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Comment: poetry (noun) (Score 1) 187 187

"literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm." This is not a poem, it is a collection of words assembled according to the algorithm. It may resemble a poem but it is definitely not an expression of feelings or ideas.
Virtual monkeys with typewriters reproduced the complete works of Shakespeare. Does that pass the Turing test?

Comment: Re:The bigger the lie (Score 1) 110 110

Oh God. That's a pretty remarkable claim considering that no one at Canonical had anything to do with the discovery or the patching of the bug. Let's have a quick look at the actual sequence of events:
1. Shellshock was discovered by Stéphane Chazelas, who reported it to bash maintainer Chet Ramey and a few others, and assigned CVE identifier CVE-2014-6271.
2. "CVE-2014-6271: remote code execution through bash" by Florian Weimer of Red Hat (2014-09-24) was one of the first public disclosures of the problem.
3. Florian Weimer (Debian contributor and Red Hat employee) posts a patch for bash that counters the attack.
4. Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, Oracle Linux, Debian, and Ubuntu adopt Weimer’s patch. Apple’s later OS X bash update 1.0 includes it as well.
5. Chet Ramey posts bash43-027 at 2014-09-27 22:50:07, accepting Weimer's patch into the upstream mainline.
Remember, it's always good to cite your sources (if you have any).
And now, it's been fun but good night!

Comment: Re:The bigger the lie (Score 1) 110 110

Funny enough, that's exactly what happens! As I outlined earlier, they take Debian Unstable, add their own stuff like Unity and Mir which no other distro will ever use, and that's Ubuntu Feisty Fanboi. Not a drop of fear, uncertainty, or doubt here. It's on the Ubuntu wiki:
"Most source packages in all Ubuntu components are copied unmodified from Debian."

Comment: Re:The bigger the lie (Score 1) 110 110

Perhaps we could make a comparison with the upstream source of Ubuntu? Let me see...
Oh NOES right on the Debian wiki it says that Unstable might have horrible bugs! And if you run it on a server you are insane!
And... it says Debian's security team only covers Stable. Maybe this is why the Ubuntu forums got hacked and every user account, password and email address was stolen?

Comment: The bigger the lie (Score 1, Interesting) 110 110

Haha! A stable update in a stable series? Ubuntu starts off from Debian Unstable and then Canonical adds their own bug-ridden spyware, init process, Unity desktop, etc. Ubuntu is by far the buggiest distribution in history, at last count there are are 115,000 open bugs in the distro. Well, to be fair, that number does seem to be pretty stable.

All the simple programs have been written.