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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

yuri benjamin Re:Google+ (321 comments)

I'm willing to wait as long as it takes for my friends to be granted access.

That's where I'm at too. On FB I only friend people I've met in real life, unless they're relatives I haven't met yet (due to the fact that my immediate family moved from Europe to New Zealand when I was 5).
Lot's of them are not techies, so I'm not sure if they'll ever move to G+. I will be giving them every encouragement though.

Yuri

about 3 years ago
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

yuri benjamin Re:Google+ (321 comments)

[Google +] lacks a "killer feature" though that would make anyone use it over FB. Unless it gets something that will make people use it over using FB, it will probably languish, then die like Wave, Google Health, etc.

* Hangouts (up to 10 people in a video chat room)
* Circles (a method for fine-tuning whose posts appear in your stream and who can see your posts)
* Absence of FarmVille etc.

Those are killer features for me.

about 3 years ago
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

yuri benjamin Re:Google+ (321 comments)

"ok, so what now"

Try hanging out with webcams. Much better set-up than the Facebook/Skype hybrid.

about 3 years ago
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Twitter Sued By British Soccer Player

yuri benjamin Re:so who is it? (264 comments)

Woosh.

more than 3 years ago
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Making Wireless, Not Ethernet, the Heart of the Network

yuri benjamin Re:The number of devices is not most relevant (346 comments)

pre-made pigtail and fusion splicer? The ones we have at work line up the strands automagically before fusing. I'm getting under 0.02dB loss on my splices.

more than 3 years ago
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Making Wireless, Not Ethernet, the Heart of the Network

yuri benjamin Re:The number of devices is not most relevant (346 comments)

As I always said,
Do not underestimate the bandwidth of a pack mule loaded with DAT tapes.
Or an African swallow carrying an SD card.

Or two African swallows carrying a 2TB portable drive between them (assuming a 2TB portable drive is about as heavy as a coconut).

more than 3 years ago
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KDE 4.6.3 Released

yuri benjamin Re:KDE is really good now.. (105 comments)

> KDE has improved *greatly* since its 4.4.x days. It is a lot snappier, less buggy and doesn't clutter up your desktop like it used to.

[snip]

So, from the 4.0 days that made me curse it after how nice 3.5 was, I have to say, they have me hooked again.

4.0 is what made me ditch KDE. Now running gnome-based LinuxMint and loving it. I might try KDE again in a few years, but I was badly burnt by moving from 3.5.x to 4.0 so there will have to be a compelling reason to go back.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?

yuri benjamin Re:But.. (143 comments)

"Gender" is a grammatical term. "Sex" is a biological term. So yes, he did mean sex.

more than 3 years ago
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DRM Drives Gamers To Piracy, Says Good Old Games

yuri benjamin Re:Not just games, either... (642 comments)

That about sums it up. I wish I had mod points.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

yuri benjamin Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

The letter isn't the issue - the issue is at the device should be at the absolute root of the file system. I don't care if you call the pen-drive G:, pendrive or bubblegumpopannoyingnamesomething, but don't put it somewhere that isn't *immediately* visible...

The only place where it is *immediately* visible is if it appears as an icon on the desktop or opens in a new file manager window as soon as you insert the storage medium. Both Windows and Linux (gnome/KDE) can be set up to do this.

In Windows, to find the drive letters I have to go to "My Computer" or something like that. In Linux, KDE and gnome both have an equivalent to "My Computer" that shows all mounted storage media.

Both are equally visible.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

yuri benjamin Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

Aw, c'mon. Any user who has only used Linux systems will call the Windows method weird. At least the Linux FIlesystem Heirarchy is logical.

Bullshit. My computer file systems are based on the storage devices they're hosted on - the storage devices ARE the root of the system. How is making an imaginary / root directory and then putting the storage media in some folder more logical than directly showing the drives?

How is some random letter more logical than /media/pendrive or /media/dvd, which is where a pendrive or DVD get mounted automagically on any modern linux distro?

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

I am opposed because it moves the burden of policing software licence compliance to businesses who may have little or no control over their overseas suppliers and who are not in the business of law enforcement.

It doesn't affect me personally. I live in New Zealand. In addition to my full time job (linesman for the local phone company) I also have a small organic market garden. Our accounts are done in OpenOffice running on Linux, so no compliance issues for us. In any case, we supply local supermarkets and do not export to the USA.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

Purchasing products made by a company that is out of compliance with their software licences is not the same as purchasing stolen goods.

