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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

spiralx Re:So basically (437 comments)

Sure it won't be quite the unanimity it was before, but the few dissenters won't prevent it from being renewed again. Only one Republican voted for this bill, most of them were loudly against weakening the PATRIOT Act in any way; come renewal time they'll extend it for another five years happily.

yesterday
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

spiralx Re:So basically (437 comments)

Why would you assume that it will go any differently in 2015 than it did in 2005, 2006 and 2011? The Republicans came out against this bill with accusations that it would help ISIS and risk another 9/11, and when the time for renewal is up in May (not January as I said), they will be in control of both houses and looking towards the primaries and the election after that - they're not going to let it expire

I don't see any chance that it won't be renewed. I'm sure there will be lots of drama, name-calling and stirring speeches, but in the end, little or no substantive changes to the act itself, and it will be 2020 before all this comes up again.

yesterday
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

spiralx Re:So basically (437 comments)

It extended 3 out of 100 provisions of the PATRIOT Act until 2017. And actually, the vote was to put it up for discussion and amendment, so it could have been possible to get rid of that.

Now the entire act will be renewed in January, all 100 provisions. Not a win.

3 days ago
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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

spiralx Re:Where's the schema (DTD/XML Schema/Relax NG)? (125 comments)

But it's easier to parse HTML5 than it was any previous version of HTML, as there is now an actual specification which details the process exactly rather than relying on each browser's interpretation. It can't be that difficult given the number of working parsers and validators out there for HTML5.

Plus, HTML5 can already be written using XML syntax, aka XHTML5. And searching for xhtml5.xsd or xhtml5.rng gave me plenty of links to schemas for validating XML-syntax HTML5.

If you need to store validated documents, then you shouldn't be storing them in HTML format! Store them as XML documents with well-defined schemas (Relax NG of course!), and then use XSLT or possibly XQuery to turn them into HTML fragments for display.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

spiralx Re:OT:Mod points (553 comments)

You won't get them if your karma is too high or too low, or if you browse /. too often or too infrequently. Possibly also if you post often enough you won't get them either, there are a few different factors. I went years getting none, now I get 5 points every five or six days, and occasionally 15 points instead.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

spiralx Re:Here's one reason (553 comments)

Engineers are also more likely to be Creationists than those in other careers requiring a degree.

about a month ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

spiralx Re:Perl? (547 comments)

Oddly enough quite a bit of the design PowerShell was inspired by Perl.

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

spiralx Re:Ruby? (547 comments)

Yes, this is the case, and it's very obvious if you look at popular NPM modules - there are lots of ports or variants of Ruby libraries. Plus there's CoffeeScript, which I'm told has a Ruby-esque feel, but can be trivially used interchangeably with JS.

about a month and a half ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

spiralx Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

Go to Settings and Phone Update is about halfway down - you can check for any missing updates to the OS there. I think you need to be on Wi-Fi or plugged into the PC to work though.

Also below that in Settings the About page should be able to tell you what versions you have for the OS, firmware etc. I'm currently on OS v8.10.12393.890 :)

about 2 months ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

spiralx Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

I have the same phone, and it sounds like it hasn't been updated to WP 8.1, which I think solves these issues. Or at least I don't have them on my phone.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

spiralx Re:gtfo (724 comments)

It's a good summary of all the nonsense some people seem to believe. Once you take away the retractions, it's just more ranting about feminism and Anita Sarkeesian.

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

spiralx Re:Right... (478 comments)

That's research from 130 years ago, and solely about rote memorisation. I'm talking about things such as this, and more general research into neuronal development.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

spiralx Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Nope, it's actually heavily influenced by Perl of all things, one of the guys who created it has also written a book on PS which has various sidebars about the design of the language.

about 3 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

spiralx Re:Sigh (748 comments)

No, I think it's more that these people have always been here, but the last couple of years has seen a) the flourishing of the disgusting "Men's Rights" movement, b) more talk about sexism in the tech industry, which has lead to c) more articles about the subject here, and thus more arguments about it. In almost 15 years here I don't think the demographic has changed very much at all - there's a wider age range and it's more international, but fundamentally it's the same sort of audience. The site just has more articles on topics where this sort of thing comes up.

The rampant sexism seen in a lot of these articles is pretty depressing though.

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

spiralx Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (511 comments)

Well put, I do seem to have noticed a sort of creeping Calvinism in the way that victims of all kinds of types are labelled today.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

spiralx Re:New bells and whistles (636 comments)

Thankfully, the new let keyword for declaring lexically scoped variables will sound the death of the IIFE construct, although in practice you learn to avoid it.

about 6 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

spiralx Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

I don't run Linux, and I've never had to deal with X, so this isn't an emotive issue for me. But your post was clearly not a serious of facts, more of a backlash against perceived slights from Wayland developers and/or "fanboys", the latter being a useful way to smear people who disagree.

Your post might make more sense if the existence of Wayland meant that X no longer existed, but as that's clearly not true it's hard to take claims of "throwing out a perfectly good system in favour of an ideological rewrite" seriously. And ideology? There have been plenty of technical arguments since the beginning, here's one set that was posted on /. a while back, and it's just the first one I found.

As far as I'm aware X currently does act like VNC in most cases, except without any compression at all and a synchronous API - so nobody uses it directly because of the performance issues, instead using ssh as a tunnel. Even having it act like per-window VNC with H.264 compression would be an advantage. But anyway, that's all part of the compositor, which now has RDP as part of the core, and I've yet to see any explanation of why or how X forwarding is different or better than rootless RDP.

The assumption that forwarding is a critical feature is based on the idea that your personal requirements are the only important ones. If a piece of software doesn't do what you want, don't use it. As it turns out, they are supporting it (as I'd read from pretty much day one), it's just taken time to get to that point... as you'd expect from alpha software.

about 6 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

spiralx Re:Reading TFA (73 comments)

Thanks, that has explained that the "frecency error blah blah" messages I'm seeing in my console aren't just someone's epic fail at committing a spelling mistake :)

about 6 months ago

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Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

spiralx spiralx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

spiralx (97066) writes "Based on TIME Magazine's feature this month, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on May 8 the list of prices (known as the "chargemaster") of 100 common medical treatments across all US hospitals, and the prices Medicare paid for the same treatments, showing for the first time the vast discrepancies across different providers, even those within several miles of each other. Nationwide for instance, inpatient services for joint replacement vary from $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, California."
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