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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

ignavus Re:News for nerds (164 comments)

While the IS stuff is rather a hot news item, I do not agree that slashdot is really the place for it. One of the reasons I look at Slashdot is to get a nice newsfeed without 5 items per day about wild muslims.

Damn! There goes my new article about about "Emacs or Vi? Which do wild Muslims prefer?"

2 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

ignavus Re:Too Bad (102 comments)

While I do not fall on the recorded Autism spectrum. The way they make Sheldon would be very insulting to people with these problems.

While having Asperger's can bring some problems it can also bring strengths and pleasures (e.g. Aspie "special interests" can be great fun, almost like being in love, but with a topic rather than a person). I wouldn't refer to Asperger's simplistically as a "problem". It is a condition with problems and advantages - and also some differences that are just plain neutral.

Referring to the autism spectrum as unqualified "problems" is part of the problem. Asperger's isn't a defect, it is a difference with positives and negatives.

PS: quite a few people on the spectrum think Sheldon is great. At least we get a vaguely recognisable Aspie character who has some strengths (genius, can be very generous with money) and obvious weaknesses (not all of which are core Aspie weaknesses - e.g. his narcissism is more Sheldon than Aspie).

3 days ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

ignavus Re:Helps explain a few things ... (221 comments)

Given this, dogs are probably better judges of people than we are.

Clearly dogs should be employed in recruitment departments.

5 days ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

ignavus Re:JAVA (230 comments)

Apache Struts, Tomcat, and elasticsearch (mentioned in the summary) are all written in java.

To me, that indicates a JAVA vulnerability, not a Linux vulnerability.

"Write once, exploit everywhere."

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

ignavus Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Design, but looking at a dachshund, I wouldn't use the term "intelligent".

Of course it is intelligent design: the annoying dogs are all short and cannot run fast. That makes it easier to get away from them. Would you want a dachshund that could run like a greyhound?

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

ignavus So don't look up (140 comments)

I always walk around outside looking at the ground (don't like the sight of moving people).

Google isn't going to film my face from space - at least, not until they cover the ground with mirrors.

about a month ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

ignavus Re:working in Debian Sid VM (201 comments)

And it's true we should not have to do crap like this to use our netflix accounts!

Now, try doing that outside the US, where you are also blocked because of location, not just OS.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror Aka 3.16 Released

ignavus Re:Arch not the first (63 comments)

The article suggests that Arch will be the first distribution to have 3.16, but Gentoo got there before it,

Reminds me of a kindergarten: "I was first! No, me! But I did it before you!"

Now, children, why can't we all play nicely?

about a month and a half ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

ignavus Re:Geany (402 comments)

Agreed. Without geany there, this comparison is not very useful. Whenever I was using Linux, I missed notepad++, until I found out about geany.

You know, Notepad++ will run perfectly fine in Linux under Wine. It isn't that hard to install and use. I have Notepad++ and TextPad on my Linux desktop right now.

The Linux police don't come and arrest you if you install your favourite Windows programs in Linux.

about a month and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

ignavus Re:Technical Merit really overrated (739 comments)

Of the winners in computing, those that won because of technical merit are swarmed by those that won for other reasons.

Things win because they are "good enough", for a "reasonable enough" price, at the right time - but it helps if they are being pushed by a ruthless, anti-competitive monster monopoly.

about 2 months ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

ignavus Re:Battler (291 comments)

How come your neighbor New Zealand can do better?

Because we haven't worked out yet how to lure Tony Abbott across the Tasman (and leave him there).

about 2 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ignavus Re:What? (382 comments)

The Death Star proved that. Overwhelming support. Brushed under the rug. This administration is a joke.

They should have asked Tesla to build Death Stars ... and let them sell those direct to the public. Kill two birds with one stone.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

ignavus Planet of the, um (157 comments)

So now we could breed up a strain of highly intelligent chimpanzees by selecting new parents from the highest scoring chimps?

about 2 months ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

ignavus Re:Oh please please please (220 comments)

Nope. That was on the Internet. That is completely different.

Yeah, the Internet's nothing to do with computers ... it's just tubes all the way.

about 3 months ago
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Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

ignavus Re:Does it come (207 comments)

in the form of a vaccine?

Vaccines cause neurotypicality - you heard it here first!

about 3 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

ignavus Re:The historical cycle (255 comments)

Step 4:

Prices are high and a de facto exclusive license exists. People notice this is bad and want deregulation.

Your Step 4 is the status quo in Australia (well, Sydney, at least).

Taxis have been a highly regulated monopoly for decades. No "historical cycle". No steps 1, 2 or 3.

about 4 months ago
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Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

ignavus So when... (129 comments)

So when are they releasing it as a game?

about 4 months ago
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Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

ignavus Re:No different than asking... (201 comments)

I would LOVE to see wine in cans

Cans are opaque.

about 5 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

ignavus Re:My mother just called a couple hours ago (345 comments)

Please keep us updated on all conversations you have with your mother. Thanks.

"Son, hide this money under your mattress"

about 5 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

ignavus Re:This is interesting (548 comments)

I had no idea that this was the case in the soviet era. Can you cite your sources please?

Tsk. Don't you watch any movies?

The film "Enemy At The Gates" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215750/) is all about a renowned Russian sniper during WW2 who learned to shoot accurately when he went wolf huinting with his father. Being Stalinist Russia, bullets were expensive and difficult to buy (as were most items) so you learned to shoot very well and not waste the ammo.

about 5 months ago

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