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Comment: Re:It's amazing (Score 3) 199

by Githaron (#47816205) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database
The constitution was never meant to be imutable; it was meant to be supreme. Because it is supposed to be supreme, the rules for modifying are much greater than the rules for creating/modifying lesser laws. The problem is that many of the government's parts do not want to treat it as supreme because it is so hard to modify. They would rather do what they think they can get away with constitutional or not.

Comment: Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (Score 1) 230

by Githaron (#47196873) Attached to: Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

well, smart is relative. This shows him to be pro society. From a stock holder perspective. it's a very dumb move.

Not sure you second statement is true. By opening the patents of his super charging systems, it encourages other parties to put up more stations. This would make Teslas more enticing to prospective buyers. Sometimes, pro-society and pro-profit are not mutally exclusive.

Comment: Re:This is awesome (Score 0) 217

by Githaron (#47172105) Attached to: New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients
The point is that if a flaw exists, when found, it can be quickly fixed in open source. You can also do your own security audit on open source software if you are really security conscious. With closed source, you have to wait for the vendor to both find and fix it (if they ever do). That said, assuming the vendor is trustworthy and would rather shut down than backdoor their software, heavily auditted close source software could easily be more secure than lightly audited open source software. If the audit levels are the same, open source wins. Part of the problem is that until recently a lot of open source security software/libraries like OpenSSL have not gone though enough auditting and vunerabilities are overlooked.

Comment: Re:This is bullshit. (Score 5, Interesting) 105

I would argue that having any government move to open source is good for everyone. I don't know if it will be cheaper but I do think it will like give the people more bang for their buck. Instead of those dollars going into one person's pockets, they can not only still be used to solve the government's software problems but also provide software libraries and frameworks for other to bulid off of.

Comment: Re:It is God. (Score 1) 293

They are advocating for my destruction, so it's really only rational to advocate for theirs.

Many many Christians are no better than the Taliban in their desire to force the rest of us to follow their rules.

What's funny is that a lot of thiests probably thing the same thing about you.

Comment: Re:It is God. (Score 1) 293

Which is why many species evolved collaboration. Evolution doesn't always mean killing competitors. Some species(particularly humans) do extremely well by turning competitors into collaborators and developing mutually beneficial relationships.

Until the last human dies, the pig species will survive, because we like bacon.

Comment: Re:I'd say "right now". And it's getting better. (Score 3, Interesting) 92

by Githaron (#46939565) Attached to: What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?
While I don't know what made Minecraft initially popular, I think its prolonged success was a happy accident. Notch decided to write the Minecraft client and server in Java which is a relatively easy to decompile language. This encourage a few hacker types to make their own mods. This eventually evolved into third-party mod APIs like Bukkit and Forge which further encouraged third-party content. I don't know what the percentages are but I would guess there is a lot more people playing modded Minecraft than vanilla Minecraft. Since there is not an official modding API, I don't think Minecraft would be nearly as popular today if it had been written in C or C++ because there would much less likely be such a rich modding community for the game.

Comment: Re: frosty piss (Score 1) 664

by Githaron (#46926927) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
Also, since the entity that is issuing the tickets also has no say on whom that funds are allocated to, there is a much smaller chance of corruption. Unfortunately, where money is involved. There is always a chance of corruption. I suppose the government could lie on how much ticket revenue they bring in.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.