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  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    The original rendition by Jacqui Abbott is very much one of "Your life with her will be miserable, come have carnal fun with me instead". And we already established that this was what I heard in the "clean" cut of...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    That could explain it; I've never known anyone who was a big enough fan of TBS to buy their albums well enough to listen to music with them. Having said which, depending on the singer's rendition, I might hear the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    A couple of years back there was a song "Don't Marry Her" (by The Beautiful South) that had both a "clean" and an "explicit" version*, with just one word altered from the hook line (have instead of fuck). I remember...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Don't forget the German town of Wank, just north of the Fernpass - or the wartime censors missing the significance of photos of an RAF Spitfire named "Fochinell". And I suspect that the towns of Maidenhead and Scunthorpe will have...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I am reminded of one well-known internet site which banned certain "naughty words", and was used amongst other things to discuss film and USian politics. I have had many conversations about Alfred Hitchpenis, Penis Chaney... Enough said?...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Well, of course if you get an infinite dataset less name, address, and DDMM date fields you can work back to obtain NamAdd for an individual personal record. The issue is that on average you have to repeat that process...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I make no claim to being a haematologist, but I think that Mike Collins' #924 may demonstrate that not only was my generalisation actually wrong, but my point actually stands, just not for the reason(s) I thought?...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Ok, I can see that working if the data includes DDMMYYYY for the vaccinations, but since there was only one vaccination clinic per school per year for the area I grew up in, I can't see any justification for supplying...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I wasn't aware that there was a vaccination for SCA. If there is, then you have a point. I don't see the relationship with single sex schools though, because SCA can occur in women as well as men....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Surely this depends on how "honestly anonymised" the data is? If we have data that says that, for example, 80% of the population of $town are IC1, and 10% each are IC2 and IC3 that would be suitably anonymised for...
  • Commented on Update
    I'll be there too; default alignments between program items I want to go to are barwards and games room....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    You get that I was just saying that RP was unexpected (IME it's usually learnt rather than native), and trying to describe what I'd expect non-Cockney E London to sound like. Incidentally, don't try to do "Morningside" in Glasgow, because...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Strongly seconded....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    LOL (but only because you weren't hurt)....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    E17 would make me expect something between Cockney, Essex (Think Smiffy's sister Rudi in "Gavin and Stacy" rather than TOWIE) and "Estuary English" rather than RP as native, but there's no reason why you (or anyone else) shouldn't use RP....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    In this general context, and with the note that we've never spoken, I was thinking that "Sarf Larndarn" is a long way from "Received Pronunciation". Also, incidentally, Chrome and even IE11 spell check on the fly for you these days....
  • Commented on Bundle of Laundry
    That account goes nicely with my experience of being told by a manager that "it's good discipline to fill in your timesheet the day before it's due", despite my knowing accountants who consider doing that to be false accounting....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Well, I didn't read DSotS or Strata until after Mort (or possibly Sourcery) and felt they were comparatively weak (oh and I think Discworld didn't hit full charge until Guards! Guards!)....
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    I can appreciate that as superhero art, but it doesn't IMO fit the Laundry Files (either as a book cover or a stylistic representation of Charlie's writing)....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Cohen the (Geriatric) Barbarian and the Silver Horde are actually recurring characters up to "The Last Hero"....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Ok, I can't remember which one, but the reason for this should be obvious. I first met Pterry at an SF Con in the Glasgow Central hotel, and he was just chilling and chatting with a group of fans in...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    In this particular case, I was developing new code that read and wrote a specific format, hence the name being "COMMON_FORMAT". Generally, if the file format is a one-off, I'll settle for "INPUT_FILE" et al, and handle details of record...
  • Commented on Bundle of Laundry
    Mikko, they were probably telling the truth rather than trying to wind you up by acting blasé. One of the things I like most about the Laundry is just how true to life the management structure, internal politics etc are....
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Thanks, and well you can at least honestly feed back to both editors that people like their cover a lot!...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    This code is 20-odd years old and the "RC_" prefix denotes a record (if that wasn't obvious enough from the type name ending "RECORD_TYPE"). Not only that, but whilst not object oriented it is at least object-based to the extent...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    back on topic, at least sort of. Is there any known and legal way of acquiring one copy of the book, and copies of both covers? Back off topic:- After seeing his video at the Satellite 4 opening ceremony, I'm...
  • Commented on Briefly
    Note the in any pub I've been in caveat....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    You're making a list of bad practices. Some of that is just plain bad. All you get from short names is less typing (and probably fewer typos). Well now, that depends. Suppose we have a complex data type called, say...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Also refers to #798 I was actually channelling "The Big Bang Theory" (Tv series) rather than talking about theoretical physics....
  • Commented on Briefly
    Recommended, particularly if you already know that you enjoy HJT. Also, skittles isn't a common pub game anywhere in Scotland, and it's notable by its complete absence in any pub I've been in within about 3 miles of Charlie's place....
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