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Comment: Re:Definition of a cap (Score 1) 605 605

by Mathematiker (#42706663) Attached to: Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

This isn't the free market at work. The free market raises wages when there's a labor shortage.

Umm... A labour market where people from different countries can work in your country seems very much MORE free than a labour market where working in your country is forbidden.

In fact, forbidding people from working where they want to work seems dangerously like one of those "government regulations" that you libertarians want to abolish, no?

Comment: Re:Start of something big. (Score 1) 171 171

by Mathematiker (#42706607) Attached to: Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone

Texting on a touchscreen with big fingers is very nearly the most consistently frustrating thing I have ever attempted. On my candybar, (literally) on the other hand, I can text with 99.3%+ accuracy without looking at the screen. My ease of textual communication is outstanding in comparison on the small phone.

Interesting. My experience has been the complete opposite. I _started_ texting when I got my touchscreen-smartphone; texting on my old brick using T9 (or some other pseudo-smart helping system) was painful. Then again, maybe the touchscreen on my smartphone is big enough to be useful...

Comment: Re:Kill it with FIRE (Score 1) 150 150

by Mathematiker (#42617597) Attached to: Another Java Exploit For Sale

it's significantly easier to parse javascript source, determine its validity and generate machine code from it than it is just to verify java bytecode.

for example: prove that the stack looks the same for every different way a basic block can be entered.

Huh? Did you ever take a compiler class? Verifying java bytecode is really not that hard...

Comment: Re:Be careful what you wish for. (Score 4, Informative) 265 265

by Mathematiker (#42566379) Attached to: Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

An appropriate solution would be to use something like noscript, which automatically blocks all java applets (flash and javascript as well), and makes it easy to maintain a whitelist of websites that are allowed to run java applets/javascript/flash/etc.

Comment: Re:What happened to Java? (Score 2) 265 265

by Mathematiker (#42566365) Attached to: Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

The problem is that security cost usability.

Completely disable the ability of Java to read/write files on the local filesystem and it'd be a lot more secure for example, but then it'd be more useful as well.

This problem has already been solved, and solved mostly well. It is possible to specify exactly where a piece of java code may access files, and enforce it.

The problem is that some bugs in the JVM make it possible to bypass these checks, and then p.ex. access files that should be impossible to access.

Comment: Re:inequality (Score 2) 1063 1063

by Mathematiker (#42559727) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

    - Healthy food is significantly more expensive - and poor people usually have not enough money for anything
    - Exercise takes time you probably don't have when working two to three jobs (while still being poor).

I do not mean to say that poor people bear no responsibility for their health. Still, reality is more complicated
than "it's all their own damn fault".

Comment: Re:Oh Java... (Score 2) 193 193

by Mathematiker (#42556391) Attached to: Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

What does "online java application" mean? The app opens a network connection and communicates with some other host?

Such an app would not become more safe if it were written in, say, C++ or C# or most other languages.

The danger about java is in the browser plugin, because it downloads and runs untrusted byte code. This is about as unsafe as using an ordinary browser with java script enabled - which also downloads and runs untrusted code.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.