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German Police Raid Homes of Wikileaks.de Domain Owner

MadMidnightBomber Re:Unbelievable... (430 comments)

The last American black guy I was talking to had done his time in the Marines - not only had he worked really hard to get where he was, he was also a genuinely nice guy.

So fuck you.

more than 5 years ago

Princeton Student Finds Bug In LHC Experiment

MadMidnightBomber If it smells, it's chemistry, (243 comments)

if it moves, it's biology. If it doesn't work, it's physics.

more than 5 years ago

Alaska's Mt. Redoubt Has Erupted

MadMidnightBomber Re:15 240 meters (327 comments)

1. Most Britons don't fly, making it a non-issue
2. 8 km to 5 miles, so just pretend the speedo is written in hex to give you km/h
3. People are the only thing that's measured in stone, and it's more convenient to use the Fat Bastard scale, since that takes height into account

more than 5 years ago

Fermilab Discovers Untheorized Particle

MadMidnightBomber Re:Intriguing! (217 comments)

Please tell me you are trolling?

'The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, "hmm.... that's funny...."' -- ISAAC ASIMOV

PS. Data is a stupid tin bugger.

more than 5 years ago

Breach Exposes 19,000 Active US, UK Credit Cards

MadMidnightBomber Re:PCI DSS (232 comments)

What, now Google is meant not to index pages which have card data on them? How exactly is that even possible?

You can bet your boots that Google Checkout is PCI DSS-compliant.

more than 5 years ago

Australia's Vast, Scattershot Censorship Blacklist Revealed

MadMidnightBomber Re:*This is fake* (401 comments)

Neilette: 'We put all our politicians in prison as soon as they're elected. Don't you?'
Rincewind: 'Why?'
Neilette: 'It saves time.'

more than 5 years ago

Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

MadMidnightBomber Does it run on Linux? (662 comments)

No? Then I guess it's still fucking useless for me, isn't it?

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest

MadMidnightBomber Re:Or they're terrified (921 comments)


You're scared of that, not me.

4. there is no true morality except for whatever you and/or society decides to makeup at that point in time.

Yeah, and the church certainly hasn't changed its mind about what is right and wrong during history, nor supported torture, murder and ethnic cleansing.

6. no point in helping others

You're just fucking wrong there. Plenty of atheists believe in giving money to those less well off. I certainly do.

more than 5 years ago

Computer Science Major Is Cool Again

MadMidnightBomber Re:The Problem with New CS/IT Grads (328 comments)


Anyone ever tried to match kernel oops hex dumps to the C code that's faulting? it's fucking hard, even if you know C and the instruction set that's in use.

(For those who don't know oopses, it's the dump of the CPU registers and - on MIPS at least - the last sixteen instructions executed IN HEX. It's the moral equivalent of a SEGV in kernel space.)

more than 5 years ago

Computer Science Major Is Cool Again

MadMidnightBomber Re:Poor kids... (328 comments)

At the risk of also being an elitist prick:

four OS's is overkill - you know the one you grew up with, and UNIX.

Discrete Math is the spawn of the devil. Continuous math (analysis, topology) is much more fun

Three years after finding out that you know nothing about CS, you get a job and find out that a) you know nothing about programming for a living, and b) CS is nothing to do with programming for a living.

Actually, last night I was dreaming about a problem and thinking, "it would be really good if I had access to a Maple installation at this point...". Odd, but true.

more than 5 years ago

Brain Decline Begins At Age 27

MadMidnightBomber Re:In all seriousness (381 comments)

You missed the end bit: "abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or general information, increased until the age of 60.'"

Programming is in the latter category. I'm so much better ten years after I started because I know more than I used to about crypto, networking, individual psychology (of colleagues and users), etc.

So, do not panic - real life tasks benefit considerably from experience.

more than 5 years ago

Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

MadMidnightBomber Re:Congrats! (546 comments)

Let me just quote from the HF MSDS:
"Rubber gloves, face mask or safety glasses, apron, good ventilation. Do not work without calcium gluconate gel available to treat burns. Do not assume that gloves provide an impenetrable barrier to the acid. DO NOT WORK ALONE! Ensure that those working in the same laboratory are aware of how to treat hydrofluoric acid burns in an emergency."
-- http://msds.chem.ox.ac.uk/HY/hydrofluoric_acid.html

'amateur' and 'hydrofluoric acid' do not go well together.

more than 5 years ago

Names of Advisors Cleared To Access ACTA Documents

MadMidnightBomber Re:It's spelled Democracy (186 comments)

"No, no, no. It's spelled Raymond Luxury-Yach-t, but it's pronounced 'Throat-Warbler Mangrove'"
"You're a very silly man, and I'm not going to interview you"

more than 5 years ago



MadMidnightBomber MadMidnightBomber writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MadMidnightBomber (894759) writes "British Members of Parliament have just passed the third reading of a bill which will exempt them from Freedom of Information legislation. "If passed, the FOI bill would effectively remove both the Commons and House of Lords from the list of public authorities obliged to release information under the 2000 act, which came into force in 2005." claims the BBC. Tory MP Richard Shepherd was quoted as saying: " This has got nothing to do with MPs' correspondence but is aimed to prevent further detailed disclosure of MPs' expenses."

A list of MPs who voted to give the bill its third reading can be found here. Gordon Brown, the next Prime Minister will not block the bill."


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