forget - the batshit crazy folks have a right to print guns too...because...well they have a right to protect themselves just like the rest, don't they?

about a year and a half ago


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Foam loam trouble tracery?

thewils thewils writes  |  more than 6 years ago

It's a quote from a book. A very weird book. I figure if anyone has heard of it, they'll likely be on /.


How to Screw the Chinese Regime

thewils thewils writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It is known that China censors web content - search engine restrictions, the great Firewall of China, etc. etc. There is a lot of, shall we call it "content" out there that the Chinese government would not like the people of China to see.

What if that content could somehow be mirrored by lots of other web sites - I'm not thinking in the tens or hundreds, but Millions! Now, in addition, what if that content was concealed until a pre-arranged signal. Then the whole web would light up with said content and would be freely browsable from within China because the censors would not know which sites were involved until they were all switched on.

In 2008 when the Beijing Olympic flame is lit, wouldn't it be fantastic if all the mirrors were turned on at the same time and remained active until the flame was extinguished?

You could take a portion of your personal site's home page and maybe have some text about Tianenmen, or some pictures. Censored sites could identify information to be distributed and mirrors could select from the available content to display. There should be plenty of time between now and 2008 to come up with a solution for a central registry for content donors and mirrors?

Ah, well, just a thought...a dream maybe.

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