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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

youngone Bullshit Numbers (198 comments)

"It logs the non-clinical information on 80 million people in Britain " when the population of Britain is about 64 million.

about a week ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

youngone Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

The second part of your post is why they're in trouble. I won't buy any of their products either. Neither will lots of other people.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

youngone Global Warming is not true. (552 comments)

And I can prove it. Here in the Southern Hemisphere the last three months have been much colder than the preceeding three months, so there!

about 2 months ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

youngone Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

You keep saying "We Know..." about something Jesus is purported to have said, or that "We know that God gave us free will..." as if these are facts. I don't know anything about any Gods at all, because I've never been given any evidence that any God exists. The Bible, or any other religious writing is just something written a long time ago (usually) by some religious people, so can't be counted as evidence for anything.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

youngone Re:This just in. (281 comments)

But there are some Unicorns and Rainbows, right?

about 3 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

youngone Re:Serously? (398 comments)

Tojo had been deposed as prime Minister in July 1944, otherwise I think your comment's probably right. On a personal note, my father was serving in the British Army, 2 Parachute Regiment in 1945, and I'm pretty sure he would have been sent to Japan at some stage if the Invasion went ahead. So I'm reasonably comfortable with the US use of nuclear weapons on that occasion. Purely from a selfish point of view of course.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

youngone Huh? (465 comments)

Of course they do. This is just someone trying very hard to cover their arse. Not a very good attempt I would say.

about 3 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

youngone Re:Obama's police state? (272 comments)

Designed and made by Hugo Boss.

about 3 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

youngone Of course it is worth it (97 comments)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is similar, but less likely to work, as a bunch of independent minded Asians are involved, Has similar proposals. Corporations will be able to sue governments if new regulations interfere with business. Not sure I voted for that. Pretty sure I won't get the chance to.

about 3 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

youngone Re:Role Models (255 comments)

I was not aware of that, but I'm not surprised.

about 4 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

youngone Re:Role Models (255 comments)

Of course it means that she won't be a force for good. She'll be exactly what every member of the American ruling class is: a force for whatever is good for the American ruling class.

about 4 months ago
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A Look At the "Information Superhighway," As It Looked In 1985

youngone Re:Did anybody notice... (241 comments)

No, I didn't, but I did notice the huuuuge gap between Alaska and The USSR.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

youngone Re:i have an idea (701 comments)

I was pleased when my boys started at an all boy school. The Headmaster is a man, and about 3/4 of the teachers are men too. Boys are expected to be boys, and a bit of rough and tumble is considered normal. Beware if it looks like bullying though, my oldest boy was given a detention for what was seen as bullying, (I punished him also). But my boys come home occasionaly with a ripped shirt, or covered in dirt, and it's usually because of some game they've been playing. It all seems really healthy to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

youngone Re:Why not? (607 comments)

You're looking at this the wrong way around. How rich is the complainant? How rich is the defendant? The value of the property is of secondary interest.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

youngone Re:Last time I checked... (897 comments)

"Self-represented defendants are not bound by lawyers' ethical codes. This means that a defendant who represents himself can delay proceedings and sometimes wreak havoc on an already overloaded system by repeatedly filing motions."

You can ask a judge to make some reasonable allowances for your ignorance of proper procedure.

But don't for one minute think that you can play him for a fool.

You can ask a Judge to make allowances, and they will too. My sister has never paid a traffic fine, ever. She always chooses to plead not guilty, and has only once had the cop turn up at court. She explained to the judge that she was representing herself, and was ready to go right now. The judge gave her a quick over view of what to expect, and was really helpful. The cop made the mistake of asking for an adjournment, and the whole thing was thrown out.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

youngone Re:The lesson here isn't about free speech (400 comments)

Yes, just hang in there. My daughter figured out out her Mother was a weirdo when she was about 10, and moved in with me when she was about 14, against the court's decision. Fortunately where I live the court doesn't really involve itself if it people can sort things out themselves. My daughter told the case worker she wanted to live with me, and that seemed to be the end of it. I can't really remember the details now as it was a while ago, but I think threats were made but nothing came of them. I never did get any child support money though.

more than 2 years ago
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LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth's Forests

youngone Re:What happened to New Zealand? (47 comments)

Yeah, I noticed that too. They've also lumped us in with Australia in the article as having very tall eucalyptus forests, whcih we don't really have. (Apart from the odd commercial forest). Maybe they mean Southern Beech: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothofagus_fusca They seem to grow to 35 metres.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada's Online Surveillance Bill: Section 34 "Opens Door To Big Brother"

youngone Re:Canada.... (178 comments)

I suspect it's really because the majority of the public are well fed and sheltered. Sure they're being milked financially by the corporate elite, but the situation isn't quite bad enough to provoke actual violence yet. Maybe if people are going hungry they'll start shooting. I wonder if there are parallels with the revolutions of 1848 here?

more than 2 years ago

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