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Comment: Re:We can do that thing you like (Score 1) 228

by shutdown -p now (#48275349) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Kinda. Thing is, the trend lately has been to decouple stuff. So for example, where Entity Framework used to be shipped in box with .NET (which in turn ships in box with Windows), it is now a NuGet package - and open source; but it doesn't ship with Windows anymore. In a similar vein, ASP.NET is a part of .NET Framework, and hence also ships in the box - but ASP.NET MVC, its replacement, is, again, an independent NuGet package. And .NET itself is moving into the same direction in general, being detangled from the OS and becoming more like Mono, a separate redistributable runtime that you can just put alongside the app.

I don't know if the same is going to happen with C# and VB command line compilers. Today, they also ship as part of .NET, so any Windows install since Vista comes with those compilers. The new ones were rewritten from scratch as part of the Roslyn project, and that is open source, but they might also want to stop shipping them as OS components.

I admit that I don't know much about the F/OSS MS story outside of development and admin stack, but there it's very heavy - VS does ship with a bunch of F/OSS stuff in the box, including some of its own components, and more so as time goes by. A bunch of Azure stuff, SDKs and admin tools, is also open sourced.

By the way, most new MS open source projects (and some of the older ones) have moved to GitHub, so that's the latest and greatest, not so much CodePlex anymore.

Comment: Re:Why not the Golden Age? (Score 1) 435

by shutdown -p now (#48274991) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Furthermore, the areas that will benefit the most from continued warming are in places like Canada and Siberia where there the population isn't gonna increase (due to societal habits) no matter how much food you can grow there.

I assure you, should Siberia really warm up and open large swaths of arable land, China will have a couple hundred million people to resettle in short order. Russia might object, but I doubt that will matter much.

Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 0) 650

by shutdown -p now (#48274137) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

The problem is that there are still a lot of people who do care. In fact, they were the majority in this country until very recently, judging by public opinion polls on gay marriage.

Saying "I'm proud to be X" in the face of that is defiance of bigotry, not a statement of one's superiority.

Let me try to give an analogous example. In Turkey, they persecute everything Kurdish, to the point where Kurds often can't speak their own language or even publicly self-identify as Kurds. In the face of that, saying "I'm proud to be a Kurd" is an acceptable and understandable declaration of non-submission. On the other hand, in the same country, someone saying "I'm proud to be a Turk" would be more likely to be taken as an expression of nationalist supremacist sentiment - because there's no discrimination against Turks on account of being Turks.

Context matters.

Comment: For all the idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 68

by mcrbids (#48273973) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

... to the masses of sarcastic "I though Open Source was more secure!" crowd: in an Open Source forum, when vulnerabilities are found, they are patched. Since it's a public forum, the vulnerabilities are disclosed, and patches / updates made available. The poor, sorry state of the first cut gets rapidly and openly improved.

With closed source, the vulnerabilities merely stay hidden and undisclosed, and you have no ability to know about it, or fix it yourself. the poor, sorry state of the first cut never improves. Yes, there are some cultures that take security seriously. You have no way of knowing.

This, right here, is what "more secure" looks like: public notification of the vulnerabilities and patches to distribute.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 155

by operagost (#48273261) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

There is a nonzero time interval between when they notice symptoms and when they get to a hospital. During that time, they could potentially pass on the virus.

Listen, we the great unwashed are ordered to get our shots for everything under the sun. Admittedly, things like the flu are more common and more likely to kill you than ebola. But most of us aren't fans of bleeding to death from every orifice. We expect a high level of dedication from our medical professionals, and when they disregard protocol (that is, what they said protocol was before they changed it suddenly) it makes it harder for the rest of us to take them seriously.

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