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Comment: Re:It's Not That They Need Clarification (Score 1) 19

by Greyfox (#47682713) Attached to: US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules
I do know sexual tension when I see it. I appreciate you trying to get my attention but if you have the hots for me just come out and say it. I don't swing for the same team, but I'd be happy to take a picture of me with my shirt off so you can have a hot fantasy while staring at my prodigious man boobs.

Comment: It's Not That They Need Clarification (Score 1) 19

by Greyfox (#47676757) Attached to: US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules
They just really don't want to do that and are going to stall as long as they can get away with it. Most of them are probably running no form of IDS, have no personnel capable of actually detecting a breach, have no security policy beyond poorly-enforced DOD mandates (Which effectively boils down to "Change your password every 90 days") and really don't want to be distracted from collecting their fat government checks every month by anything resembling actual work.

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 1) 420

by Greyfox (#47674073) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++
Having to maintain a bad programmer's code is bad in any language. If the programmer is breaking the problem down, reducing coupling, and writing unit tests for his class APIs then maintaining his code will be easy. If he's writing a ton of spaghetti code where ever class inherits from every other class and nothing is documented or tested, you're going to have a bad time. The difference between C++ and Java or Ruby is that you're more likely to discover you have a problem at compile time with C++. Your java code will probably quietly sit on a web server somewhere, quietly shitting exceptions into a log file no one looks at for a decade.

Comment: Honestly... (Score 1) 158

by Greyfox (#47668687) Attached to: Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body
Who hasn't asked Siri that. It's in a ton of "Stupid Siri Tricks" youtube videos. If you ask Siri after a recent software update, she says "I used to know the answer for that." Stupid reporting like this is why we can't have nice things.

My favorite response she had for that question was "What, again?"

Comment: Re:Six Reasons (Score 2) 107

by Greyfox (#47667085) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)
Of course, point 2 should to a large degree prevent point 1; you want to fly your shit in the USA, you have a maintenance logbook that is kept up to date and can be produced whenever your local FAA rep comes 'round asking for it. Of course, that's one of the reasons for point 4. You maintain your engines in part based on how many times they've been started. Due to this, it effectively costs my local dropzone $100 just to turn their plane on.

We do get a story every so often, of someone forgetting to put gas in their plane. This doesn't necessarily have to be an unforgiving situation if you keep your wits about you. Most planes don't plunge out of the sky the second their engines stop. Bob Hoover demonstrates this quite effectively. If you're flying a gyrocopter, they can get down on autorotation. An ideal flying car would have one of these characteristics.

If you want a flying car now, go buy a small airplane -- you can get a used Cessna for about what I paid for my car. There are a number of ultralight possibilities, too. You'll still need to be cognizant of the FAA regulations governing your flight if you're in the USA, so you won't really be able to treat it like a flying car. But that's as close as you're likely to get for the next two or three decades.

Comment: Genius (Score 1) 390

by hackus (#47655453) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Einstein, Tesla, Newton, Boole.

Contributions way the freak ahead of their time, and not just the knowledge they knew, but what they decided to do with it, was probably pure genius in my opinion.

There are lots of smart people in the world, but very few of them really contribute anything beyond paper test scores or academic nonsense.

To be a true genius in my opinion, you look the world straight in the eye, tell it your full of crap, and whack upside the head with a contribution that challenges civilization at the time.

All of the above men did that, some centuries before their contributions fully took root.

Why do we want intelligent terminals when there are so many stupid users?