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Comment: Re:Wetware hack: Sardines as desert (Score 1) 141 141

Of course they know what sweet tastes like. I just took the difficult-but-responsible act of teaching my children to enjoy things that are not sweet, rather than the easy-but-harmful act of teaching them to crave sweets and other harmful substances. My eight year old also does calculus and completely understands the difference between kinetic and potential energy, and does mgh=1/2mv^2 to figure out how fast something is falling, or how fast she needs her bicycle to go before hitting the curb, such that it will have enough speed afterwards to keep upright. She'll also tell you all about gravity, thrust, lift, and drag and then tell you why the F-4 has so much anhedral on the horizontal stabilizer.

I guess it helps that my kids are outside playing, exerting energy and learning how things work, while many other children are snacking away in front of the TV all evening. Some parents go for easy. Some parents invest in their children.

Oops, I fed a troll. If it's an excuse to brag about my smart, healthy kids, then it was worth it.

Comment: Re:Sounds very much like (Score 1) 190 190

I can't help thinking that if he had registered the website under his first name he might have had more issues than just being taken to court if he didn't hand it over. Cough ... MOSSAD .. Cough

Actually the weapon called the Uzi is named after Uzi Gal, who invented it. It is a common enough name.

Comment: Re:Sounds very much like (Score 3, Informative) 190 190

Sounds very much like Nissan Motors vs. Nissan Computer, where Nissan Motors tried to claim a domain registered before the Nissan name was commonly used (they were still naming cars Datsun at the time).

It should also be noted how Nissan Motors tried (and almost succeeded) in bankrupting Uzi Nissan. That is the reason why I did not even consider a Nissan in 2007 when I was shopping for a new car. I even made it a point of letting the dealer know that when they approached me as the Nissan dealership is in the same facility with other makes.

Note that I once had a turbo manual 280ZX with an independent rear suspension that I absolutely loved. There is no better way to alienate intelligent consumers than to tread on their morals, no matter how satisfied they may be with your company's products.

Comment: Re:The Fuck? (Score 1) 175 175

And the author hasn't looked at a relation database in the last few years, either. PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, and I'm sure the other big ones all have JSON (or similar) column types now that let you attach semi-structured elements to your records. You get all the benefits of a RDBMs (ACID, referential integrity, 40 years of history) _and_ all the benefits of NoSQL.

Seriously, there's no good reason not to start with PostgreSQL and only add MongoDB if you really have a good use case for it (you know, you suddenly need to be Web Scale). Personally (and professionally), I use both, with PostgreSQL as the main DB for everything and MongoDB for read-only collections of indexed data.

My challenge to devs out there: spend the hour it takes to learn SQL and understand what you can actually do with it. And, stop pretending that an RDBMS won't scale to meet your needs (spoiler alert: it will).


What JSON column types exist in MySQL? I know that MariaDB supports COLUMN_JSON() on dynamic columns for SELECT statements (but no way to insert JSON), but MySQL seems to have no native JSON support. Even the third-party components such as mysqljson only import and export JSON, there is no internal JSON nor dynamic column storage and the values are stored in native MySQL datatypes in predefined columns.

Even in MariaDB, WHEREing from a dynamic column means parsing the whole table's dynamic columns (i.e. no index). It is little more than a native serialize feature, and in fact is stored internally as a blob.

The major feature (and I personally don't like it but perhaps that is because I've never had a good need for it) of MongoDB and brethen is that the "columns" (actually JSON array elements) are _not_ predefined. Thus you can have a table with the following "rows" (note the different columns):
["id":1, "type":"shirt", "colour":"blue"]
["id":2, "type":"pants", "size":"36"]

Comment: Re:Popping the popcorn (Score 2, Insightful) 262 262

He didn't "escape" from Sweden. He left with permission. He isn't "hiding". Everyone knows where he is. He just isn't going out of his way to turn himself in, after having announced his location and intentions to the authorities. I don't know what that is, but it isn't "fugitive".

I believe that the term you are looking for is "refugee".

Comment: Re:Slashdotters (Score 3, Informative) 181 181

It's worth noting that this video is only 8k resolution, but it's not what the eventual 8k broadcast standard will be.

And if you want to see the actual video, then here's the URL:

You can watch it while the linked article _about it_ times out after 30 seconds or so of trying to load.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 286 286

Uh, no.

The person wasn't the target, the building was. If the individual was bragging he was at a military / terrorist C&C location, then the building and everyone else in it were legitimate targets. If the moron was there then it was just gravy.

Even if it was a school? The Arab culture is different from the Western culture (difference, not better nor worse). They see no distinction between a place for worship, a place for study, and a place for shooting rockets at infidels. Furthermore, many of the places are ad-hoc and change location frequently to avoid detection. Yes, the _school_ moves location with the military _command center_ because the instructors are planning attacks after classes: makes sense when you consider the very deeply religious curriculum. Note that I'm avoiding placing blame. Do you bomb the command center / school or not? If you do, then whose blame is it when the children are killed? If you find a command center, do you first check if it is a school? If not, then whose blame is it when the children are killed? And 99 more questions that all have the corollary "whose blame is it when the children are killed". It seems if the command center is in Gaza then world opinion is those attacking the command center are to blame, but if the command center is in Mosul then the blame is on the "terrorists who shouldn't do terrorist things at a school" as if those people wear only "terrorist hats" and don't actually do anything else in life like preach or teach.

