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Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 2) 207

by Tom (#46818471) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Whatever you say, cowboy. The simple fact is that the USA has about 10k gun-related deaths per year, while almost every other industrialised country has less than 100.

That is a two orders of magnitude difference. So yeah, maybe your rates are at the lowest right now, but that's like saying it's especially warm in Antarctica today. It doesn't change basic facts, such as that warm clothes would still be a pretty decent idea.

Comment: Re:First they get rid of shop (Score 1) 250

by Tom (#46806303) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

I've worked with lawyers quite a bit during my career, both as in against them and as in I hired them. As human beings, they aren't better or worse than any other profession - you have assholes, you have great people, and a lot inbetween.

Sorry to hear you only got the assholes.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 207

by Tom (#46806273) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

And if we're talking about 21st century oppressive regimes, I'd go so far to say that any weapon that doesn't penetrate an APC or at least kevlar armour is pretty much pointless.

Never forget that the 2nd amendment was written in a time when tanks were a crazy idea that an italien painter had drafted a few schematics of.

Comment: Re:fucked up (Score 1) 241

by Tom (#46805667) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Because that's not the only law on the book, and because just because it's written down doesn't mean its right.

There is no reason why the legal privileges that come from incorporation cannot be balanced with a set of legal responsibilities.

Which is exactly my point, yes.

Nor do I understand why people who incessantly complain about corporations don't work on reforming corporate law.

Because it's too late to do that the simple way. Corporations and the 0.1% who own them can easily outspend any and all groups of private citizens now that all limits are lifted.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 2) 207

by Tom (#46803691) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

So if I'm the bad guy with the gun I just need to wait until my panicked, untrained victim with his low-precision gun has wasted its two bullets somewhere into the landscape and then put a bullet into his head?

The WW2 Liberator pistols were mostly designed to create fear. Germans at checkpoints could no longer largely assume the citizens were unarmed. It works in a war setting because you're already beyond the point where you are accepting friendly casualties as part of the plan.

In a peace setting, more guns == more gun deaths. Not just due to accidents, but also because people on either side (both criminals and law enforcement) are much more likely to shoot in uncertain situations because they have to assume the other guy is armed. In most european countries, when you get robbed you are likely to lose your wallet and highly unlikely to lose your life. In countries with lots of guns, the robbers shoot more often because when the guy makes a sudden move, it could be him drawing a gun, not just panic.

Comment: Re:First they get rid of shop (Score 0) 250

by Tom (#46803673) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Lets burn the lawyers offices down.

That's bullshit. Lawyers are just dogs biting at whatever we (as society) tell them to bite at. It's the laws that need changing. If we hadn't allowed these ridiculous lawsuits in the first place, they wouldn't exist.

Case in point: In many countries in the world you can tell a stupid kid that its stupid without fear of a lawsuit. Or you can run science projects. And you don't have to print "contents could be hot after heating" on the package of microwave food and "don't use to dry pets" on the microwave itself.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46798505) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

True, most of my experience is with companies 10k, but you're just being arrogant calling that "really small". Almost all of those companies are part of a larger corporation, and you don't manage IT operating activities in multinational corporations on the corporate level. The corporate level decides if you go with SAP or Oracle, but not which patch level of Apache is used on the website of one of 20 subsidiaries.

At least that's the way it was in my last two companies (one a subsidiary of a 65k employee corporation, one part of a 30k employee corporation). If you know of any multinational corporations where the CTO of the top-level holding has to sign off on patch deployment, let me know.

We're talking operative emergency response here, not rollout of new corporate IT infrastructures. I hope you see the difference.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46797065) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

You're cute. I've done this shit for a living for a while. Yes, many companies' incidence response procedures are crap, but they shouldn't, and it is perfectly possible to get an emergency countermeasure deployed within 24 hours with all the t's crossed and i's dotted and perfect SOX compliance and whatever else you need. It's just something you need to think about before the emergency hits you.

Comment: Re:Not that good (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46797047) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Of course everything else is never equal.

But what are you trying to accomplish here? Argue that a project with 100 developers has more eyes on the code than one with 4? Moot point, no argument.

We don't get the luxury of having 50 identical software projects with different team sizes and a size control, so we have to go with the real world and "everything else being equal" is just a way of saying that you if you want to compare closed vs. open source, you need to compare comparable projects, not an open source project with a handful of people with a closed source project two orders of magnitude larger - or the other way around.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46794053) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

sysadmin, firewall admin - let's not pick nits here. The point is that there are mitigating measures, and if signing off on something that prevents your company secrets leaking out to the Internet without you even noticing takes more than 24 hours then your incident response procedures are retarded and you can hire me for a workshop to improve them dramatically.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46794047) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Yeah, there was absolutely nothing anyone could do. Oh wait, except for this brutally complex and technically challenging thing right from the official vulnerability announcement:

This issue can be addressed by recompiling OpenSSL with the -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS flag. Software that uses OpenSSL, such as Apache or Nginx would need to be restarted for the changes to take effect.

That was definitely not a feasabole option for anyone on the planet...

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]

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