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Comment: Re:do one thing and do it well (Score 1) 153

by El_Oscuro (#48191875) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today
You mean VI, the notepad for Unix? Since it is by default installed on pretty much every Unix system, including Macs, I would say it is cross platform. It is even easy to get for Windows. As far as stability goes, it has never crashed in the 20+ years I have used it on any platform. An it is easy to replace. All you have to do install another editor, i.e. sudo apt-get install emacs.

Comment: Re:The driving force to open source? (Score 2) 312

by El_Oscuro (#48183457) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I don't think the command line is an issue. I don't think instructing a user to open a terminal and issue commands is any harder than having them open regedit and add obscure keys.

The really sweet spot is a well designed GUI configuration utility which allows you to generate approriate command line scripts to allow the configuration to be duplicated. Unfortunately, this is rare in the Unix world and non-existent in Windows.

Compared to GUIs, command line interfaces are stable. I am still using commands for 20+ years ago to adminster modern systems, while the recent "upgrade" to Win7/2008 has made so many changes to the interface that it seems like I have to relearn it each time I use it.

Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 4, Informative) 94

by El_Oscuro (#48121471) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows
Windows has its own version of shellshock in CMD.EXE C:\Usersl>set foo=bar^&ping -n 1
C:\Usersl>echo %foo%

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=250

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 1, Received = 1, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 8ms, Maximum = 8ms, Average = 8ms
Unlike Linux, I don't think this has been patched.

Comment: Re:Crude? (Score 1) 99

by El_Oscuro (#47905025) Attached to: Original 11' <em>Star Trek Enterprise</em> Model Being Restored Again
In TOS, if watch The Doomsday Machine episode, it is obvious that the the damage Constellation had was caused by something like a lighter. There is some debate as to whether the model was actually one of those Revell models we used to get as kids at the local Gemco, or if it was the crappiest version of the full scale models. Given that it would be easier to generate those kinds of burns on a smaller Revell model, I would guess the former.

Comment: Re:All the more reason-- (Score 1) 166

by El_Oscuro (#47681837) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

I once had a computer which did that, a Commodore 64. I am pretty sure most others at that time were that way too. The whole "store the O/S on a R/W hard drive" was an IBM PC/Microsoft idea, as were viruses.

A ROM based system with Ubuntu or Knoppix would be pretty sweet for surfing teh Interwebs.

Comment: Re:Move along, nothing to see here... (Score 1) 122

by El_Oscuro (#47471335) Attached to: Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

I'm guessing that less than 2% of you know probably what the heck I'm talking about here.

Missed it by THAT much? Agent 86 once said that after he almost shot his dick off. I wonder if he ever screwed Agent 99? Man, I used to think she was hot. And the Cone of Silence? I saw a real one in action while on jury duty once. The judge lowered this stupid contraption when he was talking with the lawyers. It made this white noise which gave everyone headaches but I had no problem hearing their entire conversation from the other side of the room...

Comment: Going back to cash (Score 5, Informative) 753

by El_Oscuro (#47445475) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
Last week I swiped my card at a gas station pump before noticing the tamper proof seals had been broken. I have replaced the card, but while waiting for the new card I used cash. You tend to conserve more money when it is cold, hard cash instead of of just swiping a card. Less surface area for compromise as well.

Comment: Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (Score 3, Insightful) 364

by El_Oscuro (#47420487) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The parent is wrong. Nothing has replaced the A-10. The Pentagon tried to kill the Warthog earilier this year until everyone who actually uses them screamed bloody murder.

This fricken plane is airworthy with half a wing and an engine missing. Could the F-35 do that?

The Iraqis don't want us to send troops over there to deal with the ISIS business. They have plenty of troops of their own. What they have asked for is some air support. Immagine what a couple of A-10 squadrons would do there..

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields