* Posts by #define INFINITY -1

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GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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@Lost all faith... Re: Gene escape

> How are your orange carrots?

Any research paper to back that up? What's more likely is that the Dutch, being amongst the first colonists, found (natural) orange carrots and spread them throughout their colonies.

Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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@ fred 32

> It's well known men are far more prone to be on the autism spectrum, the obsessives, and these are the minds which excel in such areas.

Well I agree with the commentards suggesting that this test is pointless (given their age), saying it's 'well known' implies some other study, the results of which I'd quite happily ignore. Ability (from average to exceptional) does not equate to opportunity.

ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

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Re: You cannot see what isn't there

1048576 upvotes. Thank you!

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Correct me if I'm wrong, please:

GPL was developed as the authors of much Unix software had their contributions taken away from them; once bitten twice shy. These authors then rewrote their software, but this time around made it quite clear: we did this for the community first time around, and we're not doing it a third!

I agree authors must choose their licences, but also do see the reason that GPL "doesn't play fair".

Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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Re: If you are running an up to date android

Yep, Google gets ALL the credit for Android; no excuses are acceptable.

Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Re: "What I say means what I want to say when I say it. More I cannot say."

Agreed; certainly the sarcastic remarks directed at those who don't know the latest newspeak are just cheap shots - the kind expected from teenagers. (As an aside) AITOO who thinks that that LOL was invented by people who didn't know the well-established ROTFL?

Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Re: Sounds like a GREAT idea!

The Microsoft that produced Windows XP and 7, yes.

Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Re: Who's using ImageMagick on the server?

Like this: http://php.net/manual/en/book.imagick.php ?

Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

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By feeding booby-trapped data – such as a poisoned selfie

thank you

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Shameless plug

This guy: http://www.quirksmode.org!

Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

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Re: Project Gutenberg

If you've hunted around archive.org you'll find that they were handed books that google digitized.

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Re: Project Gutenberg

Exactly! And they've taken the legal route. And they take proof reading seriously.

However, as mentioned above, I have seen the value of google's digitization craze, digging into microfiche copies of books I only found out about as they were referenced in books written in the 19th century (found on gutenberg).

Google's not all bad.

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C'mon Andrew, no reference to project gutenberg?

Surely it would be fitting?

NZ government scraps e-voting trial

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Re: Been there, done that

I suppose for some anonymity isn't that important.

The trouble is, there is no better transparency of anonymity than standing in a queue. A voting machine might replace the paper ballot, but even there, the timestamp could narrow down who you voted for. And there's the health aspect of hundreds of people pressing the same buttons.

Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Re: Syntax

We are playing 'go' with google.

Anyone dealt with icann before?

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Eminently reasonable, and therefore impossible for icann.

Back to OP - I haven't gone into how much regulation icann has over delegated names; I would've thought it was ultimately .uk that had control. That's how it should be imo.

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Please, no.

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: This is the kind of nonsense

Different kind of rural... guess it'd be difficult to explain.

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Re: A question of belief

How much do they have the Romans to thank? How much of that money/power was simply extracted from the citizens of the empire? Is that something that only religions do?

And back to my point: how many wars were fought between countries with different religions, with religion as the stated reason? I ask as, back to my original point, it seems that this 'religion makes wars' sentiment does not have a strong footing.

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Re: Excellent

You're only getting a downvote from me because you haven't read through the thread and seen this repeated... and repeated....

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Re: A question of belief

> Seriously, many people killed and died in name of some religion through history.

That is grossly exaggerated by many I've encountered. The real bloody wars were about lucre/power. Religion was simply an excuse and I'm unsure whether the 'faithful' of the time believed it.

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Re: This is the kind of nonsense

@Kurt Meyer

You've never been to rural areas.

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Re: All 'religions' the same

But now you're expanding the term to 'clique'; is that something that atheists are immune to, for example?

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Coat

RECORDS

It seems that the difference between Pastafarianism and other religions is being overlooked. Possibly YOU believe you have 'all knowledge'; from my vantage point, most recorded history was recorded by members of a religion (pre-gutenberg). Yes that makes much history debatable, but if you're going to stand on your soapbox and tell me 'some scientist drew such-and-such a conclusion' and I must believe it, well ---->

I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

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See my post above. From my vantage point it's the other way around. There really is a sparsity of registrars on this continent and ZACR deserves kudos.

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I see a 'clean room' approach. Hand it to ZACR (on the African continent), then let the DCA take them to court and you've cleared the difficulty of keeping it on US soil.

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Thanks for that. For the record though, Uniforum has done a sterling job and there has been very little help from the state for our (relatively poor) internet here. OTOH, NGTLD's are not something I care about.

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I see the RSA version being funded by "COZA House" - in it's 20 years of existence I had never heard of state funding.

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Unfortunately in this instance ICANN's decision DOES make sense. Why should .africa go to a bunch of yanks when the other bidders are located on the continent (RSA)?

http://www.africainonespace.org/

Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: FOSS "fundamentalism"

I upvoted you but the comment about monarchy is truly ignorant.

Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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yandex.ru

'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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My Brevity is Better than Yours

Whoever thought of using numbers instead of month names?

Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: Cool!

Funnily enough I haven't read any commentards suggesting that women shouldn't work in IT - except to say that by saying that it is a more mysognist field (the article saying) would have that effect.

Perhaps you'd like to peruse the comments before posting?

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@RobGr You miss the point. If you mean sexual harrassment, say so. Why choose a non-legal term with a potentially broader scope encompassing perfectly natural behaviour?

'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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What's even more amazing is that this one hasn't yet had any comments. I understand what others are saying about being 'cute', but El Reg gave us a soft target. How about some open source project that hasn't had so much bad press.

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Re: Well, this article'll cause some arguments, eh?

Opinion please!

'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Re: OmegaIsNull

Yeah of course - I think SVV was pointing out that the error the author made is quite a crucial one. Do you understand the effect of the routine rather than its stated intention?

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Re: endianness

you lucky bastard for working on systems with correct endianness.

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