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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

Grim Leaper What "Java Web Start plugin"? (211 comments)

I thought Web Start was invoked through file associations for JNLP files, not through the Java plugin. In other words, you could disable the plugin entirely and still be vulnerable to JWS exploits. Is that the case?

about a year and a half ago
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Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt To Contaminated Soil

Grim Leaper Re:BBC, wtf? (293 comments)

The ABC's NewsMail often includes stories like this, with lots of one-sentence paragraphs. I'm pretty sure this is what you get when you publish an unedited TV/radio script as if it were a news article.

more than 4 years ago
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'Leap Seconds' May Be Eliminated From UTC

Grim Leaper Re:The problem with leap seconds... (470 comments)

We could fix this tricky programming issue by regularly adjusting the earth's orbit....

The time-honoured approach: fix the software problem in hardware. I like it!

more than 4 years ago
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HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him

Grim Leaper Re:What is the Real Reason Hurd Was Fired? (230 comments)

In other words, they used a pretext to get rid of Hurd. HP and pretexts; now why does that ring a bell? ...

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

Grim Leaper Re:A real hacker... (179 comments)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 4 years ago
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Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass

Grim Leaper Re:permanently remove the subjects' morals (586 comments)

" The scientists didn't permanently remove the subjects' moral sensibilities "

I think they mean " The scientists /don't think/ they permanently removed the subjects' moral sensibilities " If ever there was a question about ethical experiments...

Perhaps the scientists tried it out on themselves first... The magnetism made them do it!

more than 4 years ago
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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

Grim Leaper Re:Probably not (114 comments)

> Real physics is cool, but it doesn't often make for good arcade games.

He wrote *physics* based, not *astronomy* based.

And, just to clarify, I'll settle for unreal game "physics" - I just want to see asteroids bouncing off each other instead of passing through.

Modelling light-speed propagation, quantum mechanics and/or quantum gravitation are strictly in the nice-to-have basket.

more than 4 years ago
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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

Grim Leaper Re:Probably not (114 comments)

Hmm. Has anyone done a physics-based remake of Asteroids?

more than 4 years ago
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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

Grim Leaper Re:Probably not (114 comments)

The mods sometimes do mod a good joke "Informative" or "Insightful" to add more fun to it

It's true. It's unfortunate when people don't "get" satirical moderation.

more than 4 years ago
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British Company Takes Lead To Stop Asteroids

Grim Leaper Re:CCTV (198 comments)

Don't you realise that just pushes the asteroid problem along to the next planet?

more than 5 years ago
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Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately

Grim Leaper Re:stop using the term swine flu (661 comments)

the term itself is misleading, the virus strand might have originated from swine, but the current flu has nothing to do with pigs. The proper term should be Influenza A (H1N1)

Swine flu : two syllables[1]
Influenza A (H1N1): nine syllables

Concise usually beats accurate. Such is life.

[1] Give or take. I'll never understand diphthongs.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories

Grim Leaper Re:WASD customization (220 comments)

Please. Not because I use Dvorak, but because I'm one of those weirdos that uses non-WASD keys. Why should I have to move from the default "home row" keys to navigate? ESDF anyone?

Hey! Go find your own weirdo hangout, this one's for Dvorak weirdos!

more than 5 years ago
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The Gamer's Bill of Rights

Grim Leaper Re:Key bindings for dvorak users (272 comments)

Ever notice that DVORAK users are just like those that have no tv in that they have to tell every single person they meet about it?

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Not all of us. I tend to wait until someone tries to use my keyboard, and they wonder why their keyboard skills have turned into gibberish generation.

more than 6 years ago

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