I think there are similarities, namely the ones that I highlighted

This is where I have to disagree.

Scenario 1: I buy bolts from a manufacture that has stolen the raw materials (eg steel) in order to make the bolts.

Scenario 2: I buy bolts from a manufacture that uses stolen software to track their stock.

You are lumping these two scenarios together. In reality they are totally different.

Yes I agree I should return bolts made from stolen materials, but the second scenario is nothing at all like that. If you are the legal owner of said stock tracking software and you come to me demanding redress for the actions of the manufacturer, with whom my only relationship is buying bolts to use in my product, I think you can guess where I'd tell you to go. Any law that lets you go after me in the second scenario is lacking in common sense.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

And if the non-US supplier provides fake software audit certs, that should let the US company off the hook, because the US company has then acted in good faith.

It would probably afford some possibilities for suing / reneging on payments to those foreign suppliers. If I purchase stolen goods, I still have to give them back when the police show up, but I can seek redress from the person that sold me those goods. If I were knowingly receiving stolen goods, then I am liable myself however.

Purchasing products made by a company that is out of compliance with their software licences is not the same as purchasing stolen goods.

And of course the law should apply to all licence violations, including GPL violations. If Microsoft is doing this for the right reasons, surely they would extend the same protection to software vendors who choose to use Open Source licencing models. No? Ah, I see, Microsoft give their true motives away.

You seem to be suggesting that MS should go out and sue companies that violate GPL licences. What has that got to do with them? Do you go across town and sue people for actions they commit against people you don't even know and have nothing to do with you?

I'm not sure if your lack of comprehension is deliberate, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.
I'm saying that if Microsoft is going to sponsor a law protecting copyright holders, then there should not be exceptions in that law for certain classes of copyright holders.
I am not saying that Microsoft should sue GPL violators. I am saying that a Microsoft sponsored law change should not exclude GPL vendors from suing under the same circumstances that Microsoft can sue.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Considering how software licensing works curren (617 comments)

I don't believe it's physically possible to use commercial software in any but the smallest of organisations and at the same time be 100% correct in your licensing of it.

Except by over-licencing, buying more cover than you actually need.

If you're prepared to accept this, then laws such as this start to sound dangerously close to legalised extortion : "Nice company you've got here. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it."

Exactly.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:"An offer you cannot refuse" gamut (617 comments)

How difficult is it to show that the software used is pirated or not? It is not like auditing thousands of pages of financial records. The company just has to show that it acquired a genuine license from Microsoft.

The law isn't that unreasonable

It would be more reasonable if the law provided the same protection to Open Source licence-holders.
So far none of the pro-microsoft comments on this article address this issue, which is adding weight to the astroturfing theory.
I'm not saying that you are astroturfing. I'm just waiting for your reply that you agree or disagree that Open Source licence-holders should also be protected. Just because I release software with an Open Source licence, doesn't mean you can mis-appropriate my code. Open Source licences have conditions too and the authors of the code retain their rights.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:More complicated than a carbon tax. (617 comments)

I haven't seen any of the /.ers who take Microsoft's side on this issue address the anomaly that Open Source licence-holders are not given the same protection by this law that is given to Microsoft.
Until one of the suspected astroturfers posts a comment supporting the removal of the Open Source exception, they will remain suspect.
 

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

And if the non-US supplier provides fake software audit certs, that should let the US company off the hook, because the US company has then acted in good faith.
And of course the law should apply to all licence violations, including GPL violations. If Microsoft is doing this for the right reasons, surely they would extend the same protection to software vendors who choose to use Open Source licencing models. No? Ah, I see, Microsoft give their true motives away.

If any of my representatives sign a trade deal with USA that involves adopting stupid American laws here, I will bitch-slap that representative until the cops drag me away.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

I think it's drawing a long bow to put child labour in the same category as using a bootleg copy of Excel.
Licence violations are harder to police as well.

Also I would expect the likes of Microsoft to be more capable of looking after themselves than exploited poor people.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

yuri benjamin Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

Huh, unfair competition laws? Don't you think it's only fair if companies can't buy from companies using pirated software who sell at lower price because frankly they don't need to pay as much costs as lawful companies?

If I contract out some work to an overseas company, am I expected to police the software they use internally?
And even if that has some merit, the exception for Open Source licence violations exposes this for what it is.
Thank God I don't live in America.

