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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Zontar The Mindless Re:Fallacy (727 comments)

As an atheist I do not look to fiction for inspiration, nor a moral grounding, nor meaning in life. I draw it from real life, because that's what inspires me, not fictional tales..

That's a bit arrogant, isn't it?

Even false things can be true.


The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Zontar The Mindless Re:Slashvertisement (171 comments)

.... If even ONE person did it, it is not a failure. The fact that thousand of self-motivated, self-paced individuals take advantage of world-class education systems, all for free-- it's by definition a success.

Most people want their thinking and learning done for them. There is no magic cure for this, alas.

2 days ago

Stop The Vultures?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Typical (6 comments)

Seldom have I witnessed such a complete missing of the point as yours.

You posted AC, too--good choice.

2 days ago

Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

Zontar The Mindless Re:And.... (34 comments)

Gosh. I can't find the word "cashback" in any dictionary.

I'm guessing it's something made up by non-native speakers who've not yet learnt "rebate" or "refund"?

2 days ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Complex question. Simple answer (362 comments)

In which parallel universe is it that PhDs bother with teaching at the high school level?

about a week ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Zontar The Mindless Re:"He's really not an expert" (362 comments)

A factual statement followed by a mischaracterisation followed by a statement that really doesn't mean anything but is supposed to sound like it does.

And we're supposed to accept this rather poor attempt at being clever in lieu of logic.

Yes sir, we are indeed on Slashdot.

about a week ago

Carmack On Mobile VR Development

Zontar The Mindless Re: Keep you day job (60 comments)

native code development vanished with windows 95 there buddy

So all the cool kids are rewriting their DB servers and OS kernels in Python? How did I miss that?

about a week ago

Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Zontar The Mindless Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

My dad taught me that when Bill Gates was still stealing code out of dumpsters.

about two weeks ago

Reality Collapse

Zontar The Mindless Re:I hadn't seen that one (9 comments)

Thanks for the reminder, I'd fallen out of the habit of reading this strip.

about two weeks ago

The Myth of Russian Aggression

Zontar The Mindless Re:Bollocks (6 comments)

Yeah, I stopped at "unique to ..., and ...". No need to have my intelligence insulted any further.

Basically, Putin was all palsy-walsy with the West until he saw this wasn't going to give him any sort of license to reincorporate the Baltics/Ukraine. Then it turned into "They're all out to get us".

Stop feeding the trolls, JC.

about two weeks ago

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Zontar The Mindless Re:jaws (71 comments)

2. Kiel.

1. Yes.

about a month and a half ago

Property is Moral Opposite of Liberty

Zontar The Mindless Re:How things become property (10 comments)

Just callin' it as I see it, nothing personal intended.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Zontar The Mindless Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (274 comments)

You would actually buy a phone that does not support any form of removable storage? That would be a show-stopper for me.

about a month and a half ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Zontar The Mindless Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

I responded to the post to which I was responding. Cheers.

about a month and a half ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Zontar The Mindless Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

Yes, but that happened in Mediaeval French when une norenge got misspelt as une orenge, well before the word passed into English (and similarly into Dutch, as oranje). By comparison, Spanish and Hungarian have naranja and narancs, respectively.

about a month and a half ago

Shot in the back, in self-defense

Zontar The Mindless Slightly heartened... (16 comments)

...that at least one other person on the planet appears to be troubled by this.

about a month and a half ago



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

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 5 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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