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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

countach Unreliable? (153 comments)

Yes yes, wikipedia is "fundamentally unreliable". But didn't someone do a study and find that Encyclopaedia Britannica was MORE unreliable? Considering how many factoids are in wikipedia, my guess is that the overall reliability is probably pretty excellent, and the discovery of an error, even a deliberate an egregious one like this one, doesn't change that.

Maybe the REALLY unreliable factoid is the claim that wikipedia is unreliable. We should learn that anecdotes do not make good statistics.

yesterday
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

countach Appalling (125 comments)

I don't know the fine details of this bug, but am I the only one appalled at how obvious this bug sounds? It doesn't even properly check the certificate? I mean buffer overflows and such are one thing, but not properly testing your certificate code seems unforgivable.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

countach Re:Some advice (168 comments)

or get a girlfriend. Oh wait, this is slashdot.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

countach Re:Prescription != illegal != illicit (505 comments)

"If your prescription says to take 1 tablet every 6 hours for pain and you take the whole 30 tablet bottle in a day you are illegally abusing a legally prescribed medication."

Really? Can you cite what law you're breaking?

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

countach Re:Red Bull (505 comments)

Unless you're in Silicon valley, under pressure to work crazy hours, using various substances to achieve that, you're not really in a position to comment are you?

2 days ago
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Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

countach Re:Send a robot (83 comments)

What is heartless about it? You enjoy watching human beings go into life threatening situations so you can get your rocks off?

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

countach Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (715 comments)

Well he did say with optimisations enabled. I have no idea whether the claim is true or not, but simply pointing out that gcc is built with gcc doesn't disprove it.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

countach Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (715 comments)

Well he did say "throughout its existence", not merely "at the beginning when he was bootstrapping the project".

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

countach Re: What about my right to search? (183 comments)

Well, depending on where you live there may be sme kind of right to free speech. In the US it is fairly explicit. In the UK and commonwealth countries there have been rulings that say there is an implied right to a certain degree of free speech. So is there a right to search, which is really a form of free speech? Well, there may well be.

3 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

countach Re:.7% (168 comments)

He has a point that there is an opportunity cost. Whether it be the cost of owning the shares, or the cost of Amazon's infrastructure. Presumably Amazon cares (a lot!) about investors having confidence in the shares, or else nobody, not the shareholders, not the management, not anybody makes money.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

countach Re: surpising (168 comments)

"We're not talking about a company that is haemorrhaging money"

Well you only say that because its a 140 B company. But if investors suddenly decide this thing is never going to make money, it could suddenly be a 1B company. 126M loss in the context of a 1B company is huge. Until they actually make consistent money, who's to say how much this ship is worth? Could be worth nothing.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

countach Re:Customer service? (885 comments)

Depends if your aim is to have the most number of people on board quicker, or to have the flight ready to go quicker. Because getting 90% of the people on board doesn't actually help much, only having 100%. It's actually less comfortable for people to be on the aircraft waiting than to be in the waiting area.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

countach Re:What?!? (885 comments)

If he'd claimed to be kicked off because he was black/white/gay or whatever, there'd be outrage. But because he was only exercising his free speech rights, people don't care that much.

about a week ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

countach Re:Kinda ok, kinda not (143 comments)

Most people in this situation have no hope of knowing who did it. For example, I have 4 flatmates. If one of them does something like this, I would have no way of finding out which one it was. So its an utter waste of time. If I had kids at home, I'm sure they would all deny it too, like kids always do. If I had friends over, what am I going to ring my friends and accuse them? Ha!

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

countach Odd (175 comments)

It seems odd in so far as this precedent would seem to set up every application you ever buy for court audit to make sure it is absolutely as efficient as it possibly can be. If not, it could be using your electricity or draining your battery.

about a week ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

countach Kinda ok, kinda not (143 comments)

On the one hand, its nice that this regime is measured and not over the top. On the other hand, if I hadn't pirated anything, because my flatmates/kids/friends/neighbours had done something I didn't know about, I'd still be pissed off receiving that letter. I don't think the good people of the UK should be completely satisfied with this situation. There should be a way to push back and say, no I didn't do it, take your stinking letter back.

about a week ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

countach Re:Multiverse theory (147 comments)

"There are many multiverse theories and they can all be tested."

Ha ha. You fooled a few people I guess.

"and will eventually converge in a big crunch."

OK, test the big crunch, I dare you.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

countach Nope (147 comments)

I doubt that there is any possibility to observationally test such a thing, and even if some weird experiment can be devised, I doubt it would really do more than hint at, rather than prove other universes. After all, by definition these other universes are not part of ours, so we can't get at them.

But let's just assume for a minute what is likely, that it can never be proven... Will the pointy headed boffins admit that it is not science, its... well.... something akin to religion really. About as scientific as any religious belief. In which case, shouldn't we really stop the whining between the scientific and religious factions? The scientists must admit that certain things could well be true that they can't prove, and that such things are worth talking about in the same breath as "real science", i.e. the things that pretty much everyone admits is true because it is science.

Next time some pseudo intellectual proclaims "that's not science", just remember... neither is a lot of stuff that gets published under the name of science, and which nobody seems to complain about.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

countach Intel (236 comments)

Errr, yeah, but they could have just used Intel chips like everyone else. Ultimately it would have given better performance, saved themselves a lot of pain in switch over, and put themselves ahead of the curve selling to people who wanted to dual boot. So did IBM save them or cripple them?

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

countach Re:My advice to her (424 comments)

Haha. But the court's business goes on regardless of its reputation, so it can't really suffer.

about two weeks ago

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