Comment: Re:america! (Score 1) 286 286

ISIS's goal is unlikely as pretty much everyone is moving to secular forms of government.

That would be nice to believe, but many states are removing their Western-backed secular governments and exchanging them for religious governments (who then often wage war against the other-religion neighbors). Just look at Turkey, Hamas, or Iran. Egypt is an interesting case that seems to support your statement, but Morsi definitely countered it and Sisi is perpetually two days away from loosing his government too.

The truth is that Iraq has never been homogenous, Anbar (Ramadi) is Sunni and the only thing tying it to the rest of mostly-Shia Iraq was the Sunni dictator who enjoyed ruling over Shias. With him gone, it was obvious that Anbar would break away, either by itself (unlikely), in conference with Sunni Jordan to the West (very unlikely so long as the wise Hussein remains in power), or in conference with Sunni Syria to the North (very unlikely so long as the brutal Allawite Assad remains in power, oops).

The only question was when Anbar would break away, and who would rule it. I'm actually surprised that it took this long, and I'll add another nail to the cofffin while we're at it. Two weeks ago, after the fall of Ramadi, the Iraqi army brought in a bunch of _Shia_ militias to retake (Sunni) Ramadi, even though Sunni militias in the area were asking at the time for arms from the government. And who is training the militias? Shia Hezboallah! The Sunni tribes pledged allegiance to the Sunni state (ISIL) just last week. Who would have expected anything else? Anbar is _lost_ on Iraq, no matter if it goes to ISIL or becomes another [kurdi|hamas|foobar]stan without a government.

Back to the central topic: religion unites people with their immediate neighbours _and_ divides people from their neighbouring states. Wise rulers know this and use it, that is why you will continue to see religious governments. If you think that the US is not a Christian nation, then I invite you to try to lead an April life in late December in the US. Or proudly walk around "looking like an Arab" in the US.

Comment: Re:Oh? (Score 4, Informative) 38 38

A lander with a sore arse?

A writer with a sore arse. Here is one choice paragraph:

Here is the problem. The Curiosity lander had a mass of 900 kg (1 ton). What happens when you want to have a larger mass payload? Maybe you want to land humans on Mars. If you double the mass of the payload, you need to double the area of the parachute. Curiosity used a parachute 15 meters in diameter. If you doubled the mass, you would need a parachute 60 meters in diameter.

The first four sentences are complete non-sequiturs. The next three display a profound lack of basic math skills. The rest of the article is no better. That's what passes for "science writer" at Wired, it seems.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 2) 623 623

I can think of one: Gay parents pushing their social agendas onto their (likely) straight adopted children are more likely to cause self esteem and relationship issues. This isn't much different than the stereotype of the belt wielding father who tries to beat the gay out of his son.

This also reminds me of those articles in the times about 'progressive' parents raising their boys as 'gender neutral', but really, they just force them to wear girls clothes and play with dolls.

Like you I'll get modded Troll for defending you, but I won't do it anonymously. You are about half right: there _are_ people who teach gay behaviour, and it is right now not politically correct to say so because the whole issue is very sensitive to people on both sides.

I have no more problem with gays than I have with Muslims, Jews, blacks, Beiber fans, or pot smokers. Each one wants to live his life as his morals, upbringing, and internal inclination direct him. Some feel the need to preach their way of life to others, some feel the need to coerce others to live as they live, and some say "live and let live". I'm really only comfortable with that last category, the first two are sometimes problematic.

So I have no problem that my haircutter is gay, nor that two of my childhood friends were gay, nor that I have gay neighbours. I do have a problem with assuming that everyone is gay until proven otherwise, and raising children "gender neutral" through deliberately gender-confusing means. I don't buy my daughters toys, dolls or airplanes, until they _ask_ for them. They get both, dolls and airplanes, when _they_ express interest. If my baby to be born next month is a boy, he'll be _allowed_ to play with both dolls and airplanes, but he'll decide what to ask for. Just as if he were a girl. He'll _probably_ learn to prefer airplanes over dolls if he sees other boys playing with airplanes, and that's fine. He might prefer to play with girls, and he'll have two older sisters to learn from, so he'll probably express an interest in dolls as well. But none of that will come from parents' agendas.

Some people have a problem recognizing that outliers are just that: outliners. They exists, and we should treat them as we treat anybody else. But don't confuse the existence of a few outliers with the fact that the bell curve is heavily weighted towards the norm. Like it or hate it, the norm is that boys want to play with airplanes and grow up wanting to fuck women. Likewise, the norm is that girls want to play with dolls and grow up wanting to fuck men. If 0.1% or 1% or 10% of the population is gay, there is still an extreme bias towards straightness. That doesn't mean that gays are any worse than tall or short people, smart or stupid people, fat or skinny people. I wouldn't even consider then "not normal" at 0.01% of the population. But children, adopted or birthed, should not be deliberately pushed off the edges of the bell curves of normal behaivour in any of the above cases. I'm sure quite a few /.ers will tell of how pushing children to be 'smarter' has hurt them, the same is true for pushing them to be dumber, fatter, skinnier, straighter, or gayer.

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