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Comment: character encoding issues (Score 2) 641

by YeeHaW_Jelte (#44174411) Attached to: Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

You know, when accents on characters show up weird in the browser and you dig deeper and deeper to discover UTF-8 characters in the Latin-1 encoded database, but aren't sure your database client is showing the data in correct encoding and the dump you openend in the editor looks even weirder because it's trying to read the stuff in UTF-16 which the terminal the editor is running in doesn't support etc etc etc.

Really very frustrating to debug character encoding issues.

Comment: Re:a rush of excitement (Score 1) 398

by YeeHaW_Jelte (#43801409) Attached to: I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

Also, depending on the climate where you live, you might consider a few solar cells. Freezers don't have a high peak power usage and if it's warm it's generally sunny too. Even if it's overcast the cells will still generate power, albeit not much. This should allow your freezer to cool down at daytime enough to stay at a reasonable temperature at night.

Seems some people are already doing this with good results:

http://eartheasy.com/blog/2009/09/our-experience-with-a-solar-powered-refrigerator/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-sqITxEImo

Comment: Re:Typo in summary (Score 4, Interesting) 183

"West Virginia Homeland Security chief Jimmy Gianato, who's leading the state broadband project"

Forgive me my ignorance, but why is the chief of Homeland Security leading a broadband project? Isn't that kind of ... weird?

Makes one wonder what the exact relation between homeland security and broadband is ... and what ulterior motives this man Gianato is hiding.

Comment: Re:a child throwing a tantrum isn't interesting (Score 1) 266

North Korea is not like a child, it's like a watchdog on a chain, guarding China's backyard.

If you don't understand that China is sending a 'get off my lawn' message to the US via the North Korean leadership, you're missing the point.

There are many articles on this, and laying the timing of all these NK threats and actions next to important events in the SE Asian sphere paints a pretty clear picture. E.g. this nuclear test is probably a reaction to the large joint SK-US military exercise going on.

First starting point I found:
http://www.eurasiareview.com/25012013-is-north-korea-chinas-secret-weapon-analysis/

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 397

by YeeHaW_Jelte (#43158333) Attached to: European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn

Ok. So porn is free speech. Art is free speech.

Just as mental exercise, bear with me:

A couple places a sign just outside, but in plain sight of the children at a kindergarten. The sign says Art in progress. There's also a photographer taking pictures and shooting a film. They start fornicating.

Free speech? Should the children just 'walk away'? Is breaking this up 'restricting free speech?'

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