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Comment: Removes existing installations (Score 5, Insightful) 465

by JuanCarlosII (#26969901) Attached to: Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

Given that this alleges to be a beta version and according to its own EULA:

THIS IS PRE-RELEASE, TIME-LIMITED SOFTWARE MEANT FOR EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES ONLY. THIS SOFTWARE SHOULD NOT BE USED IN A COMMERCIAL OPERATING ENVIRONMENT OR WITH IMPORTANT DATA.

why do Apple insist on removing any existing Safari 3 install when installing?

If we are supposed to evaluate and develop, then surely it would be prudent to allow a stable version to also be installed alongside for mission-critical usage.

Surely it's a TERRIBLE idea for non-stable, evaluation software to disallow the use of an alternative stable version?

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Ontario Court Wrong About IP Addresses, Too 258

Posted by kdawson
from the reasoning-by-bad-analogy dept.
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton comments on a breaking news story out of the Canadian courts: "An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ruled that Canadian police can obtain the identities of Internet users without a warrant, writing that there is 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' for a user's online identity, and drawing the analogy that 'One's name and address or the name and address of your spouse are not biographical information one expects would be kept private from the state.' But why in the world is it valid to compare an IP address with a street address in the phone book?" Read on for Bennett's analysis.

Comment: Penrose's "The Emperor's New Mind" (Score 1) 630

by JuanCarlosII (#26777687) Attached to: Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?
Not strictly a maths book, but it's probably the first book I read that got me to REALLY think about things. Onvolves a lot of interesting ideas from other fields (Physics, Computing, Psychology, Physiology and many more) as well.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emperors-New-Mind-Concerning-Computers/dp/0192861980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234137007&sr=1-1

Comment: Re:Simon Singh (Score 4, Informative) 630

by JuanCarlosII (#26777601) Attached to: Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?
I opened this post expecting every second person to be recommending Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem'. I never met an UG mathmetician at my college (at a moderately well-known collegiate university) that hadn't read it at some point before admissions interviews.

I am shocked to see it not mentioned even once.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354

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