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Mean is mean, but bullying is about power.
We've just passed a new law here in NZ that is designed to curtail cyber-bullying. It's a tricky area because of the tension between restricting free speech and, for example, ensuring we can take down messages exhorting vulne...
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I have misgivings about this type of legislation. "Anti-harassment" campaigners in social media (not necessarily in this country) have already abused the concept by conducting mass harassment and silencing of people who oppose their narrative, regardless of whether their target employed bullying language.
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Notice this was posted by Bloomberg Business.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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I haven't had too much luck with okra lately. You used to pitch the seeds out there and they would grow like crazy. Our fire ant problem is not as bad now so maybe it's gotten better.
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A British journalist who lived in the USA for 12 years gives his parting thoughts.
The long read: After 12 years in the US, Gary Younge is preparing to depart – as the country’s racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict
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I just read this and really enjoyed it.

I'm used to there being two kinds of science fiction. There's the kind with lots of tech, character development minimal, at worst all the characters are essentially muscle heads that can do tech. The women, if there are any, are bimbos or someone's mother. Then there's the kind with a lot less tech and a lot more character, usually they have the strange societies with back stories that are more reminiscent of fantasy than science fiction.

This one falls into the tech end, it is one of the most techy science fiction reads I've come across. There are numbers. How long before a man stranded on Mars runs out of air? How about water? How about food? How much current does this device he's working on draw? How much do the solar panels produce? How much should they produce and why is it different? Boring? No way! This is an edge of your seat thriller you read later than you should into the night and hope to cram in another chapter over breakfast.

And we have characters as well. The guy on Mars feels real. He's smart (a lot smarter than I am) but he screws up and struggles to stay alive. Often. Then there are the people back on Earth who become aware of the situation and go to huge lengths to try and get him back. And they're smart too, but they screw up. How do they keep him alive long enough to have a hope of rescue? Or maybe just keeping him alive a bit longer is the best they can do? Some of them are girls too. Gosh.

The author, Andy Weir, is a software developer, as am I. And in the constant ebb and flow of trying solutions, things going wrong, fixing them good, or just patching them up I found some familiarity. Nothing I build goes to Mars, of course, but building complicated stuff and making it work is perhaps always a bit like this.

I see they're making a movie. I want to see it. Meanwhile read the book.
“One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a ...
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Wildfly not logging anything? This is the fix.
I'm sure someone has a good reason for Wildfly's logging facility, but nothing actually logs for me until I follow these instructions, which basically turns it off.
For a newly installed JBoss WildFly 8 if your application is using log4j , there would not be any log in the file or console. 1. WHAT happened ?  There is no log printed in the console from deployed application in JBoss...
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Hilarious!
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"But secretly I'm not either...oh well, no one will ever know." hahaha
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I clicked on Google search this morning and this came up wishing me happy birthday. The rollover caption said 'Happy birthday, roger'
You're all seeing this today too, I guess :-)
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How often do you backup your stuff? I do a weekly incremental backup and every three months I pull out this little gadget and clone my system disk. The clone is for if my system disk goes bad. I need to be back up quickly ie in minutes so I don't want to reinstall an o/s and a ton of optional stuff I've forgotten. Have you ever had a system disk go bad? I have. Lose much? I did. Only once though.
So with this I can pop the clone drive into my laptop, restore the weekly backups and I'm good to go.
Where do you store your backups? Not in the house that's for sure. Have you ever had a house fire? I have. You don't want your backups in the same building. In the cloud? Maybe, but my Internet access isn't up to that. Not for cloning my hard drive anyway. So store them somewhere that won't be affected if your house burns down. It doesn't have to be fireproof. You aren't going to get two house fires at the same time unless you're the sort of person who has arch enemies.
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Archeologists will be disappointed though.

Alien Archeologists.
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+Adam Burtt I saw that headline too.  I'm making the (tiny) effort to share this stuff around for all the people who assume muslim==baddie. Might help a little.
If it had been me on that roof I would have just run for it.
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The article is about AIs that listen to your tone of voice, watch your body language to figure out how you're feeling. A couple of times they seem to be talking about machines that have emotions, but I think that's me misreading.

So here's a prediction. There will come a time when these things are common but not quite as good as humans are at reading us. Good enough though. At that point we will get into the habit of exaggerating things like our facial expressions for the benefit of the machine, a bit like we speak slowly and clearly (and with an American accent) to speech recognition systems now.

Then the machines will catch up and we'll stop doing that, although some of us will find it works quite well for our interactions with humans too (as does speaking slowly and clearly and, sometimes, with an American accent does) and we'll carry on dong it.
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I'm just about to watch the Kubrick produced film AI
Small print on the monitor too.
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This article has a U.S. orientation but the arguments seem to translate well to where I live too (NZ). We're in the negotiations for the TPPA. Apart from leaked drafts of the deal we're not supposed to know anything about it until it is signed and sealed. The leaks suggest we'll be screwed over by it. And then this story suggests even if we aren't it won't bring the promised benefits anyway. Still our trade negotiating minister gets a high profile out of it, so it's good for him. That's something, I guess.
 
Who gets the mansions? We get the ruins... Same old story!
The Senate advanced fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday.
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+Charles Vigneron "Are corporations people in New Zealand?" Well they can be sued etc because they are legal entities. They can't apply for state benefits but if they have really good lobbyists they can get propped up by the state. So I guess they are sort of people, sort of not. If I were a lawyer this might be a better answer :)
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Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
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I'm into building J2EE applications using Rule-Based frameworks. Boring? Okay, My wife and I live in an earth brick house designed to look like a Romanesque Abbey. It's out in the countryside and has a big garden, a domestic orchard and some pet sheep. I've made most of the furniture in the house out of native timbers.

In my spare time I write books (fiction) and publish them as ebooks.

If you follow me I'll take a look at your profile and, if you have a profile picture and some shares that look interesting I will follow you back. If you don't have those then I won't.
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Made most of the furniture in my house. So far only one thing has collapsed. Oh, it's two now. Heh. I also made the Galahad Manuscript, a poem calligraphed and illuminated and bound in leather. I also built the desk it sits on.
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    Computer Science, 1975 - 1977
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Software engineer (J2EE), writer and carrier of Mrs' shopping (um, I ought to have said that first).
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Software (J2EE, C++, Unix, Microprocessors) with a special interest in rule based systems. The microprocessor stuff requires some electronics knowledge (so I know how to put a circuit together etc) plus some knowledge of 3D modeling for making various gadgets the micros are embedded into. I also write and self publish fiction.
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  • Software engineer (J2EE), 2000 - present
  • Software Engineer (C/C++ Unix), 1990 - 2000
  • Software Engineer (Basic+ Vax Basic), 1978 - 1990
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