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I prefer my turkey ...

Zontar The Mindless Re:What's with turkey anyway (87 comments)

Your fear, perhaps, not mine. You do not want to show fear around those guys. This is how I was able to get within 10 metres of a nest to get some photos of the hatchlings this past spring, while a guy passing by in a kayak much further away got attacked and dumped in the water (Daddy Swan buzzed him, and he panicked).

(Heh, I just had to add "hatchling" to my dictionary. Pretty funny when you know more than your spell-checker does.)

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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Zontar The Mindless Re:Duh (112 comments)

You won't find many open APs in China, since the official policy there is that all Internet users must be identifiable. Certainly not in cafés or what have you. Generally you have to register for username/password and receive it by email.

What I usually end up doing in such places is flirting with the girl behind the counter until she offers to let me use hers. Unless my wife is with me, of course. ;)

yesterday
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I prefer my turkey ...

Zontar The Mindless Re:What's with turkey anyway (87 comments)

Swans are majestic and regal. They're also big enough to carry off your dog or even one of your kids. They therefore are worthy of our respect.

yesterday
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

Zontar The Mindless Re:Slashdot promised 110 Ghz 12 years ago (173 comments)

You talking about 110 GHz networking, or the prediction that the singularity would occur in January 2012?

yesterday
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I prefer my turkey ...

Zontar The Mindless Re:WKRP (87 comments)

Awesome. Watched that series as a kid... then, 20 years later, I spent a few years working in radio and found out that WKRP was much closer to real life than most people knew.

yesterday
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

Zontar The Mindless I've tried... (146 comments)

But I... can... no longer... resist... the tide.

Very well. This article sucks. Most of Bennett's articles mostly suck.

Where do I pick up my bucket of tar and feathers?

yesterday
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ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space

Zontar The Mindless Re: Next step - More materials (69 comments)

You might do better to ask why yours seems to pretend it couldn't happen.

2 days ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

Zontar The Mindless Re:Other priorites (45 comments)

AC, please. Anybody with five minutes--and the sense that God granted a goose--can see you're attempting to rewrite history in a pretty major fashion.

2 days ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

Zontar The Mindless Re: Developing (45 comments)

China would like to speak to you about paper, gunpowder, the printing press, the magnetic compass, and the fork. Amongst other things.

2 days ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

Zontar The Mindless Re:So what? (100 comments)

You've evidently got me mixed up with someone else who said things that I did not. Thanks for playing, though.

2 days ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

Zontar The Mindless Re:So what? (100 comments)

Some of us do this thing known as "work" with our browsers. Making radical changes in my UI with neither prior warning nor a built-in way to revert to the previous layout is not something which I find to be particularly workflow-friendly.

There. Managed to say it without foaming at the mouth, this time. ;)

2 days ago
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Ah hah! The solution to everything!

Zontar The Mindless Re:It's hosted externally. (9 comments)

I saw one of those posts and thought at first it must be some kind of weird put-on. Guess not. O tempores, o mores...

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Zontar The Mindless Re:bullcrap (127 comments)

(And yes, when we need a site to explain XKCD comics, it's pretty strong evidence that the end is near.)

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Zontar The Mindless Re:As Though The GOP (154 comments)

Someday I shall have the privilege of modding up one of these... but not today, alas.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Zontar The Mindless Re: So many open questions (127 comments)

I call dibs on Æ, Ø, Œ, and Þ!

Hell, /. can't even do the whole Latin set. WTF?

2 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Zontar The Mindless Re:We need communism (78 comments)

Most Americans wouldn't recognise a welfare state if it walked up to them and and handed them its ID.

2 days ago

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UN, IPCC Report: "Nobody Left Untouched" By Climate Change

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 8 months ago

Zontar The Mindless (9002) writes "A major new report from the UN states that the impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible." Scientists and officials who've been meeting this past week in Yokohama, Japan say this represents the most comprehensive assessment of the world-wide impacts of climate change to date. Up until now, natural systems have absorbed most of the effects of human-induced climate change, but this is beginning to change, with humans set to experience these effects more directly. Quoth the BBC:

This is the second of a series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this year that outlines the causes, effects and solutions to global warming. This latest Summary for Policymakers document highlights the fact that the amount of scientific evidence on the impacts of warming has almost doubled since the last report in 2007.

The report's summary says that rising temperatures will mount threats to our health, homes, food, and safety. This report is the second in a series expected this year from the IPCC discussing causes, effects, and possible solutions to global warming."
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MySQL 5.5.0 Released

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zontar The Mindless writes "Despite all the recent excitement over MySQL, some folks have actually continued to write code, do QA and testing, write documentation, and all that other boring, mind-the-store stuff that people working in software projects generally do. The result is MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2; the "m2" tag means that it's the second milestone from the development trunk, code-named "Betony". This release can be considered beta quality; if you run into any bugs, please report them here.

This release incorporates the changes addressing scalability and performance issues and exploits advances in hardware and CPU design made in MySQL 5.4 (which isn't being developed any further). There's some shiny new goodies in "m2" as well, including: support for a semi-synchronous replication interface; support for the SQL standard SIGNAL and RESIGNAL statements; several enhancements to XML functionality, including a new LOAD XML statement; many new improvements in user-defined partitioning, including better support for date-based partitioning and partition pruning; and version 1.0.5 of the InnoDB plugin.

More info about MySQL 5.5.0-m2 is available in the changelog.

Download and enjoy!"

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