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Comment: Re:Reading and comprehension (Score 1) 77

by Zontar The Mindless (#48478199) Attached to: Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

No, "or" would make it quite clear that the the power generated by clean tech is greater than any *one* of the alternatives. This is what we have the word "or" for.

I've tried offering my services to Slashdot on more than one occasion, but they don't seem terribly interested in having an editor who can actually, you know, edit.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 100

by Zontar The Mindless (#48478157) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

Howdy! Last night we just did some chicken legs under the broiler--not a holiday here in any case. But I will probably cook a turkey either this weekend or next, if I can find anyone to come help us eat it. And if I don't have to go too far afield to find one--last year the shops in our neighbourhood were full of them at this time but this year I've not seen a one so far.

Did you ever finish your Wizard of Oz sequel?

Drop me a line at the gmail sometime and let's catch up.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 100

by Zontar The Mindless (#48477975) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

I know you think you're being clever, but I wasn't bragging about the size of my vocabulary*, rather I was expressing my amazement that my spell-checker didn't "know" such a common word.

*Although, since you bring it up, I've done several tests which suggest that my English vocabulary is about 20% larger than average. Make of this what you will.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 100

by Zontar The Mindless (#48472371) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

Your fear, perhaps, not mine. You do not want to show fear around those guys. This is how I was able to get within 10 metres of a nest to get some photos of the hatchlings this past spring, while a guy passing by in a kayak much further away got attacked and dumped in the water (Daddy Swan buzzed him, and he panicked).

(Heh, I just had to add "hatchling" to my dictionary. Pretty funny when you know more than your spell-checker does.)

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 114

by Zontar The Mindless (#48472317) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

You won't find many open APs in China, since the official policy there is that all Internet users must be identifiable. Certainly not in cafés or what have you. Generally you have to register for username/password and receive it by email.

What I usually end up doing in such places is flirting with the girl behind the counter until she offers to let me use hers. Unless my wife is with me, of course. ;)


Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. - Henry Spencer, University of Toronto Unix hack