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Comment: Re: who cares? (Score 1) 191

by tao (#44806659) Attached to: A Tale of Two MySQL Bugs

Nope. If he was intending to use possessive sense then that "for" shouldn't be there.

Either he meant "others' spelling" ("other people's spelling") or "someone else's spelling" or "others about spelling" (ok, I admit, "for" might possible correct too -- English is not my native tongue, nor am I a language scholar). "other's for spelling" doesn't make sense.

Comment: Re:Human Rights voliations (Score 5, Informative) 98

by tao (#44704293) Attached to: France To Open Preliminary Investigation About PRISM Program

In before the, now, stereotypical US response of "your governments do it too!"...

1) No, we have liberty and freedom in Europe.

I dunno about other European countries, but in Sweden we definitely have a counterpart to NSA (FRA) that does similarly all-encompassing surveillance, all of course under the guise of "anti-terrorism". As an added "bonus" the laws regulating FRA explicitly says that they're allowed to exchange the information with foreign nations (read the US).

To dupe citizens into believing that the information isn't abused (of course the mere fact that the information is collected is abuse, but...) a special group has been set up to monitor the use of the information. But despite finding a lot of violations of the (already very permissive) regulations, FRA does not rectify any of their so called mistakes.

One example is that they're not allowed to save the information more than a certain time period (I believe it's 6 months). "Oh, but we copied the information to a different database! Now it's not raw data anymore, it's refined intellgence reports that aren't covered by that time limitation".

But other than that I agree. Two (or many) wrongs doesn't make a right.

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+ - 17-year-old Rutvik Oza Solves an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics->

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An anonymous reader writes "An Indian teen has recently proposed a solution to an unsolved problem in mathematics. The 17-year-old young achiever, Rutvik Oza, a student of The H. B. Kapadia New High School, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat has now put a full stop to another open problem in the field of maths by providing a closed formula for the problem called Reve's Puzzle (also commonly known as the 4-peg Tower of Hanoi Problem).

When asked about how was he feeling, "Thrilled! I really didn't realize at first that the problem that I had solved was an open problem in mathematics. It was only later that I reckoned after doing some resourcing on the web, that it was an open problem," said Oza. Brought up in a middle class family, the teen dedicates his achievement to his father, Mahesh Oza, "It's all due to my father. He sowed the seeds of mathematics in me from my childhood. I dedicate this to him." he says. "It almost took me a week's time to get to the formula. It involved data analysis and pattern recognition," said Rutvik Oza.

When asked about his favorite maths giant, he said, "Newton, Ramanujan, Gauss and a long list of others to follow. There are many. It gives me goosebumps when I think about those greats.

"Mathematics interests me a lot. May it be any area of it — arithmetic, algebra or geometry. I love them all. It strengthens the faculties of originality, creativity and novelty in one's brain. Memorizing it won't help. That's the way it's taught in our schools here. I criticize that method of teaching fervently. Hardly any real mathematics is taught at the schools. I do not consider the schools responsible for it but yes, the entire system is definitely at fault," he added. When asked for a message that he wished to give his fellow teenagers, he said, "Do what you love! Follow your dreams. Expect for no support from anybody and overcome all obstacles that hinder you. No other mantra.""

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Comment: My favourites... (Score 1) 321

by tao (#42400057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

Comment: Re:Working to cover for the USA (Score 1) 340

by tao (#42025501) Attached to: On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

I've always been lucky enough to have reasonable managers; we just agree on registering the vacation to have taken place in, say, July/August, then I go on vacation whenever it suits me and the project best.

Usually I take my summer vacation in September or October (especially October kinda sucks to spend in Finland anyway, so it's a great time to go travelling, also the tickets are generally a lot cheaper then), but with this approach I can also move a week to spring if i want to, since the salary office won't need to be involved.

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