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British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes

hutchike Re:whats the crime in hate crime? (778 comments)

Well said. Going back to the original article, in the UK it's a crime to publish these kinds of "hateful views" if a court deems that it might "stir up hostility". So the crime is not the thought, but the publication and the intention of the author in so doing. I'd like to see a test case where a racist only published to other racists. Surely then he would not be stirring up hatred since it already existed in the first place? Maybe the secret is to add a front door to the site requiring the reader to confirm he or she is already a racist and is unlikely to be stirred by reading the article?

more than 5 years ago

How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science

hutchike Fashion versus maths (306 comments)

Software Engineering = fashion
Computer Science = maths

Simple. Nuff said.

more than 5 years ago

What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

hutchike The intention matters (586 comments)

The name of the role would depend upon the application to which you apply your HTML. Some people use HTML to make pretty pages (web designers, web artists) whereas others are cleanly displaying useful data (information architects) or help with device-independent data access (iPod sitesmiths). Still others like to write most of the app on the client-side by interweaving HTML with jQuery JavaScript and suchlike (web developers). Etc...

more than 5 years ago

What If Oracle Bought Sun Microsystems?

hutchike No chance (237 comments)

Java is open source software. If Oracle likes it that much, it can do a "Red Hat" and simply shadow or fork it with its own dev team. It might do a better job too. Surely that's cheaper than the $7bn or so it would cost to buy Sun with its workforce of 30,000 people. (Oracle's workforce is 86,600 people, so that would add 35% to the headcount!)

Apart from InnoDB, Oracle doesn't really have a history of open source involvement. I just can't see Sun the company being attractive to Oracle (but MySQL, the database sure would be). Just my 2c. I hold put options on JAVA shares and am waiting to cash them in the next month or so.

more than 5 years ago

Can rev="canonical" Replace URL-Shortening Services?

hutchike A simpler answer (354 comments)

Twitter could just provide its own www.tinyurl.com service. That way the links only rot if Twitter rots, and it places the solution right next to the requirement. Simple.

more than 5 years ago

Official Support For PHP 4 Ends

hutchike Most PHP4 code runs fine as PHP5 (245 comments)

Despite the changes in copy semantics from PHP4 to PHP5, most code written for PHP4 runs fine as PHP5. If changes are necessary, they are very minor since PHP5 mostly adds new capabilities (apart from the pass-by-reference stuff). If the coder was using "&" before in his PHP4 code, then it will work fine without changes in PHP5. The bigger question for me is whether the excellent www.cakePHP.org framework will continue to support PHP4 now it's deprecated.

more than 6 years ago


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A new way to fight spam?

hutchike hutchike writes  |  more than 9 years ago I recently spotted a site http://www.mail-filter.com/ that fights spam by providing email addresses like fred.amazon@mail-filter.com, fred.offers@mail-filter.com, etc. The idea is that you can "switch off" any address variation that gets spammed. Plus you can identify the web site that leaked your email address to the spammers. Seems like a nice idea - has anyone tried similar strategies?

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