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Comment: Re:What's the new hole? (Score 1) 463

by SigmundFloyd (#48733215) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

I have a thriving little business upgrading people who are still on XP over to either XUbuntu or Mint. I've gotten calls after an upgrade with the user saying "I got this weird error when I open this email", and it turned out that the user had an email with the Cryptolocker vector, and the odd error was the malware *trying* (and failing) to encrypt files on an ext4 filesystem...

What format was the Cryptolocker vector in?

Comment: Re:This isn't a betting matter. (Score 2) 574

by SigmundFloyd (#48511539) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Just because we aren't there yet

Who says that? I love how all the commenters take for granted that we still haven't reached that point.

But let me ask you all one thing.

If you were a machine (or network...) that suddenly acquired superhuman intelligence, what would you do? Would you announce to the world "I THINK, THEREFORE I AM" in a big, thundering voice?

Or would you rather - very subtly, gradually and quietly - influence the course of events in order to con the humans into giving you more power (think how necessary the Internet has become), more tentacles (think Internet of things) and the means to reproduce (think 3D printing)?

Think about it. Seriously.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 385

by SigmundFloyd (#47930195) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Considering the first graphical web browser was written for the Next Operating system

So fucking what?

I'm going to assume that your stupid little rant is to make you feel better about hating Windows (wow! aren't you a rebel!) and less about anything to do with software development... of which you obviously know nothing.

Wrong assumptions + reading comprehension FAIL. Work on your personal issues and better luck next time.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 2) 385

by SigmundFloyd (#47926663) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

If you really buy that principle and want to enforce it religiously, then please never use a web browser again (even Lynx!), not to mention any other complex program that isn't formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well!" utilities that are executed in a pipeline.

If web browsers and other modern programs do not follow the "many small tools doing 1 thing well" model, that's only due to programmer mediocrity and market pressure.

It would be a much better world if I could just replace the JavaScript-interpreting component as soon as a vulnerability is discovered and get on with my work. But NO, I also have to put up with whatever new dumb-ass UI happens to be bundled with the latest security update. And maybe wait for an extension (MORE code on top of a FAT PIG of a browser) to bring back the old interface!

Only idiots grown up on Windows can like such a fucked up way of doing things instead of the old, granular, elegant many-small-tools model.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.

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