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In story: Monday Open Thread

Re: Kaspersky is a top name
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Yeah, but I never know how much weight to put on reports from them, since they're often of the buy-our-services type.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: Monday Open Thread

I'm speaking as a techie.
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Kaspersky  is a top name in security. McAfee and Norton are not.

by eurogreen on
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The next available date is in October. However, the fee was also for my accommodation which may be non-refundable.

We're gonna re-visit on thursday to see if I can make a late entry, but I won't trust myself not to have another relapse till I'm clear for a week at least.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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has welcomed the French intervention :

Mali: le MNLA pret à "aider" la France - BBC Afrique - Afrique Mali: MNLA ready to help France - BBC Africa - Africa

Les rebelles touareg du Mouvement national pour la libération de l'Azawad sont "prêts à aider" l'armée française à lutter contre les groupes islamistes armés du nord du Mali.

Tuareg rebels of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad are "ready to help" the French army to fight against armed Islamist groups in northern Mali.
"Nous soutenons absolument l'intervention aérienne française. Bien sûr nous sommes prêts à aider l'armée française", a déclaré un responsable du MNLA, Moussa Ag Assarid. "We absolutely support the intervention French airline. Of course we are ready to help the French army," said an official of the MNLA, Moussa Ag Assarid.
"Nous sommes ceux qui pouvons faire le travail au sol. Notre rôle pourrait être principal" a-t-il assuré, affirmant que le MNLA disposait "des hommes, des armes, et surtout de la volonté d'arriver au bout du terrorisme dans l'Azawad"."We are the ones who can do the ground work. Our main role could be "he said, saying the MNLA had" men, weapons, and especially the desire to reach the end of terrorism in the Azawad. "

Which could turn the tables completely. The MNLA originally "liberated" north Mali from the Bamako government, then was overrun by the various Islamist groups and faded from the scene. But it's an open question whether they actually have a fighting force on the ground, as many have joined Islamist militias and others have left for Mauritania.

by eurogreen on
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There aren't enough brains in there to attract them anyway.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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Elves? Prancing about in the forest? All that singing? Those walls are anti-elve walls.

by generic on
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Zombies don't use artillery.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: Death by Train

Re: Death by Train
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"War time mentality" is what office racing enthusiasts call it. Was around until the 1970's at least.


by Number 6 on
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In story: Death by Train

Re: Death by Train
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Though Sweden does have a new approach to attempted suicide by train.
A cleaner stole an empty commuter train from a depot and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials have said.

The woman was seriously injured in the early-morning crash and was flown to a Stockholm hospital, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said. No one else was injured.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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Interesting.

In Sweden, deaths by cars has gone down considerably the laste decades as a result of a zero (deaths) vision. It has been a pragmatic policy that has aimed at reducing the most dangerous areas first, and with a wide range of options on actions. Roads with lots of casualities has been rebuilt on a large scale, there has been more sobriety checks and speeding cameras and also physical safety improvements in cars.

I think it was around 1500 dead in traffic a year in the 60ies, which has come down to 296 last year (think that is all traffic). Trains kill around 100 a year and a similar policy has gone into affect there, aiming as a first step to cut that by 50% between 2010 and 2020.

In general I would say that the success has stimulated demands for a zero policy in other areas like suicides which remain around 1000 a year. Sweden has btw an average suicide rate, contrary to myths anyone might have read.

by A swedish kind of death on
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People: the weak point of all social experiments since forever.


by Number 6 on
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From Strange Maps

The blue part is (more or less) a map of the world with North at the top. The coloured part is (more or less) a map with South at the top.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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It's a pity they've never heard of artillery.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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has advised users to store their data on Europe-based cloud computing services until the privacy of their data can be guaranteed.

Ha ha ha!

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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Well - it's a sales job. And he's a greasy salesman. So he's perfect for it.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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What do the weapons have to do with it? Weapons don't kill people, people do.

Oh wait. They're going to have people as well....

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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Now, it's pronounced "moochers".


by Number 6 on
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With all those weapons in a confined space they're also going to need a hospital and a mortuary.

I guess they use slaves for farming like other civilised people do - probably old liberals, at a guess.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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Note also the "defensive walls" around the "neighborhoods", but the lack of such protection for "power" and "water".
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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Indeed. Farmers' Market seems a bit fancy/tofu/latte/metro/coastal/elitist.

(If this were comics curmudgeon I'd make a comment about Pluggers.)

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Note the Farmers' Market, but the absence of farmes. Are we to suppose there are several square miles of farmland around The Citadel? Do the farmers live in Neighborhoods within the walls, or in their farms? Does the Martial community have to police the surrounding countryside to protect its farmers?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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heh, busted!

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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Did they forget to include a shipyard to build The Ark?

by Crazy Horse on
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In story: Monday Open Thread

Re: Kaspersky is a top name
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So are Norton and McAfee. So..?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: Monday Open Thread

Re: Monday Open Thread
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oh too bad.

take care of yourself.

by stevesim on
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Thanks. I carefully constructed the "a" tag with an href, but forgot to put anything between the open and close. Doh.


by Number 6 on
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(Link)

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Wow.

The only people I can think of that come close would be Lomborg or Blair. Seems like he's in a class of his own.


by Number 6 on
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"Liberty-Driven" Fortress Community Being Planned In Idaho

A group of self-appointed "patriots" are moving forward with an idea for a planned community of several thousand families of "patriotic Americans" in Idaho, a project named The Citadel, envisioned as a "martial endeavor designed to protect Residents in times of peril (natural or man-made)."
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(Artists conception of community on TPM if the image link fails.)

I'm missing a few things:

  • Temples (for healing potions and resurrections),
  • The Wizards'/Thieves'/Barbarians' Inns
  • neighbourhoods for elves and dwarves.


by Number 6 on
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In story: Monday Open Thread

Re: Monday Open Thread
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Oh dear. That sounds awful. I hope you get better soon, and that you get it sorted with your course. They are probably giving the same course over and over again, won't they let you take the course later on?
by Katrin on
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