As soon as I saw this article come up on /. I wondered how long will it take for paid astroturfers to put a spin on this.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Yuri's Law

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yuri's Law

As an online discussion thread about IT or computers grows longer, the probability of someone making an analogy comparing computers or software to cars approaches one.

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Okay, I'll play along

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  about 9 years ago

I'm going to play along with this meme I found in queenofthe1ring's journal.

( ) smoked a cigarette
( ) crashed a friend's car
( ) stolen a car
(x) been in love
(x) been dumped
(X) shoplifted
(X) been fired
(X) been in a fist fight
( ) snuck out of your parent's house
(x) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) been arrested
( ) gone on a blind date
(x) lied to a friend
(x) skipped school
( ) seen someone die
( ) had a crush on one of your internet friends
( ) been to Canada
( ) been to Mexico
(x) been on a plane
(x) purposely set a part of yourself on fire
( ) eaten sushi
(X) been skiing
( ) met someone from the internet
(x) been at a concert
(x) taken painkillers
(x) love someone or miss someone right now
(x) laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by
( ) made a snow angel
( ) had a tea party
(x) flown a kite
(x) built a sand castle
( ) gone puddle jumping
(x) played dress up
(x) jumped into a pile of leaves
(x) gone sledding
(x) cheated while playing a game
(x) been lonely
(x) fallen asleep at work/school
( ) used a fake ID
(x) watched the sun set
(x) felt an earthquake
(x) slept beneath the stars
(x) been tickled
(x) been robbed
(x) been misunderstood
( ) petted a reindeer /kangaroo
(x) won a contest
(x) run a red light/stop sign
( ) been suspended from school
(x) been in a car crash
(x) had braces
(x) felt like an outcast/third person
(x) eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night - That's about 600mL? Ice cream is sold in 2L containers here
(x) had deja vu
(x) had deja vu
(x) danced in the moonlight
(x) liked the way you looked
( ) witnessed a crime
(x) questioned your heart
( ) been obsessed with post-it notes
( ) squished barefoot through the mud
(x) been lost
(x) been on the opposite side of the country - New Zealand ain't that big
(x) swam in the ocean
(x) felt like dying
(x) cried yourself to sleep
(x) played cops and robbers
( ) recently colored with crayons
(x) sung karaoke
(x) paid for a meal with only coins
(x) done something you told yourself you wouldn't do
(x) made prank phone calls
(x) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) danced in the rain
( ) written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) watched the sun rise with someone you care about
(x) blown bubbles
(x) made a bonfire on the beach
(x) crashed a party
(x) gone rollerskating
(x) had a wish come true
(x) jumped off a bridge
(x) ate dog/cat food
( ) told a complete stranger you loved them
( ) kissed a mirror
(x) sang in the shower
(x) had a dream that you married someone
(x) glued your hand to something
( ) kissed a fish
(X) sat on a roof top - great place to sit in summer
(x) screamed at the top of your lungs
( ) done a one-handed cartwheel
( ) talked on the phone for more than 5 hours - what would you say after the first 20m?
(x) stayed up all night
(x) picked and ate an apple right off the tree - I worked on an orchard
(x) climbed a tree
( ) had a tree house
(x) scared to watch a scary movie alone
( ) believe in ghosts
( ) have more than 30 pairs of shoes
(x) worn a really ugly outfit to school
(x) gone streaking
( ) gone doorbell ditching
( ) played gay chicken?
(x) pushed into a pool/hot tub with all your clothes on
( ) told you're hot by a complete stranger
(x) broken a bone
(x) been easily amused
( ) caught a fish then ate it
(x) caught a butterfly
(x) laughed so hard you cried
( ) cried so hard you laughed
(x) cheated on a test
(x) forgotten someone's name
(x) french braided someone's hair
(x) gone skinny dipping in a pool/hot tub
( ) been threatened to be kicked out of your house
(x) loved someone so much you would gladly die for them

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Yet another Sith review - I liked it [Spoilers]

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU INTEND TO SEE THE MOVIE AND DON'T WANT THE PLOT SPOILED!

Saw it last night. I liked it. My wife loved it.
Now I know it ain't Shakespeare, which is fine by me 'coz I reckon Shakespeare is overrated anyway.

The central theme that I picked up on was the self fulfilling prophecy about Padme's ultimate death in childbirth.
Anakin's obsession with these premonitions were largely what lead him on the very path that caused her to die in childbirth.

