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Comment An Introduction to Elvish (Score 1) 87

I first read "An Introduction to Elvish" (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/An_Introduction_to_Elvish) some twenty years ago, and I was astonished to learn the detail behind Tolkein's language work, in particular the history of the language, and the theory behind its evolution. When inventing a language, how much do you consider its development - not as its creator, but as a person observing its changes throughout time?

Comment VM Replication (Score 3, Interesting) 150

I was a little unexcited by (although interested in) the article, even by the general speedups until I got to the part about VM replication. This really makes an enormous difference.

ZFS licensing has kept this as a grey area for me, so I I've largely kept away from deployment (save for an emergency FreeNAS box I needed in a hurry), but I'd clearly benefit from looking here again. Thanks for the reminder.

Oh, I also appreciate the rsync.net advertisement. Good guys, good service ;-)

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2, Interesting) 446

Indeed.

I'm tired of the total acceptance of drug taking in the higher echelons of society. The little jokes in the media world about powdering your nose, about the use of Bolivian Marching Powder to help get through deadlines.

These are drugs, no matter how wealthy or powerful you are, and using these drugs helps criminals.

Let's have a little equality.

Comment Odd choice (Score 5, Interesting) 337

As a (surprisedly) happy Surface user, it seems strange that Apple aren't trying to regain initiative here. The Surface is really a good beast, it works well as a tablet and a desktop replacement (for standard light Office apps, some games and some more demading programs). It gives me a good touch keyboard for sshing into my systems, and has a USB interface for storage, keyboard, mouse. These are all things that the iPad failed to do.

Comment Re:open source? (Score 1) 99

Well, not exactly. I've not yet had an electricity meter outside my house, and only one of my gas meters has been so far.

The big advantage of going Smart Meter (from the crim's POV) is that you'll be able to script this. Just imagine having a botnet that's able to tell you which addresses in a given town are vacant, and when.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 2) 622

A bigger oops? That the article's wrong about the dates in the first place.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/ne... :
Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632.

Comment Re:Chop Off Heads (Score 1) 622

There's a bizarre train of AC posts asserting that anyone who's not virulently anti-Muslim is a communist. This is very odd, and can't be the product of a well-informed healthy mind.

As it happens, I am not a communist. I also do not subscribe to your opinion that the Quoran (is the the "Book of Hate" you mention?) explicitly promotes "the evil stuff" you've noticed that some Muslims are committing. These groups are not actually liked, admired or even approved of by all Muslims across the world, but there are doubtless many who do, and these are the ones you choose to see. You can feel free to pick and choose your facts to suit your worldview, but I need to stand up and say I don't agree with you.

Posting non-AC. Not everyone's scared.

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