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Comment: Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (Score 1) 127

by antientropic (#47163157) Attached to: GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

How is that a problem? Pass the size in a separate variable.

You've just answered your own question. It's a problem because it requires programmers to concern themselves with low-level tedious details that the compiler could handle for them - details that they are in fact likely to get wrong. (E.g., you have to pass the correct size value, you have to remember to check it everywhere, and so on.)

Decades of buffer overflows should be sufficient evidence that this is not a good approach. Unfortunately, many programmers stubbornly refuse to see the obvious.

Comment: Re:Where? (Score 1) 88

by antientropic (#46245765) Attached to: EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden

Which of the thousand examples do you want?

The UK did not want to give the vote to prisoners. They voted against it through to the EU courts.

The prisoner voting thing was a decision by the European Court of Human Rights, which is not an EU institution. If you want to criticize the EU, please inform yourself a bit better first.

Regarding immigration: yes, you have to let those foreigners in because that's what your government agreed to after a democratic process. In fact, the UK has traditionally been one of the biggest supporters of freedom of movement...

Comment: Re:I have driven in the netherlands (Score 1) 322

by antientropic (#44648887) Attached to: Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

I have in fact driven in the netherlands. You may think it's not that laid back - you have plainly not driven in the U.S. or anywhere with aggressive traffic for that matter.

I have driven in several states in the US and haven't noticed traffic being more "aggressive" than in the Netherlands. But that's of course anecdotal.

Not that I saw, apart from some speed cameras. It's that more people follow the rules as they are.

You're wrong. There were 9.6 million traffic citations in the Netherlands last year, on 10 million people with a driver's license. That appears to be a lot more (per capita) than in the US. The book "Traffic" by Tom Vanderbilt suggests that the much higher enforcement level may be the reason that the number of traffic fatalities is much less in the Netherlands than in Belgium (3.9 vs 8.1 per 100,000 according to the map).

Comment: Re:Good ... (Score 1) 1073

by antientropic (#44124809) Attached to: Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

That God doesn't give a shit about my right to file a joint tax return has no bearing on the fact that the United States government doesn't grant rights to the citizenry. That's an inherently un-American way of looking at rights

"Natural rights" may be the American way of looking at rights, but it's also a completely meaningless notion. Rights do not grow on trees. They're not laws of physics or mathematics. (If they were, they couldn't be violated.) Instead rights are a legal notion, and every society and individual has different views on what rights should be recognized.

For instance, you can certainly feel that gays should have the right to marry (as I do), but to say that the right to gay marriage has existed since the dawn of time but just wasn't recognized by the government is meaningless and pointless. You can certainly feel that certain rights should be universal, but there is no sense in pretending that they are.

And if "natural rights" really exist, what are they? Is my "right" not to pay taxes a natural right? Clearly there are people who feel that way. How do you decide in an objective way?

Comment: Re:Major Supplier does not want home based servers (Score 1) 165

Amazing how you manage to spin two giant downsides of NAT as advantages. #1 is especially bad: no end-to-end connectivity means whole classes of applications (like peer-to-peer systems) are only possible with awful hacks (if you are lucky). #2 is really a non-issue. Things like SLAAC and DNS were invented for a reason.

Comment: Re:The NYSE shouldn't reverse trades. (Score 1) 223

by antientropic (#40996505) Attached to: Knight Trading Losses Attributed To Old, Dormant Software

It should have AAA, rating is based on the likelyhood of default. US can print money to repay debt, that means there's no chance of default.

If that were true, then every country with its own currency would have a AAA rating. They don't.

The notion that countries with their own currency can't default seems to be a strange meme that has emerged from the Eurozone crisis. In fact, countries with their own currency have defaulted all the time in history (including Greece before the Euro). This is because printing money to repay your debt is likely to lead to inflation, which will in turn cause lenders to demand a higher interest rate, requiring you to print even more money, and so on. This will ruin your economy so defaulting may be the better solution. Also, if investors distrust your currency because of inflation, you may be forced to start borrowing in a foreign currency, which you can't just print.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 3, Informative) 225

by antientropic (#40602867) Attached to: Bye ACTA, Hello CETA

I agree it's rather scandalous they once more try to force such unwanted legislation but have good hopes the various national governments will instruct their commissioner to either take out the sting or stop the whole process, otherwise the EU parliament will bury it as happened with ACTA.

National governments are not supposed to "instruct" their commissioner since the commissioners (in theory) do not represent member states but the interests of the EU as a whole. They even take an oath of office to that effect ("neither to seek nor to take instructions from any Government or from any other institution, body, office or entity").

Comment: Re:What happened to austerity measures? (Score 1) 86

by antientropic (#40058391) Attached to: 'First Base' In Greek Courts For ISP-Level Blocking

Actually those representatives can't do much : they don't have legislative iniative ( they can't create laws ) , they can only reject, amend or propose legislation

Which means they can do a lot - if the EP doesn't like it, it doesn't become law. Having the right to initiative would be great, but lack of it doesn't make the EP powerless (especially since they can (try to) amend proposals in the co-decision procedure).

Only the European Commission can do that, and the members of this commission are not elected by the people, but proposed by the European Commision , and elected by the European Parliament.

Simply put : if you don't like the laws the EU is making , you can't punish the lawmakers for it, because you can't elect them.

If national governments or the EP don't like what the Commision is doing, they can refrain from giving them a second term. Also, the EP can dismiss the Commission (and has done so in the past).

Also, while the European Parliament can block laws being passed by the European Commission , how like are they going to do that, knowing that they lose all chance of ever being proposed to join the European Commission.

What a strange thing to say. Do you have any example of this? It's not even plausible - Commissioners are nominated by national governments, so if an MEP makes himself popular at home by blocking some legislation, why wouldn't they nominate him?

Comment: Re:What happened to austerity measures? (Score 1) 86

by antientropic (#40058273) Attached to: 'First Base' In Greek Courts For ISP-Level Blocking

Why is it undemocratic? The Council of the European Union has a democratic mandate because they're representatives of democratically elected governments (and can be sent home by voters if they don't approve), and more importantly, directives have to be approved by the European Parliament, who are elected directly. (Obligatory link)

Comment: Re:Naysayers say nay (Score 3, Interesting) 152

by antientropic (#38122940) Attached to: Swedish Pirate Party Member To Be EU's Youngest MP

You mean the one in which the European Commission just turfed out the democratically elected Prime Minister and replaced him with a Goldman Sachs stooge? That Italian government? Following quick on the heals of rolling the leader of the Greek government (for the high crime of proposing to put the people's future to a vote by, you know, the people) and replacing him with another European central banker?

You're seriously misinformed or just trolling. The European Commission did no such thing - in fact, they have been relatively absent in the entire debt crisis. You could argue that Merkozy got rid of Papandreou and Berlusconi, but that's rather dubious as well: Papandreou did himself in by calling for a referendum (a stupid unilateral move that was rightly met with condemnation from the other EU states; should you organise a referendum when your house is on fire?) and then reversing course a few days later, while Berlusconi (finally!) lost his majority in parliament. Governments fall all the time - I don't see what's undemocratic here.

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