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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

ebcdic Re:Suprised *gasp* (135 comments)

Yes, it's stupid, but it's optional and only exists for some ISPs. Hardly the great firewall of China.

about two weeks ago

Do you worry about the singularity?

ebcdic It's already happened (181 comments)

And this is the wonderful world they created for us.

about two weeks ago

What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

ebcdic Nothing to do with peer review (170 comments)

According to the article, the comment was added in revisions after peer review. It should have been caught before publication, but it's not the reviewers' fault.

One other thing: to catch this reliably, you need to have someone read through it who knows that it's the final version. Otherwise they may well assume that it's still an active question, waiting for views. And of course, you should always word your notes more politely!

about a month ago

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

ebcdic No we don't (269 comments)

We don't need social networks at all.

about 2 months ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

ebcdic When jeeps replace camels... (367 comments)

... there won't be any more camels.

about 2 months ago

Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ebcdic The whole function exporting mechanism is a bug (208 comments)

The whole idea of inspecting the contents of arbitrary variables is a bug. Variables can contain any data the user chooses, and the fact that it happens to look like a function definition is none of the shell's business. Bash should have defined a single variable for the purpose in which all the function definitions are packaged up, or at least have defined a class of variables (e.g. BASH_FUNCTION_*) for the purpose.

about 3 months ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

ebcdic No previous independence referendum (474 comments)

There has never been a referendum on independence in Scotland before. There were two referendums on devolution: the one in 1979 was narrowly in favour but failed because it did not reach the required 40% of the electorate, and the one in 1997 succeeded, establishing the Scottish Parliament.

about 2 months ago

On Independence for Scotland:

ebcdic Re:Shetland and Orkney (192 comments)

Shetland is *not* closer to Norway than to Scotland. Check on Google Earth. It's true, as is often said, that it's closer to Norway than to Edinburgh, but then San Francisco is closer to Mexico than to Washington, and Canterbury is closer to France than to London.

about 3 months ago

I think next winter will be:

ebcdic Stupidest question ever (148 comments)

Next: I'm going to toss a coin, which way do you think it will come down?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

ebcdic Health effects (471 comments)

I predict a great increase in users' blood pressure due to constantly checking their heart rate.

about 3 months ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

ebcdic Dodecagons, not dodeca-something (202 comments)

They are not "dodecadrons", nor are they dodecahedral. They have a cross-section which is a dodecagon.

about 4 months ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

ebcdic Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

"Ireland" can mean either the island or the country called the Republic of Ireland, which is about 80% of the island. The Republic is not part of the UK, it is a completely independent country. Northern Ireland (the northern 20%) is part of the UK. The "Irish Free State" was the name of what is now the Republic of Ireland in the 1920s and 30s and is not a term used any more.

about 6 months ago

On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

ebcdic I might care... (108 comments)

... if I'd ever heard of MetaFilter.

about 7 months ago

Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

ebcdic Re:I don't blame him (102 comments)

If you were the maker of Bitcoin, you could afford it.

about 9 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

ebcdic Is this what happened to Usenet? (347 comments)

Usenet is much harder to control than web forums, so making it useless by posting endless rubbish would be attractive.

about 10 months ago

GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

ebcdic Re:Right and wrong (356 comments)

I know it will affect my future buying decisions.

But if you don't buy GM products, they will need another bailout. You have to pay them whether you like it or not.

1 year,1 day

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

ebcdic Why? (284 comments)

Why does chess need a "clear and predictable yardstick for greatness"? It's a game, not engineering.

about a year ago

Do You Need Headphones While Working?

ebcdic Not at all (262 comments)

I only go to work to talk to the people there.

about a year ago

Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

ebcdic What we need to know... (199 comments)

... is when we pass through the next one!

about a year ago


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