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Comment: You are seriously telling me... (Score 1) 898

by emil (#49375599) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

...that the slaughter of Sepphoris would have no impact whatsoever on the childhood of Yeshua? That the wounded refugees sheltering in Nazereth would have no impact on him? That childhood memories of a Roman atrocity would have no lasting effect? That the PTSD his family likely suffered made no difference whatsoever?

You also mistake guile in talk of the occupation for peaceful intent - direct threats against the Romans was suicide. Did not Jesus say to sell your cloak and buy a sword? That he came to set 3 against 2, and 2 of 3, father against son, and mother daughter?

I'm not buying it. Reread all you like.

Comment: Mark is the earlier, and more reliable gospel. (Score 1) 898

by emil (#49374765) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

It is supposedly written in crude Greek by a student of Paul.

Mark 11:27 clearly has Jesus in the temple with a crowd of his followers, delivering this statement in 12:13, in full view of the centurions of the Antonia fortress which the Romans had physically attached to the temple walls. In order to gain access to the Court of the Gentiles, Jesus would have walked beneath the Roman eagles that had been affixed to the entrances of the temple by Herod (crowned king of Judea by Rome).

The priestly vestments and tools were kept in the Antonia fortress, and given to the high priest only when required.

Rome owned Jerusalem and greater Judea, and expressed no hesitation in demonstrating this fact.

Also, bear in mind that Nazereth was a small town near the larger city of Sepphoris, where Jesus likely worked as a carpenter. Sepphoris was burned to the ground by the Romans in an earlier revolt.

It is highly unlikely that Jesus was ambivalent to the Roman occupation of Judea.

Comment: Not so. (Score 3, Informative) 898

by emil (#49372193) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I just finished Reza Aslan's "Jesus the Zealot," and much was said about the Roman occupation, and the Levite collaborators, even in the sanitized gospels that were whitewashed for a Roman audience.

"Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's," is actually a direct challenge to throw the Romans out of Judea, a statement made within the Court of the Gentiles on the temple grounds. Tearing down and rebuilding the temple in three days, as a challenge to the high priest Caiaphas, also directly threatened the Roman order.

The Roman governors of Judea were alternately viciously efficient or incompetent, and a spirit of rebellion reached a crescendo after the crucifixion, when Judea was free from Roman rule for four years, then crushed by the armies of Vespasian and his son Titus, who utterly destroyed Jerusalem.

Comment: Best browser on FDroid. (Score 1) 300

by emil (#49197029) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

It would be very bad if Firefox was gone.

The stock Android Webkit browser has a very bad security flaw - it does not properly enforce the Single Origin Policy (SOP) in Jelly Bean and below. It will not be fixed.

For Android devices that lack Google Play, Firefox is the best option.

Firefox would be an even better option if it was as fast as the stock Webkit browser. Let's hope that happens.

Potential Firefox wins:

  • Chinese phones that don't have Play should/will turn to Firefox.
  • Cyanogenmod has declared that they intend to take Android away from Google. Firefox could be key to that effort.
  • If Google makes any further privacy/security blunders with Android, and the market reacts negatively, there may be a significant market demand for Android devices that have been stripped of all Google code. Firefox would certainly float in those waters as well.

Firefox is also the default browser in RedHat/Oracle/Scientific/CentOS Linux. That has to count for something.

Comment: Thorium is incredibly cheap. (Score 1) 384

by emil (#49189069) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Uranium was an awful decision for power generation, chosen only because it could also be used in weapons.

Thorium is a waste product in mining, and it only comes in one naturally-occurring isotope, so it doesn't need expensive enrichment like uranium.

Thorium reactors follow the U-233 decay chain, and run entirely as a liquid, low-pressure system, which can be diluted easily and, if necessary, mixed with boron for complete emergency control.

Conventional uranium fuel comes as metallic rods - which cannot be diluted. High-pressure uranium reactors should be universally retired - they are expensive and unsafe.

Comment: Likely not. (Score 1) 96

by emil (#49080625) Attached to: Researchers Block HIV Infection In Monkeys With Artificial Protein
This technique will likely be effective against virons in blood plasma, but it will do precisely nothing to a quiescent provirus, so an infected individual will retain infection reservoirs. Unless the active protein can cross the blood-brain barrier, brain infection will also continue and will still lead to accelerated cognitive decline and aids-related dementia. Assuming that it works, this is a godsend for effective control, but a cure it likely is not. A cure will only be accomplished when the silent reservoirs can be coaxed into activity and the host cells containing the provirus are destroyed.

Comment: Re:Not so. (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by emil (#49042099) Attached to: Five Years After the Sun Merger, Oracle Says It's Fully Committed To SPARC

If I want Oracle PL/SQL in Postgres, I have to purchase EnterpriseDB. If you can get EnterpriseDB to give away the "deep Oracle compatibility" for free, many Oracle installations might switch. Let me know how that works out for you.

I'd also like to see PostgreSQL in the TPC-C top ten. That's a lot of work, and for people who need scalability, they don't have time to wait.

Comment: Re:IBM should submit some (Score 1) 190

by emil (#49042061) Attached to: Five Years After the Sun Merger, Oracle Says It's Fully Committed To SPARC

I agree that free software is a good thing, and so does Oracle, as they give away their RedHat clone for free.

Oracle gives away PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLLite, and several other databases in their clone, and will support them if that is important to you.

Some applications require scalability, availability, or other features that are beyond the realm of the free databases. In those cases, Oracle database XE is free, standard edition is under $10k, and enterprise is available where performance outweighs cost.

I wholeheartedly concur that it will be a good day when a free database gets on the TPC-C top ten list.

Comment: Reboot required to patch glibc (Score 3, Insightful) 117

by emil (#49041819) Attached to: Live Patching Now Available For Linux

Ksplice and it's derivatives won't help you if you need to purge bad glibc code from memory, as we did for the recent "ghost" vulnerability.

Still, it could potentially be nasty if exploited so we strongly recommend immediate patching and rebooting. Without a reboot, services using the old library will not be restarted,” Moore concluded.

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue