* Posts by DasEnglander

9 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Nov 2011

Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets


"Didn't the Israeli's used to do something similar? Burying the bodies of suicide bombers in pig skin?"

No. That's just more Anti-Israeli propaganda spread by the same sort of idiots.

That Brit-built £22 computer: Yours for just £1,900 or more



I think he means the teaching kids bit and he's quite right.

I too have been there, done that and would need some considerable persuading to even consider trying it again.

Most of what I understand the Foundation's target audience to be are simply not interested in anything other than click this, click that 'computing'.

One of the main causes of this is an entire generation of teachers who were more interested in party politics than teaching and in many cases actually hostile to any form of technology.

While the former has for the most part either moved on, 'retired' or been ousted. The latter is still very much with us in even greater numbers than before.

To make matters worse, the few kids who are actually interested in anything beyond 'click this' will often get harassed unmercifully while these teachers look the other way and piously tell themselves it's for their own good because of their unhealthy obsession with environmentally damaging technology.

No. I am not exaggerating. One of my case files actually contains a statement from a teacher which says precisely that in much more florid language.

The very best of British Luck because you have a long hard road ahead of you.

Psst, kid... Wanna learn how to hack?


@Neil 7

Our Microsoft rep did mention in passing that they have no plans to support Broadcom SoCs. He wouldn't or couldn't go into detail but did mention "open source issues".

It seems that Broadcom are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Some of the open source Nazis scream abuse at them because they won't open source their extremely valuable IP. Others scream abuse at them because some of their customers have violated the GPL.

And then, to add insult to injury. Microsoft - probably the worst offender of the lot when it comes to 'misappropriating' open source code - won't support their SoCs because of unspecified "open source issues".

Of course the latter could simply be the usual sales rep 'in the know' horse manure of which we have all seen far too much...


@Tim Parker

"I was taking "the open source Nazi's" to be inclusive, rather than the 'Nazi's' being a sub-set of the open source supporters as might be implied by saying something like 'zealots within the open source community'. If that was not your intention then my apologies, although personally i'd prefer something perhaps less open to interpretation when using such an extreme epithet.


The problem is one of perception. People hear 'open source' and they automatically think of the very vocal minority I was referring to. It simply doesn't occur to them that the vastly larger majority of the 'community' might not share this obsession.

Probably because we don't leap up and down, screaming and shouting every time the subject comes up.

As for "extreme epithet"... That's more or less the point. They *ARE* extremists. Asbokid's rant above demonstrates this far better that anything I can say ever could.

I will say one thing for them. They sure do know how to pack a lot of FUD, factual errors and outright fabrications into a single post :)


@Tim Parker

"please don't tar everybody who support open source with the same brush"

How on earth did you get from 'open source Nazis' to 'open source supporters' ?

The two are not synonymous. Any suggestion that they are exists only in your mind and not in my original post.


"Startled" is not how I would have described the reaction of the open source Nazi's. Many of whom have been quite vocal in their condemnation of the foundation for things which are, quite frankly, way beyond their control.

Nor are they the only ones DEMANDING the foundation simply discard their own carefully considered plans to cater exclusively to their personal requirements.

At least in Alan's case he does seem to understand that some things are not under their control. He simply refuses to accept it doesn't actually matter to the target audience.

Personally, I think the foundation's staff and forum moderators have been incredibly patient with these people. I would have wielded the mighty banhammer against the worst offenders long before now.

Stonehenge finds hint at rituals far more ancient than the stones


Oh Really?

Would this be the same professor Vince Gaffney who was quietly 'admonished' for his "over enthusiastic" descriptions of that large expanse of submerged mud now being referred to as 'Doggerland' ?

Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff


Well I'll be damned!

I never thought I'd see that hack-tard Orlowski talking sense, but there it is in black and white for all to see.

It's just a pity he can't apply the same objective reasoning to copyright issues.

Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies


"widely credited in cutting a path for female writers of science fiction"


Not a fan of Andrew North then Bill?