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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Sique Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (259 comments)

Ok, I'll bite. The necktie is also called cravat in Englisch, cravate in French, krawaat in Dutch and Krawatte German. This is derived from "Croat" or "hrvat" (as the croatic word for Croat). See Wiktionary: cravat.

2 hours ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

Sique Re:A miracle of modern diplomacy (88 comments)

Actually, the european history is full of peaceful separations and dissolutions of states. First the german kingdoms occupying the territories of the western part of the Roman Empire, which often were split up between the sons of the old king, then in the Middle Age the different estates which were bought, sold, or given as dowry into marriages, causing a constant change of borders. Switzerland officially left the Holy Roman Empire in 1648, Liechtenstein separated from Germany in 1815, Norway from Sweden in 1905, etc.pp, all without any violent acts, just by public votes or contracts.

6 hours ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

Sique Re:A miracle of modern diplomacy (88 comments)

No. Slovakia and the Czech Republic separated from the common state of Czechoslovakia in 1993 completely peaceful.

6 hours ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Sique Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

It's even more complicated. Ireland has experienced one wave of viking and two waves of english settlers. The vikings settled around Dublin in the 9th and 10th century, until they were beaten by Brian Buro in the Battle of Clontarf. Then after the normannic conquest of England, the Normans set also out to conquer Ireland in the 11th and 12th century, and the King of England became Lord of Ireland, and normannic and english earls were ruling Ireland. But with time, the english control of Ireland lapsed, as the Kings of England were occupied with their territories in France and the battles in the Hundred Years War. The english earls became more and more irish, started to wear irish clothes, intermarried with irish aristocrats and even started to talk Irish Gaelic.

But after the loss of the Hundred Years War and all their continental territory, the english kings started to look into Ireland, especially Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. They managed to revive english rule in Ireland, and they started to send settlers from England, Wales and Scotland to Ireland. Those were the New English, compared with the Old English who came 400 years earlier. Most North Irish Protestants are the descendants of those settlers.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Sique Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

Umm yes. Ptolemy called the greater of both islands "megale Britannia", and the smaller one "mekra Britannia" (e.g. Great Britain and Small Britain).

yesterday
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Sique Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (259 comments)

Suits are uncomfortable to wear, you can't ride with a bicycle to work wearing a suit, they are expensive to clean and the tie feels like it is strangulating me.

(On the other hand, the tie was invented by croatian military riders as a replacement for buttons to close the shirt. To use a tie with a buttonned shirt is quite contrary to its original use case.)

2 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Sique Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

It's not about my attitude, it's about the above poster being platantly wrong.

5 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Sique Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

Actually, it makes it right. Right enough to be legally enforceable. You can go rabulistic about monopoly if you want, but that doesn't change the fact, that the legal term "monopoly" was found to fit Microsoft's business.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Sique Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

So I demand my data back from Google then, if it's of no value to them.

about a week ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Sique Re:Maybe... (269 comments)

Actually he was quoting a thesis from the ancient Greeks about the reasons why we have a brain.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Sique Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

About any non-ruling party has more emphasis on citizen's rights than the ruling ones. Sometimes they differ in who they count as citizens (or humans). They have the big advantage of not having to compromise between conflicts of interest in actual decisions when one's rights are limited by other persons's rights, thus "individual rights" is a nice and unchallenged battle cry. If the party has some local influence (e.g. majority in a city council or similar), the party also calls for more decisions on a local level. And of course any non ruling party is in favor of changed rules to make it more difficult for the ruling parties to stay in power.

So nothing to see here. Just your average opposition party's positions.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Sique Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

An NDA would run afoul the aforementioned law, because it explicitely states:

This bill would prohibit a contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services from including a provision waiving the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

Sique Re:Don't know what to think (122 comments)

In this case, the disclosure takes place in Ireland, as the data is actually stored there. And that's sufficient here to fall under irish legislation.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

Sique Re:Don't know what to think (122 comments)

I don't think you get the real problem. It's not about the export of data (which is not at issue here), it's disclosing private data to a third party. This doesn't mean export - even if the third party in question appeared in Ireland in front of the data center, this still would be illegal.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

Sique Re:Don't know what to think (122 comments)

The physical location of the data matters because of European Data Protection laws. Microsoft would run afoul of the laws of Ireland if they gave data stored on servers in Ireland to a third party without the actual owner of the data agreeing or a court order by an Irish court. The government lawyers obviously tried to argue that they don't need an Irish court, and the U.S. judge at first bought the argument. And now it seems as if the U.S. court might have changed its mind but want this to be sorted out by the higher court.

