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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Richard_at_work Re:So many people doubt climate change? (535 comments)

Germany, France, and the UK all decided they would do away with nuclear power.

Huh? Germany might be in a panic about it, but the UK just gave the go ahead for several new nuclear reactors in the UK, and France continues on as normal.

yesterday
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Richard_at_work Re:Imagine all this brainpower (84 comments)

This all sounds very very similar to the whole BitKeeper fiasco, where Andrew Tridgell watched the traffic between a real BitKeeper client and the server in order to determine the procotol used, with an eye to creating an open source client.

BitKeeper found out and withdrew the free client licences, which was a problem since the Linux kernel project used BitKeeper at the time - due to Trudgells involvement, BitKeeper refused to supply gratis licenses to anyone working for OSDL, which included Linus Torvalds...

The shitstorm that ensued resulted in Linus starting the Git project.

2 days ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

Richard_at_work Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (172 comments)

You don't have to accept anything as the "truth" without supporting evidence either way, or is reasoned thinking beyond people these days? An accusation has been made, and now counter claims are coming out. No evidence either way, so its a PR exercise for all parties involved.

The typical "he said, she said". Just happening via the media.

2 days ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

Richard_at_work Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (172 comments)

No idea as to the credibility of this blog, but worth a read anyway:

https://medium.com/p/d96f431f4...

Every story has two sides and for several weeks now Julie Ann Horvath has decided to share only the details of her side of her experiences at GitHub and the circumstances around her departure.

A few of us, those who knew Julie and the events that occurred, have decided that if Julie wants to share this story so publicly then everyone should at least have all of the story.

Here are some details that may help explain this story a little differently.

The Engineer
Julie calls out an engineer in her story. The engineer she alleges harassed her was in fact an ex-boyfriend that she was still friends with at the time, not a random coworker she barely knew. They had dated prior to working at GitHub and were on good terms at the time.

The project he “ripped out” code from was a small css refactoring on an internal side project that he was helping her with. At the time of the incident, she was not upset about it and it was quickly fixed. At the time of her departure, she was not on great terms with him and her public story changed.

The Cofounder and His Wife
Around the end of 2012, Julie started dating a close male friend of the cofounder’s wife and didn’t like that they were close. She asked them to stop being friends and when they would not end their relationship, Julie started telling coworkers that the wife had affairs and that the cofounder’s newborn child was not his. She told this to multiple coworkers directly and also to the wife through her boyfriend.

This is where the wife reached out to her and the rest of her story starts. All of Julie’s story involving the cofounder’s wife occurs only after Julie was spreading vicious rumors about him to even new employees.

Three months later, the first Passion Projects talk was held at GitHub. It’s difficult to know if this was a concession by the cofounder for her to stop threatening his family and undermining him to his employees, or perhaps just a way for him to try to get on her good side so she would not want to hurt his family.

We share this because reading through the TechCrunch article with this in mind changes the story for us. It seems less like a story of gender issues and more like a story of the problems that arise when employees date coworkers and cannot separate work and personal life.

We dislike that she is taking advantage of people’s trust in her in order to craft a message for which she wants to be the symbol. Good people are suffering for a story she knows is not fully true and she does not seem to care.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Richard_at_work Re:I would think (374 comments)

As the other poster says, OpenSSL isn't an OpenBSD project - what is going on here is a full blown fork of OpenSSL by the OpenBSD team, who are putting their money where their mouths are because when the heartbleed bug came out it was noted that the issue could have been mitigated on OpenBSD if the OpenSSL team had used the system provided memory allocation resources.

So this is less OpenSSL and much more OpenBSD SSL being created.

3 days ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Richard_at_work Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (160 comments)

South Africa gave up its nuclear program after the fall of the apartheid regime.

4 days ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Richard_at_work Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (160 comments)

Theres a lot of evidence linking the Israelis to the South African nuclear weapons program with a lot of people thinking it was a "legitimatised" nuclear program that would only get SA into trouble internationally while Israel could walk away with a lot of improvements scot free, so if US technology and material ended up in Israeli hands, then I have no doubt equally that some of it then made its way on to apartheid South Africa.

4 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Richard_at_work Re:so? (216 comments)

It stood up where there was an actual contract or financially backed transaction in place, not just off the back of a random click on a website.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Richard_at_work Re:ASP? (188 comments)

Classic ASP doesn't run on .NET, it was pre-.NET.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Richard_at_work Re:ASP? (188 comments)

There are also non-ASP.Net MVC frameworks based on .NET, like NancyFX, so the .NET category seems to very very wide. At a guess I'm going to assume the same for Java, as its really the same situation.

about a week ago
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Bill Would End US Govt's Sale of Already-Available Technical Papers To Itself

Richard_at_work Re:Bad idea? (32 comments)

If the NTIS cannot charge for their service any longer for particular documents, they should stop providing those documents - or are they legally bound to supply the service regardless?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Richard_at_work Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

I think many people get stuck in thinking "one single database, thats it, my initial decision condemns me forever", when in-fact theres no shame in having many databases.

Stick the raw data into one database, choose the database that suits that.

Transform the data from the raw database into something you can use day to day, thats well structured etc, choose the database for that.

Transform the data from the day to day schemas into something that more suitable for archiving and long term reporting, again choose the database for that.

You don't have to have one single database type, every particular one has its strengths, so use them!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Richard_at_work Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Theres probably an element of multithreaded access that needs to be taken into consideration here - writing to a single text file may get you into issues if the receiving webserver is multithreaded, meaning the threads will either have to queue for write locks, or write to a different file.

Database engines don't have this issue, so while it may be overkill, there may be reasons to have one irregardless.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Richard_at_work Re:Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

The four freedoms are *your* ideal to aspire to, never forget that :) I'm all for people releasing their source code, if they want to - however, I don't feel people should be vilified purely because they choose not to.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Richard_at_work Re:Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

Why does everyone in the world have to conform to your ideology? Those freedoms are part of your ideology, nothing more.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Richard_at_work Re:No. (226 comments)

Why "full" copies of Visual Studio? What does the Express editions lack that kids would need? They have access to the full capabilities of the .Net framework, a full C/C++ environment and more - the Express editions really lack the surrounding IDE features that would be lost that early on in the developer learning curve, stuff like profiling etc.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Richard_at_work Re:An Alternative Law (650 comments)

We still have to work around issues in newer browsers, and not just IE either :(

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Richard_at_work Re:Microsoft no show (117 comments)

And yet on my Xbox360 I've been able to play games, movies, TV shows, access streaming services and live video for five years. How is that late to the game?

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

Richard_at_work Re:But Terrizm! (233 comments)

The issue with AF447 is that they disregarded *all* instrument readings, not just the ones they were trained to in the event of an air data mismatch. So they never even realised they were in danger, because they didn't think the rapidly declining numbers were true - remember that the descent was 1G, so they didn't even have any feeling of descent, which added to their mistrust of the data they had infront of them.

So as the other poster said, there was nothing to call someone about other than they didn't know what was going on, and they weren't about to admit that to everyone listening.

about three weeks ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about a year ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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