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NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites

jdfox Re:Cite the NASA story, not some parasite's blog (225 comments)

>Why source a story sourced from NASA to some wanker's blog in Network World"?Presuambly this asshole just submitted it himself to get more pageviews.

Yes, coondoggie is Michael Cooney, a news editor at Network World. He spends hours every day spamming his articles to Slashdot, Hacker News, etc. Why Slashdot editors continue to reward this sort of bad behavior is beyond me: his "articles" are rarely more than a quick, semi-accurate summary of someone else's article on another site.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites

jdfox Re:Call Bruce Willis (225 comments)

> NASA says an asteroid about half the size of a football field will blow past Earth on Feb 15...

That's no asteroid: Chuck Norris roundhouse-kicked half the football field from Falcons Stadium into heliocentric orbit, after they beat the Seahawks in the playoffs.

about a year and a half ago
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19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill

jdfox Re:Unfair comparison (174 comments)

Yes, we'll get that, as well as the tried-and-true "praising with faint damn" approach:
"Yes, perhaps it's not a perfect bill, but those who are rejecting it are arguing that we should do nothing."

No, it's not perfect, because it's a bag of shit. Throw it out.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

jdfox Re:MySQL cluster (284 comments)

Again, sounds like you were using the old MyISAM engine: I've never seen that happen under InnoDB.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

jdfox Re:MySQL cluster (284 comments)

It's possible you haven't used it in a while: the InnoDB engine has provided ACID and foreign keys, and has been part of MySQL since 2001. I agree that stored procedure and triggers are not particularly well supported in MySQL, but I prefer keeping app logic in the app or middle tier over stored procedures anyway, so that's never been a problem for me. I can't find that bug where backup were corrupt for 100-column tables: can you point me at a link for that?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

jdfox Re:MySQL cluster (284 comments)

A large multinational company I worked for until a year ago made a massive switch from SQL Server to MySQL, with support from a multinational DB support firm. We saved millions of dollars per year from year one in license and support fees, even after the (direct and indirect) costs of migration and cross-training the DBAs to MySQL. Performance improved significantly in three cases, improved slightly in a few others, and stayed the same in the rest. Nowhere did we see performance decreases or downtime increases. We kept one instance of SQL Server for the data warehouse, because the users preferred Microsoft's ETL and reporting tools.

The company I'm currently working for has a mix of Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server and Informix. They've decided to standardized on SQL Server, for which they're shelling millions in license fees and migration costs, and so far there's been no performance or uptime gain. A critical multi-terabyte DB has been left for later in the migration project: everyone (apart from the consultants and a few managers) is worried it's not going to work, and wishes we could simply leave these perfectly good, working database servers alone.

MySQL used to be thought of as a low-end RDBMS, but has evolved into a good choice for many applications, though of course no single RDBMS is the right choice for all types of DBs. For the point-of-sale application asked about here, if the .NET code is written to be DB-neutral, and if there are no stored procedures server-side, then MySQL may be a good choice: ask your app vendor, jdray. It offers several options for high availability, according to the application's requirements, including Windows Server Failover Clustering, Oracle's MySQL Cluster, Codership's Galera Cluster for MySQL, simple master-master replication, and a few others.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone

jdfox Re:Which bible will be translated? (559 comments)

The King James? The Eastern Orthodox? The Coptic? Hebrew? Syriac? Which apocrypha will be in or out? Will they charge extra for those? Get back to me on that, willya?

According to their list of included translations, ETEN's "YouVersion" reader provides 27 English translations so far. This includes the King James that you mentioned, and two Roman Catholic translations (CPDV and Douay-Rheims) which include several Apocrypha not included in the Protestant translations. I'm not sure what you mean by the "Eastern Orthodox Bible": there is a new translation to English by that name, with the New Testament just released and the full release due later this year, so that obviously hasn't been included yet. There is no Coptic translation included yet, but there are three Coptic Church groups so far listed on the YouVersion groups pages, so that's clearly not a problem for them. Hebrew and Syriac are also not available yet. There is no charge for any of the included translations, and they are working to add more translations to the list: according to their "vision" page they're working with other Bible groups to pull in more translations.

more than 2 years ago
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Lego Bible Too Racy For Sam's Club

jdfox Not censorship (484 comments)

There was no reason to file this article under "censorship", with the little icon of the guy with his mouth taped shut. One large US retail chain has decided that they won't stock the fourth book in the series. That's not censorship.

If Sam's Club were lobbying Congress to pass legislation banning the book from being printed or sold, or getting an agreement from all of the other major retailers not to stock the book, then that would be censorship.

I can't find anything on the author's Brick Testament Facebook page calling this "censorship", and the author notes on that page that "The Brick Bible remains available at many other major retailers like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, and at many independent bookstores as well." The free PR that this is generating will probably boost sales of the book overall.

more than 2 years ago
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Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

jdfox Re:For such a vital system. (402 comments)

Yes sorry, didn't mean to imply that it was intentional flamebait. Just noting that it's a topic that raises hackles much too easily. :-) And I completely agree about Westminster and the Welsh Assembly. Just the fact that Peter Hain and Cheryl Gillan have been handed in turn the role of Welsh Secretary shows how clueless Westminster is about Wales.

more than 2 years ago
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Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

jdfox Re:For such a vital system. (402 comments)

>The Welsh and Scottish nationalists are fairly pro-Europe because neither country is really viable as a totally independent entity...

