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Comment: Re:Situation is a Shambles (Score 4, Funny) 239

by The Snowman (#46710251) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

I agree 100%, since there have never been bugs in languages like Java.

Also, managed languages like Java and .NET are written in other managed languages running bytecode, making them extra secure. At no time do any of these languages use libraries or environments written in lower level languages such as C++, C, or assembler. So to the GP's credit, programmers who know those languages are okay to die off since we do not need them anyway.

Comment: Re:RMS mentions a comparable situation (Score 1) 266

by The Snowman (#46610419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

You would think accesibility features would be a priority within the community or some segment of it.

I would think whoever checked in the change that broke the software should have known when the automated test cases failed, and that person should be held responsible. At my last job, the person that broke an automated test and could not prove the tests ran successfully locally (i.e. build server might be different than a development machine in some way that breaks a test, should not happen but it does sometimes) was obligated to bring donuts the next day.

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by The Snowman (#46521683) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

I've been coding in Java for over a dozen years now and I can say without equivocation you're either a liar who's never actually worked with it or you're a fucking troll. Write once, run anywhere is is 100% real and is so common that it's a joke.

I agree, with some minor caveats. Using public APIs, avoiding deprecated sections, is generally very safe. Using anything in the sun.* packages as well as undocumented behavior is no-man's land. I worked on a project that actively exploited bugs in Swing in Java 5, and broke on Java 6. Recoding the sections that took advantage of "undocumented features" restored it to correct functionality regardless of the JRE version. Again, using documented, supported parts of the JFC is key. Not actively trying to do things that ought not to be done is important.

For example, building filesystem paths where the path separator is hard-coded.

The I/O library in Java automatically corrects this. You can even mix "/" and "\" in the same path and it will work.

Comment: Re:Finishing the demo (Score 1) 144

by The Snowman (#46372171) Attached to: Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

Dammit. Now I'm going to have to find, dust off, and install my Doom collection CD.

Be sure to install a modern source port such as ZDoom (software rendering) or GZDoom (OpenGL). Doom is still fun and playable in 1080p with all the old bugs fixed. Some of the custom levels are phenomenal too.

Comment: Re:BMI (Score 1) 225

The BMI ranges are more-or-less supposed to be the same for men and women

Breasts are mostly fat tissue, the rest is not muscle. Women have fat tissue in the hips that is healthy weight compared to men. Other than that, we are equal. BMI is NOT supposed to be the same between genders. We may be equal in many areas including software engineering and whatever else the government calls "illegal discrimination," but "child gestation," "child birth," and "breastfeeding" area areas in which we are most definitely NOT equal and in which extra fat gives females a distinct advantage comparing female to male BMI. Remember, we have different roles in reproduction and evolution.

When I was active duty U.S. Air Force, they gave females an extra 4% body fat in any given age group to account for that. Seemed to be fair and accurate given the women in my age group at the time.

Comment: Re:lol Bush.Lincoln, Roosevelt. Obama unilaterally (Score 1) 383

by The Snowman (#46096261) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

Congress authorized military action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe you weren't paying attention.

Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:

The Congress shall have Power... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

Congress did not declare war. They authorized military action, but lacked the balls to declare war. This is a very important distinction per the GP post:

Bush started at least two major wars with no declaration of war.

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 1) 289

by The Snowman (#46064699) Attached to: Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

Obviously a lot of people want to learn how to breakdance. That's what Surface tablets are for, right? I watch a lot of tv commercials

I remember those stupid break dancing Surface commercials. My wife asked me "what the fuck is Microsoft selling?" She is smart and understands technology, even if she is not a nerd like me. Anyway, I had to say that I am not entirely sure. It is something that combines the worst features of a tablet and a laptop, and is marketed in a way that Freddie Mercury would call "too gay."

I have to admit that the Android commercials are dumb too, but not that dumb. At least they are halfway interesting. But what Microsoft (and Google to a lesser extent) did not understand is that say what you will about Apple, they understand marketing. Make the product simple, and advertise how easy it is to do stuff that people want to do. Microsoft should have been showing their Surface with the disembodied hand using Word, Excel, etc. and getting shit done that office folk care about. C-levels everywhere would have had instant boners, and millions of dollars in revenue would have ensued.

Instead, we are left wondering "what does break dancing have to do with computing?" and "what does 'scroogled' mean?" Microsoft just do not get marketing. They are too used to cramming shitty products down our throats because they can, that once we do not need them anymore, they are lost and cannot compete on merit alone.

Comment: Re:Dont do anyone any favors (Score 1) 644

by The Snowman (#46064639) Attached to: Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Unfortunately decades of trying to get deadbeats to pay up means that the laws are very strict, and you are correct that everyone involved was stupid for thinking they could just throw together their own contract without bothering to check their state's laws on the subject.

The one thing that is very important to remember is there is a party here that the biological parents are NOT representing, but the state is: the child. The reason why the laws are strict as they are is that this is not about a husband/wife or mother/father contract, it is about what is best for the child. The lesbians and the father are being selfish and not doing what is best for the child. THAT is why the state is involved.

Source: I pay over $850 per month in child support and have been involved in multiple legal proceedings involving said parenting rights and child support.

Comment: Re:No matter it's Soylent or Soylent Green ... (Score 1) 543

by The Snowman (#46052573) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

This guy is selling his Soylent brand ***FOOD*** to 20,000 people to the tune of $ 2 Million, isn't it time FDA takes some samples and have them tested for safety ?

It is produced in an FDA-approved processing facility using FDA-approved ingredients and processes. The product itself does not need to be tested any more than any other random food product needs to be. If you read his web site you would know this.

FDA is more concerned with perishable foods such as raw meat, vegetables, and processes. Since the facility and its machines are already approved, Soylent gets a basic glance over its ingredients and processes and the final product is not tested. You would actually be surprised how much food is not tested. For example, General Mills has its ingredients and facilities inspected and approved, but the FDA is not in the business of eating random cereals to make sure they are safe.

Comment: Re:Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist (Score 4, Insightful) 612

by The Snowman (#45761859) Attached to: Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

Unless there are roaming gangs of white nerdy kids beating up anyone with the wrong color that I haven't heard of.

Wrong race. In my experience, whites are one of several minorities in Computer Science. Both in my B.S. and M.S., more than half of my classmates were Hindu males.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan