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Perl Is Undead

Mjlner Re:$_ to that? (283 comments)

Perl 6 is about love, care, tolerance and friendship.

Well, it clearly isn't about deadlines!

No, it's about undeadlines!

I can understand you not bothering to RTFA, but at least you could RTFSubject! Some people... Sheesh!

about 3 months ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Mjlner Re:Sarcasm (173 comments)

I though the idea of homeopathic water was to dilute the percieved cause* of the ailment. Should diluting a helpful ingredient be considered harmful then?

Quite so, which is why diluted vitamin C will eventually kill you.

about 6 months ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Mjlner Re:Homeopathic principles (173 comments)

Shouldn't sea water be considered a wonder drug in homeopathy, because everything eventually makes its way into the ocean and gets ultra-diluted.

Well, I hear that diluted sea water is a very effective cure against drowning.

about 6 months ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Mjlner Effective against... penicillin poisoning? (173 comments)

Diluted enough times with pure water, though, maybe these traces would be even more powerful.

According to the homeopathic principle, its efficacy would be directed at ailments caused by penicillin.

about 6 months ago

Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

Mjlner Re:Paired with.... (307 comments)

So how do they make money if they don't sim lock? I mean, I'm all for that but it doesn't make a lot of sense from a business perspective.

What a weird opinion. The concept of SELLING stuff usually implies making money. Why would they not make money from selling phones? Are you assuming that they give away phones for free?

about 10 months ago

How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

Mjlner Re:Sounds like a problem... (507 comments)

Insurance is supposed to be about spreading risk of uncertain futures, not giving hand-outs (wealth redistribution) when futures are known..

No, insurance is gambling where the insured places a bet on the chance that he will get ill some time in the future. The insurance company is a casino which dictates the odds. The odds are always favourable to the insurance company, especially when the company has the option of denying you your bet. To the insured, it may look like spreading the risk, but it is really about placing a sucker bet. The casino wins, always.

Of course, an individual who chooses not to take that bet risks being screwed for life, unless he's filthy rich and doesn't need an insurance. That is why the concept of health insurance as business is inherently wrong. It is about threatening people with events out of their control into taking a bet which is unfavourable to them. This is why I, as a non-US citizen, can not give my full support to Obamacare. It's still using a system which is inherently flawed, only slightly better than the previous set of rules. Well, I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't need insurance, I have National Healthcare. You should try it. It rocks!

Wealth redistribution is fine (even though it's not insurance) as long as it follows the precedence outlined by the principle of subsidiarity: self, family, community or church, provincial government, national government, world government.

That is your opinion, based on nothing but opinion. The problem with your order of precedence is that incurs extra cost at every level. Cutting out the extra tiers will cut costs immensely and save money by pure volume. Besides, if there's anything that citizens should be able to rely on their government for, it's health care. Stop pumping your money into the war machinery and corn subsidies. Stop filling your expensive jails with people who smoke a joint. Not saying legalize it, just saying that potheads in jail are a waste of money and bring no value.

about a year ago

Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

Mjlner Never seen so many missing options! (328 comments)

With no "less than"-options, I'm forced to choose the "metric tons", although the correct answer for me is probably .000001, .0000001 or .00000001 metric tons. I can't remember which.

BTW, which is more accurate? An apple or an orange?

about a year ago

Nano-Suit Protects Bugs From Vacuums

Mjlner Spacelike vacuum? (75 comments)

What exactly is a "spacelike vacuum"? Is it different from other vacuums? Are there vacuums that are unlike space?

about a year and a half ago

IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

Mjlner Re:True (530 comments)

Mens sana in corpore sano, you're saying? I refer you to Stephen Hawking.

Actually, the full quote is "Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano", meaning "You should pray for a sound mind in a sound body".

It is an ideal, not an implication.

about a year and a half ago

IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

Mjlner Re:True (530 comments)

... Quite a number of the legendary physics minds of the 1st half of the 20th century enjoyed hiking mountains and/or flirting with the ladies.

We may remember Einstein in his later years as some perfect nerd, but he too liked flirting with the ladies in his earlier years.

So, you're saying that I'm as smart as Einstein, since I like to flirt! Woohoo!!!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?

Mjlner It's always good (514 comments)

Coming from someone who has English as third language, I'd say you're fine without, since all documentation is available in English and most discussion is going on in English. I have actually never used my first or second language for participating in software community discussion. OTOH, these are minor languages with 6-10 million speakers worldwide, all of which learn English in school anyway.

However, among the worlds greater languages, there are certainly a lot of people who can't communicate well in English and there is a lot of discussion in these languages. So I would say, pick one major language that could be useful in all walks of life. Or just pick any language that you are interested in. However, for the sole purpose of participating in the programming community, I don't think time invested will pay off.

There are two crucial reasons for learning a language: necessity and personal motivation. If it isn't necessary for you, you'll have to go with motivation. So, pick a language that you want to learn, because you want to learn it.

about a year and a half ago

Perl Turns 25

Mjlner Re:Advantages of Perl (263 comments)

Programs from 1998 still run because the language has been stagnant ever since.

You really have don't know anything about Perl, do you? To suggest that Perl has been stagnant from 1998 (v. 5.005) until now (v. 5.16.2) is ridiculuous. The difference is immense. That doesn't mean that backwards compatibility needs to break. You just don't know Perl or its evolution.

    Python breaks because it actually improves sometimes. "The main power of Perl has always been its ability to quickly adapt"...seriously? Perl 6 has been stuck in R&D hell for a dozen years now. Even the Duke Nukem Forever team is starting to feel awkward about how long it's taking.

Lessee.... Python 3.0 came out 4 years ago. Still, 2.7 is the one installed by default across the board. Some distros (e.g. latest Red Hat) are still stuck on 2.6. Apparently, most people can do without the improvements in Python 3.0-3.3.

And Perl 6 is another language altogether. Perl 5 will continue to evolve long after the Perl 6 becomes mainstream. I think Larry Wall made a big mistake in using the same name, honestly. But still, you just don't know Perl.

about a year and a half ago

New Call For Turing Pardon

Mjlner Re:He doesn't need a pardon . . . (231 comments)

Considering that things like "curfew" and "loitering" ("the act of remaining in a particular public place for a protracted time") are amongst the most commonly prosecuted felonies in the US, just to start with, I don't think it sounds too hyperbolic (e.g. Linger for a few seconds too long on the sidewalk while out to lunch? Sorry, guilty of loitering.

Hyperbole! Please show a case of someone being charged and convicted for loitering after lingering a few seconds! The loitering laws of the US are primarily used to disperse gangs and I'm pretty sure that in most of the cases, the arresting officer has first ordered the suspects to disperse. The SCOTUS has already determined that charging people with "just hanging around" just isn't enough.

I'm neither American nor a lawyer and I'm in no way convinced that the US judicial system is particularly good, but it's simply not true that "in America, everyone's a felon, whatever they do". It is hyperbole, BS, FUD and myth.

about a year ago

New Call For Turing Pardon

Mjlner Re:Agree complete (231 comments)

So the real question here is the following: shall we throw logic out the window to make the masses happy?

"loufoque, meet religion! Religion, meet loufoque!"

about a year ago

What Is Your Favorite Halloween Treat?

Mjlner Re:Don't complain about lack of options (267 comments)

Missing options include:
O I'm diabetic, you insensitive clod!
O US-centric poll!
O Other, please specify

about 2 years ago

The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

Mjlner Re:WE'RE VERY AWAKE DOWN HERE GUYS! VERY!!! (294 comments)


Just watch out for the sharks with frickin' lasers ON FRICKIN' CAFFEINE!!!

more than 2 years ago

Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

Mjlner Re:Lets get a few things clear (400 comments)

The woman that he is alleged to have raped has tried to drop the case that she was persuaded to bring.

In most of the world, if a woman does not want to bring a case, the suspect has nothing to answer. What he may have done does not seem to have offended her sufficiently for her to want a court case.

Sweden is not the US were the alleged victim can decide to drop charges. It is indeed the public prosecutor's duty to prosecute, regardless of the wishes of the alleged victims. This is useful, eg. in cases of domestic violence where a wife may be prone to dropping the charges, due to coercion, emotions or fear.

However, the fact that there are still no charges, only suspicions, make it very clear that Assange will never be prosecuted. If there were any evidence, he would already have been prosecuted. So the only possibility for a successful prosecution and conviction is his own confession. Can the prosecutor actually expect Assange to confess? He has already been questioned, so it is unthinkable that he's going to change his story in a way that would convict him.

So why demand extradition when there is no possibility of a conviction or even prosecution? Yes, in Assange's shoes I would be afraid. I would be very afraid!

more than 2 years ago

When I drive, I place my hands at ...

Mjlner Immediately! Why wait? (380 comments)

When I drive I place my hands on the wheel immediately! It's simply too dangerous to drive without using your hands until 2 o'clock or 10 o'clock...

more than 2 years ago

Torvalds Calls OpenSUSE Security 'Too Intrusive'

Mjlner Re:I don't understand the problem (311 comments)

Installing additional hardware on a computer is most definately a function that SHOULD require administrative priviledges on a computer. Sounds like "working as intended".

Except that connecting your computer to a printer is not installing hardware. Root privileges are only there to protect the integrity of the file system and operating system. If you have physical access to the computer, you already have the possibility of smashing it to smithereens, or compromising the security.

There is no reason why a properly implemented printing system should be potentially harmful to the OS. The most dangerous action of installing a printer is connecting the USB cable, which could potentially fry your computer if the hardware is malicious. Requiring root privileges will not protect you against that. After that, a properly implemented printing system is a greater risk to the printer than the OS. Requiring root privileges actually makes the printing system more potentially harmful than it needs to be. Period.

When commenting the opinions of one of The Giants, always think twice before clicking submit. There's the remote chance that they actually *are* smarter than you, no matter what you think.

more than 2 years ago


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