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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:The over-65's swung it for No (289 comments)

He's just one (very rich) guy but he only pays for the polls. They are conducted by professionals pollsters and have a good reputation for accuracy.

2 hours ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:The over-65's swung it for No (289 comments)

But the SNP already shifted the goalposts by allowing 16-17 year olds to vote (knowing they'd be big YES voters) even though voting age in the UK is 18. They even got the year 2014 selected as it's the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn. You rigged the game in your favour and STILL lost quite clearly, now is the time to STFU.

3 hours ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:Free Willy! (289 comments)

You know that jus primae noctis has been abolished, right? Scotland is already free. They are part of the free country which is the UK. They vote for members of the Parliament in London and have their own Scottish Assembly. The YES vote blew it by failing to have any plan for the currency and stubbornly insisting they could join the EU when the message from Brusells was quite clearly ... no, you can't, not for years, and not until you renounce all the special treatment the UK squeezed out.

3 hours ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Lowdown on City of London Corp. (133 comments)

I think you missed out a bit about giant shape-shifting lizards and Freemasons.

about a month and a half ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Nor Private Police (133 comments)

It is elected by the people. Every resident of the City has a vote. However given the fact that the number of residents is completely dwarfed by the numbers who commute in each day companies are also awarded votes depending on their number of employees. The company I work for dished these out to volunteers who appear on the Ward registers and can vote in elections. Obviously they could appoint stooges but I know one of the electors and he has never been put under any pressure to vote a particular way.

about a month and a half ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Fascist justice (133 comments)

The City of London is not London. It's roughly equivalent to the old walled medieval City and is now mainly a financial district 'The Square Mile'.

about a month and a half ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Corporate Cops, eh? (133 comments)

It's very common in Britain for suspects to be arrested by one police force and questioned by another. Obviously cases are usually handled according to the location of the presumed crime but for something not specific to a particular location then theoretically any police force could handle it.

about a month and a half ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:We need to take back sovereignty of the City (133 comments)

Of course the City of London is part of the UK. It has elections to its council as do all town councils. It has its own police force, as do many English counties.

about a month and a half ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

TheMathemagician Re:According to this test... (267 comments)

I've always thought I had better than average colour perception and got zero (perfect) on this easily enough. I need a test designed for people with perfect colour vision.

about a month and a half ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

TheMathemagician Re:Two things I'm certain of... (59 comments)

Agreed but you missed out 3. Only the lawyers will get rich.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

TheMathemagician Re:Healthcare (509 comments)

Debt depends what country you're in, not everyone lives in the US, and a medic can probably change countries very easily. As someone who's been through redundancy and employment I regret not becoming a doctor. Apart from the intrinsic karma you are guaranteed lucrative employment for life.

about 2 months ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

TheMathemagician Re:Diplomatic immunity? (173 comments)

Because the Ecuadorian President decided to offer him sanctuary just to yank the US's chain. They couldn't care less about him. I see the situation developing in one three ways: (1) Assange gives himself up to the British authorities who will ship him to Sweden (2) Britain gets tired of the abuse of diplomatic privileges and tells the Ecuadorians to give him up or GTFO. At this point they could probably give Assange a diplomatic passport and take him back to Ecuador without him being arrested. (3) The Ecuadorians tire of their embassy guest and give him notice to find a new home. He could try his luck with Russia or, if he has any sense, go to Sweden. Of course Britain could just forcibly extract him any time they wanted. The SAS has a team permanently based in London and would enjoy a nice day out. However I'm sure this option has been categorically ruled out due to all the diplomatic fallout that would ensue.

about 3 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician Re:on purpose or not, couldn't happen if... (447 comments)

You're being ridiculous here. The problem was not the language, it was the implementation. You can write crap code in any language.

about 5 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician Re:All the non-coders STFU (447 comments)

Well apart from the quality of his work ... how can he even bear to look at all those hard-coded 'magic numbers' permeating the code, never mind the memory allocation issue.

about 5 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician This has damaged my faith in Open Source (447 comments)

Most of the Open Source code I've seen has been high quality and I assumed such a high-profile project as OpenSSL would be the same. Having dug out the code myself when this blew up I was shocked at how ropey it is. Magic numbers everywhere, memory handled in a cavalier way, no clear structure. Now I feel bad defending Open Source against FUD shills because I know they can whip out this example.

about 5 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

TheMathemagician Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Yes I've always thought an interesting project would be to generate a magnetic field similar to the Earth's but a hundred times stronger and see if people could learn to detect its orientation.

about 5 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

TheMathemagician Re:The really amazing thing... (193 comments)

"Tax paid by the UK financial services industry rose from £63bn to £65bn last year, equivalent to 11.7 per cent of total tax receipts to the Exchequer" --- Financial Times, December 2013. Also the top 1% of earners paid 30% of all income tax. Banking is a regulated industry. The sort of dodges which sports stars and actors use to avoid paying millions in tax just aren't allowed. So the Square Mile isn't in fact the problem at all.

about 6 months ago

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Secret door design

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  about 2 years ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "We've all seen movies where pressing a special wooden panel or pulling a book from the shelf reveals a secret passage. I'm in the early stages of designing a house and must confess a geek attraction to the idea of a hidden room. Can Slashdot suggest suitable mechanisms for a secret door, possibly doubling as the entrance to a 'panic room'?

Some desirable features: The opening method should not be easily discoverable or likely to be found by chance. The door must not be able to be prevented from opening from the outside, however the inside should have some locking method to prevent entry. The door must be able to resist reasonable force when barred from the inside. The mechanism must be fail-safe so that in the event of a mechanical or power failure anyone inside can always still get out, but anyone locked out should not be able to get in."
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Software usage statistics package?

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "I work as part of a team which maintains a C++/C# library which is used within the company and occasionally outside it. We would like to add usage statistics so that we can see who is using the library, how often, and even which functions are called. Is there any existing software that can provide this breakdown? Bear in mind that the library cannot assume real-time connectivity with any central server/database but a periodic transmission of usage stats is fine."

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