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Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 250

And if the Sandwich Islands had remained in the British Empire...

For them to have remained in the British Empire, they would have had to have been part of it at some time in their history, which they weren't. Up to the time when they became a US territory they were an independent nation, and for most of that time, a monarchy. And, as it happens, the famous song Aloha 'Oe was written by Queen Liliuokalani, the last Queen of Hawaii.

Comment: Re:Lesson for workers : Keep skills sharp (Score 1) 624

by techno-vampire (#49583441) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
While it is possible that someone might manage such a thing, I'd still find it insane.

You didn't really think I was serious, did you? I was just pointing out that if you're going to be foolish enough to build in a deadman switch, having it go off right after you leave is going to tell everybody exactly who's responsible. I won't say that I can't imagine anybody who reads /. would be stupid enough to do something like that, but I'd hope that if they were, they'd at least have enough sense to include a reasonable time delay.

Comment: Re:geeks never learn (Score 1) 136

by techno-vampire (#49476497) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
Most of my passwords are variations on a word that's very memorable to me, but incomprehensible to almost anybody else. The word itself is a made-up word that was popular among people involved in one of my hobbies when I first got involved with it over thirty years ago. Except for those of us who go back that far, even the people who share my hobby now are very unlikely to be aware of it because the jargon has shifted. It's a dictionary word, but only in the sense that it's not too hard to work out how to pronounce it the first time you come across it, but it's not a real word in any language I'm aware of. This gives me a whole bunch of potential passwords that are easy for me to remember, but very hard for J. Random Cracker to find without exceptional luck. And, of course, capitalization, using numbers for some of the letters and putting punctuation marks in at appropriate (or inappropriate) places makes for lots and lots of passwords.

Comment: Re:This should be multiple choice (Score 1) 190

by techno-vampire (#49455525) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?
I picked that I support the community, but that's a tad vague. I participate in several web forums (and am a moderator in one) and am on several mailing lists. I also submit bug reports whenever appropriate and encourage others to do the same. I've not coded for decades but I was good at tech support before I retired, so that's the route I take. Some of you reading this might not think that bug reports are much of a contribution, but consider this: if nobody bothered to report bugs, they'd never get fixed.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 1) 442

by techno-vampire (#49419479) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
Actually, it does. You use a new theory to predict what would happen if you conducted an experiment, then try the experiment and see if you get the results you expected. As an example, you can use Newtonian physics and Kepler's Laws to predict where the planet Mars will be in six months, then see how accurate your prediction was. You expect your theory to predict the past, because if it can't, it's wrong. The true test of a theory is how well it can predict things that haven't happened yet.

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