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Comment: Re:Isn't "Peak Stupid" writing about it. (Score 1) 100

by Kaz Kylheku (#47663167) Attached to: Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait
Ah, but then we can supply the following counter-measure: put some good addresses into the list too!
The crackers and spammers won't know which are which.
If they use the list to perpetrate, then their IP address is immediately tagged as being malicious.
If they use the list to cull their own list of nonexistent addresses, then they inadvertently cull your good address also. So you win again.

Comment: Re:What if it were Microsoft code (Score 2, Insightful) 191

by Kaz Kylheku (#47656635) Attached to: Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL
The difference is that the code is distributed for free. No judge is going to award damages for the redistribution of something that is free. At least, not actual damages, like $$$ per infringing copy. The breach of the terms (like not redistributing the source code) could be translated to some punitive damages, perhaps. Probably the best outcomes you can hope for are: the violator of the license is either asked to stop distributing the software, or else to come into compliance: replace the GPL'ed part with a from-scratch workalike, so that the program is no longer distributed with any GPLed code, or else make the whole program GPLed.

Comment: "Fiberglass" (Score 1) 82

by Kaz Kylheku (#47211349) Attached to: Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

Fiberglass is actually a composite made of epoxy (or other) resin, with glass fibers embedded in it for tensile strength.

Until you have a biodegradable epoxy to go with your biodegradable cellulose cloth, there isn't any point.

I don't think fiberglass itself is used for strength in other applications, but for its fire-retardant properties (insulation wool, glass cloth). Good luck with cellulose there.

Comment: Fix bugs first, please! (Score 1) 169

by Kaz Kylheku (#47115345) Attached to: Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

For instance, it would be nice if the lastest version of Skype for Windows didn't sometimes freeze for 45 seconds at a time when merely sending an instant message, with no audio or video call in progress.

A translator for Skype? Bah, that just needs a fixed vocabularly of audio files consisting of "can you hear me now?" and "I cannot see you!" in 50 languages.

Comment: Re:Ten Reasons to use Modern Fortran (Score 1) 634

by Kaz Kylheku (#46970075) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Pass by reference is the norm? That is moronic and encourages bugs. We should avoid destructive manipulation such as variable assignment as much as possible in programming; reference parameters exist to make it possible to modify a caller's variable.

If you have reference parameters in the language, then any foo(var) call can potentially modify var. If it doesn't today, then someone can change it tomorrow to give himself access to var inside foo.

The C convention of taking an explicit address is safe against this.

Pass by value should be the norm. Pass by reference shouldn't even exist.

Lisp is purely pass by value; there is no pass by reference: just that some types have reference semantics (cons cells, arrays, etc).

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