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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 573

by Jack9 (#48628811) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

> Alternately, nobody I know had even heard of the movie before the hacks

In the US, it's was pretty hard to miss. From the media coverage over the last few months to the previews that have been in theaters since March. Not to mention that Seth Rogan has been talking about it since he started filming and James Franco since at least the last Planet of the Apes movie (where his character was barely included).


Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users 135

Posted by timothy
from the even-for-a-eula-that's-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes Trusteer Rapport, a software package whose installation is promoted by several major banks as an anti-fraud tool, has recently been acquired by IBM and has an updated EULA. Among other things, the new EULA includes this gem: "In addition, You authorize personnel of IBM, as Your Sponsoring Enterprise's data processor, to use the Program remotely to collect any files or other information from your computer that IBM security experts suspect may be related to malware or other malicious activity, or that may be associated with general Program malfunction." Welcome to the future...

Comment: Re:Science does not work like that (Score 1) 329

by Jack9 (#48565761) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

> Papers that are not addressing AGW and take no position on AGW are irrelevant, no matter how many ad hominem labels you spew and assumptions you make.

That statement is incorrect. Such papers are specifically relevant. Scientific papers that do not take a position are not excluded as a factual record that serves as credible evidence. Irrelevancy would be based on insufficient rigor or correlation.

Comment: Re:counter-example? (Score 1) 161

by Jack9 (#48537053) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

> Taking it further, the prototypal approach to OO that JS uses is, without question, superior to the classical approach

Please point to the study that demonstrates this. I would argue the opposite.
Runtime definition of types (modifications to a prototype has the same effect) has never been shown to be more productive than static typing, so I have to question assertions that it's obviously true.

> Python would be examples of popular languages that would clearly be worse than JS on the web

Java on a browser wouldn't be Java anymore than javascript is (they share some syntax!). Any modern scripting language is going to have to deal with a browser environment in similar ways, so we can just treat them the same. Why isn't a scripting language appropriate? Yes you would have to design a syntax for portability and make a browser vm, but so what? That's part of implementing a language in what we currently have as a browser client.

Comment: Re:It could be worse (Score 1) 247

by grub (#48527223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Simple fix: don't ever set your voicemail password.

I went over 10 years without enabling my dreaded voicemail, some people complained but I never budged. My current Director told me to set it up about six months ago. I did and used a random integer set from random.org as the password.

I can honestly say "I forgot my voicemail password" and let the thing fill up.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.