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She's not in the least bit classy, she appeals to a very low mentality that glorify the IRA as hero's that could do no wrong. Normally that is teenagers but a small subset of people don't grow out of it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:16:55 pm »
She's the least worst option, the controversies section on her wiki page is that she defends IRA members which will be standard for the course with any member of SF.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:14:32 pm »
Well worth it, even if it turns the gpu into a hot air soldering gun. Favourite game of the last few years.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: November 19, 2017, 01:19:58 am »
Its reddits pet cause, the faux outrage circle jerk.

There is one point I'd agree on and that is that games with paid loot boxes with random drops should be classified as gambling by the ESRB and other ratings agencies.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 19, 2017, 01:12:20 am »
Unless something very surprising happens, it will be Mary Lou McDonald as head of SF in the Republic and of SF overall, in Northern Ireland it will be Michelle O'Neill though she is  very inexperienced.

I like Mary Lou, over the past years SF have become our strongest opposition party and they have done a good job of it, but often go for low hanging fruit and very easy contrarian issues.
She is also the logical next step of the peace process and moving past the troubles. Their end goal is obvious: they want a border poll in Northern Ireland to join the Republic, and will leverage the Brexit talks to try and cause it.
There’s not a chance of the fence sitting disgruntled unionists swaying to leave the U.K with Gerry in charge, but without him, SF in Northern Ireland will do their best to be the kinder / gentler party, all they need to do is offer a better option then Teresa May and Arlene Forrester and all they seem to be able to offer is a lost decade of Brexit.

In the Republic, SF have their own role, the biggest drawback to SF ever being taken as a serious contender for government was the IRA baggage, the Media, Fianna Fail and Fianna Gael have always used IRA mudslinging to Gerry Adams as a last resort to undermine his credibility, it will be much harder to make it stick with Mary Lou.
This is the best time for Gerry to step away, there will likely be an election here in March/April and giving a few months for Mary Lou to establish herself and lead the party well and they could well get a small minority government propped up by independents which is roughly what we have now but slightly left of centre as opposed to right of centre.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:34:56 pm »
The only thing the UK has going for it right now is that, despite their best efforts, Russia doesn't have any real friends among the big three parties here. 

But thats about it.

And once we're out in the cold, we'll be looking for economic partners to take up the slack.  Cue Russia and China...

China won a tender to build the first nuclear reactor in the UK in years, there was an argument that depending on an external country to maintain it would be cheaper then building up the knowledge base in the UK, and China said they could build it faster.

It's been delayed massively and China has said sourcing materials is more expensive because of Brexit.

The majority of people are still in favour of leaving the EU. But if it were to go to the polls again and clarify:

Exit EU
Exit Customs Union No / Full / NI to remain semi
Exit Single Energy Market

Do you think it would get any different results?

The republic have said that NI having any kind of a border results in WTO rules and no deal, which is almost a certainty now, but I wish it wasn't my home country having to play the veto card because it makes us look difficult and allows us to be scapegoated.



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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:58:03 pm »
SQL is a beautiful monster, that gets progressively more complex the deeper you look into how it works until eventually you've been looking through index execution plans and you see Azathoth looking back.

SCADA is amazing, when it's not being managed by a single point failure running on some 1970's mainframe that the only person who knew how it runs died in the dot com bubble burst, which has been the only kind I have ran into in industry.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:09:59 pm »
It worked really well, so much clarity, we could do with more clear strong stability.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:40:30 pm »
If that happens though the DUP might pull the plug, be looking at another election.

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You can't argue with someone who has no ability or inclination to prove you wrong. You're asking the right questions to the wrong people.

If you want to know why scientists on the whole apparently believe climate change is real, you'll have to ask the scientists. Why are you asking Discordians?

All the worlds a chessboard and all the men are pigeons.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:49:36 am »
... despite having no discernible leadership qualities, like good policies, common sense or charisma.

Sigh, she was perfect for leading the tories.

So what exactly was she doing? I've seen mention of "foreign aid to assist in combat operations in golan heights" which to me sounds like an illegal arms deal.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:30:10 pm »
I'm not really concerned about government over reach but there are examples of it occuring more and more frequently, my fear is the curated feeds allows for very specific narratives to be sent to a broad range of people, tailored against their profile. It's already being used to make people susceptable to buying specific kinds of products but it could very easily be hijacked for a method of widespread social control.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:47:08 am »
The Windows "Telemetry" data is an ugly one, there are steps you can take to turn it off but by default it is enabled for most users.

Of the Linux implementations listed, Tails OS is a good one but is committed to privacy.

The web has gotten really ugly over the last few years:
It comes from the same systemic problem that is killing journalism, why Facebook wants to know every detail of you life, why most pages you visit beacon regardless of you having a google / facebook /microsoft account, it comes back to the Freemium model. The need to support your platform through external revenue such as advertising revenue by violating all of your users privacy.

When the product is free, the user is the product, their data is a list of vulnerabilities to allow effective targeting of advertising, it's dangerous because services start to distorts the content you encounter to better shape you for susceptibility to buying specific products.

Your data can be analysed, sold to intelligence agencies who are very good at reattaching that data to the person who generated it.

A scary example of over reach using this data is the following: If you buy tickets for a flight, and close your facebook or even register to new services, you can be automatically placed on a watch list.

The GDPR European data protection act fortunately makes the implicit on-by-default telemetry collection illegal, it has to be opt in instead of opt out, and in all likelihood Microsoft and others will need to wind back on their widespread data harvesting.

I hate social media because of the commodification of every aspect of yourself (reddit sets up users to be auto tagging, liking content they want to see and voting down things they disagree with, autobuilding a advertising targeting profile).

Here at the PD we will never share your data, we wont ever show you adverts as a means of supporting the site (I'll cover the cost and literally pan handle whenever it's too expensive for me). Forums might be a dying format but at least they are one of the few exclusively targeting discussion of ideas and concepts

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: November 06, 2017, 01:07:04 pm »
Going to throw myself a pity party though I am fully aware others have it rougher then me, but also to act as an update also of who I am and why I am on your lawn

Between now and December I'm probably going to get more entrenched in this nervous breakdown I'm cultivating:
Come Jan 1st I will either have a house, or be unable to even think about applying for one again next year (for various, boring reasons), this is entirely down to the builders whim as to the completion of the house, so we'll see what happens.

At work over the last couple of years my working week has gone from 37.5 hours, to 40, to consistently 50 or more. The work is interesting (we're developing a first of its kind for the energy grid which is cool and challenging).

Last week I brought the car in to have a mirror replaced and the exhaust tightened and found out it is a death trap: Rear brakes gone down to wire (blowout could have happened any time), cracked wishbone and wouldn't give it back to me until the repairs were done.


I spend more time chasing my tail then can commit to introspection or my hobbies, which makes me suspect the greyface Monkey is more in charge most of the time, interspersed with what alcoholics "call moments of clarity", I spend a lot of time worrying that I am neglecting this place which is a shame because even at it's quietest this place never ceases to amaze me with the cool shit that comes out of it.

So that's me, depressive homeless/carless/Irish maintaining that slim fingernail grip on reality.

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Principia Discussion / Re: I'm new, sad, angry and bring a warning.
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:06:21 am »
Which is of course because it is the copyright intellectual property of its author Steve "Abdul Alhazred" Jackson

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