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I picked up the link to the previous post from Google News' Irish News filter, but it's getting harder and harder to read it because it's flooded with links to Irish tabloids whose idea of news is not so much "all the news that's fit to print" as "whatever voyeurism will get us a lurid front-page headline". It'd be nice to see a more intellectual counterpoint to the Irish Times, which has its own biases, but unfortunately it seems that the only Irish papers running an opposing point of view are doing so from the gutter.
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I'm no fan of our former Minister for Justice (given that I felt he was far too right-wing), but I can't help but feel that he's been somewhat misrepresented by the Irish Times in this article which claims he's in favour of a legal obligation to report crimes. If that was indeed what he said, it wouldn't surprise me, and it's the tricky sort of thing I haven't liked him for in the past, where on the face of it it looks harmless enough, but digging deeper it's veering off into over-policing. However, reading further down the article it appears that he's actually referring to someone who is already being questioned with respect to a serious crime, i.e. a witness or a suspect, which puts a slightly different tilt on his argument - I'm still not wholly comfortable with it, but it's hardly a KGB-style "kids! tell us your parents are capitalist running dogs!" as implied by the opening paragraph.
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According to a newspaper I refuse to link to on the grounds that it's a poorly-disguised tabloid, "There are 195 independent states in the world, and people from 188 of them were living in Ireland at the time of the last census."
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The existence of paywalls (i.e. a requirement that you be a subscriber to read full content) is something I'm not wholly opposed to; while much has been written about the quality of free vs. paid-for content, and paying for something doesn't necessarily make it any better (human nature being to at least unconciously assume this to be the case, going by several studies), I still like to think that someone, somewhere, is getting paid for entertaining or informing me - even if the subscription revenue is only a fraction of that. Anyway, it appears the Irish Times has decided to take down their paywall from Monday, although I can't say the move from Ireland.com to irishtimes.com makes a whole lot of sense to me given that it's effectively discarding one of the biggest online brand-names in the country. Apparently it's being turned into a portal site, last seen in the wild in the Internet Gold Rush of nineteen ought eight (or something like that). Portals, I seem to recall, were a good way of killing off a piece of Internet real-estate. Maybe that's the intention.
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TWICE tonight... well, the first one was a misread scrolling ticker on Sky News at the gym, wherein I briefly wondered why they were reporting on Nelson Mandela's GOTH birthday, which of course was in fact a report on his 90TH birthday. But the second, well, that was a typo - the Belfast Telegraph's "most read stories" page suggested that the shooting in Kentucky involved an argument over "googles". Which, if it made it into the RSS feed, possibly explains why it's in the top 10 most-read articles (it turns out that the argument was over goggles.)
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Startlingly, this great sceptic, this non-guru who believes in nothing, is still a practising Christian. He regards with some contempt the militant atheism movement led by Richard Dawkins.
"Scientists don't know what they are talking about when they talk about religion. Religion has nothing to do with belief, and I don't believe it has any negative impact on people's lives outside of intolerance. Why do I go to church? It’s like asking, why did you marry that woman? You make up reasons, but it’s probably just smell. I love the smell of candles. It's an aesthetic thing.” (link)
This is an interesting article - with, admittedly, a few odd hints, like that Taleb isn't entirely convinced of global warming - but I really like that quote. I've made several attempts to add a little editorialising on this, and I'm not happy with how any of them have come out. So, just read it and make up your own mind.
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What happens if you print your bank details in a national newspaper? Also, I am amused to note that last year's much-publicised loss of UK citizen data happened while said data was en route to The National Audit Office. As [livejournal.com profile] jwz said not too long ago, "The universe tends towards maximum irony. Don't push it."
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The Wall Street Journal offers some highly questionable advice on getting around your IT deparment's policies. You've got to love the advice on safeguarding against your data being swiped when you use a third-party site for file transfers: only use "reputable sites" (the example being "a start-up run by a former Adobe Systems Inc. executive and funded by well-known venture-capital firms") or look for the SSL icon... how about, y'know, encrypting your files with one of the no-brainer drag-and-drop encryption tools that are freely available, eh?
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From Ireland.com: "Langer refuses to lie down". I presume it's about golf as opposed to an overdose of sildenafil.
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Seen on Ireland.com in an article updated at 12:30pm:
Next week looks set to remain unsettled, with rain expected. Typical Irish summer, so.

There[sic] main sporting event this week will, with respect to the good men and women of Munster, the Dublin - Meath Leinster football championship quarter-final replay in Croke Park on Sunday. Expect thundery outbursts. And that's just on the pitch.
The rest of the article is pretty dry (no pun intended) by comparison.
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fascinating article about a guy who tries speaking solely Irish to people in Ireland. Comes with bonus Irish phrase guide at the end.
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Story summary on Ireland.com, website of the Irish Times newspaper: "The Labour Party is to call for a flat fare on Dublin Bus and 500 extra vehicles in the Dáil this week." I know Leinster House is a big building, but I'm not sure you'd fit that many vehicles into it.
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Headline seen in a newspaper today: "Patient 'was prescribed drug'".
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Newspaper article, although since the URL looks pretty generic (i.e. will be replaced next week), here's the article )
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This would be the Diving One as opposed to the American One: he and two colleagues found this and got a big write-up in a local paper.
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The Chap, a Journal for Modern Gentlemen. You are, as the site says, entering a doffing zone.
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Apocryphally, someone (not necessarily RSF) organised the rioting in Dublin. Interesting second-hand stories about well-dressed guys with bluetooth headsets directing the ebb and flow of the rioters from somewhere behind the line. Jeffery Donaldson on the radio, responding to a caller who said it was "a bunch of northsiders who came out of the pubs to join the riots", responding that if northsiders generally went drinking carrying tricolours and fireworks, he'd not be drinking on the northside any time soon (Good comeback, Jeffery, and wholly without malice I'd suggest you'd not get an entirely pleasant reception on the northside or the southside anyway.) My own suggestion, that the rioters had raided Carroll's (a purveyor of many, many Oirish tourist gimmicks who were offended when I asked if they sold "cheap-ass sunglasses") prior to or during the rioting in order to stock up on "Irish" paraphenalia (made in $cheapest_location_available, of course). Some idiots headed to Lansdowne Road on Wednesday for the Ireland/Sweden friendly chanting pro-IRA slogans on the platform. No, seriously, you are assholes, if only for equating the Irish soccer team with a bunch of (actual, as opposed to Bushian) terrorists. I missed said match due to it not being free-to-air, i.e. the Irish soccer association having sold the rights exclusively to a pay-for channel based in the UK. How is it the alleged nationalists aren't up in arms over that? I caught the highlights of the match; Ireland's first goal was a typically Irish fluke: a lone striker keeps the ball to himself, takes a shot, and it bounces off the opposition into the opposition's goal. This is how we fumble our way to victory, except that the third goal was an absolute stunner. Which makes it all the more inexplicable why one of the freesheet tabloids the following day had a big headline crediting Duff (goal 1) and Keane (goal 2) but making no mention of Miller (goal 3, and the only decent goal scored). German coworker asked in jest if this meant we take Sweden's place in the World Cup.

No link from there to here: no sooner do I post about running when the weather takes a turn for the colder (apparently including the coldest night in ten years; temperatures somewhere down to -15°C) which meant I wasn't even inclined to leave the warmth of the front room, much less the house.

I think that about covers everything. Time for bed.


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