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Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by spiralx (#48455111) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Sure it won't be quite the unanimity it was before, but the few dissenters won't prevent it from being renewed again. Only one Republican voted for this bill, most of them were loudly against weakening the PATRIOT Act in any way; come renewal time they'll extend it for another five years happily.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by spiralx (#48454101) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Why would you assume that it will go any differently in 2015 than it did in 2005, 2006 and 2011? The Republicans came out against this bill with accusations that it would help ISIS and risk another 9/11, and when the time for renewal is up in May (not January as I said), they will be in control of both houses and looking towards the primaries and the election after that - they're not going to let it expire

I don't see any chance that it won't be renewed. I'm sure there will be lots of drama, name-calling and stirring speeches, but in the end, little or no substantive changes to the act itself, and it will be 2020 before all this comes up again.

Comment: Re:Where's the schema (DTD/XML Schema/Relax NG)? (Score 1) 125

by spiralx (#48256993) Attached to: It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

But it's easier to parse HTML5 than it was any previous version of HTML, as there is now an actual specification which details the process exactly rather than relying on each browser's interpretation. It can't be that difficult given the number of working parsers and validators out there for HTML5.

Plus, HTML5 can already be written using XML syntax, aka XHTML5. And searching for xhtml5.xsd or xhtml5.rng gave me plenty of links to schemas for validating XML-syntax HTML5.

If you need to store validated documents, then you shouldn't be storing them in HTML format! Store them as XML documents with well-defined schemas (Relax NG of course!), and then use XSLT or possibly XQuery to turn them into HTML fragments for display.

+ - Survive (and Party) Like It's 1920!->

Submitted by TheRealHocusLocus
TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "The Survivor Library is gathering essential knowledge that would be necessary to jump-start modern civilization, should it fail past the point where a simple 'reboot' is not possible. Much of it (but not all) dates to the late 1800s and early 1900s: quaint, but we know these things work because they did work. Does modern civilization offer a real backup-pan? Not a priority. Wait for help. In 1978 James Burke said our modern world has become a trap, and whether it springs shut or not all true roads to survival lead to the plow. Could you make one, use one? Sure, even a steam engine to pull it. I rescued my copy of Henley's Formulas from a dumpster outside a library. This is happening all over. It makes my blood run cold.

Think of it Survivor Library as a trove of survival skills, a "100 year civilization checkpoint backup" that fits on a hard drive. If one individual from every family becomes a Librarian, gathering precious things with the means to read them, there may be many candles in the darkness. You might even ensure survival. Browse at will, but if acquisition is the goal, someone has kindly made a torrent snapshot as of 14-Oct-2014 available to all Ferengis. If the worst happens we'll just party like it's 1920. See you there."

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Comment: Re:OT:Mod points (Score 1) 553

by spiralx (#48238743) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

You won't get them if your karma is too high or too low, or if you browse /. too often or too infrequently. Possibly also if you post often enough you won't get them either, there are a few different factors. I went years getting none, now I get 5 points every five or six days, and occasionally 15 points instead.

Comment: Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (Score 1) 122

by spiralx (#48062651) Attached to: Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Go to Settings and Phone Update is about halfway down - you can check for any missing updates to the OS there. I think you need to be on Wi-Fi or plugged into the PC to work though.

Also below that in Settings the About page should be able to tell you what versions you have for the OS, firmware etc. I'm currently on OS v8.10.12393.890 :)

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!