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Comment: Re:Government agit-prop (Score 2) 129

by grcumb (#48936171) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

Meh, just go back in time and get Cambridge to accept "at nauseum" as the approved version.

That's how nerds will win the internet in the future. :)

What makes you think we haven't already done that with ad neaseam?

Sincerely,
Bruce Hecklesby
Chairman,
International Time Travelers for Proper Latin Spelling

Comment: Congratulations Boeing (Score -1) 232

by amightywind (#48935777) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One
Congratulations to Boeing for being America's aircraft builder. The President has never flown on a foreign built aircraft, and Lord hope, he never will! However, the new 777X would have been a more future proof technology choice. Don't believe the crap about the power generation. The engines and APU's could easily be upgraded.

Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 416

by HBI (#48926863) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Rummy has been demonized, and there's no question but that he's a dick and steamrolls people, but he's always been a pragmatist and relatively non-ideological. He always gets conflated with neocons, but he is not one of them.

I don't think he'd argue all that much with your characterization.

Comment: Re:Think you're immune from attacks? (Score 5, Funny) 209

by grcumb (#48918067) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Don't be so glib, see?

I'll be here all night folks. Tip your servers. Make sure they're bolted in, though.

Don't blow your stack if nobody applauds. It's just that we're overflowing with bad puns, and the funny bits get flipped around, and in the end all we see is some stupid zero on the stage who's only in it for the cache anyway.

Comment: Re:Heartbleed (Score 2, Insightful) 209

by grcumb (#48918007) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Will you please actually read the quote rather than quoting an inorrect interpretation. The quote is:

"given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"

It means that once a bug is found, it is shallow, i.e. quick and easy to solve for someone. It doesn't and never did mean that all bugs will be found.

Actually, it's unfortunate, but I think he did mean that:

Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone.

That's his longer version of the same slogan - literally the next sentence in the essay.

It's possible to read that as meaning that every problem —once it's been found— will be fixed quickly and relatively easily, but Occam's razor says that we should understand discovery of the problem to be implicit in this statement.

But... you are right to say that FOSS is far better at fixing known bugs than proprietary software. By the late '90s, I was so sick of having my professional reputation as a systems software developer tarnished by bugs, poor quality and stupid release cycles that I stopped supporting Windows entirely. Dropped the entire proprietary ecosystem and moved to Linux and FOSS. I can't say it's been perfect, but I've slept way better since then.

Comment: Re:No fun (Score 1) 462

by HBI (#48911997) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Economics is already taking hold. The discount is already built in (ever seen what most games go for on Steam?) and most importantly, the boxes aren't moving off the shelves for most titles. All the MBAs trying to extract every iota of marginal demand by these tactics are instead driving stakes into the heart of their business.

That said, a new generation in school today is learning the same idiocy by rote.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 390

What criteria are you using to distinguish a nonconstitutional state from a constitutional one?

Example: In 2006, the Fijian military seized power from the elected Parliament. Some time afterward, on instruction from the military dictator, the President abrogated the constitution. During the entire tenure of the military regime, they did not issue a single law. They lacked the constitutional authority to do so. Instead, they issued a number of decrees, because that's what they were: Follow this instruction or get a visit from some very burly men with guns.

During the time between the abrogation of the old constitution and the promulgation of the new one (a period of several years), Fiji was a non-constitutional republic.

Comment: Re:Encryption? (Score 5, Insightful) 194

by grcumb (#48902571) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

If I worked for Wikileaks, I think I'd be encrypting everything especially if it involved using a Google server.

Or better yet...don't use an email provider with any US presence.

Uh... that only means they don't bother with a warrant. They just go and get whatever they like.

Perversely, you're actually better off dealing with these ridiculous, draconian, panopticonian laws, because at least in theory you have some kind of recourse - even if it consists of fighting retroactively to reduce the J. Edgar Hoovering up of your personal data. If you use an offshore email provider, the NSA will just grab whatever it wants, whenever it wants, without even the tiniest fig leaf of law to cover up strategic bits.

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