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Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 1) 295

by squiggleslash (#49127359) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I can't speak for the French, but I've noticed the US having a lot of homeopathic crap in the children's medicines aisles of the major supermarkets and drug stores, usually with the homeopathic angle hidden in small print, and "natural", "non-drugs", "Ages 0+" and other language over the rest of it. If I didn't know what homeopathy was, I can say it'd have been highly likely I'd have bought some of this stuff while our baby was colicy, just because anything with drugs is generally marketed as unsuitable for anyone below 2-5 years old.

I'm not sure "gullible" is the right term. "Desperate" and "Lacking critical information needed to make an informed decision" is a better term. I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the 90% of pregnant French women who "use homeopathy" have no idea what homeopathy is, and are simply taking something marketed as being "safe" because it uses "natural ingredients".

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by squiggleslash (#49080193) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

Nah, he's mostly right although stack underflow was more of a problem than stack overflow. FOR...NEXT frequently manipulated a stack in many older 1980s BASICs.

At that time, each command was executed independently of every other command. The program wasn't pre-parsed, beyond tokenization and making a note of where the line numbers were. When you executed a "FOR" statement, the location of the FOR was put on the stack, so that when you executed NEXT, it could return to that FOR statement if the loop wasn't finished.

Which means if you had a program like this:

5 ' Contrived example to draw a right angled triangle twice as high as it is long. 10 FOR I=1 TO 10 20 X=0 30 IF X=2 THEN GOTO 90 40 X=X+1 50 FOR J=1 TO 10 60 IF I=J THEN PRINT : GOTO 30 70 PRINT "."; 80 NEXT 90 NEXT

...then you'd end up with a holy mess, the program wouldn't work as expected (which in this example is fine, it's contrived, I have no idea why you'd write code this bad), largely because the NEXT statement at line 90 would be used to repeat the J loop when X=2.

Some BASICs let you name the loop variable in the NEXT statement. Some even required it. But not all. And those that didn't lead programmers to end up banging their heads over more subtle cases of the above happening.

Comment: Re:Where Is My D-Bag Boss? (Score 1) 102

by squiggleslash (#49071321) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

All his assets? You know, I could have sworn that he's currently running another great big "cloud storage" operation called Mega, but presumably if all his assets were seized then that was just someone else called Kim Dotcom. Or maybe it all runs from a single $1/month VPS service. Or Amazon keeps sending out AWS bills that he doesn't pay. Or...

Comment: Re:I want (Score -1) 85

by squiggleslash (#49046941) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Preview For Phones

With phones and tablets becoming more powerful I'd rather see a convergence with an acknowledgement that the two environments need different UIs.

We've solved this problem before, it's called MVC. iOS/Mac OS X supposedly has a native MVC stack (Cocoa) but doesn't actually exploit it in any serious way (to the point you wonder why they bothered), and Microsoft seems to be wary of the concept - genuine question, but other than a stunted web framework, has Microsoft ever produced a first class MVC stack?

But in any case, what I actually want is something that has windows, scrollbars, icons, stuff you point and click on, when it's plugged into a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, that automatically switches to a tap and slide interface when you disconnect those things and just use the screen. And I'd like it to have a decent speed x86(-64) CPU and 4Gb of RAM.

And while I'm on the wishlist, if it's a decent MVC stack, it could work over the web too, which would bypass the need to have an RDP protocol.

"We", the FOSS community, could probably do this, but I don't think there's a will to do it, which is a shame.

Comment: Re:Unequal application of the law (Score 2) 176

This is an impressive display of putting words into people's mouths. You are aware there's a massive difference between someone saying "I think it'd be better if people did X and didn't do Y" and them saying "People should be forced to do X, and punished for doing Y"?

I'd say you don't understand nuance, but this isn't even at that level. It's a ludicrously over the top mis-extrapolation of someone's views. This kind of "debate", a refusal to listen to what people actually say, and attempts to make them look ridiculous by deliberately misrepresenting their views, is why we can't have nice things.

Comment: Re:Aspergers, LOL (Score 1) 289

Yeah I know and was trying to make that point. The high IQ thing is a myth and has nothing to do with Asperger's, but the popular view amongst the self-diagnosed is that it's one of the two big elements, the other being anti-social (by which the self-diagnosed seem to mean "is rude to people". "I think I'm smart and I'm rude, hey, if I have this Asperger's thing I have an excuse for the latter based on the former!"