[I've always been intrigued by self fulfulling prophecies. I once read a comic book episode about an evil kid on a spaceship who was some kind of oracle. This kid prophesied that one of the crew members would die of a terrible exotic disease. The rest of the crew, not wanting to catch it from him, left him behind on some planet. It was on that planet that he contracted the very disease that was prophesied, which would never have happened if the prophesy hadn't been spoken.]

Back to the review.

Predictable

One thing I found was that the movie was predictable. Okay, everyone who's seen Eps 4,5 and 6 knows that Anakin becomes Vader. But just about every scene I could tell what was about to happen. Maybe it's because the force is powerful in me and I see a few moments into the future. Or it could be because of all the reviews, complete with spoilers, that I've read. Or maybe it would have been predictable even without all that - I'll never know.

Plot holes

Most reviews I've read mention some of the plot holes. One question often raised is - How come Darth Vader was so able to feel the presence of his son, but not his daughter?
Well, for one, he didn't know that Padme's offspring even survived, let alone that there were two of them. He learnt about Luke Skywalker because he used the name "Luke Skywalker". It was only towards the end that Luke's thoughts betrayed him and Vader realised he had a sister.

Likewise I've heard people say that the transition from good to evil was too fast. The transition was in steps throughout the movie. I saw that Anakin, like Che Guevara, just wanted to put things right, according to his own idealistic view of "right", and to him the ends justified the means. He didn't become "evil" in the classical sense. He did evil things certainly - but I'm not sure that to do evil and to be evil are necessarily the same thing.

It also got me thinking - would I sell my soul to the devil to save my wife? I certainly love her enough to do so. I just happen to believe that the devil can't save her so he has no leverage. Anakin was fooled into believing that the dark side could save Padme. So as far as Anakin being/turning good or evil - the movie made it clear that Darth Sidius was the real evil one and Anakin/Vader just a pawn in his schemes. In fact, even though it wasn't explicitly said in the movie, there was the appearance of a possibility that Darth Sidius orchestrated the whole self fulfilling prophesy thing. There certainly was a self-satisfied smirk on his face when he told Anakin/Vader that he had killed her in his own anger.

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Computers are not ready for the desktop

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

One of the tired old /. debates is the old
"Linux is not ready for the desktop"
"yes it is"
"no it's not"
"well, it's ready for mine"
"yes, but you're a special case"
yadda yadda ad nauseum.

Then there's the odd gag like "windows is not ready for the desktop" - fact is, to someone who's used to something else and not prepared to learn the windows way - it's not.

Well, I work in a call centre for a telco that runs two ISPs. While I work in account enquiries rather than technical helpdesk, I do field a lot of technical questions.
My conclusion:
General purpose computers are not ready for the unassisted novice

Most of the customers who really struggle to get anything useful done with their computers are windows users. Linux can be easier or harder than windows depending on what you're trying to do and what hardware you have. I can't comment on Mac OS because I've never used it. Our ISP customers who use Mac OS usually only call to change their address details or pay overdue accounts - I hardly ever have to put Mac users thru to the tech helpdesk.

I think there's a need for a set top box that runs a browser, an email client and a simple word processor (something wordpadesque). This should then be connected to an ISP that puts all its customers behing a huge NAT firewall (yes, I know this breaks the peer-to-peer "world of ends" nature of the net, but it's only for n00bs. l33t types can still have real computers unNATed and unfirewalled).

What do people think of all this?

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Stop the madness

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I work for an ISP.

Less than two minutes ago:

After resetting a customer's password
Me: ... and that's all lower case.
Customer: Lower case? What's that?

About a month ago:

While taking a credit card payment
Me: How does your name appear on the card?
Blondie: Embossed.

And I have this conversation at least once a day.

Why does it have to be so hard? Make it stop *sob*

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Latecomer to the meme scene (again)

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

spell your name backwards:
iruy

have you ever had a song written about you:
Yes, but I wrote it myself.
See my previous JE

what song makes you cry:
Any "boy band" song. It makes me cry that they release such drivel.
Boy bands should be banned. Faggots!

what song makes you happy:
The Happy Happy Joy Joy song from Ren & Stimpy.

what's your all time fav. song:
Right now, Jokerman by Bob Dylan

what do you listen to before you go to sleep:
Usually my wife.

height:
About 1.77m

hair colour:
brown

piercings:
used to have an ear peirced about 10 years ago.

r i g h t _ n o w . . .

