The Importance of Language: How a couple of marks on a page can make the difference between virgins and grapes

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“The Qur’an”, a one-off television programme produced by Channel 4 in 2008 (UK) opened with:

“In 2001 a German study caused such outrage that all mention of it was banned in some Islamic counties, the author published under pseudonym and will only speak if his identity can remain concealed.” This is referring to the work by Christoph Luxenberg “The Syro-Aramaic reading of the Koran” (English, 2007).

His basic premise is that over a fifth of the Koran contains unintelligible words or words which don’t make real sense. This, he believes, can be reduced, with a knowledge of Syriac (Syro-Aramaic), to around 5%. Syriac was the dominant language of Christian liturgy by 3rd century, and by time of Muhammad, Syriac was the major written and cultural language of the whole region, whereas written Arabic was in its infancy. There are pre Islamic inscriptions in Arabic but the first real book…

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This software is n-tuple licensed

#FreeSoftware, #OpenSource #License proliferation and our current state of hell

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“Due to the number of libraries with varying licences used in the creation of this software, it is now licensed under all licenses known to ensure maximum compatibility and maximum seizure proclivity.”

So if I’m using the jQuery library, which is GPL/MIT licensed (depending on which is a better fit) and another piece of software (say Apache licensed), I can select the MIT license to distribute it with because they are more compatible.

Unless of course, I’m starting with a GPL licensed library first (e.g. ExtJS which is technically GPL v3), but I still won’t be able to distribute any modifications to the core under the ISC, because that may be too “free”.

But I won’t be able to distribute under the ISC because the it’s most certainly incompatible with the GPL (in all three thousand variations). 

Although, according to the ExtJS license explanation…

We want people building extensions, developer…

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We Are Not Alone

word of a woman

At the Novitas Sunday gatherings we have been doing corporate readings the last couple months. It connects us to the liturgy of the church and all the followers of Jesus who have come before us and built on His foundation to bring us to this point in history and it connects us to all those who will build on long after we are gone. There have been many creeds written throughout church history. The creed we read yesterday was the newest one we have found and it was originally adopted in 1968 by the United Church of Canada’s 23rd General Council. I want to share it with you because it is the one that has spoken to me the most deeply.

A NEW CREED We are not alone, we live in God's world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word…

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Picasa Desktop Users Prompted To Move To Google Photos Backup Instead

TechCrunch

As part of the transition to Google’s new photo hosting and sharing service, Google Photos, launched this May, users of Google’s older Picasa desktop software are now being prompted to upgrade to Google Photos Backup for saving their images to Google’s cloud storage. The change could signal the beginning of a plan to migrate Picasa users over to the newer Google Photos web service.

However, Google Photos Backup is a desktop uploader program only – it’s not a replacement for Picasa’s desktop software, which also features tools for organizing photos into albums, favoriting items, or filtering by photos or videos, and more.

Some Picasa users may have spotted this change following a…

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Google Ventures Joins $60M Round For Members-Only Travel Site, Secret Escapes

TechCrunch

U.K.-based members-only luxury travel site, Secret Escapes, has pulled in a $60 million funding round, with investment coming from new investor Google Ventures, along with existing investors including Index Ventures and Octopus Investments.

Google Ventures’ partner Tom Hulme noted Google’s participation in the new funding in a tweet earlier today:

The startup last raised back in 2012, when it took in $8 million with a plan to bolster its position in the domestic market and expand into the U.S., Germany and the Nordic countries. In the past few years it’s made several small acquisitions, either rivals in the online travel space or aimed at expanding the events side of its business.

More acquisitions for Secret Escapes look likely, given its new cash injection and stated aim of accelerating its global growth. The IBT reports Secret Escapes…

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Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’

glad to see someone taking Frank Herbert seriously, but hey, he’s not saying this is Utopia! and definitely NOT something we should aspire to become! if you could notice beyond the surface and beyond the obvious, it is a deliberate rant on what keeps us humans morally inept for thousands of years, and what might happen to us 10,000 from now if we continue to live with our WRONG assumptions, obsession with materialism, cult of identity, our own hypocrisy, and inhuman treatment of “other” people..

DUNE and its prequels and sequels are essentially a critique of human civilization today and a writer’s creative extrapolation of what might happen into the future without our conscious and collective intervention, and as you might have noticed, it was deliberately poking fun at us, our WRONG assumptions and double standards, everything that has been wrong with us so far, it is all-encompassing

Weekday Blues

Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, first published in 1985 and subsequently a winner of both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards.

Most of the novel is set on ‘Dune’, a desert planet named Arrakis. Its natives are people called Fremen, who are discernible by their all-blue eyes with no whites. The desert wildlife consists mostly of small mice, a few birds, oh, and giant killer sandworms. The planet is important namely because it is the only known source of ‘mélange-spice’, a substance that is used in everything from cooking to space travel.

The main character is Paul Atreides, heir to the Atreides Dukedom, and his mother Lady Jessica. Paul Atreides is part of a secret breeding programme conducted by a shadowy sisterhood known as the Bene Gesserit (of which his mother is a member) to create a superhuman. While on Arrakis, the Atreides are betrayed, Paul’s…

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