* Posts by grantoz

4 posts • joined 5 Jan 2011

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


I guess this particular nutter is boycotting the bible also, given that after the flood God said to Noah that "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth"?

Bloody gay propaganda, it's everywhere innit? Even in the sky!

Review: Renault Zoe electric car


Nuclear Please

OK so wind power is erratic, solar PV is obviously a joke in blighty - can we please have some more nuclear power so that the EV haters can go away?

Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find


Where do I start with this? Talk about missing the point completely.

Rejecting hundreds of years of advancements? I think organic farmers are happy to use tractors and the like, but what they don't like to use is things like pesticides, which are known to damage insect life and therefore bird life, biodiversity and the local food chain in general around farms. Organic farmers also use techniques that *build up* soil nutrients and helpful microbes, rather than deplete them. Organic farming also uses better animal management practices , so your food creatures can have happier and more normal lives. And before you reactionary types pillory me for saying that, consider this: do you *really* want to eat a whole bunch of hormones and antibiotics in your meat? Do you really think they are doing you any good? (And why shouldn't we be nice to cows and chickens and goats and pigs anyway?)

But really, the biggest deal is that organic food TASTES better. A WHOLE LOT better, and you feel better after eating it. And that's not just some elitist smugness, it's a real phenomenon, at least in my experience - and believe me, I'm such a massive tightwad that I *want* there to be no discernable difference, in fact nothing better at all about organic food, then I could cheap out and happily buy the regular stuff. But it's just not so.

PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug


It's most certainly the developer, not the language

In 2002 I became the senior web dev for a well known UK dotcom, and found that the previous developer had implemented a PHP script called "file_browser.php" which was in the root of the publicly available web space. Not only did it let you navigate the file system for the dotcom web app, but the entire file system, or any file that was readable by the web server user anyway!

No login was needed, you just needed to locate the script.

Needless to say that deleting this little gem was the first thing I did in that job :)

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