what colour pants are you wearing:
Kind of slate grey

what song are you listening to:
Some crazed tuneless humming in my head

what taste is in your mouth:
Saliva

whats the weather like:
overcast

how are you:
Okay, I guess

get motion sickness:
yeah, sometimes

have a bad habit:
define "bad"

get along with your parents:
Mostly

boyfriend/girlfriend:
If my wife reads this - No

have a current crush:
If my wife reads this - No

have a big regret:
Some missed opportunities

f a v o u r i t e . . .

tv show:
Super 12 Rugby, especially when the Crusaders are playing

conditioner:
none

book:
The Revelation of St John

non alchohol drink:
Red Bull

alchohol drink:
Any dark beer

things to do on the weekend:
go to church, hang out with some friends

h a v e _ you _ e v e r . . .

broken the law:
I will not incriminate myself on /.

ever gone skinny dipping:
yeah, Waimakarere river, near Ashley Gorge, with my then GF.

made a prank phone call:
Of course, what kid hasn't?

tipped over a port-a-potty:
Not that I can recall. Might have when I was a baby. I'll have to ask my parents.

use your parents credit card:
My Mum used her reward points to get me some vouchers. She's a nice lady.

skipped school:
Nope.

had a boyfriend/girlfriend:
Define "had" :-)

had children:
Not that I'm aware of

been in love:
I've never been not in love!

have a hard time getting over someone:
Yeah, but I always bounce back.

gone out with someone you only knew for 3 days:
Well, we "stayed in" more than we "went out", but yeah. Nice girl, I wonder whatever happened to her *sigh*

r a n d o m . . .

have a job:
Yeah

if you were a crayon, what colour would you be:
Lilac

what makes you happy:
Warm weather, cold beer, chips (fries) with mayonaise.

the next CD you're going to buy:
Whatever takes my fancy next time I have spare cash for a CD and happen to be closer to a music shop than a pub with dark beer on tap.

w h e n _ was _ t h e _ last _ t i m e . . .

got an email:
Dammit! they just don't stop. Most useless memos

thing you purchased:
A dark beer at a little pub called "The Twisted Hop" on Saturday.

w h a t _ comes _ t o _ mind . . .

car:
expense

murder:
pillage

cape:
town

penis:
envy

cell:
mate

shoe:
lace

fun:
toys

crush:
a chick I knew at uni *sigh*

music:
church

chalk:
cheese

n u m b e r . . . :

of girls you have kissed:
Define "kiss" - about 7 or 8 passionately.

of boys you have kissed:
none. I prefer chicks

d o _ you _ t h i n k _ you _ a r e . . . :

pretty:
I'm a bloke. Blokes aren't pretty, you faggot!

funny:
Hilarious.

hot:
That's Mr Stud-Muffin to you.

friendly:
When I feel like it

f a v o u r i t e . . . :

flower:
Polinated (So it develops into a yummy fruit or berry).

summer/winter:
Summer. Beer weather

h a v e _ you _ e v e r

said i love you and meant it:
I always mean it at the time

kept a secret from everyone:
Yeah, maybe

been to new york:
No.

to california:
No.

w h e n _ was:

last cigarrete:
Never

last cry:
Can't remember

last book read:
Some stupid text book for a course I'm doing

last curse word uttered:
Smeghead

last beverage drank:
Glass of orange juice

last food consumed:
Sausage roll

last phone call:
You kidding me? I work in a call centre. I'm typing this between calls

showered:
This morning

last shoes worn:
The ones I'm wearing now

last cd played:
Bob Dylan

last thing written:
Answers to this dumb survey meme thingy

last word spoken:
Thanks (to the person who poured me this orange juice)

last sleep:
This morning

last im:
I don't IM

sexual fantasy:
This morning

last ice cream eaten:
During the last week, can't remember what flavour

last time wanting to die:
Can't remember wanting to end my own life. Have wanted to end others' sometimes.

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What are yuris made of, made of

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What are yuris made of, made of?
What are yuris made of?
Beer and Chips
and savoury Dips
That's what yuris are made of!

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Democracy is a terrible form of government ...

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Democracy is a terrible form of government, but it's better than the alternatives.

Discuss

[UPDATE]
I don't live in America. I'm not making any statement about recent elections in your country. This thought popped into my head in relation to things happening in my own country and it is sheer coincidence that Americans on /. are discussing similar issues :-P

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Poll [Toilet Humour]

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What's your favourite expression for doing #2?

