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Comment: Re:What's happened to Slashdot? (Score 1) 135

by ari_j (#48042679) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

The number of comments just proves that number of people who read about this in mainstream media several days ago when it was trending on Facebook but who had to wait for Slashdot to catch up to the trend before they could say anything about it that someone else might read.

The fact that it is trending on Facebook this week proves something else, which is that most people think the Aral Sea is a big circle as shown on most world maps and globes and had no idea that the Soviets had diverted its main sources, leading to its shrinkage, about 50 years ago. I admit that I suffered the same ignorance, although I learned about this a few years ago before it was cool and I suspect that I am not the only one whose sole surprise from this story is that it is so popular to talk about this week all the sudden.

The use of the term "inland lake" in the summary proves that no nerds were even involved in getting this article onto Slashdot's front page. A real nerd would not distinguish between inland lakes and all of those lakes in the middle of the ocean.

Comment: Re:Sleeper cars (Score 1) 235

by soft_guy (#48041137) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
Another good way to get ticketed is to drive a car with identifiers that you are from a different part of the country. After moving to Washington State, my ex-wife got pulled over and ticketed twice for bullshit because she had dealer logos on her car from where she bought it in Houston, Texas. Both times she was asked when she was returning to Houston and how long it had been since she had been to Houston. The car itself had Washington plates.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 793

by Savage-Rabbit (#48034657) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Is this because he hasn't a clue about science or because he is catering to a particular political base?


Mostly though because so many conservatives have a "we have always done it that way" attitude. Many of them don't have a clue that imperial measures are very different from US customary ones (we have 20 fluid ounces to a pint, and the US has 16). Many also don't know their pecks from their bushels, or their furlongs from their rod, poll, or perch, but think the system must be good "because its traditional".

Colloquially known as the: Nothing-should-ever-change brigade


Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X 163

Posted by timothy
from the that's-mac-os-x-to-you-buddy dept.
jones_supa (887896) writes Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later.

Comment: Re:It's true (Score 1) 266

by Savage-Rabbit (#48022967) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

It's a fringe brand in that Ferrari is a fringe brand. I don't think most people wouldn't want one but I don't know a soul who has one. Very few have seen them. They aren't exactly a larger brand. IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off. Right now it is in the fringe but I don't think it will stay there. That's exactly what the guy in the article said. He didn't say Tesla was a bad idea or that it won't take off, he said it's not there yet but this next model could very well take it there.

It will be exciting to see where we go from here.

Ford was a 'fringe' brand too. Then the Ford Model-T hit the market and the Ford brand took off. Every car company, hell every company period, that manufactures something you can put a brand logo on starts off as a 'fringe' brand. Ferrari is more of a niche brand, for most of their history they have been a small volume manufacturer that caters to the super rich elite, they remained a niche brand when they created watered down versions of their super sports cars to appeal to the less illustrious segment of society that is merely extremely well off and they remained a niche brand when they tried to create cars like the Fiat 'Dino' to sell to the wealthier segment of the unwashed masses. Tesla, on the other hand has the technology and the potential to repeat some of what Ford achieved in it's first years. That is to say if the people running Tesla Motors can overcome their current fascination with the $40.000+ luxury car market and use that technology to produce a 21st century Model T that beats the crap out of the competition on price and in the miles per kolowatt department. I'm not holding my breath though. Theree are some very decent and affordable electric cars that are already being shipped by European and Asian manufacturers while Tesla claims they won't have one in the sub $40.000 range before 2017 at the earliest.

Comment: Re:Issue with FSF statement... (Score 2) 208

by Savage-Rabbit (#48009929) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

The difference between Savage Rabbits post and the FSFs statement is that the above post isn't a blanket one.

What is the FSF complaining about anyway? That Apple is hesitating to adopt their GPLv3 licensed version? Then Apple is a member of a large crowd that apparently includes Linus Torvalds who also has reservations about using GPLv3. Meanwhile Apple's version of BASH is freely downloadable and user modifiable which AFAIK is what the FSF wants. While it is certainly true that Apple should have quickly pushed a patch for this problem the FSF made a blanket statement that just isn't true.

Comment: Re:Issue with FSF statement... (Score 1) 208

by Savage-Rabbit (#48008901) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Ahem. Apple is legally compelled to issue source code for whatever version of bash they use. It's called the GPL. For the rest of their core operating system (but not the proprietary GUI), yes, Apple voluntarily has released source code. It's mostly derived from BSD licensed stuff, and nothing compelled them to do so.

It is entirely possible to run bash on Windows, too. I'll let you figure out how. And the provider of that bash is compelled to make their source code available too.

Wooosh! The OP made the rather sweeping claim that:

Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download, inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other proprietary software.

Which covers a bit more than just BASH, he made the mistake of claiming that OS X is entirely closed source which it demonstrably is not. You can patch a bug in the VPN daemon in OS X yourself, now try doing that with the corresponding Windows component. You can do the same with a bug in the version of BASH used by OS X, fix the bug, patch the code, compile it and install it on your OS X box. Now care to try and patch a bug like this in the native Windows shell? I'll let you figure out why you can't do that unless you work for Microsoft.

Comment: Re: Issue with FSF statement... (Score 1) 208

by Savage-Rabbit (#48008711) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

It's true, Apple releases the full source code to the UNIX underlying MacOS X, including all the user land command line utilities and the OS kernel. You can rebuild them all.

So what is this article about?? Things are working exactly like FSF intended. Apple users can download the source to bash, patch it, and install it on their own machines. If people wait for the vendor to patch, what's the difference between it and closed source?

I actually patched the source code of that OS X VPN daemon with a patch I got from the bug tracking system of a Linux distribution. The whole process took an hour and by far the most of that was spent figuring out how to compile the damn thing.

Comment: Re:Issue with FSF statement... (Score 4, Informative) 208

by Savage-Rabbit (#48008591) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download, inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other proprietary software.

This comes across as scaremongering, as its a blanket statement professing the openness of bash compared specifically to Microsoft and Apple, while both those companies have huge collections of open source projects where I can do just what they are trumpeting with Bash and the GPL.

Its a perfect example of why blanket statements should be studied very carefully before being used, as it can just distort your perceived stance when people call you on the flaws of your statement.

Apple open sources large portions of their OS X operating system including, it seems, the version of BASH they include with it. Using that website I was able to download the source code for their VPN daemon (same one used on Linux), patch it, compile it and install it in on my mother's MacBook to allow her to connect to a Microsoft VPN server that was sending malformed greeting strings. With Aqua you are unfortunately out of luck since it is closed source. With Windows you are not just out of luck ayoure _shit_ out of luck since the whole thing is closed source, unless you are a major foreign government. They get the rare privilege of doing their own code reviews.

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 2) 314

Are you serious? Objective C is crap. It may have been hot stuff 25 years ago, but it's older than Java, and that shows. Swift is the future for Mac OSX/iOS development. Don't waste your time learning what was state of the art in 1988 (ie Objective C).

Objective C no worse than C, C++, Java, C# .... in fact I prefer Objective C to C++ in many ways and I definitely prefer all of these languages to Java.

Your code should be more efficient!