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Comment Re:You are not qualified to debug your own code (Score 4, Informative) 245

The full quote is

“Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.”
- Brian Kernighan

I used to use this as my signature a few years back to try and make devs think about what they are writing. It is nearly always better to make the code simple and readable than to try and produce the best possible code. No it isn't as fun, but it is a damn side better for those that have to try and decipher your clever coding tricks later.

Comment Re:Nice. (Score 1) 231

You are mistaking healthy caution and understanding of dangers for fear. plenty of people have idiotic fears where they change and live there lives around those fears. I also don't poke king brown snakes and funnel web spiders in my garden when I find them there (some times do), I am not afraid of them, I just know I don't have the skill to deal with them personally if they decide to become grumpy.

As for they don't attack, that is bullshit, they have and do attack and many have been caught with failed plots to attack even in my country, I am not afraid of them as I don't think I have any reason to be, I live in a country that is relatively low priority on most anyones hitlist and even within that country I live somewhere that would be one of the last places to be targeted by anyone but that doesn't mean I go out of my way to make myself a target.

Comment Re:Nice. (Score 1) 231

There are organisations that individuals simply aren't equipped to deal with. ISIS, Al Qaeda, The Mexican Drug cartels, various other crime families and some gangs. You can speak out against most of them without repercussion most of the time. But if you are a dumb enough to act out alone against any of them then you either need to hope to be very lucky or should they so choose to make a point they will swat you like a fly without a second thought, the likelihood of the swatting only increases with how much publicity they will get from using you as an example.

Comment Re:Nice. (Score 4, Insightful) 231

So you think somehow the gangs of LA are going to magically protect you from someone driving a garbage truck full of explosives into your neighbourhood or from a stranger walking up to you hacking at your head with a machete? man you must walk around with a 1 kilometer perimeter where the only people you ever see are LA Gang members.

If someone wants to kill you bad enough then they CAN, embarrassing organisations like ISIS is a good way to not only get yourself killed but others around you. ISIS are a bunch of sadistic pricks with seriously warped moral compasses and they have a bunch of blind followers who will happily sacrifice their lives just to make a point that you can't fuck with them should they choose to do so, or are you really so niave that you think ISIS members don't exist in just about every country of the world?

Comment Re:Light on details (Score 2) 484

She is a huge google SHILL, I don't generally like accusing anyone of shilling as it is massively overused, especially on this forum. But FFS look at her blog history and work history, she constantly blogs defending googles evil practises while condemning the same from anyone else. Of course she trusts google, they are a constant source of income for her.

Comment Re:really bad title (Score 1) 80

most places that require airgap's also have strict rules around what is allowed through the door let alone near a computer. e.g. one of the places I work at you must check ALL electronic devices into a locker before even getting past the front desk. USB ports on terminals are disabled and they don't have optical drives, all data enters and leaves through a controlled point. The USB in the parking lot trick is really only effective in lower security areas, not places with air gaps, air gaps have a lot higher vigilance (not perfect) and the USB in the parking lot is a well known trick that is in standard training for any place that cares the least bit about security let alone a place going to the extent of air gapping. It is interesting from a technical standpoint, but completely implausible.

Comment really bad title (Score 4, Insightful) 80

NO, the air gap computer wasn't hacked. If you require them to install malware on it then it wasn't actually hacked, the air gapping is to prevent any malware from getting in. This is like a heap of other sensational articles from security researchers that claim how weak somethings security is as long as they had physical access or admin access, yeah no shit Sherlock, if you can install software on a computer you can do all sorts of nifty shit.

Comment Re:When killer robots are outlawed (Score 1) 311

b) While drones might allow for lower collateral damage (because the drone won't be afraid of death), a drone also will not object to illegal or immoral orders.

Neither do most humans. soldiers are generally drilled by most countries to obey orders and respect the chain of command, it goes against everything they are taught to make moral judgements of orders.

Comment Re:Can I sue? (Score 1) 365

I mean, can I sue a site for forcing me to use an easy password, which then gets hacked?

Can they sue you if you expose your account details? something like 1 in 3 machines have some sort of malware on them (yet if you ask people nearly everyone will say there machine is clean, 1 in 3 of them are wrong), I can't really blame any site for being unwilling to let any additional software apart from your browser interact with credential fields on their site if the site holds anything of value.

Comment Re:Pff. (Score 1) 75

oops, replied to wrong post originally. this belongs here

It's hothardware, what do you expect. plenty of quality hardware sites out there to get decent reviews if your interested. As it is hothardware you can guarantee that they are at least a month behind the more reputable sites.

Comment Re:How about this... (Score 1) 184

surely there must be a 3rd option? being screwed by H.265 patents or getting a subpar VP9 codec controlled by google that is less efficient and MUCH slower to encode with seems to be asking which would you like to be stabbed with the rusted razor blade or the filleting knife. Either way you lose.

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