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John Looney
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This is great for a few belly-laughs!
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Brilliant!
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Nothing has gone wrong yet. Apparently the Google Dublin office is "better than a conference centre" :-)
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yup good WiFi all day
thanks again to organizers, was really a nice first edition which sets the level rather high for next year!
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Interesting. I played with using silly putty inside leather armour, and it worked pretty well, but I couldn't solve the problem of after a while the silly putty would drop to the bottom of the pouch it was contained in. Small cells of armour are ok for slash protection, no good for spear tips. Wonder what they did..
«Top News. Liquid body armor tested in Poland. Thu Apr 2, 2015 1:06pm EDT. Scientists at a Polish company that produce body armor systems are working to implement a non-Newtonian liquid in their products. The liquid is called Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF). STF does not conform to the model of ...
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That'll make it heavy though...might try it.
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Are there any ways to cast podcasts to Sonos/Chromecasts with speedup ? After listening to podcasts at 1.6x or 1.8x speed for many years, I can't tolerate "normal speeds" anymore, people seem stupid & slow.

Seems my existing podcast apps just pass a URL to Sonos/Chromecast..which can't play at fast-speed :(
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Read that as LOLcast. Let's have another coffee.
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Who. I just realised that new laptops run as long as new high end Android smart phones. About 12 hours.

I remember when my fancy-pants Nokia got a week and a really good laptop would be lucky to get 90 minutes....
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Not a ringing endorsement of high end android phones.
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Anyone want a nice scary story for the campfire tonight ?
Posted by Mark Seaborn, sandbox builder and breaker, with contributions by Thomas Dullien, reverse engineer [This guest post continues Project Zero’s practice of promoting excellence in security research on the Project Zero b...
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I've had the original paper open in my browser for a while. Epic stuff.
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Simon McGarr scaring the bejaysus out of hundreds of Site Reliability Engineers at #SRECon15EU today. Telling nerds they might not be able to read their email when in the US this Christmas was always going to be a barrel of laughs!
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Safe harbour turned out to be ie safe for the nsa to Hoover up any non us citizen data. who will crack if access is cut. Good wakeup call to mail encryption
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I think we need to stand up for "traditional marriage" in Ireland; which involves a man marrying a horse, 'embracing' it, slaughtering it and bathing in a soup of its flesh, which his friends can them consume while he's still bathing in it.

It's disgusting how modern society has twisted marriage to be all about two people.

If you are curious, you can read more on the Feis,  or better yet, check out a drawing of it... http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/.a/6a00d8341c464853ef016305cb3ba3970d-500wi
Feis, (plural feisi, fesa) (spending the night, a feast), traditionally translated "feast" as in feis Temro (the feast of Tara), is etymologically the verbal noun of the Old Irish verb fo-aid (to spend the night, to sleep), hence the formula […]
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Fair enough.
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Registration is now open, and we are limited to 350 people, so get in there early. This will be really good. Promise.
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I've spent the last few weeks thoroughly enjoying "Three Kingdoms", an historical novel/epic, loosely set in 170AD China, likely written 200 years after that. Its..so terse, difficult, with so many names, places, quick plot lines and a death count that makes Game of Thrones read like a teddy bears picnic. The wit of the commanders, the description of military tactics and strategy..is really engaging. Though wow, being a peasant or a woman in that age seemed...unpleasant.

Anyone got other recommendations for similar books ? Outlaws of the Marsh is next up...
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Max is still right, and I add, the book is still worth reading. 
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Yay, new bike! Got some final assembly help from Clara, though +Ben Lutch did most of the work. Love the disk brakes & the frame feels really good. 
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I have normal brakes on my Langster, and they were far softer than this bike...which is really useful for high-speed commuting, with people & cars wandering in front of me a lot.

+Julien Goodwin Build my own bike ? What am I, a farmer ? (actually, it was more I couldn't justify flying to california to build a bike. It was amusing enough bringing it home on the airplane, the next time I happened to be in the area).
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Great fan-made Joker origin story..better than Gotham, I think.
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Living & working in Dublin, but born a Meath-man. Proud owner of far too much medieval replica weaponry. By day, I'm an engineering manager with Google.
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    Computer Applications, 1993 - 1997
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Excellent Italian pizza, imaginative toppings and Eight Degrees beers. Nice ambiance, decor and friendly staff. Eat here.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Magnificent French recipes with Irish ingredients, in a fabulous French townhouse like setting. Great service. Anything meal with game meats is a must. Surprisingly generous portions for a 'fine dining' establishment.
Food: ExcellentService: ExcellentDecor: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
mediocre bar food is fine for a venue that serves great beer, and the porter house doesn't disappoint. the menu has been pretty steady for the last decade. the decor is interesting to look at, but the seating is far from comfortable. it's hard to hide from the noise in the evenings, if music is not your thing.
Decor: Very GoodFood: GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
avoca is the irish mammy's favorite hangout; good quality food you can pretend is healthy, enormous deserts and serving staff that will endure tales of woe and delight from anyone who wants to share with them. lunch at avoca is also a great excuse to spend an hour pottering over pretty or shiny things you don't need. stay away from the tasty cheesecake; it's actually huge, not far away.
Decor: Very GoodFood: Very GoodService: Very Good
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one of the best quick kebabs in the city; proper fresh flatbreads, baked on-site with high-quality ingredients. magnificent food before or after a night on the beer!
Decor: GoodFood: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
"enormous beer and whiskey selection, matched to a gastropub menu. some of the best steaks in the city. the ""beerhall"" upstairs can be loud and brash (especially on weekend evenings), while downstairs has more intimate small tables. all my friends love this place."
Decor: Very GoodFood: ExcellentService: Very Good
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reviewed 3 years ago
adding five fancy toppings and a salad to a thick overcooked patty, makes an unwieldy work of art from fast food. it makes for great photos - but awkward food. there is no way to eat one without either embarrassing yourself or disappointing your date.
Decor: GoodFood: GoodService: Good
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