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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

gronofer Re:first up let's get one thing straight. (241 comments)

Agreed. Any program can be broken down into a sequence of mathematical operations. It's generally not the type of mathematics that would be of any interest to a mathematician, but it still falls within the domain.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

gronofer Re:The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

lolololololololol, were you expecting anything else?

"libertarian think tank Heartland Institute". I'd like to know why libertarian organisations even have an opinion about climate change. From what I've seen, their opinion is always hostile to the idea that it's actually happening. It seems to be completely off-topic to their mission, which is purely economics. If they want to be climate scientists, why don't they do it properly and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals?

about two weeks ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

gronofer Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

The previous poster was me... For some reason it came through anonymously. Sorry about that. But, while I'm at it, I'd like to clarify that there are separate systems at play for 1) tracking votes and 2) tracking vote results. These are separate problems and you do not want the same system doing this. Why? Because there's something uncomfortable about a system that tracks who you are, where you are and how you voted. :)

So why do you think they are so strongly resisting the release of the code? It sounds like having extra people examining it for errors could only be a good thing, assuming accuracy is all you care about.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

gronofer Re:Will local rights holders sue? (153 comments)

Geo-locking content has been declared illegal in New Zealand, thus the rights holders don't have any stand to sue.

I'm surprised the studios haven't forced technical counter-measures by now, i.e., making Netflix et. al. blacklist the proxy servers / VPNs from access to their streaming servers.

about three weeks ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

gronofer Deleted (108 comments)

Notability isn't required on Commons.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

gronofer Re: OR (250 comments)

Not to mention all those home and small business routers that don't support IPv6. I know mine doesn't, but then it's at least 10 years old. The last time I looked, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, it was actually hard to buy such a router with IPv6 support. Maybe things have improved since then.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

gronofer Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

But there are so many languages, most of which seem to give little or anything new. The developers claim that they are better than C or C++. However C and C++ are hardly state of the art in language design. I'd be more interested to know how they compare to OCaml or Common Lisp, and whether perhaps improving one of those languages would be an easier option. Each new language seems like so much work in new frameworks and libraries and developer migration effort that they should be put into wide scale use quite sparingly.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

gronofer I prefer (337 comments)

I'm not sure that I like having my web pages load slowly so that somebody else can watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians jitter-free.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

gronofer Re:Spread the news, Create the news (138 comments)

Seems like submitting your searches to multiple search engines, preferably based in different countries, will become advisable.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

gronofer Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (1040 comments)

Government statistics don't tell the whole story. You are counted as employed if you work 1 hour per week. Add up all the part time people who would prefer to be full-time employed and all those who are retired or studying or whatever but would prefer to be employed, and you'd get a much higher number.

The $16 minimum wage doesn't even tell the whole story in Australia. There are legally mandated "award" rates for most occupations that are somewhat higher.

I live in a regional town, where the local economy apparently can't copy with the wage rates set in the large cities, and unemployment is more like 12%.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

gronofer Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (1040 comments)

You have a point. However I still think it's a stupid system. If the government thinks that the low paid don't receive enough money, then it should just give them some more, not put them out of work and then give them a benefit that's probably even lower than they'd have been receiving in a job. I think the benefit is less than half what the minimum wage would be for working a 40 hour week.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

gronofer Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (1040 comments)

And then the unemployed are forced to do voluntary work as one of the requirements to receive government payments. This is the way it works in Australia. Converting low-paid work to slave labour.

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

gronofer Re:Sad seeing this (361 comments)

I think it's unlikely that the DRM vendors will even support Firefox.

about 2 months ago
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Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

gronofer Re:Good for them! (165 comments)

Nevertheless, they signed a treaty in which they promised to conduct such negotiations.If they no longer support the non-proliferation treaty, why don't they officially withdraw from it?

about 3 months ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

gronofer Re:Too long, didn't read. (162 comments)

If somebody gave me the advice to keep windows and install the virus checker, then I'd ignore the advice and install Linux. At the end of the trial period, I'd hopefully be virus free, so that would be +1 to them under this system.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

It's not so much the space travel technology, but the technology that would allow a truely sustainable human colony in a hostile environment. Show me that it's even possible to build a sustainable human colony in a domed city somewhere on Earth (without importing food, water, computers etc.,) and then perhaps it will be time to start thinking about living on Mars. Then you can start worrying about all the true space problems, such as shortage of water, excessive radiation, and wrong gravity and temperatures.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

The robot missions are limited to using the equipment that they've taken with them. Woudn't a human mission have exactly the same limitation? There's a limit to what you can achieve with a pickaxe and a screwdriver. Anyway, I expect that a human mission would be so tied up in just keeping the humans alive, that they'd have little time or resources for any actual research.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

"Every great scientific mind", I find that unlikely, how would you even enumerate such, and surely at least one of them has never even commented on the issue or disagrees? I don't see any Chinese colonies in space. How could Earth possibly become less inhabitable than every other planet in the Solar System already is? Even the deserts of Earth or the Antarctic would be more attractive than Mars or the Moon, and I don't see people rushing to build self-contained domed cities in such places.

about 4 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  about 6 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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