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    "...learn to rely on such transcripts to augment their verbal memories..." Instead of using a straight transcript, use a Markovian mashup of everything they've said over the last x minutes; tweak the parameters so that it remains readily possible for...
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    I wonder how much overlap there is between those people, and the people who insist on turning the radio/TV on first thing in the morning over breakfast and have no inkling of how much that makes people like me want...
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    What reaction is displayed by the other voices coming out of the speaker, when they hear something like this? "I think we should be parrrp proactive moving forward hnnnng and wheelandaxleage the SPLOOSH! returns for tax advantage plop, plop, plop...
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    With reference to the earlier content about burner phones: twitter has just provided the perfect solution: use one of these! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_14Tv6U0AE2hy-.jpg:large...
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    No, it was invented as an in-group signifier, so that the constant reaffirmation of the satisfaction of group membership from using it all the time can drive the redirection of all blame for any fault onto the out-group and away...
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    "Along with the rhetorical re-packaging of terms like "privilege" and "racism", its usage is an attempt to get white Americans to stop seeing themselves as a neutral baseline" Which I think is totally the wrong idea. To me the idea...
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    Indeed, serious enough to breed revolution....
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    I don't think it's too bad as long as you're not sewing by hand. If you've got an electric sewing machine, or even a treadle-operated one - the important thing being that it leaves both hands free - it's a...
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    I found some tyres which had the kevlar strip built in, embedded inside the rubber somewhere. They are bloody magic. Absolute godsend with the amount of broken glass there is about. I wonder if you can get them for mobility...
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    "...that prejudice (and it is one)..." Indeed it is, quite literally - a prior judgement. An assumption that observation X belongs in category C because it does have a superficial resemblance to other things in category C, used as a...
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    "Someone put out a $130 hot wire foam cutter." How on earth did they expect to get anyone to pay that? I used to make those when I was still a wee nipper. Length of nichrome wire off an old...
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    I reckon you'd be OK with lupins though....
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    "Elsass-Lothringen." "Mein!" "Mien!" "Mein!" "Mien!" "Mein!" "Mien!" "Mein!" "Mien!" "Mein!" "Mien!" "Mein!" "Mien!" ......
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    "So noticing that I'm looking at routes in an area where my cell service doesn't exist then figuring out that maps should be cached isn't AI?" The only "novel" thing about that is not having to worry about having enough...
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    "...Curie-point magnetic coupling of the heating element to the soldering tip..." Yes, they are great... IF you have an unrestricted supply of tips. The trouble is that the protective iron plating develops an invisible pinhole, then the copper inside gradually...
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    *shrug* In a flock of pigeons one can often see one pigeon pecking the crap out of another one and trying to drive the victim away from the other pigeons (and the patch of food they've found). This is a...
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    "Still, I think you are making a mistake in generalizing local usage in your area to the rest of the world." Other way round. I'm giving a counterexample to the apparent assumption that the US usage is generalisable :) "...comparing...
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    He's not doing anything of the sort. You have still missed Paws's point: the word has multiple meanings. And, moreover, the meaning which you appear to be considering the foremost in everyone's consciousness is not so in reality; it is...
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    "Agree about the last chance, but the decision is NOT tory/liebour it' fucking BREXIT. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS" Thing is it's a case of starting from where you are. Which is, unfortunately, a position from which there is far too little...
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    A couple of observations for what they're worth... Most women I know (aside from those who tend to avoid profanity in general) are quite happy to call someone a cunt if they deserve it. The idea of that word being...
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    The Falklands are an example of a problem which could be solved by the invention of the teleport. If you simply teleported the population (with houses etc.) to the uninhabited wastes of Caithness one night they'd never notice the difference...
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    X may be running as root, but it's still running in user space, whereas 'Doze puts the whole kit and caboodle in kernel space - is what I understand whitroth to be complaining about. FWIW the most common trigger for...
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    I don't remember finding anything. Bear in mind that this was a while ago now and I can't even remember precisely what operation it was that the problem cropped up on. Also, neither Dad nor I use LibreOffice most of...
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    Not 'Doze. Dad uses Ubuntu, with Gnome desktop and whatever mouse input mechanism Ubuntu sets up by default (evdev, I think). I use Debian with fluxbox and xserver-xorg-input-mouse (and sysvinit, with every trace of systemd nuked with extreme prejudice). Neither...
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    Ah... I'm talking about PIC microcontrollers :) There are only four words of stack and it's not general purpose, all it can do is hold return addresses. If you want a data stack you have to implement it in software...
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    Funny to think that the more heavily code I write gets into asynchronicity and event-driven I/O and stuff, the more likely it is to be for a machine that has almost no stack at all (only four levels, so you...
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    Yes, that too (as Uri points out, it's the other way round, so LO inherited its javaciousness from OO)....
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    "...it's nothing more than a rewrite of Pascal p-machine." Another hope feeds another dream Another truth installed by the machine A secret wish, the marrying of lies Today comes true what common sense denies....
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    It was me that was complaining about LibreOffice, not Thomas... well, actually, it was my dad. He was using a 2.1GHz (I think) 32 bit CPU, not sure how much RAM but plenty for anything else he used in Ubuntu....
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    I mostly use Firstserv. Prices are about a tenner a year unless you want some exotic TLD. They're more professionally-oriented than consumer-oriented so there is a refreshing lack of bullshit, everything on their domain control panel works without having to...
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