about a week ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

Sique Re:Double hash (108 comments)

It is sufficient to collide one hash to compromise the certificate. With two hashes offered, you cut the strength of each hash effectively in half.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Sique Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

The textbooks are out there. There are the IPCC reports. There is basic physics. You actually can create a greenhouse and measure the effect yourself. Go to the next department store, buy four planks and a sheet of acryl and put them in the garden as a small greenhouse. You also can go through old textbooks and look up the number for carbondioxide in the atmosphere. And you can graph the values in a time line, and you will see that they nearly linearily increase from 270 ppm around 1900 to 400 ppm today.

I for instance have an old book about the planets (author: L. Ksanformaliti, if anyone is interested) from 1984. This was long before any politically heated discussion about climate change. It was full of data on the atmospheres of the planets and of the local greenhouse effects, and how dependend the actual greenhouse effect is from the actual levels of the different gases like Methane and Carbondioxide, and that the Earth has a considerably high greenhouse effect, which increases the average surface temperature by 15 Kelvin compared to a Black Body. And it had references to other planets, and how the high levels of Carbondioxide in the Venus's atmosphere amount to a greenhouse effect of more than 400 Kelvin, and how the very low levels on Mars cause a very small greenhouse effect.

So when the debate came after the Kyoto protocol, I was always wondering how the deniers could be so ignorant of long known facts, as if they heard it for the first time, and how they could consider it made up and falsificated and whatever the accusations were. And I knew that this was primarily a political debate of not having to face the consequences of their own doings, and one way was to call the scientists who were just publishing the collected facts of their field fat and lazy and government paid shills. And then I saw that the discussion was mainly an U.S.-only debate cooked up by paid shills and astroturfers, and I knew everything was well.

about two weeks ago
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How Astrophysicists Hope To Turn the Entire Moon Into a Cosmic Ray Detector

Sique Re:mini-explosion? (74 comments)

Do you see pockmarks on the earths surface which result from baseball impacts at 100 kph? Even if you do, wind or the next rain wash them away very fast. And the energy of the cosmic particles was said to be comparable to a baseball at about 60 mph, thus you won't expect any more impact.

about two weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

Sique Re:Ye Gods! (314 comments)

You know that Gnome is actually a result of The GIMP and not vice versa? Gnome builds on GTK, which stands for GIMP Toolkit (and not Gnome Toolkit). Gnome is basicly a standalone version of GIMPs UI widgets.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Sique Re:nude selfies copyrighted? (134 comments)

No, since 1973 copyrights don't have to be applied for. It is sufficient that the Work of Art was created, and that the level of creativeness was high enough. And yes, in theory you could leak some Work of Art of you and then sue the people who distribute it. But the problem is: Your Work of Art has to be appealling enough for people to actually wanting to copy and to distribute it.

about two weeks ago

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Oldest known multicellurar lifeforms on public display for the first time

Sique Sique writes  |  about 6 months ago

Sique (173459) writes "The Natural History Museum in Vienna is the first to show the oldest fossils of macroscopic multicellular life. These outstanding fossils were investigated by an international team of scientists led by French-Moroccan geologist Abderrazak El Albani from the University of Poitiers and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). This sensational discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution and pushed back the known origin of multicellularity about 1.5 billion years. Despite their evidence for the evolution of life, the Gabon fossils have never before been open to the public."
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Used software can be sold, the Court of Justice of the European Union say.

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the
use of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is
exhausted on its first sale. This was decided today by the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case of UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.."
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Humans and Baboon have separated later than though

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "The science magazine Nature reports recent findings of a fossil, called Saadanius hijazensis. Comparative anatomy and cladistic analysis shows that Saadanius is an advanced stem catarrhine close to the base of the hominoid — cercopithecoid clade, e.g. close to the last common ancestor of hominoides (apes and humans) and ceropithecoides (Old World monkeys). Genome-based estimates for divergence of hominoids and cercopithecoids range into the early Oligocene (roughly 35–30Myr ago), but the fossil is estimated to be 29–28Myr old."
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Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sique writes "The german technology news site Heise.de reports under the title Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption: At the Black Hat security conference, Austrian IT security specialist Peter Kleissner presented a bootkit called Stoned which is capable of bypassing the TrueCrypt partition and system encryption. A bootkit combines a rootkit with the ability to modify a PC's Master Boot Record, enabling the malware to be activated even before the operating system is started."

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