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GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

Zontar The Mindless Fucking scary shit (4 comments)

Thanks for sharing... I think...

4 days ago
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You know what happens when you play that Rock and Roll Music?

Zontar The Mindless Play that funky music, white boy (2 comments)

Get down and boogie and play that funky music till you die!

4 days ago
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On 4th of July:

Zontar The Mindless Re:A Day That Shall Live In Infamy (340 comments)

It was a long time later before the idea of getting rid of slavery came up.

Yeah, in Vermont, it took all of about a year.

about two weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

Zontar The Mindless Re: The 4th of December? (340 comments)

1761: england declares slavery not legal (in england). 1766: the slave owning colonies break away from the freedom loving ones (which become canada) before the idea spreads. Truth.

Vermont's state constitution forbids slavery and was adopted in 1777.

Several other rebel colonies declared themselves free even before independence was formally gained.

During the Revolutionary War, Britain transported slaves of loyalists to other British colonies. (The slaves were not emancipated.)

There was a British court decision in 1763, but it was not binding overall, seems to have been pretty widely ignored by other British courts at the time, and the matter would not be settled in the British Empire for several more decades.

You also managed to get both dates wrong. Nice going.

about two weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

Zontar The Mindless Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

We don't actually have any sort of twilight this time of year in Stockholm, even though the sun does go down for about 5½ hours. It gets dark only if it happens to be cloudy between 2200 and 0330.

Not quite the midnight sun thing you hear about (that's further north), but it still takes some getting used to.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Zontar The Mindless Re:Well (564 comments)

3: "Free" music. I'm sure people are happy that all their favorite bands are downloaded, but there are no new bands to replace them. There will not be a Freddie Mercury or groups like Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, or other items. What you listen to in the mainstream is now dictated word for word, and note by note by corporate drones. The same formula for songs is repeated over and over again. Thanks to piracy, a vibrant, expressive form of art is completely dead, with only predigested stuff available now, or amateur hacks with their ironic beards and acoustic guitars crooning about their cat because everyone else is doing exactly that.

Are you sure you were around 20 years ago? Mainstream/formula music has been around since the dawn of commercial audio recording. Blaming its existence on piracy is silly, and just makes you sound like a **AA shill.

about two weeks ago
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Gov't Censorship Pushing Users To More Private Messaging In China

Zontar The Mindless Re:Sorry, forgot to post link... apk (47 comments)

No, they're reporting that it ran in the NYT, which is exactly what they're supposed to be doing.

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Zontar The Mindless Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (197 comments)

I believe you intended to say "HTML isn't as popular a beverage".

I hate it when poor delivery spoils what would have been a good punch line.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

Zontar The Mindless Re:um (137 comments)

Posts don't get deleted.

about three weeks ago
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Gov't Censorship Pushing Users To More Private Messaging In China

Zontar The Mindless Re:Sorry, forgot to post link... apk (47 comments)

By publishing this, Slashdot is damaging its reputation.

Slashdot didn't publish it. The NY Times did.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Zontar The Mindless Re:Paid = biased (135 comments)

Wikis are generally where information goes to die, yes.

Nonetheless, Wikipedia does not do badly in some respects.

I don't spend much work time there (except to look stuff up)--haven't made any edits there in a couple of months, but would probably want to do some updates when our next major release comes out later this year.

As for whether I'm any good or not--that's debatable, but I was lucky enough to land on a team with one of the best reputations in the business, and I like to think I know which side the bread's buttered on, so I stick with it.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Zontar The Mindless Re:Paid = biased (135 comments)

Since, as part of my job (which includes very flexible hours/locations), I'm encouraged to blog, take part in mailing list/forum discussions, and suchlike, it could be argued that they're paying me for my Wikipedia edits about their product as well.

Dunno why I'm trying to play Devil's Advocate here, but there ya go.

OTOH, I am pretty sure that the folks in Legal would say that I'm definitely not being paid to do marketing or to post inaccurate information.

I guess I could add a disclaimer "I work for SomeMultinational but any material I post here about SomeSoftware reflects my own understanding and views and not necessarily those of my employer" to my user page... or something. <grin/>

about a month ago
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Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

Zontar The Mindless Re:Tribes (127 comments)

Primate predator bands who enjoy a good gossip when taking breaks from throwing shit at each other. Yep, that's us, pretty much.

about a month ago
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Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

Zontar The Mindless Re:Turn off, tune out. (127 comments)

About a year ago, keeping up with FB started to seem like a bit of a job, ain't nobody paying me to do it, and it has seldom if ever proved all that helpful or useful in ways that couldn't be accomplished via other, less intrusive, less annoying ways.

Those "You have 532 messages" messages keep piling up in my Some Rainy Day... mail folder, and I keep finding other things to do than to log in to read them.

about a month ago
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Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

Zontar The Mindless Re:huh (127 comments)

Like Typhoid Mary was "kind of badass"?

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Zontar The Mindless Re:Paid = biased (135 comments)

I write technical documentation for a specialised and fairly complex software product. There are not many people who are qualified to do so.

Assuming that I stick to the facts, provide citations, and don't attempt to hide the fact of my employment with the producer of this software from anyone, is there some other potential reason why I shouldn't contribute to Wikipedia articles about this product?

about a month ago

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

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 4 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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