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Comment Bah, more charedi trouble (Score 1) 582

(Apparently receiving an organ is OK under religious law.)

I lived in Israel for a while, and stopped trying to have empathy or to care for the ultra-orthodox when this happened:

It's shabat.
A woman from an ultra-orthodox ('charedi') family in a charedi neighbourhood in J'lem (Mea Shearim) is in labour, but things are difficult.
Someone goes out to get an ambulance. The ambulance drives in the neighbourhood, and the same family that ordered for the ambulance to come, start throwing stones at the van because they are driving a car on shabat in their neighbourhood.

There comes a point when the reasoning of a religious group becomes so messed up that you can't possibly try to take it into account anymore in a normal social relationship.

So my immediate response when I read about the charedis making trouble again about something that does not fit in their belief system was:
Whatever, I don't care. You don't want to give, you don't get, end of story.


OpenSSH 5.4 Released 127

HipToday writes "As posted on the OpenBSD Journal, OpenSSH 5.4 has been released: 'Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new "netcat mode," many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on'"

Comment What I'm doing to build a community (Score 1) 205

I'm trying to set up a community in my city, starting from my church. It's going well!!
I've noticed that the first thing you need is to organise a meal at set times to eat together. Good food and time together. That works. You can talk and really meet eachother.

But it's useful to have a audacious person among your group, who will just walk to the people he/she doesn't know and start talking to them uninhibitedly, and invite them, and make them part of the conversation.

Also, some form of contact (web forum maybe?) and transportation so people can keep in touch and help eachother out with different things. (One guy knows how to fix your bike, another girl has a van and can help you move, you can look after someone's child and so on)
Make sure there's a list available with everyone's contact information - and pictures! if it's a large group with people who don't know eachother - which is spread among everyone, so everyone can reach eachother.

Then there's prayer, but I guess that's a religious thing which won't apply in most companies :) But there's another thing which is in the same category - taking care of eachother - and very universally humanistic, not religious at all: giving. You put a pot somewhere in a not very visible spot where people can give some money for the poor. It is remarkable how much this binds people together.

Comment What is Perl 6 anyway? (Score 1) 160

I still haven't figured it out yet, so let me take this chance.
Can someone help me clarify: am I right about this?

- Perl 6 is the successor to Perl 5, it will not exist as an implementation but as a specification. That specification is finished and definitive. It is owned by Larry Wall and small circle of his friends. They want everyone to implement interpreters for Perl 6;
- An official test suite for Perl 6 exists and it is complete. Anything passing this test suite IS Perl 6. The test suite is stored with Pugs, an "early" attempt at a Perl 6-implementation that is no longer developed;
- Perl 6 will not be interpreted directly by any one interpreter, like earlier versions of Perl, but it will be interpreted by a VM (Parrot) that 'plays' bytecode fed to it by several language-specific bytecode-compilers that act as plug-ins to Parrot. Parrot is owned by a bunch of friends of Larry Wall;
- Several groups of people started implementing Perl 6. Pugs was one of the earliest. It is now unfinished and dead. Rakudo is the implementation-in-progress that gets the most attention now, because it is closest to being finished. It will be released for production in April 2006, which will mean "Perl 6.0 is out and it works". As with Pugs and any other bytecode-compiler for Perl 6 though, you will need Parrot to run it. Rakudo, Pugs et cetera are owned by their respective developers.

Forgive me the long description of what I now think is Perl 6, but the various websites I try to find answers on aren't making it a lot more transparent.

Could someone comment on this if I misunderstood something?

And what about these views. Are people right who say:
- Perl 6 is not finished by any means, but the people working on it don't seem to care as much, and instead go on to question the validity of the concept "finished".
- Meanwhile, Perl 5, the ruling king of scripting languages has become fringe, and Perl 6 is largely viewed as a toy for philosophically-minded scholars.

Comment Re:Lobbyists (Score 3, Informative) 187

No it is not. It is a report from a formal and powerful committee from within the parliament (Commissie Brinkman.) The minister did make an informal comment - thankfully - against this proposal shortly after receiving the report, but we have yet to await his final decisions -- and that of his civil servants et al. This could well be a matter of months.

Submission + - Dutch gov't: Tax online industry, fund print media (

Godefricus writes: "Outrage ensued today among Dutch techie and media websites, after a government report which was published yesterday. The report advises (article in Dutch, google translation) that the dwindling print media industry should be financially supported by the online industry, to help them fund "innovative initiatives." The suggested implementation of the plan is taxing a percentage of each ISP-subscription, and give the money to the papers. The report, which was sollicited by the Dutch parliament and written by a committee of its members, specifically states that "news and the gathering of news stories is not free, and the public must be made aware of that."
The report is not conclusive, but from here it's just one step toward legislation proposals.
Both industries are largely privately owned in The Netherlands — and yes, if you were wondering, the current government is centre-left wing.

Who needs an RIAA if you can build one into your government? And hey, why invest in the future if you can invest in the past?"

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