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Comment Because we demand them (Score 1) 850

But what does it say about the state of programming practice writ large when so many developers believe that their 'rights' are trampled because they cannot write programs for a particular device in a particular language? Or that their 'freedom' as creators is squelched for the same reason?"

It says we have fucking spines, you blind amorphous blob.

Comment Re:Shazam! (Score 1) 101

This is exciting. The knowledge contained within this crater will feed millions and advance the knowledge nessesary for the survival of the Human Race by many years, and reveal the secrets of oil spill clean up as an added bonus!

I find your post very enlightening. Spirit and Opportunity should be supplied with Slashdot accounts and reprogrammed to post discouraging comments every few minutes. That would be far more helpful.

Comment Foreseeable (Score 1) 84

... the browser will automatically alter the response ...

This smacks of the thinking behind PHP's magic quotes.

Microsoft's so-called security experts should have known that this was a bad idea, especially if they'd worked with the UTF-7 XSS vulnerabilities. Any time you take a parsed language and haphazardly change the way that it parses, you're opening the door to security holes. That's probably why Dan Bernstein, years ago, said "Don't parse" in his page about qmail security.


Submission + - The Pirate Party of Canada is official! 3

wasme writes: The Pirate Party of Canada (PPCA) has become the first Pirate Party outside of Europe to become an official political party. Elections Canada confirmed with the party on the 12th that the PPCA has gained "eligible for registration" status, and can run in elections starting June 14, 2010. Read the Party's official announcement:

"We are pleased to announce that as of April 12, 2010, the Pirate Party of Canada (PPCA) is officially eligible for Party Status.

After ten months of dedication and hard work, we have reached eligible status, which only leaves a 60-day “purgatory” period. After that, we will field candidates in subsequent federal elections, and begin the real work of a political party."

Comment Re:"Bribe"... (Score 1) 706

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt
           his judgment [syn: {payoff}]
       v : make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or
           influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: {corrupt}, {buy},
            {grease one's palms}]

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