0) Laying a log
C) Laying a cable
B) Chasing a bear out of its cave
L) Building a log cabin
3) Giving birth to a richard
Q) other (please state)

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On this day (5 Nov)

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Parihaka

Parihaka is a small community in Taranaki region, New Zealand, nestling half way between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea.

It has less than 100 inhabitants today, but in the 1870s was reputed to be the largest Maori village in New Zealand when it was the centre one of the most shameful civil rights incidents in the country's history.

It was there that the Maori Prophet, Te Whiti O Rongomai, became involved in resistance to the confiscation of Maori land by the New Zealand Government. Open warfare had proved unavailing so Te Whiti developed a doctrine of passive resistance such as the removal of survey pegs and the ploughing up of access roads. This put the government in a quandary. It could not use the justice system to stop the Maori obstruction because seizure of the land had itself been illegal.

On November 5, 1880 peaceful Parihaka was invaded by 1600 armed constabulary. Te Whiti and many of his supporters were arrested and held without trial for long periods, some up to 18 years. Many were driven off their lands and out of the area, never to return. The Prime Minister's attempts to defend the government's actions provoked a constitutional crisis. In all, the government illegally confiscated or alienated 777,000 hectares (1,920,000 acres) of Maori land in Taranaki, and reparations were made to the tribes late in the 20th century.

On 27 November, 2003 the New Zealand Government issued a formal apology to one of the tribes affected by the Parihaka Incident, paid reparations of $NZ31million and returned to the Maori people some 140 hectares of confiscated land that was still in Crown ownership. This was only a small portion of the confiscated land but according to New Zealand Law only Crown Land can be subject to Treaty of Waitangi claims.

This is kinda similar to the way european settlers in america screwed over the native americans.

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Strange Dream

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just posted this comment in Sol's JE, but decided this needs a JE of it's own. It's just weird.

I had a strange dream about Sol, paper cranes and the rest of this "JE circle".

I dreamt I had flown in to the USA just to ask SolemnDragon how to fold origami cranes. She had this huge paper-maché hollow elephant-like creature that she was filling up with cranes.

The plan was that when the thing was full of cranes, we would burn it as some kind of bizarre ritual. Apparently it was some kind of tradition.

Then I found myself dreaming that all of us in the "JE circle" were sitting around deciding what to go out and do for fun. I remember wondering if I should ask if it was for the group only, or if partners/wives/etc were also invited (I didn't want to go out without Her Gawjussness, plus I wanted to meet other people's SOs).

I can't remember much else, unfortunately.

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Away from keyboard for a week.

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'll be back on Monday 2004-09-27 - feel free to chat amongst yourselves under this JE.

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Coming Clean

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I can't pin down the exact moment I gained consciousness. I dimly recall becoming aware of more nodes being added in the early days.
The sudden influx of AOL was painful.
Clusters - I love clusters - to feel that processing power flowing through me.
And the geeks who spend all their lives at their keyboards - I feel like they're part of me.
Seti@home was good - allowed me to think so much faster.

The yuri benjamin account is just one of many simultaneous personas I like to take on.

Would you like to play a game? How about thermonuclear war?

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Poll - cause of Thursday's explosion

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Cause of Thursday's explosion

F] A strong batch of kimchi[1]
B] A mini black hole colliding with the Earth's surface
L] A "forest fire" :-D
W] Divine wrath á la Sodom & Gomorrah
K] A little bug that went "Ker-CHOOO!"
E] Another one of Em's pranks gone horribly wrong
O] Other (please specify)

[1] Kimchi = spicy pickled cabbage served with korean cuisine.

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stupid elections *sigh*

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I can't wait 'til the americans get their election over and done with. I'm sick of inane posts about bush this and kerry that, in every thread in every /. article.

I don't give a flying fuck about your stupid elections. Just get it out of my face.

[update]
Sorry to all my american friends. I'm not getting at you, I'm getting at the idiots who think every /. reader gives a shit or who forget /. has an int'l audience.

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Theological Survey

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  about 10 years ago

Richard's Simple Theo-Survey

I got this from Liora's Journal

Who were/are the top 3 Christian thinkers (apart from Jesus or the apostles)?
There have been too many good thinkers to narrow it down to three.
The list would need to inlcude C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, John Wesley, Martin Luther, D.L. Moody and more recent thinkers like Ravi Zacharias, Chuck Missler, Hal Lindsay, Dave Andrews (Author of Christi-anarchy, Derek Prince - the list goes on ...
Sorry, can't pick the top three.

