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Comment heavenly origins (Score 1) 613

Brian Booker writes at Digital Journal that carbon dating suggests the Koran, or at least portions of it, may actually be older than the prophet Muhammad himself, a finding that if confirmed could rewrite early Islamic history and shed doubt on the "heavenly" origins of the holy text.

Umm, I actually have doubts about the "heavenly" origins of anything. Did someone actually write the above in a scientific paper? What test result would have confirmed the "heavenly" origins of that book? Those researchers seem to assume that the C-14 dating period should have started the moment that Koran was "handed" to Mohammed. That would imply that this heaven/god thing makes books out of carbon fetched from living things or the upper atmosphere, at the moment it hands them down to us. That would be kind of pedestrian, wouldn't it? Shouldn't He have instant access to all the carbon resources of the universe? Like, if He made the Koran out of carbon fetched from the Martian atmosphere or from some stellar core, there would be no C-14 in that, so C-14 dating would give "infinite"/undefined results.

Comment Re:Ubuntu _is_ primarily a desktop OS... (Score 1) 167

Debian does releases. They also provide a rolling release, but that isn't the only option.

testing and unstable are rolling releases. stable is a fixed release, but it's too old for most people to use. So if you want to have a halfway recent Debian with fixed packet versions, you have to roll your own or use one of the ones that other people (like Ubuntu) already provide.

They also provide security updates for their releases, so normally "patching in" security updates is done using apt-get.

I know, but if you're running your own fixed-release Debian, you'd have to build those packages yourself.

Comment Re:Ubuntu _is_ primarily a desktop OS... (Score 1) 167

It's almost as bloated with junk as the desktop version. I've been telling our developers to use debian over ubuntu. A base minimal container with Debian is under a 100 megs. With Ubuntu it's close to 700 megs.

Debian is a rolling release distribution, with no direct commercial support. You can't use it to achieve repeatable rollouts and provisioning unless you set up and support your own Debian mirror with all package versions freezed at some known-good, conflict-free state, and patch in security updates as necessary, while still ensuring and testing that the whole system still works. If you DON'T want to do all this yourself, there are companies who will do it for you and provide commercial support. Ubuntu is one of those companies.

Comment Re: Oracle's monopoly? (Score 1) 457

Any API reimplementation is built for the purpose of interoperability.

No. To take the present example, Google's Java API is clearly not interoperable with the original Java code.

Yes it is. You can compile and run source code that uses the common subset of Google's and Sun's APIs for both Google's and Sun's VM. That's not accidental, it's intentional, because the thing was built for the purpose of interoperability.

Comment Re:Antropologist (Score 1) 128

The article really has nothing to do with nuclear power plants, despite the opening references. He is talking about the poor security at the Oak Ridge facility. If private security guards are so bad, maybe they should call in the experts from Homeland Security.

The opening references talk about "nuclear accidents", not specifically power plants.

And if, after reading the article, you conclude that private security guards may be bad, then I don't understand why you'd still criticise or deride the article or its author -- after all, it seems you've learned something new from it.

Comment wrong approach? (Score 0, Troll) 154

I know nothing about IKEA's Linux setup and didn't see the talk, but "one-line Linux command" sounds like the wrong approach to something like this, at least if that command directly manipulates something on each server. Shell commands that an administrator issues interactively on a terminal can't be reproduced, tracked, or documented automatically. The right thing to do would probably be to change some "bash_version" parameter in the puppet hiera/chef/whatever configuration management system they use, from where the change will automatically be applied on all nodes, or use an internal rpm/yum server that all nodes install from automatically (governed, again, by the configuration management system) and upload the patched bash rpm to that.

Comment Re:Lets encrypt (Score 2) 104

As it seems even tech giant google gets it wrong with its own certs. Lets hope that Let's Encrypt will make these problems of yesterday one day.

Well, the web mailer wasn't affected because the site uses different certificates, and neither were Google's other gmail clients, e.g. the Gmail app on Android, because those all use the Gmail API (again, with different certificates) rather than SMTP. So if you're paranoid enough, you may suspect malice rather than sloppiness. :-P

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