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Comment: Re:The US has limits on it too. Thankfully. (Score 2, Interesting) 778

by hutchike (#28665735) Attached to: British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes
They have this weird "pledge of allegiance" thing they do at school every day to brainwash the kids into a kind of belief system. It's all a bit North Korea - you can search for it on YouTube or such like, and watch with incredulity.

Comment: Re:whats the crime in hate crime? (Score 1) 778

by hutchike (#28665701) Attached to: British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes
Well said. Going back to the original article, in the UK it's a crime to publish these kinds of "hateful views" if a court deems that it might "stir up hostility". So the crime is not the thought, but the publication and the intention of the author in so doing. I'd like to see a test case where a racist only published to other racists. Surely then he would not be stirring up hatred since it already existed in the first place? Maybe the secret is to add a front door to the site requiring the reader to confirm he or she is already a racist and is unlikely to be stirred by reading the article?

Comment: The intention matters (Score 1) 586

by hutchike (#27576839) Attached to: What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?
The name of the role would depend upon the application to which you apply your HTML. Some people use HTML to make pretty pages (web designers, web artists) whereas others are cleanly displaying useful data (information architects) or help with device-independent data access (iPod sitesmiths). Still others like to write most of the app on the client-side by interweaving HTML with jQuery JavaScript and suchlike (web developers). Etc...

Comment: No chance (Score 1) 237

by hutchike (#27553381) Attached to: What If Oracle Bought Sun Microsystems?

Java is open source software. If Oracle likes it that much, it can do a "Red Hat" and simply shadow or fork it with its own dev team. It might do a better job too. Surely that's cheaper than the $7bn or so it would cost to buy Sun with its workforce of 30,000 people. (Oracle's workforce is 86,600 people, so that would add 35% to the headcount!)

Apart from InnoDB, Oracle doesn't really have a history of open source involvement. I just can't see Sun the company being attractive to Oracle (but MySQL, the database sure would be). Just my 2c. I hold put options on JAVA shares and am waiting to cash them in the next month or so.

Comment: Most PHP4 code runs fine as PHP5 (Score 1) 245

by hutchike (#24556135) Attached to: Official Support For PHP 4 Ends
Despite the changes in copy semantics from PHP4 to PHP5, most code written for PHP4 runs fine as PHP5. If changes are necessary, they are very minor since PHP5 mostly adds new capabilities (apart from the pass-by-reference stuff). If the coder was using "&" before in his PHP4 code, then it will work fine without changes in PHP5. The bigger question for me is whether the excellent framework will continue to support PHP4 now it's deprecated.

Peter Naur Wins 2005 Turing Award 135

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the celebrating-people-who-deserve-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Peter Naur the winner of the 2005 A.M. Turing Award. The award is for Dr. Naur's fundamental contributions to programming language design and the definition of Algol 60, to compiler design, and to the art and practice of computer programming. The Turing Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of computing, and a well-deserved recognition of Dr. Naur's pioneering contributions to the field."

Journal: A new way to fight spam?

Journal by hutchike
I recently spotted a site that fights spam by providing email addresses like,, etc. The idea is that you can "switch off" any address variation that gets spammed. Plus you can identify the web site that leaked your email address to the spammers. Seems like a nice idea - has anyone tried similar strategies?

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman