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Comment: Re:Infinite times infinite is macaroni and cheese (Score 1) 196

by Jeremi (#48944973) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

This sort of thing implies that my choice of every word in this sentence causes a universe -a whole universe with planets and black holes and telemarketers and tofu- to pop into existence, just because I decided to use 'tofu' earlier instead of using "marmalade" or some other word.

Yes, but it's less wasteful then it looks, because we use copy-on-write techniques to minimize overhead. That is, we store only the "root" universe, plus the tree of diffs necessary to reconstruct the various child universes as necessary.

Which means the big bang and everything else that we know and that every human being has ever known about anything is just absolute pap.

Hmm, sounds like an appeal to consequences. I wouldn't worry though, chances are that everything is absolute pap regardless of whether this theory is true or false.

Comment: Re:Government agit-prop (Score 2) 138

by grcumb (#48936171) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

Meh, just go back in time and get Cambridge to accept "at nauseum" as the approved version.

That's how nerds will win the internet in the future. :)

What makes you think we haven't already done that with ad neaseam?

Sincerely,
Bruce Hecklesby
Chairman,
International Time Travelers for Proper Latin Spelling

Comment: Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (Score 1) 374

by Jeremi (#48928545) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Crippleware on Windows always used to amuse me. Oh you've disabled the button because I haven't paid? [poke]...[poke]... There now it's enabled again. Oh, you forgot to check if it should be enabled when processing the click event? Tough.

If you're going to pirate the software, you might as well go ahead and pirate the full version; then you won't have to poke at it.

OTOH, if you're going to legitimately use the software, you ought to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Status sells (Score 1) 521

by Jeremi (#48923751) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Your product can be clearly inferior hardware and be much more expensive than the competition, but if your product is considered a status symbol that lets you win rich partners, so it sells no matter the price.

Which kind of begs the question, how did "clearly inferior hardware" become such a status symbol? Microsoft and Samsung would give their respective left testicles to do the same, but haven't quite been able to replicate the recipe.

Certainly part of it is effective marketing, but I think the other part is good execution -- regardless of what you think of the hardware (which is hidden inside the case and visible to the customer only through the device's observed behavior), the devices, as consumer products, work really, really well.

I think you have to give a lot of the credit credit to high-quality software.

Comment: Re:Think you're immune from attacks? (Score 5, Funny) 211

by grcumb (#48918067) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Don't be so glib, see?

I'll be here all night folks. Tip your servers. Make sure they're bolted in, though.

Don't blow your stack if nobody applauds. It's just that we're overflowing with bad puns, and the funny bits get flipped around, and in the end all we see is some stupid zero on the stage who's only in it for the cache anyway.

Comment: Re:Heartbleed (Score 2, Insightful) 211

by grcumb (#48918007) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Will you please actually read the quote rather than quoting an inorrect interpretation. The quote is:

"given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"

It means that once a bug is found, it is shallow, i.e. quick and easy to solve for someone. It doesn't and never did mean that all bugs will be found.

Actually, it's unfortunate, but I think he did mean that:

Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone.

That's his longer version of the same slogan - literally the next sentence in the essay.

It's possible to read that as meaning that every problem —once it's been found— will be fixed quickly and relatively easily, but Occam's razor says that we should understand discovery of the problem to be implicit in this statement.

But... you are right to say that FOSS is far better at fixing known bugs than proprietary software. By the late '90s, I was so sick of having my professional reputation as a systems software developer tarnished by bugs, poor quality and stupid release cycles that I stopped supporting Windows entirely. Dropped the entire proprietary ecosystem and moved to Linux and FOSS. I can't say it's been perfect, but I've slept way better since then.

Comment: Re:Going to be a lot of dead kids and pets (Score 1) 90

by Jeremi (#48910615) Attached to: Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

How many billions in lawsuits for their lifetime (a kid lives 100 years, and becomes a CEO that means $40 billion each kid) will these Steel Death Automatons rack up before they are outlawed except in retirement communities without kids or pets?

Zero billions, because the auto companies' lawyers are quite aware of liability issues, and so they aren't going to allow the sale of any self-driving car to the public until they're damn sure it's smart enough to avoid running over pets and children.

So either the automobiles will reliably detect and avoid pets/children, or they will never be released to customers.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 392

What criteria are you using to distinguish a nonconstitutional state from a constitutional one?

Example: In 2006, the Fijian military seized power from the elected Parliament. Some time afterward, on instruction from the military dictator, the President abrogated the constitution. During the entire tenure of the military regime, they did not issue a single law. They lacked the constitutional authority to do so. Instead, they issued a number of decrees, because that's what they were: Follow this instruction or get a visit from some very burly men with guns.

During the time between the abrogation of the old constitution and the promulgation of the new one (a period of several years), Fiji was a non-constitutional republic.

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