Mmmm... yummy crunchy flamebait! Scrunch scrunch scrunch... :-)

But back here on earth, yes, agreed, and from the polls I've seen most people in Wales and Scotland favour autonomy within the UK, rather than full independence. Catalonia is the best argument I can think of for this: they can run all the stuff they want to run themselves, but don't have to pay for a separate military, passports, foreign service, embassies, etc. Seems like a pretty sweet deal, and with Franco dead they no longer have to fear for their lives for proposing such a thing. I'm hearing pro-autonomy noises from Labour, and even from a few Tories lately. For minor politicians in the existing Westminster parties, it would mean they'd get a shot at being bigger fish in the smaller ponds of Holyrood and Cardiff Bay.

more than 2 years ago
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Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

jdfox Re:For such a vital system. (402 comments)

Not all nationalists see the EU this way: just those who support the larger, longer-established national governments. Smaller nationalist movements like the SNP in Scotland, etc often see the EU as a potential alternative to their existing "parent" nation-state, which in Scotland's case is the UK.

Of course, this makes the EU all the more irritating to Euro-sceptics in the UK...

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 7

jdfox Re:Fail (452 comments)

Well I like the Chrome address bar too, but again, whether we like it or not is not the point. The original poster (Toonol) was simply pointing out that you can't turn the awesome bar off in FF if you don't want it. You can't turn it off in Chrome either, as far as I can tell.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 7

jdfox Re:Fail (452 comments)

I like the "awesome bar" too, but that's not the point. As the GP says, eliminating the option to disable it reduces the power of the user.

Yes, users can choose another browser. Is that really all the choice that the FF developers wish to extend to their users? This "take it or leave it" attitude was one of the reasons that I quit using Gnome. The next feature that Firefox forces on you might be one that you don't like.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google's Complaint Over Android Code Viewing

jdfox Re:Suing themselves (87 comments)

Just in case anyone is curious and doesn't want to read TFA, the issue is that MS allowed an oust side consultant to view the source code provided my Motorola.

An "oust side" consultant: what an excellent egg corn! :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Old Media Says Google Will Destroy Film & Music

jdfox Re:It's the Daily Mail (336 comments)

That's correct: its demographic is neither technically literate nor particularly well-informed or erudite, and comprises a large and influential chunk of the UK electorate. It has the second-highest circulation in the UK, with a slowly rising circulation, and has been the most-visited UK newspaper website for some time. Politicians in the UK therefore take its bigoted rants very seriously, just as Fox News is taken seriously by politicians in the US.

more than 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

jdfox Re:Worse than Tjernobyl. (580 comments)

We now have four rectors that needs to be cooled down, built in and kept under close watch for a couple of hundred thousands of years.

Try switching to these four rectors instead then. They look pretty cooled down from here, and I seriously doubt they'll be around for a thousand days, never mind years.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Server and Tools Head Muglia To Step Down

jdfox Re:Last Comment... (79 comments)

BTW, when did Cheerios lose the capital letter a la xerox?

Apparently it happened sometime between May 18, 2005 and Feb 03, 2006.

Now we need to establish the perp and the motive.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

jdfox Tofu vs. insects (760 comments)

Not surprised. I haven't yet met a single vegetarian who does eat tofu, until they've had dinner at our house, where they can get a big slice of my famous tofu, portobello mushroom and walnut pie, with caramelized onion & red wine gravy. Plus mashed potatoes, of course.

I've never donated pie to support development of a Firefox extension before, but I'm willing to learn. :-)

I would sample insect-based food, for the same reasons that I eat foods made with yeast, if...
a) I was certain it wouldn't harm me,
b) if it had been killed with minimal suffering, and
c) if I could figure out how to cook it in a tasty way.

Nearly all modern meat production and fishery fails test b), so I rarely eat meat.

more than 3 years ago

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UK government wants "age ID cards" for int

jdfox jdfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdfox (74524) writes "UK culture minister Barbara Follett is proposing new measures for controlling access to internet content, including an "age identity card for the internet". Quote: "It is useful when it comes to alcohol and cigarettes and it is certainly useful when it comes to buying video games and other material on the internet." Her counterpart from the opposition Conservative party supports the proposals. This follows just days after the UK government announced both a price hike and changes to the checking process for their controversial national ID card scheme, which they are now pitching as a basis for proving age and identity in retail transactions."
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British judge calls for expansion of DNA database

jdfox jdfox writes  |  about 7 years ago

jdfox (74524) writes "A senior British judge has proposed that every man, woman and child in the UK, including foreign tourists, should be obligated to provide DNA samples for the national database. Lord Justice Sedley says that the national database containing only records for people who've been arrested is 'indefensible', and that 'a great many people who are walking the streets, and whose DNA would show them guilty of crimes, go free.'

He also points out, with support from the president of the Black Police Association, that DNA records from ethnic minority groups are overrepresented in the current system, implying that the solution to this problem is to add everyone else's records in too. Politicians from both the government and the opposition Conservative party also express support for the idea, in principle.

Sedley adds that this universal DNA database should only be used 'for the absolutely rigorously restricted purpose of crime detection and prevention'. But the human rights advocacy group Liberty notes that the original legislation on permanent DNA retention has been changed several times in recent years, with permanent DNA retention for a limited number of offences following conviction growing to retention following arrest for any recordable offence."

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