Monthly Archives: October 2007

Why is register_globals = On a security risk?

A question from comp.lang.php: I understand that register_globals was turned off by default as, unless you initialised it, it could be altered by a malicious coder. What I don’t understand is how the $_POST['foo'] form is any more secure. Surely … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan and the fall of communism

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How did Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy contribute to the fall of communism in Russia?? It didn’t. Communism was slowly decaying from within (French historian Emmanuel Todd very convincingly showed it in his remarkable 1976 book, … Continue reading

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The most influential person in the last thousand years

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Who was the most influential person in the last thousand years? In the year 2000, the biography channel did a special highlighting who their experts considered the most influential people in the last thousand years. … Continue reading

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Tax cuts and economy’s performance

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Liberals, tell me where I’m wrong? The way to improve the economy is through tax cuts, not tax increases. Tax cuts work because it give employers of small businesses and even large, the ability to … Continue reading

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What would be Earth’s main export?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: In the future (hypathetically) what would be Earth’s main export? Great question, albeit the one without an answer. The theory of comparative advantage predicts that goods that end up as exports are those that can … Continue reading

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Changes to the Indian countryside

On a previous occasion, I pointed out that the success of India may ultimately depend on its ability to bring about major and positive change to the countryside. Looks like I am not alone in thinking so. And what’s more, … Continue reading

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Parsing RDF files with PHP and SimpleXML

A question from comp.lang.php Here is an XML file I’d like to parse with php. It’s a mozilla install.rdf file. [RDF skipped] How would you do that ? If you want to parse RDF with SimpleXML, you should keep in … Continue reading

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What if Hitler had died in August 1941?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What if Hitler had died in august 1941 what would have happened after his death? There are at least two possibilities I can think of. One (the most likely, in my opinion) is business as … Continue reading

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Sub-Saharan kingdoms: why is so little left of them?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Questions about sub-saharan African kingdoms? O.k. I have learned about various kingdoms that developed in Africa. My question is why did they leave so little behind? For example the Sahelian Kingdoms of Mali, Songhai, and … Continue reading

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If life were discovered on Pluto…

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Pluto is a very dark, cold planet. If life were discovered on Pluto, what kind of animal might live there? What would it look like? Describe it’s way of life. I sincerely doubt there could … Continue reading

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