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Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 159

by Tassach (#45292847) Attached to: Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

At least where I live (Israel), most (but not all) criminal charges require a "criminal intent" component. You cannot be charged with murder if you did not intend anyone killed (but can be charged with man slauter, as that one doesn't require criminal intent).

US law used to recognize Mens Rae (guilty mind) as a necessary component for a criminal conviction. However, the War On Drugs has given rise to the predominance of strict liability in criminal law (whereas it was formerly confined primarily to civil law).

Comment: Re:that's not even wrong... (Score 1) 250

by Tassach (#45229595) Attached to: How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

The whole point of the Thompson hack is that it would survive a source code audit. If you compiled the clean source for the compiler with a dirty compiler, it would insert the backdoor into the new executable, making it self-replicating in an virtually undetectable fashion. The code you compiled yourself would be byte-for-byte identical with the bootstrap compiler.

Comment: Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (Score 1) 488

by Tassach (#45216583) Attached to: Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

Quoting the proposed version of legislature is meaningless. The bits you quote as "proof" for your anti-gun stance were stricken from those laws before they were adopted. Quoting the losing side of a 200-year-old debate to prove your point is disingenuous at best.

Comment: Re: That's how I say SQL (Score 1) 234

by Tassach (#45173215) Attached to: New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

While sequel is an acceptable, if unnecessary, pronunciation of SQL, I have found it rare except in the specific case of users of Microsoft SQL server, where it seems to be the rule rather than the exception

I worked as a DBA for over a decade and never once met a DBA who pronounced it as anything but "sequel".

Comment: Re:Can't open source it? (Score 4, Insightful) 285

by Tassach (#45147791) Attached to: Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against <em>WoW</em> Bot Company

So fix the (broken) gameplay mechanic that allows bot users to have an advantage.

Having to 'grind' at mindless / meaningless tasks in game in order to play the interesting parts of the game is just bad game design - it disrespects the player's time and money. It's a transparent attempt to increase subscriber revenue. Get rid of the grind and you eliminate the incentive to use a bot in the first place.

Comment: Re:Impossible circumstances (Score 1) 501

by Tassach (#45126747) Attached to: Lessons From the Fiasco

Hell, can you just imagine the nightmare it must have been to get all the insurance companies to provide all their data/plans in a standardized format so they could be integrated to the store front?

That's where being the Government has the advantage: you just mandate that the data be supplied in such-and-such a format, and fine companies for non-compliance. I've been on both sides of that equation, and (from an engineer's perspective) it actually works pretty well.

In the end, though not unexpectedly, they ran out of time and testing was shat upon

That, and it was designed and managed by committee. Worse, you had people on the committee who wanted it to fail.

Comment: Re:* If your state didn't set up their own. (Score 4, Insightful) 501

by Tassach (#45126577) Attached to: Lessons From the Fiasco

You have to remember that, prior to Nixon's Southern Strategy, southern Democrats (AKA Dixiecrats) were the Tea Party of their day: racist, xenophobic, religious fundamentalists bent on socially regressive and theocratic policies.

The south remained solidly Democratic from 1865 to 1965, a legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The only thing that got them to switch sides was because the butthurt of a Yankee Catholic giving civil rights to the n*****s was greater than the butthurt of a Republican giving them freedom in the first place.

Most people tend to forget that, from Lincoln to Teddy Roosevelt, the Republicans were the progressive party, and the Democrats were the Conservatives. It wasn't until after the Taft-Roosevelt split at the 1912 Republican National Convention in that the GOP started becoming the party of big business and fiscal conservatism. The progressives eventually migrated to the Democratic party, but this just exacerbated the existing split between the northern Democrats and the Dixiecrat faction. For much of it's history the Democratic party was as dysfunctional and fractious as the GOP is today - unsurprising, considering that the Tea Party, the Dixiecrats, and the Civil War era Know Nothings are basically different manifestations of the same ideology and encompass the same demographic.

Comment: Jumping to conclusions (Score 1) 621

by Tassach (#44972641) Attached to: GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

So, if the parent had a child with them when they purchased the game, it must have been FOR the child. I guess if you buy beer at the supermarket with the kid in tow, it's for them too.

We have a lot of PS3 games that our kids are not allowed to play (and that the adults aren't allowed to play until after the kids go to bed).

Like the contents of the liquor cabinet and the gun safe, they know it's there, and that they're not allowed to use it (and, more importantly, WHY). Every household with children contains things that are not for children. A big part of parenting is teaching your kids to recognize and avoid the things that can hurt them (without turning them into the forbidden fruit).

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.