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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

unix_core Re: Exactly Backwards (230 comments)

For almost everyone the answer would be standard Mandarin as it's nearly universally (at least) understood in China including Cantonese speaking areas.

about a year ago

Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

unix_core That's what my old boss said (339 comments)

That's what my old boss said!

I'll never take a programming job again...

about a year ago

How Facebook Ruined Comments (at Least For One Writer)

unix_core Re:Who cares? (135 comments)

If the comments you see on Facebook are just a little less retarded than what you see on Youtube, you must have a lot of mentally challenged friends.

about a year ago

W3C Adds DRM to the HTML5 Standard

unix_core Sure go ahead (1 comments)

It's going to be fun watching companies waste their efforts on this and then seeing them all fail miserably trying to achieve something utterly hopeless (well, until everyone is required by law to use iLockedDown devices).

about a year ago

Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

unix_core Re:Hard to say (595 comments)

If it would break, assuming bitcoin is still in use at that time, would you rather bet on bitcoin or any given paper currency to be the one that goes first?

about a year ago

Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service

unix_core Re:Goodbye USPS (112 comments)

Don't worry about the fearmongering reply. If there are any facts or logic in your post, it's completely undetectable.

How on earth could having a weapon at home protect you from a shooting in your neighborhood? Unless It happends when you are in your home and somone is specifically out to kill you (which is highly unlikely unless you are gang member yourself) touting a gun would only make the situation much more dangerous for yourself and your family.

about a year ago

Google Implements DNSSEC Validation For Public DNS

unix_core Useful in China (101 comments)

This would be great for me in China. That is, until google DNS gets blocked completely. Even using Google DNS in mainland China gives very odd random-seeming replies for requests to certain sites like facebook. It really seems like even request to foreign DNS servers get spoofed (though not consistently, about 1 in 20 reuqests seemed to acually give a facebook server).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

unix_core Re:No way to know... (356 comments)

Also, writing such a 'useless' system might actually be what your professors are looking for, since it's what you are likely going to work on much of your time as a corporate code monkey. 'Useless' here meaning: in your perception, not to the corporate bottom line.

Sounds highly unlikely, that would imply the professors are actually aware of the outside world.

about a year and a half ago

New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

unix_core Re:Ban Walmart (1591 comments)

The BIG convenience of owning a gun and ammunition is that I can take my amphetami^D^D^D prescription meds, drink a shot of jack and then impulsively decide to unload said gun on anyone that is within range, immediately, with immediate effect and a very low risk of danger to self.

The BIG convenience of owning a gun and ammunition is that I can take my gun and ammunition and defend my home from you, immediately, with immediate effect, without the high risk of waiting 20 minutes for the police to arrive.

And for dropping someone jacked up on drugs, 7 rounds might not be enough to get the job done definitively.

The thing is that person probably wouldn't have a gun too in the first place, if it weren't for guns being so easily accessible. Anyway unless someone is comming specifically to kill you, what good is it to start a firefight in your own home? How likely is it that you or your family members ends up being the ones that get shot instead of handing over material possesions?

about a year and a half ago

Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

unix_core Re:Hmm (457 comments)

Maybe the guy in they fired in TFS is actually the guy who takes care of their database server.

about a year and a half ago

Malware Infects US Power Facilities Through USB Drives

unix_core Be careful of the back port (136 comments)

I've heard the infection spreads more easily if you stick it in the port on the backside. I know for most people, its a PITA to do that. you might have to get down on your knees an so on, though there are those who prefer it and for them it's especially important to use adequate protection.

about a year and a half ago

Norway Tax Auditors Want To Open Source Cash Registers To Combat Fraud

unix_core Re:Just releasing the source may not fix it (161 comments)

Pro Tip - if you have to resort to draconian measure to collect taxes you're probably taxing people too much.

I think people will always have more or less ambivalent views when it comes to taxes, it's never fun to pay up. Though after all, Norway is a democracy and most people actually voted for the socialist/environmentalist coalition hence they are in government. So I guess a majority is in favour of high taxes. Maybe for a lot of americans, it's hard to see connection between taxes and social welfare as so much of it gets spent on the military. But in the nordic countries, lowered taxes will very likely impact social benefits (and absolutely not just for the unemployed) and going to piss people of for sure unless you manage to do that in a very sublte and deceptive way.

about a year and a half ago

US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

unix_core Re:Discount? (228 comments)

Sigh, wrong parent...

about a year and a half ago

US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

unix_core Re:Discount? (228 comments)

Actually, the main part of this deal is that Microsoft changes it to an american flag... of, well, death.

about a year and a half ago

China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

unix_core China's? (385 comments)

So if this was a handful of doctors performing an illegal practice in another large country, lets say the US. Would the headline read something like "America's controversial brain surgery..."?

about a year and a half ago

Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

unix_core Re:Security council (192 comments)

I can't wait to see what things we are about to find out about Ecuador after he's out of there!

about a year and a half ago

In the World of Big Stuff, the US Still Rules

unix_core Re:Komatsu? (184 comments)

Are you sure Coca Cola isn't just making the IDS toothless and obese? The palestinians should thank them!

about a year and a half ago

How Some Chinese Users Bypass The Great Firewall

unix_core Re:vpn (58 comments)

Most of my local chinese language teachers do it to access facebook, my local classmates in the lab do it (to access japanese porn?). Nobody is afraid. I don't think the goverment really cares unless a significant portion of the population does it to discuss political issues. Actually a lot of educated people in china are quite aware of all the issues being reported in western media, it seems the government is mainly concerned about the masses. Hence for instance the chinese language BBC news website is blocked but the english version is completely available.

about a year and a half ago


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