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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Chrisq Re:Nuke Gaza! (785 comments)

No. The terrorists might deserve it but the innocents do not. And there are innocents in Gaza, lots of them. The civilian casualties so far have been terrible despite Israel's attempts to limit them*. There is not much that can be done to protect civilians beyond what Israel has already done. But to nuke them is reprehensible even if it were feasible. The current option is bad but possibly the only method to secure innocent Israelis. That option would be murder. *And despite Hamas inflating numbers and adding their own dead combatants to the list. And of course adding at least twenty-five people who they executed for suspected collusion with Israel, whom they then listed as martyrs.

maybe not but it would save a lot of suffering and reduce total deaths if they did this one and got it over with. Hell it may even persuade some other Muslims not to try and attack people with different beliefs


Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Chrisq Re:Radicalization (785 comments)

uhm were talking Muslims here. Its a bit saying if the mouse doesn't want to make the cat an enemy it should be polite and not run.


Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Chrisq Re:Corporate America (533 comments)

Is it a democracy?

No. Yo can vote for which party the corporations will tell what to do.

about two weeks ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

Chrisq Re:Race to the bottom (171 comments)

Why do we call it race top the bottom and we are sad when we are talking cost of software but we call it economies of scale when we buy hardware and we are happy ?

I think because economies of scale don't apply to software production. When designing some large system the overheads associated by having different teams working together increase (this is described well in The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering). The same is true of physical systems, producing the design and prototype of a new airliner will be a large project - and if you got each engineer to design a small "one person" project (an electric bicycle, a better toaster, etc) the output in terms of components would be much bigger.

In physical systems, however, there is then a production phase where the product is produced over and over. The larger the volume the better the economies of scale - when Ford produce a volume car they know they will be producing millions so they put a lot of effort in making the assembly quick and automating. For airliners it is less so, there will be much more manual assembly involved as they may be in the 100s.

With software, however there is very little in the production stage, essentially the copying and distribution costs are much lower than the design cost. This means the only benefit of volume is dilution of the original design cost.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Chrisq Also in the news (590 comments)

Jack Chick will be recasting Jesus as a woman to appeal to the female audience.

about two weeks ago

Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

Chrisq Re:WTF (79 comments)

No my mother, but your mom seems to like it.


about two weeks ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Chrisq Re:I expect this! (300 comments)

This is a normal cyclical occurrence in companies such as Microsoft, they'll have skimmed off the kids who can actually write C++ compiled binary and assembler software well, and thrown the rest out. I know from years of experience, you'll think you are in a room full of programmers but in reality there will approximately two brainy kids amongst 200. This is the nature of human intelligence, it's a rare commodity and MOST people are “wannabes.”

Then there's the people who can do it but spend all day on Slahsd... oh shit I'd better get some work done!

about two weeks ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Chrisq Re:and they want to increase the number of H1B's (300 comments)

it's about time that any one useing any h1b's must lay them off first.

What's the betting that the layoffs will be followed by lobbying for more h1bs because of the shortage of skilled staff.

about two weeks ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Chrisq Re:You don't need so many workers (300 comments)

Actually, many people don't want to work with Linux, given the abysmal choices of desktop environments, each with their own style of suck.

I've one word for you. Metro.

about two weeks ago

Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

Chrisq Re:'Big Ass Fans' (79 comments)

Seriously? There is a business called 'Big Ass Fans'?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Some donkeys get quite hot - they're filling a niche

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Chrisq Re:I suggest... (244 comments)

using secret ink so the paper blank until you hold it over a candle. We used to do that as kids.

I suggest, since they are going back to "old school tech" they should use the "Mission impossible" reel to reel taprecorder that catches alight once played. Maybe Apple are working on a digital version.

about two weeks ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Chrisq Re:Creepy? (106 comments)

the creepy part is the car knowing your health and determining whether it would be more fit to drive than you.

In this case I disagree. The creepy part is that all those intoxicated and fatigued people still take their car. This kind of techonology should not be necessary but clearly it is.

I once knew someone who would drive 400 yards to a pub and quite seriously said that it was because he often couldn't walk properly when he came out, and that just driving down the road "wasn't a problem"!

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chrisq Re:World Cup 2018 (151 comments)

Why not create an UK team ? You would have more chances of success.

double zero is still zero!

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chrisq Re:World Cup 2018 (151 comments)

How about getting the England football team beyond the first round for the next world cup? This I see as a much better plan for 2018.

We prefer realistic goals.

David Cameron is currently undertaking a feasibility study on the possibility of holding a piss-up in a brewery.

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chrisq Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

But it's being pushed by Scottish politicians. I still think it's politics, but for the other side: It's a way for Scotland to demonstrate the have high-tech capabilities too, and are more than just an outpost of England.

It doesn't sound like it, from TFA:

Ministers want to establish the UK spaceport by 2018 - the first of its kind outside of the US.

Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted and Scotland has six of the potential locations.

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chrisq Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

That said, if Scotland does stay in the UK then it would be the logical choice. Scotland and Northern Ireland are the only parts of the UK where a launch path would not go over another country for a considerable distance.

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chrisq Cynically I expect (151 comments)

Cynically I expect that this won't happen by 2018, and nobody expects it to. I think it is something that the government thinks will help get a "no" vote to Scottish independence.

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Chrisq Re:Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

If the French people want the small booksellers etc. they can simply choose now not to go to amazon. Amazon offering cheap shipping isn't forcing anyone to use it.

It comes down to whether you want to make a considered decision on something or rely on the populace's impulse purchases to determine the direction your country moves in.

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Chrisq Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

At least for now with this most recent situation, an online giant has found a relatively quick and easy way to regain the upperhand.

Why the assumption that it is good for for-profit companies to find loopholes and avoid the will of democratically elected governments. The French government has made a decision that will have repercussions. If this is followed, books will be more expensive in France, but they wont lose the independent small bookstalls in town high streets that so many other countries will have. It may also inhibit the ability of online companies to start in France. But, guess what, the people can decide. They can lobby for it to be an election issue, ask their representatives which way they vote, etc. If they don't like the law they can get it changed.

Why is it assumed to be better for a private company with a board who the French people ave no influence upon circumvent this decision?

about two weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Chrisq I've always thought that the best way for Israel (379 comments)

I've always thought that the best way for Israel to deal with the Muzzy threat is to send in the tanks and bulldozers. Just flatten the area the rockets came from. Offer peace if the other side stop attacking (of course in the case of the Muslims that would be against their religion) but otherwise go in with full strength.

about three 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 3 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 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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