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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Chrisq I vote (270 comments)

I vote for "Red Dwarf"


Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Chrisq Re:Translation: (157 comments)

They have yet to see past Exchange and Office and understand what most people actually do with these things.

You mean watch porn, right?

2 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chrisq Re:Herd immunity (638 comments)

99% Can seem high degree of protection, however if you work in an area where you meet thousands in a day, it will only be a matter of time before you succumb.

Now if everybody is at 99%.....it is as damn near to impossible as you are going to get.

I think you misunderstand. For 99% it works, no matter what the exposure. For the 1% they will succumb whether exposed to viruses from one infected person or hundreds.

2 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chrisq Re:Herd immunity (638 comments)

The protection you get from vaccinations is on the "herd" level and not the individual. If the majority of the herd is not vaccinated, the vaccine itself provide very little protection to an individual....

Factually incorrect for most vaccines, which provide a high degree of protection for individuals

2 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chrisq Re:Religious reasons? (638 comments)

How would this work out with employees who have "religious reasons" for not being vaccinated? Could they claim discrimination?

Yes right and you'd let the Muslim employees rape the little girls too because it is emulating "the best of men" in their religion.

2 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chrisq Re:its a tough subject (638 comments)

No one would be forced to get a vaccination, and everyone has a choice. It would be a condition of employment, anyone would be free to quit if they chose not to get vaccinated.

Provided that there were exemptions for genuine medical reasons (e.g. severe allergy to something in the vaccine), I agree

2 days ago

Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

Chrisq Re:Why give China access to data (114 comments)

that they won't disclose to us? I don't know if any of you have ever tried to get this info from Apple, but they really don't make it easy. Or possible.

Just wait until the Chinese leak it online

2 days ago

Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Chrisq That's daft (307 comments)

You could come up with a lot of these daft sayings:,

Net Neutrality means
... Having to write your web page in every language
... Having to have it accessible on any output device
... Having to make it understandable to anyone of any educational level.

Perhaps fortunately it doesn't mean any of these things

3 days ago

Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Chrisq Re:A reason to go with Open Source (155 comments)

So, which Linux distro that I installed in 2003 still has active security updates today? Which one even had more than four years of support?

RHEL 4.0 which was available in 2003 and will be given extended support to the end of this month.

4 days ago

Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Chrisq Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Voltaire said it was "difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

A good example is how many newspaper's refer to "the Prophet Muhammad". Since most readers aren't Muslims it would be much more accurate to say "the False Prophet Muhammad", or at very least "Islam's Prophet Muhammad".

4 days ago

Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Chrisq Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

What he's proposing there is domestic war against an undefined enemy.

The problem is that it is islamaphobic to define the enemy. So we have a situation where Jewsih schools and synagogues are surrounded by police while Muslims go where they want, and Jews thinking about leaving France when Muslims feel welcome to stay and undermine the society. Obviously in both cases it should be the other way round.

4 days ago

Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Chrisq Re:Esperanto is much easier than English (374 comments)

Esperanto is much easier than English ....And yet very few switch

That is a very good analogy. Unless you are a language enthusiast or have a niche requirement you probbly won't use Esperanto ... or D

4 days ago

Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Chrisq we will know if it makes the big time (241 comments)

we will know if it makes the big time when Microsoft decides its worth suing for "unspecified patent infringements"

5 days ago

Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

Chrisq What they need (63 comments)

Is "a laser capable of emitting a beam of pure anti-matter".

about a week ago

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Chrisq Re:Sure. we believe you... (219 comments)

Explain the Apollo program then. What a joke this site has become. Nothing but Bolshevik propaganda, in one article after another. I'm surprised this one got through, as it doesn't mention 'climate change'.

I wonder whether you would get a different result when "the shit hits the fan" rather than with "let's play some games". I have seen women who work very well under pressure, but anecdotally I think I have seen more women come to peaces under pressure than men. Mind you when I have seen men have caved in under pressure it has been catastrophic, like six months off work with stress related disease or getting fired for throwing a monitor across the room.

about a week ago

NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Chrisq Re: Stands to reason (181 comments)

Agreed. The Sony hack was an inside job.

I blame Fox Film Studios

about a week ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Chrisq Re: One mile? (778 comments)

I was biking triple that distance when I was 11 in 1997 (obviously without a cell phone). The world is not so dangerous that all minors need continuous monitoring.

At 12 I was allowed to take the train to London for a day out with school friends. We had all been walking home from school alone since about 7 or 8.

about two weeks ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Chrisq Re:The Dangers of the World (778 comments)

Comparing the USA favorably to a 3rd-world shithole will not advance your argument.

Sorry, but I'll nevertheless point out that the USA compares favorably to Europe, not to advance my argument, but because Europeans need to know.

Certainly not in respect of allowing children to play outside then walk home.

about two weeks ago

IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Chrisq Re:They do it for us! (481 comments)

I'm assuming working at a desk all day doesn't make them particularly qualified to work in the fields or do a proper job on my lawn.

On the contrary, many Silicon Valley tech workers have a lot of experience with grass.

about two weeks ago



How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about a year ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?"


A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion Euros

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "

A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived — after the company admitted its mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (£9.4qn). This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

If only she paid the bill Europe could have been out of recession and France the world's strongest economic power!"
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Teenager's stomach removed after drinking cocktail

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "From the BBC:

A teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Lancashire Police say Gaby Scanlon was out with friends in Lancaster last Thursday (4 October) when it happened. The 18-year-old is reported to have become breathless and developed severe stomach pain before being taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Officers say she would have died if doctors had not performed the operation. The woman, from Heysham in Lancashire, was taken to hospital at 11pm. She was diagnosed with a perforated, or pierced stomach, and is now in a serious but stable condition. 'Toxic chemical' Lancashire Police have not named the place where she bought the cocktail, but say it has stopped selling it.

Why the hell would anyone even consider this a good idea?"
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Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq writes "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."

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Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?"

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Massive Orkut Hacking

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chrisq writes "It appears that many Orkut communities have been hacked. The "converts to Hinduism" forum was changed to "converts to fucking Hinduism", and contains many anti-hindu posts. A post http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=28092814&ti d=2540072012157365331 gives a list of hacked as

Massive hacking of Hindu communities
List of Hacked Hindu Communities —
D.A.V. ians
Bhumihar Samaj
Shweta Salve-The Dancing Queen
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Amar Chitra Katha
Rabindranath Tagore's works
Metro Railways, Calcutta
Bangla Bhasha
Monda Club (Bengali Sweets)
IACS, Calcutta
Nandan Chattar
Dwarka Rocks!!!!!!!!
Jai Shree Ram
Dhulashia School
Aishwarya rai




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