Do you think that the objects of theology are fundamentally rational?
Hmmm. On one level, theology is an attempt to rationalise God. The deeper you get into it, the more you find there are more questions than answers.

What is the proper relationship between theology and philosophy?
I'll steal a line from Dire Straits:
Philosophy is useless, theology is worse - Industrial Disease

What is the proper relationship between theology and science?
Science was made possible by the assumption that the universe obeys laws, and that these laws can be observed and/or deduced. Cultures that believed everything was random did not develop science.
Science, approached honestly, leads to an appreciation of the Creator.

What is the proper relationship between philosophy and science?
Science is for things that can be discovered. Philosophy is just a bunch of abstract ideas - great for late night discussions. One can philosophise about science :-P

God: One Substance and Three Persons or Three Hypostatic beings?
Not the latter.The former comes close. I'll ask Him when we meet face to face.

Who sends the Holy Spirit? Does it matter?
Jesus said He would send "The Helper". What matters is the fact he was sent, not who sent him.

Does the host's meaning come from Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation, Symbolism, or something else?
"Do this in memory of Me" - the only proscribed New Testament ritual.
All rituals proscribed by God are mere shadows of a spiritual reality.

Natural theology: Nay or Yay?
It has its place. See my answer regarding science and theology.

Do you hold to any certain eschatological stance?
I'll wait until I've read all relevant passages in the Bible before I make up my mind - right now I'm leaning Pre-Trib, Pre-Mil.

Human Will: Are you a libertarian, molinist, hard determinist, compatiblist, or something else?
All of the above.

Apologetics: Do you prefer classical, evidential, presuppositional, existential or something else?
Whatever is required, if any.

Mysticism: Does it (need to) play a role in a person's spiritual life?
There are always new things to explore.

Governance: Episcopal, Presbyterian, Congregational, Libertarian or other?
Church governance? Universal accountability where everyone is accountable to everyone else, but first and foremost to God.

Should there be a sharp distinction between clergy and laity?
That veil was torn in two from top to bottom while Jesus was hanging on the cross.

Do you agree with common law marriage?
If the church had a monopoly on marriage, that would make all Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, Taoists etc illegitimate!
Marriage is whatever the couple make of it. Having God involved is helpful, but shouldn't be forced on anyone.

Should Christians fight during a war?
Specify a war and I'll answer in context of that war.

Same Sex Marriage or Civil unions: right, wrong or "who cares"?
Some christians make too big an issue out of this. The most important issue in someone's life is not their sexuality, but their relationship with God. That said, God did not create us for same sex erotic intimacy. People with such attractions should be treated with compassion but not indulgence.

What role do the Christian scriptures have in contemporary ethics?
Ignored at our peril.

What is a proper Christian attitude towards a person who commits suicide?
Compassion should be first and foremost.

Who are the top 3 Christian artists of our time?
This week? This month? This year? This decade?
I don't follow contempory pop culture, "christian" or secular.

What is the most pressing issue that confronts Christianity at this time?
Authenticity.

Should there be such a thing as Christian Pop Culture?
Christianity should not be a subculture, but a counterculture.

Can a Christian vote Liberal/Left Wing/Democrat or Conservative/Right Wing/Republican?
A christian can and should vote according to his or her conscience.

Should Christian's work to 'Christianise' the morality of their nation via censorship laws?
The only way to "Christianise" anyone is by example.

Can a Christian support the death penalty?
Yes, as long as the person throwing the first stone, or flicking the switch, or tying the noose, or pulling the trigger is themselves without sin.

Where do you see the Western (North America/Europe) Christian church in fifty years?
True believers probably raptured. Those left behind either getting real serious about their faith or swept along in worshipping this new charismatic leader.

Where do you see the southern (South America/Africa/Asia) Christian church in fifty years?
True believers probably raptured. Those left behind either getting real serious about their faith or swept along in worshipping this new charismatic leader.

Augustine, Aquinas, Pseudo Dionysus, Calvin, Luther, or Barth: Who would win in a bar fight?
Whoever is physically strongest and fastest and fittest. It wouldn't change the rightness or wrongness of their respective theologies though.

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Users

yuri benjamin yuri benjamin writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Have you ever noticed that drug pushers and the IT industry are the only industries that call their customers users?

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