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Comment: Re:Nothing to do with language (Score 0) 322

by Chris Mattern (#48018395) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

It's the parser in the shell itself that has some fundamental flaws because it executes code inside environment variables that are totally unchecked.

Which makes it a bad language, because bash not only allows but *requires* the execution of code inside environment variables.

You could have a brilliant programming language and still make the exact same mistake.

Well, no, because a brilliant programming language would not allow the execution of code inside interpolated environment variables as part of its specification.

Comment: Re:I had clients that did this in the 90s. (Score 1) 208

by Chris Mattern (#47997521) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

The only simple explanation I see is, the tax is based on the 'value' of the areal, which might be higher if there is a pool.

Which would be exactly correct. Real estate taxes are levied on the appraised value of the real estate, which a pool would increase.

Note that this is even more clear-cut, because we're not just talking about a pool, but a piece of real estate documented to the taxman as a vacant lot with not just a pool, but an entire mansion, which, of course, raises the value of the property by quite a lot.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain? (Score 2) 224

by Chris Mattern (#47992865) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

How is it logical that he loses his job and now he can't get any job?

Quite logical, really. These days, HR will do a background check on *anybody* they hire. All you need is an Internet connection, after all. When the whistleblowing comes up, the HR guy decides, "He's a trouble-maker. I've got dozens of other resumes. I'll pick somebody who's not a trouble-maker."

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.