Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    I'd rather our news organisations stick to clear, factual reporting, and leave me to do my own editorialising.

    Are you saying that some kind of qualitative analysis has no place in the news media? It is called editorial-ising after all. I thought the problem is that our media is shit at it.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    Apostrafing

    paleopuns

    Heh heh... where's your petri dish now, Giovanni?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    First, I really think Finlay will be unamused at being called a neo-con.

    I don't think I ever said that... also, I was thinking more of the types whom Salon.com et. al. like to call paleocon. WFB was a proper neocon, and deserving of a sliver more respect.

    [neologisms sic]

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    I blame Twitter for pantywaist. It's like a petri dish for cretinous neologisms.

    I believe pantywaist is in fact a cretinous paleologism. And I blame the rise of increasingly shrill ultraconservative bloggish blatherers from the US in recent years, who need a way to be hateful and homophobic without cussin'.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    Used to have a board on the back of a door in a flat. Passed it many many times.

    1...2...3... [little light goes on in head]

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    6.

    Now this man has courage in his convictions, which Sacha and I seem to lack.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    Try this one which pops up in quiz evenings now and then: what is the next number in this sequence: 20, 1, 18, 4, 13, ?

    10?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    My search for a good lightweight word processor that's not Word (but can save and open Word documents) continues

    I fear the requirements of "lightweight" and "can save and open Word documents" are mutually exclusive, considering the nature of the .doc[x] spec. Abiword mostly makes an acceptable job of reading it, but can't write. OpenOffice.org makes me want to hurl even more than Word itself - on my Linux desktop at work it's easier to open Word in a VM than use OOo.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    I don't think Windoze can go much further without dropping the bloody awful "Registry" and quit running parts th OS as "Services"

    Not sure what you mean about services, what exactly do you think other OSes do? A Windows "service" is much like a Unix "daemon".

    but to do that would mean a total ground upward build. Which would in all likelihood end up similar to BSD, with about as many applications in the box i.e not many.

    Well I don't know about your BSD, but mine came with 20773 applications sitting just outside the box...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    actually the Borg may be the result of locking Vista in a box for 700 years ....

    Nope, I'm pretty sure the Borg descends from Ubuntu - which is, after all, "Linux for Human Beings".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 817 posts Report Reply

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