There's generally more than 1 cook in the kitchen, especially when you consider the direct and indirect use of third-party code. Besides, "good programmers" is not the same as "perfect programmers." They are people, and they naturally prone to honest mistakes and oversights like ourselves and everyone else. I also can't imagine anything applications you have in mind (given your descriptions of browsers, word processors, pdf readers, etc...) is limited to anything even close to a single developer.
Additionally, there is error with everything that is made. Even something coming off a factory line isn't the same every time, and has room for error/failure. The failure rate is a large part what determines whether something is designed & manufactured well, not the fact that any failure is inevitable. Even so, the quality of product support in the event that failure does occur is equally as important as initial prevention measures.
Now when it comes to source code specifically, "safe" is relative to a number of things. Whether or not code is safe from being exploited to compromise a system is one thing, but there is also security of the information in which the application deals with, security of the intellectual property (hence why obfuscators are commonly used with managed languages), etc... Nothing is ever completely safe from every risk and hazard out there.
Last week, TechCrunch reported that Google would add number portability later this year to Google Voice, which would let users keep one of their existing phone numbers as their Google Voice number. For example, users could make their cell phone number their Google Voice number.
It means a bunch of drunk drivers will be on the streets free to run whoever they want over... Meanwhile, prosecution of drunk driving will go down, and more drunk drivers will be on the streets.
I respectfully disagree. First, Florida has a waiver form a driver suspected of being impaired beyond their normal faculties may sign denying the breathalyzer, blood, or urine tests. One might initially argue this would have the same effect. However, the consequence of not taking this test is having your license suspended for 1 year. So even if this somehow helps you manage to avoid the normal 2 weeks of county jail time, you have a difficult year ahead of you.
You also need to consider that if you go to court and have a trial for a DUI charge, you're at the mercy of the jury. Reasonable doubt is a high standard, but that isn't synonymous with any doubt (especially hypothetical). I'm optimistic that if you really were impaired beyond your normal faculties and you took a field sobriety and had it recorded on a in-dash camera, there's a good chance a jury would find you guilty. Frankly, as long as police follow protocol and have someone present capturing the sobriety test on camera, proving a breathalyzer's accuracy is not necessarily required to meet the burden of proof.
On the other hand, imagine if you were on the receiving end and were falsely accused of driving under the influence of a substance and impaired beyond your normal faculties. Wouldn't you want the state to be required to do everything possible to meet its burden of proof? False readings are possible (though I suspect not probable), and as for alternative explanations to apparent impairment (i.e. swerving erratically), this could include medical conditions such as untreated/undiagnosed (and unknowning) diabetics. Combine that coincidence with a false reading and you've got yourself a great reason to change your opinion. ^_^ Granted, I wouldn't expect this hypothetical to have any significant probability of happening, but still, it's a good "what if" to ask.
ranged from 18.51% on up to over 39.98%. (ran a test of Vista on the R50p... SuSE saved 57% over it... (and the R50p only saw an 18.8% savings running SuSE over XP!)
Ok, yeah, yeah, we all KNOW Linux is more efficient, but bean counters really don't know how much more... this report provides solid statistically valid data to support "common sense". And yes, this research was just about as exciting as watching paint dry... It was a nasty job, but one of us had to do it.
Linux Power Savings by Laptop
- Dell 610 #1 18.51%
- R50p 18.82%
- Dell 510 20.13%
- Dell 610 #2 21.98%
- HP N5350 6600 22.64%
- Toshiba S20-A207 26.87%
- HP N5350 3600 28.27%
- Sony PCG-9W31 30.06%
- IBM A31p 36.36%
- Fujitsu C-2240 38.66%
- HP N-600C 39.98%
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I'm hoping the Slashdot community would have input to offer on hardware configurations, distros, source control packages (something with robust Visual Studio plug-ins would be key; or, something I can write a robust plug-in for. I'd been thinking Subversion, but I don't seem to see a lot of VS2005 friendliness there.)"
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In February, India's largest car company Tata Motors announced to have such cars produced by 2008; serious competition for NASA's car of the future . The car needs 300 liters of 300 bar compressed air on board to drive 200 km at 110 kmh (68 mph). The cars are to be produced locally. According to De Standaard (article in dutch) Jan Peetermans of Wommelgem plans to produce small MDI-based citycars out of glued together polyester and aluminium parts in Belgium by the end of next year. The cheapest model is expected to be priced at 4.000 Euro."
"The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive gives Bush total dictatorial powers — he just has to declare a national emergency. When declared it gives him the power to control all Federal, State, Local, Territorial and tribal governments as well as private sector organizations. It would also stop elections from being held." The press release is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/2
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