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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Zontar The Mindless Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (251 comments)

My licence agree for Win 7 Pro OEM does not prohibit me from installing it in a VM.

It says only that if I'm installing it for my own use, I'm restricted to installing it on a single computer that has a disk or flash drive and a case, that the COA must be affixed to said case, that I'm restricted to keeping a single backup of the installed OS for recovery purposes, and that the backup may not be used to operate a different computer.

Of course, this is from 2007, and it's an OEM version. Later or non-OEM versions of the licence may say something different, I dunno.

6 hours ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Zontar The Mindless Re:HTTPS Everywhere (192 comments)

And people wonder why I buy my own hardware for work, don't use a company-supplied laptop or phone, and always connect to the corporate net using a VM and never from the host OS...

13 hours ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Zontar The Mindless Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (192 comments)

It's been done. I've a friend who got busted at age 19 for selling heroin. The judge gave him the option of enlisting and volunteering for combat duty, or doing hard time in the state pen. He chose the former--which in those days, was effectively getting a ticket to Vietnam.

There's a photo somewhere showing one of the last US helicopters to take off from Saigon in April 1975. In the photo you can a soldier dangling from one of the landing skids. That's my friend.

13 hours ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Zontar The Mindless Re: Go T-Mo (106 comments)

...if you finance the iPads through tmobile...

It's common and reasonable to finance a home or maybe even a car. But a fucking iPad...?

yesterday
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Zontar The Mindless Re: Non-story? (106 comments)

I was under the impression that those phones are used mostly by salespeople and other frequent travellers so they can use the SIM/account that's local to the place they're in currently, without fumbling about for the card(s).

yesterday
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Zontar The Mindless Re:Expert opinion? (279 comments)

You're already heaps more annoying than Haselton has ever been.

ProTip: If you don't want to read his submissions, DON'T READ HIS SUBMISSIONS. (And don't bother telling us about it. We don't give a shit what you read, or don't.)

The acting-out bullshit is about what we'd expect from a 14 year old kid who's pissed off because someone else got a date with a girl who wouldn't go out with him in any event.

yesterday
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Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist

Zontar The Mindless Re: Nukes in Space (35 comments)

Just because the US and USSR/Russia got rid of some of their nukes doesn't mean they don't still have plenty. Not to mention the other members of the nuclear club, which now includes the DPRK and possibly Iran.

So there's still at least some hope for a fiery Armageddon, for those folks who hope for one.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:'Notoriously difficult' - really? (213 comments)

The characters don't take their meaning or pronunciation in isolation. Once you know a decent number of characters/radicals, you can often work out the meanings of other characters that incorporate them. Sometimes even the pronunciation.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:To speak Chinese is not to know China (213 comments)

This is what I do when my pronunciation fails.

It still impresses the hell out of the locals.

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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:Translation needed (213 comments)

People here who don't know us assume that I'm a Swede and that my wife is Thai. (I'm originally from the US, and Mme Zontar is originally from China.)

What's hilarious is when they try to greet her in Thai, and I'm the one who responds in that language. :)

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:Not so easy (213 comments)

For some reason, /. ate my —. That was supposed to be "800-900 million"

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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:Not so easy (213 comments)

You've no real need for Trad characters on the mainland unless you're doing historical research, or you want to write in Cantonese (and many Cantonese speakers can't actually write it); otherwise, they are used in only in Taiwan/Macau/HK and by some overseas Chinese communities. Singapore and Malaysia both mandate Simplified for their Chinese speakers as well.

Many of the Simplified characters are derived by regular rules from the Traditional characters, which helps if you're interested in learning both as I am, since on my trips there, I usually spend in both Guangzhou and HK.

You might also gain some perspective by considering the fact that 800900 million people write using Simplified, and maybe 1/10 of that number use Traditional.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:Also notoriously difficult for westerners: (213 comments)

I've posted two lengthy responses in this thread already, so this one will be brief: You're an idiot. No, really. :)

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (213 comments)

German is actually SVO[V] for indicatives, VSO[V] for interrogatives, and SO[V]V for subordinate clauses.

Ich möchte in die Bibliotek gehen.

Darf ich in die Bibliotek gehen?

Ich glaube, daß meine Freunde in die Bibliotek gegangen sind. / Ich glaube, daß meine Freunde in die Bibliotek gingen.

And leading off with a predicate forces a switch from SV to VS: Gestern bin ich in die Bibliotek gegangen. / Gestern ging ich in die Bibliotek.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re: /. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (213 comments)

You know why aisle has an 's' in it? It's because isle has an 's' despite being derived from the old English ile because the Latin word isula also means island and it has an 's' in it so ours might as well have one too.

Um, no. The Old English word came from Old French, OF île > Vulgar Latin isle > Latin insula. The circumflex often denotes where an s used to follow the vowel, but later became silent. As in hôtel > hostel, côte > coste ("coast"), château > chastel ("castle"), même > mesme ("same"; cf. Portuguese mesmo, Spanish mismo). The s got added back in the 16th Century in French (which at that time was both becoming standardised in its modern form and was also becoming *the* language of international communication), and due to this as well as confusion with "aisle", the English followed suit.

Accurate info on such matters is as close your friendly neighbourhood etymological dictionary. Now you too can amaze your friends, and be the life of any party. :)

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (213 comments)

English is basically West Germanic with a Romance verb system tacked onto it. And heaps of vocabulary from all over mixed in. If the Normans hadn't invaded, modern English would likely look and sound a lot like Dutch.

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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zontar The Mindless Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (213 comments)

Uh... what?

"Old English" is just as accepted as "Anglo-Saxon". In fact, many prefer the former, since it refers exclusively to the language, while the latter also refers to people.

yesterday

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

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 7 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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