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Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 516

by BrookHarty (#49176883) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

>I don't know about rioting, but I can tell you that if he returns home, and doesn't receive a fair trial, I will be one of the ones out there protesting.

Depends on what the definition of "Fair" is, he gets a lawyer and a jury, so thats fair right? The judge will either approve or deny his plea argument. Think about that, he cant use a whistleblower plea because there is no whistleblower argument under the law. The judge wont allow it. This is the same thing that happens with state crimes in federal court. You could have a state permit to grow marijuana, but its federally illegal. So having a license by the state, is not allowed as a plea argument, and its excluded from the jury.

And then the judge will instruct the Jury how to weigh the evidence. If the jury follows his instructions, he will be found guilty.

If the courts ban your testimony and evidence for commiting an action, how can you defend your action?

And appeals courts, they only rule if you had fair trial, not new evidence. DNA can set you free, tough, its new evidence.

The legal sytem is the lie to pacify the masses.

Comment: Re:Objective C (Score 2, Interesting) 372

I agree.

I was surprised to find how clean Obj-C was. Eventually, I figured out that it's because of two things:

[1] The weird at first [receiver message] syntax makes it explicit that it is a message passing object model. I find that a natural and helpful model, rather than the procedural-like syntax of C++ and Java. The syntax helps me think in objects, with a clean visual and mental distinction between the Obj bits and the procedural bits.

[2] NextStep is a thing of beauty.

Against that, modern C++ has more modern and advanced syntax (lambda, templates). I'm not sure they make up for it. But rather than C++ I'd go for some other modern language (insert large list here).

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 1) 243

I personally have never killed anything larger than a bug in my life; I suspect a lot of other people haven't either. I've never had to, because there have always been other people who are willing to do those unpleasant tasks for me, in exchange for modest amounts of money.

You're safe; I'm sure in our dystopian zombie future, the phones will still need sanitizing.

Comment: Re:It still helps (Score 1) 101

by Cyberdyne (#49152807) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

And it would be trivial to keep any "clean" account(s) they have on a separate IP,

Trivial, perhaps... but over time it's easy to slip and use an IP that's more traceable to you, which is why I said to publish all of the IP's that handle has posted from.

I can see some appeal to that, but surely any sane leaker will post using a restaurant's free wifi or similar - meaning their doxing gets associated with any other innocent user who happens to have posted updates from that restaurant, with no apparent link to their own isolated accounts?

Personally, I'd probably use the free wifi at the railway station on my daily commute - indeed, I do use it most days, for innocent purposes - or if I wanted to do something that might be traced, ride an hour or so on one of the lines and use another station on the network, using a randomised MAC address on a laptop. Anyone who was identified as associated with me then is completely uninvolved. Yes, maybe you'd catch a few low-level trolls, but you'd be falsely smearing a whole lot of innocent third parties - making the identification worthless anyway.

Comment: Apache has mod_spdy (Score 3, Insightful) 146

I agree that Apache web server support is vital if HTTP/2 is to get much use. That said, the mod_spdy plug-in for Apache supports SPDY, and has been accepted into Apache trunk. See: http://googledevelopers.blogsp... https://svn.apache.org/viewvc/...

Since HTTP/2 is based on SPDY, it seems likely that this plug-in will be tweaked to support HTTP/2. That said, I suspect the Apache Foundation would say something like, "patches welcome".

Comment: Define Coding Talent (Score 1, Interesting) 23

by Sebastopol (#49120847) Attached to: Using Microfinance to Develop Coding Talent (Video)

What exactly is coding talent?

I'm being a bit coy but mostly to spur discussion: I've been coding since the late 70's, and I think of coding like playing guitar: just about anyone can do it to a reasonable level, most people think they are rockstars, but only a handful really are.

When I was first interviewing for jobs circa 1990 there weren't many people who knew x86 protected mode, so there was always work writing hardware drivers. I was mediocre, I'll admit it, and so were most of my peers, but we got the job done.

Today there are literally thousands of languages, frameworks and tools depending on the application. Ironically, "talent" seems largely the same today as it was in the 80's: if you understand the unique collection (and versions!) of tools a company uses, you're in.

When I hired programmers in the 90's and 00's it was clear some folks got it, and some folks didn't. But even the folks that didn't still got high-paying jobs.

So it really begs the question, "What is talent?" and how do you measure it, and how much do you need? Finding talent means rating talent, and therein is a loaded debate.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad