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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Zontar The Mindless Re:Wait a second... (215 comments)

They're allowed to have an opinion, too, and they are scientists, after all, which means we might actually want at least to consider what they have to say. We're free to disagree with them, but we really should have some good reasons for that.

Those who aspire to become nuclear physics do not study a "nuclear scientific method"; they learn how to apply the scientific method to the field of nuclear physics. Folks who want to become climate scientists do not study a "climate-scientific method"; they learn how to apply the scientific method to the field of climate science.

Do you see where I'm going with this? Would I pay attention to a similar group of medical doctors, or chemists? Sure, why not?

2 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Zontar The Mindless Re:R wont run on linux soon (104 comments)

The bit about Skype is also not quite true. MS have done horrid/idiotic things with the UI, especially in the mobile versions, but I use the Linux desktop version almost daily and it works just fine for its intended purpose.

2 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Zontar The Mindless Re: Why oh Why (104 comments)

That's nice.

Isn't Oracle's table/column names still limited to 30 characters? I would think a modern, enterprise-worthy database could handle a bit more.

Even MySQL supports 64-character identifiers for databases and tables.

2 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Zontar The Mindless Re:Why oh Why (104 comments)

They can sell it, but they can't sell it out from under you.

Who can't sell what out from under me? Sole copyright owners can sell their code at any time out from under anyone. It's their legal right.

You cannot change the license after the fact.

You can take your GPL project closed, but anyone who obtained your code under GPL license prior to that can continue to use, modify, and redistribute that code under terms of said license.

2 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Zontar The Mindless Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (120 comments)

Most politicians who are up to date on their PR/Marketing consider branding to be a key part of their campaign strategy.

2 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Zontar The Mindless Re:Official Caturday (120 comments)

As a native son of the Great State of Kentucky, it is my solemn duty to inform you that the squirrel is already our state bird.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Zontar The Mindless Re: Hey Dice you dumb fucks (96 comments)

If a browser crashes because of a site, it's the browser's developers fault.

You must have been deprived of Last Measure as a child.

2 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Zontar The Mindless Re:Mr. Chen, here's a BETTER way... apk (307 comments)

Yes, and the other AC pointed out that XE7 coverage skips a huge number of major platforms, which pretty much trashes someone's breathy "JUST about *every* platform".

2 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Zontar The Mindless Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

I see that udachny modded you Insightful, how nice for you.

Tell us, roman_mir, how *does* it feel to be a complete stooge of the megacorporations?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Zontar The Mindless Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

That's a cute but transparent attempt to sidestep the issue.

Apple says if I buy a computer from them, they'll place arbitrary restrictions on what I can do with it. This means that it might not do things that I tell it to do. This also means that it might do other arbitrary things that I don't tell it to do, or even that I tell it not to do.

You might consider these acceptable terms for the use of your general-purpose computer. I do not consider them such for mine.

2 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:If Only the Article Addressed That ... (373 comments)

I can tell you're a big hit at parties.

(There's this thing called "compassion". You should give it a try sometime.)

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (373 comments)

You're making it sound like he's some sort of psychopath or something.

We're talking about someone who's demonstrated repeated success in identifying and starting unsavoury online relationships with female students who have difficulties asserting themselves.

Whatever random noise you wish to employ as a label for that is fine by me.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:Popcorn time! (373 comments)

It was not. Quoth TFA,

After talking to a psychiatrist in September 2014 about what she described as a “breakdown,” Harbi decided to collect evidence of Lewin’s behavior to take to MIT. Within five days of searching, Harbi said, she found 10 other women whom Lewin had befriended and contacted on Facebook with inappropriate, sometimes identical messages. Lewin then blocked her from seeing his Facebook friends, she said.

Generally speaking, Harbi said, the women live in countries where speaking out about sexual harassment is taboo -- countries “where the culture is that it is better to actually not speak at all, because you’ll be a disgrace to your family.” Lewin confessed his love for several of them, chat logs show, but often denied those feelings to women who asked about the others.

4 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:Popcorn time! (373 comments)

Just because she's creeped-out by it, doesn't necessarily mean it's inappropriate.

Of course it's completely inappropriate for her to be creeped out by it.

She was (IMO appropriately) creeped out because someone in whom she'd placed trust initiated private contact with her. As it later emerged, this someone has a history of preying on females whom he's apparently tagged as "vulnerable", just as he tried to take advantage of it in this case.

Maybe my problem with what you said is that we don't agree on definitions, so here's a couple of mine:

"Maybe you'd like to have dinner with me sometime?" from someone you don't want to hear that from. <-- Unwelcome advance.

"Would you send me nudies of yourself?" from someone who is working with you in a professional setting, is 3 or 4 decades your senior, AND contacts you outside of official channels just to ask you this question. <-- "Creepout" territory.

4 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:Not a college kid (373 comments)

Just a quick note-- she wasn't a "college-aged girl"-- she was 32.

And this matters, because...?

She was a student [but]...

No, just No. "She was a student." End of story.

She wasn't raped. She was not raped .

And no-one said that she was. She had her trust and confidence betrayed, which is what is at issue here. So who raised the strawman, again?

4 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Zontar The Mindless Re:Popcorn time! (373 comments)

It's also very important to know whether the AC is female and single.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Zontar The Mindless Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (460 comments)

Sorry to disappoint you, but I prefer series that don't get chopped off cold just when things are starting to get interesting.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Zontar The Mindless Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (460 comments)

Gospel stories aren't a bad thing, but they're certainly not high literature.

Uh, what?

Great literature is nothing BUT morality plays in various guises.

4 days ago

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

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 10 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 5 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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