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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Zontar The Mindless Impossible without VR? (441 comments)

Bullshit. These guys need to read Black Like Me . And then try it out for themselves.

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Zontar The Mindless Re:So which came first (137 comments)

Actually, your way doesn't sound too bad. Might have to give it a try. Can't quite come at gizzards or hearts, though.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Zontar The Mindless Re:First amendment? (249 comments)

Case in point: s/This why/This is why/

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Zontar The Mindless Re:First amendment? (249 comments)

Former news reporter here.

This why news outlets sometimes issue updates, corrections, or even retractions--because it's not a perfect world, and the folks who work in the news media are no more omniscient than you are.

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Zontar The Mindless Re:So which came first (137 comments)

No way, José. Dipped in batter and deep-fried is the only way to go.

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Zontar The Mindless Re:The beaks won (137 comments)

You're obviously not a marketer. Bully for you. :)

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Zontar The Mindless Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

It doesn't even need to be an exclusive copyright. This worked out pretty well for MySQL. They made sure to get at least shared copyright for all contributed code so they could release and licence commercial versions.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Tech angle? (873 comments)

It's an attempt to replace traditional carpooling/ridesharing with something Uber can skim off of. Inserting themselves as a middleman where none is needed.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

I think causing harm to others who are doing you none is a definite sign of mental illness.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

All religion is false religion. Doesn't alter what I said, though.

4 days ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Zontar The Mindless Re:I am no economist, but as a geek ... (205 comments)

It's been said that no man is an island.

The point I was trying to make is that I was apparently being mischaracterised as a spoilt rich kid who'd had everything handed to him on a silver platter, not that I'm some sort of superhero. I'm neither of those.

I've tried to pay back those who've helped me, but I've lost contact with most of them (easy to do after a decade or two, when you've wound up living on the other side of the world), and some of them are no longer around. So now I try to do the same for others.

And I've already admitted that one of the reasons--possibly THE reason--I ended up in the bad state I was in was due to my own mistakes. Quite a lot of them, actually, including doing some shit that was just plain wrong. Some of those things I think I've paid for by now, others maybe not. We'll see.

4 days ago
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Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

Zontar The Mindless Re:I'm not complaining (75 comments)

I'm sorry, am I a Google fanboi or a Google hater today? I keep getting categorised as one and then the other so often that I've grown confused.

Or is it that I'm an idiot because I think users should be treated with a bit of respect?

I can't tell any more.

I do know that where I work--as I said before--we don't consider how many or even IF there are any users of a particular feature or API before we drop it. We have a deprecation process for such things, and AFAICT we stick to it.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Tech angle? (873 comments)

So they're just automatically ripping people off and this makes it all better?

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

In at least one of those cases, Muslim friends had expressed concern that the new "convert" wasn't really a convert because he wasn't in his right mind. Pretty sure I saw this mentioned by the BBC.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Zontar The Mindless Re:Muslims? (873 comments)

Be sure to tell the Albigensians. I'm sure they'll be glad to know this.

4 days ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

Zontar The Mindless Re:Sound like... (78 comments)

Just last night, I was watching some videos taken while Yes were recording Going For The One where they took a break and passed around a joint. Those bits obviously should have been cut out, since nobody does that any more. Oh, wait...

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Zontar The Mindless For some perspective... (263 comments)

....I invite you to compare the cost of health care in the US with that in just about any other developed country in the world.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Zontar The Mindless Re:clarity - wrong assumption (432 comments)

You'll pardon me if I get my wading boots on before you continue.

TL;DR: [citation needed]

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Zontar The Mindless Re:Sounds Better? (432 comments)

And then there is the psycho-acoustics effect of the big, beautiful record covers. ;)

Especially the folding ones for double albums. Preferably with a bit of embossing or matte finish on the inside cover. Tales From Topographic Oceans was a favourite of mine.

4 days ago

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

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 9 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  |  about 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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