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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Errol backfiring Re:He swore? (193 comments)

If figures. When I swear it usually shows my true feelings of that moment. And when I would find such a disrespect of human rights and the constitution, I would swear as hell.

2 days ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

Errol backfiring Consider it done (255 comments)

Oh we already have enough random data in the pipe: facebook, twitter and youtube.

2 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Errol backfiring Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (380 comments)

In pieces. The database or whatever storage is used could be a good starting point to abstract. See How to Ride a Dinosaur.

5 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Errol backfiring Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (380 comments)

I would not replace it with something new, but migrate it to something maintainable.

you know the mantra:

  • If it ain't broke, maintain it
  • If it's broke, either repair it or discard it
  • If it's beyond maintenance, it's definitely broke

The fact that it is a core business system does not provide an excuse, it makes it even worse.

about a week ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Errol backfiring Re:No surprise, but a bad idea (97 comments)

You'd be surprised. My compost toilet is a "collector" type, so it is basically a bin with a toilet seat on top (see http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... ) and it must be emptied on a compost pile. So the composting should take place outside the toilet itself. However, the composting process already starts in the toilet and hardly needs any mass at all. It just needs rest and the right ingredients.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Errol backfiring Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (380 comments)

, but he was also getting paid something like 4-5x his previous salary as a consultant to maintain the systems he used to simply because there wasn't anybody else on the planet who knew it.

Wow, that is an extremely expensive mistake. He's bound to take his final breath at the least convenient moment. In fact, the later the less convenient. If you rely on tools that much and have no control over it, you have a very dangerous business.

about a week ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Errol backfiring Re:No surprise, but a bad idea (97 comments)

Nothing new. If you have a compost toilet, you will have encountered spontaneous mushroom growth on your compost pile often enough. Also edible ones, like inkcaps. There is nothing against seeding it with a known mushroom kind. When you do that for your own household, you will know what diseases you have, and you get them anyway or are already resistant to them. Also know that the compost process kills any disease over time, and most diseases within days.

But I would never add a plastic, chemically poisoned diaper to my compost pile. Most modern diapers are chemical waste and need to be processed as such.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Errol backfiring Re:Too simple (588 comments)

I am talking in this case about the sliced meat you eat on bread. In the local shop, only the super-expensive, high-garlic "Italian" meat is sugar-free. The rest contains both sugar AND at least one kind of syrup. The ingredient list is on the back side, so if you see, for example, roasted chicken meat, you would not think that it would contain anything else than roasted chicken. But if you turn over the package, you see what junk is used to produce it. Hey, but it is organic junk!

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Errol backfiring Too simple (588 comments)

That is a bit too simple. Lots of modern food contains so much energy that our internal alarm switches are blown off-line. Therefore, you don't feel full anymore and you keep eating. That is called Insulin resistance (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ) It is hard to overeat on apples. It is easy to overeat on sweets.

Off course, the food industry just loves to create food that makes you keep eating, because that will also make you buy more of it. That is why even organic meat contains sugar and all kinds of syrup nowadays. The first step to a healthy life is to eat real food.

about two weeks ago
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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

Errol backfiring Re:Why wouldn't they? (67 comments)

For real business purposes, though, you'd be bonkers to accept bitcoins.

Just like you must be totally out of your mind to accept just numbers made up by private companies. In other words: all modern "official" fiat currency.

about two weeks ago
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Securing the US Electrical Grid

Errol backfiring Open it up: "internet of electrical devices" (117 comments)

Design the grid in such a way that devices (solar generators, wind generators, storage like your hyped elecrical car) can plug on and off. Allow anyone to build his own grid. That way, you can easily detach your own local grid when the "Big Bad Grid" has been compromised. Off course, this means getting the control OUT of the hands of monopolistic companies and governments must somehow grow a facilitating mindset. Mind you, control is still necessary, but it does not need to come from technical dinosaurs.

about three weeks ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Errol backfiring Re:Spherical Torus (147 comments)

With a name like that, expect things to go squarely pear-shaped...

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Errol backfiring Re:Guilty (102 comments)

It is totally relevant. By outlawing something harmless you create an artificial crime scene. Oh come on, there are STILL movies made about alcohol, the US and gangsters with "Chicago Typewriters". Off course any government who actually promotes crime can also use it to conveniently accuse anyone to be a criminal.

about three weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Errol backfiring Re:there's also blackmail (171 comments)

Or companies who check these records for new employees: they will not be hired if they have suffered from any serious diseases.

about a month ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

Errol backfiring Re:Enquiring minds want to know (107 comments)

Dunno. Millimeters are real.

I remember a quote which says that a good analogy of the housing crisis was "We stopped building because we ran out of millimeters".

about a month ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

Errol backfiring Wind tunnel test (98 comments)

Where I live, the absolute reverse is true. If any child can see that a storm will suck out the windows and smash them (just imagine what happens if you happen to be at or downwind of the landing spot), and you protest against the plans pointing that out, that protest is "not receivable".

about a month ago
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US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules

Errol backfiring Re:Simple two line answer (19 comments)

I thought it was more like:

  • You have to disclose everything
  • But if you disclose anything, you are hindering secret services who abuse known vulnerabilities. So if you disclose anything, you are a terrorist (TM).

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Errol backfiring Re:It's fine (113 comments)

[Citation Needed]

Well, if you need a Citation, you probably have done at least something wrong.

about a month ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Errol backfiring Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The difference is that the code is distributed for free.

Nonsense. The GPL is especially used against finance-driven development. You "pay" by being a human instead of a robotic bean counter. The GPL states other demands than monetary. The GPL exist to fight money based extortions. The damages are damages against humanity. These damages are more real than the dollars you want to express them in.

about a month ago

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In the Netherlands, criticising the money system is not allowed

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  about a year ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The organization OnsGeld.nu ("our money dot now") has been denied a payment account for receiving donations (in Dutch) (Google translation in English) because they want to reform the money system. They want to inform the public about what they think is wrong with our money system and push for changing the law towards full-reserve banking. They are not against banks, just against how banking is performed.

After they called the payment provider to explain that they are not against banks, but against the way banking is legally allowed to be done, and that they are striving to get the banking law changed, they were informed that pushing for change in money politics is not acceptable."
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Dutch providers do not need to block Pirate Bay

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The judge thinks that Brein (a dutch "intellectual property" group) should go after individual customers, not after the internet service providers.
(article link in dutch). This decision is not final.

Brein had sued the provider Ziggo, and the provider XS4ALL has joined them on principal grounds. The verdict (PDF, dutch) can be found at https://www.xs4all.nl/nieuws/pdf/Vonnis_kort_geding190710.pdf"

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Romanic vs Germanic property and religion

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 3 years ago

While I am searching for types of properrty and its history, I have found a few references that the transition from catholic to protestant religion has also brought a change from germanic property ("clan" property, property that means responsibility) to romanic property ("if I own it I can do with it what I want, even if it hurts others").

the problem is that I cannot see any sense in it. Why would protestants see property different from catholics? If anyone out there is reading this and can give some insight, please post a comment.

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