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Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

This statement

the owners of this company cannot escape any culpability here, no matter what the final story

Is plainly unsupportable. The key part being no matter what the final story.

The owners may be to blame, they may not. It would depend on what the final story is, wouldn't you say?

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

i specifically said the hackers aren't innocent. do you see your prejudice at work in your statement when go from "deserve full" condemnation... because it "may have been" an inside job? your own words betray your uncertainty while you jump to full judgment

Sorry, I don't follow. They deserve full condemnation, whether or not it was an inside job. If it was an inside job, then I suppose in some sense they're not 'hackers', but nevertheless are clearly quite bad people. I don't see what you mean by 'prejudice' in the context of what I said.

Plus, if it was - say - a disgruntled employee, how on earth is it possible to hold the company to account for that? What if he or she hid his or her disgruntlement (quite possibly not a word) from their employer - how is an organisation supposed to operate if they become liable for every bad thing that any of their employees get up to? Which is why I cannot possibly agree with:

the owners of this company cannot escape any culpability here, no matter what the final story

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

hackers deserve full condemnation

The hackers do deserve full condemnation. Whether or not the Ashley Madison hacks were relatively easy to pull off, as in your analogy, or whether they were actually very difficult, is unknown at this point. There seems to be some indication that it may have been an inside job even.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Damn right - and let's throw other victims of criminal activity under the bus too, while we're at it.

Unless you have access to some information that I don't about how this hack was perpetrated, we have no idea whether or not it was lax data security, a disgruntled employee, social engineering of a credulous employee, hacking into data backups somewhere, etc etc etc.

The hackers are the ones at fault here. Let's not forget that. First they stole the data, then they attempted to blackmail the organisation into closing down, and then they released the data, punishing - it should be remembered - not the ashley madison site (which I'd never even heard of before, so they're certainly getting some free publicity out of this) but the (largely innocent probably, perhaps guilty only of fantasy and poor judgement) users of the site.

I find it as entertaining as the next guy to see a Christian Right Wing blogger have his dirty laundry aired in public, but remember that the criminals in this situation are the hackers, not the hacked.

Comment Re:On Its Way Out (Score 1) 220

In the iOS ecosystem, the only way to install an app is via the App Store

If you write a game in HTML5+javascript, which is what you have to do if you want to have games on the web in the way that Flash was (and still is) widely used, then you can have them on your system, and even on your home screen. Although you do have to be connected to the internet to play them.

Still, given that the above is true, how can you argue that apple disallowed flash on their system because of the app store? It simply doesn't make any sense.

Comment Re:No generics (Score 1) 221

I can look at a snippet of C code and figure out what it does, but any snippet of C++ code is likely gibberish without looking at numerous macros, class definitions, and documentation for subsets of the language I've never seen before.

Nonsense. You hate C++ because you don't know it, which is presumably because you've never taken the time to learn it. It's not that hard, and it's vastly superior to C. Best thing : you never have to use macros again.

Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 245

Well, yes, it would obviously be difficult to objectively test for a subjective property such as whether or not one's drawing is any good. Especially with art, since it's largely a matter of the amount of talent that a particular student has, rather than the teaching ability of their tutors. It's not something that should be tested. Are you seriously suggesting that it should be? In a standardised way. Such that the results are used to grade the school and/or the teachers?

Here's my drawing. Eyes in the middle of the face. Check. Do I pass?
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