That's why I used Tourettes as a similar example (and compared nerds diagnosing themselves with Asperger's to "British people" self-diagnosing themselves as having Tourettes - which thankfully doesn't generally happen.) Contrary to myth, Tourettes is not about swearing, most sufferers don't swear (well, any more than non-sufferers.) British people don't have Tourettes any more than any other culture. The culture in the UK itself has priorities and foci that lead to swearing being more acceptable than it is in, say, most of the US. That's the explanation, not a neurological condition that doesn't actually have anything to do with swearing in the first place.

Comment: Re:Aspergers, LOL (Score 1) 289

Well, you can't blame them. As we all know, Aspergers is a condition characterized by having poor social skills, and having a high IQ*, which means many here know without even needing to consult a doctor that they have the condition.

Likewise, I'm British. So I don't need a fucking doctor to tell me that I have Tourettes.

* This is actually complete bollocks, but that's the point: Tourettes has nothing to do with swearing either.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 289

Uh, they don't? Most gays and transexuals I've met would love it if people stopped treating them differently.

Virtually everyone in the world wants to be taken for who they are, and treated as a normal/exceptional individual. If you feel that a transexual is "forcing you to adapt" because you don't want to treat, say, Lana Wachowski as just another woman who happens to be a major film director, you might want to ask yourself who's being unreasonable.

Comment: Re:If you don't authorize it, it can't divulge inf (Score 0) 330

by squiggleslash (#49039685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Worse still, they could attach robot legs to each TV so if it's unable to get a Wifi signal, it automatically walks out of your house, tries to find some kind of connection, steals two Pringle cans and some foil, and then builds a special mirror that will beam the signal right into your home.

Also they could attach guns to each TV, to ensure that you only change channel when your corporate masters tell you to, and never go to the bathrooms during commercial breaks.

Comment: Re:In the "Internet of Things" world (Score 3, Funny) 101

by squiggleslash (#49038553) Attached to: US Gas Pump Hacked With 'Anonymous' Tagline

I don't know, I've found my Internet connected pacemaker to be pretty useful, gives me stats, automatically informs my doctor if there's a problem, it's nice. And there is good security with a password and full logging, as anyone browsing to http // can clearly see.

Best part: the guy who wrote the software apparently used to work for what was, until a year or so ago, the biggest Bitcoin exchange in the world, so with a background in handling sensitive financial transactions he obviously knows a lot about security.

Comment: Re:Drama queen (Score 1) 196

by squiggleslash (#49037157) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

All of this whittering on about ABP ignores the fact that it's already hosted by Mozilla, has been for years, and Mozilla has never blocked it despite having the option to do so. That's in addition to the fact blocking ABP would simply result in everyone using Firefox Developer Edition.

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Re:Drama queen (Score:5, Insightful)
by sumdumass (711423) Friend of a Friend on 2015-02-11 19:04 (#49034083)

Well, that is until someone accuses mozilla of aiding copyright distribution by signing and allowing the youtube downloader and they eith stop signing them to avoid legal threats or a lawsuit orders it.

Then it will be 0.

BTW, concievably, add block can be blocked similarly. Al it would take is someone to claim it alters their copyrighted presentation and removes artistic value like when those fundies were bleeping language and cutting r rated scenes from movies. Even if there is no chance in hell of it winning in court, its questionable if mozilla would spend the money to fight it verses just stop signing the blocking software.
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Re:Drama queen (Score:?)
by squiggleslash (241428) on 2015-02-12 7:33 Homepage Journal

All of this whittering on about ABP ignores the fact that it's already hosted by Mozilla, has been for years, and Mozilla has never blocked it despite having the option to do so.
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Comment: Re:Start of th End (Score 1) 196

by squiggleslash (#49037141) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

If it's bypassable, legally, then there's no issue. My objection to the Apple iWalledgarden (as an example) has always been that it's not bypassable via any legal means, with Apple always scrambling to prevent users from exploiting the latest method to unlock their devices to allow their own apps to run.

Firefox is offering two major alternatives here for end users: you can choose to use someone else's .exes (including your own if you really want to compile it), or you can use Firefox's developer's build.

Mozilla is unlikely to accept requests to disable AdBlock+, but if they did, what of it? The reality is that demand for the developer's build would increase, and over time Mozilla would likely seek to contain the damage by, for example, permitting users to install their own extension signing keys in addition to the official Mozilla keys.

The extension system has always been a pontential vector for security attacks. I think they're right in locking it down for users who aren't savvy enough to know the risks.

Comment: Re:not to defend this but... (Score 1) 255

by squiggleslash (#49026699) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

Jeb hasn't been a public official for over eight years, so it's unlikely many of the emails are covered.

(Personally, I think it's unfortunate, but it's not as if Bush himself was administering the server that did this. Screw ups happen, even with the best of staff. Heads need to roll, but this shouldn't be a political issue.)

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics