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cold fjord (826450) writes "ZDNet reports, "At OSCon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ... quietly announced that they're now offering a service for checking out your open-source code for security holes and bugs: the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP). ... Patrick Beyer, SWAMP's Project Manager at Morgridge Institute for Research, the project's prime contractor, explained, "With open source's popularity, more and more government branches are using open-source code. Some are grabbing code from here, there, and everywhere." Understandably, "there's more and more concern about the safety and quality of this code. We're the one place you can go to check into the code" ... funded by a $23.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), SWAMP is designed by researchers from the Morgridge Institute, the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each brings broad experience in software assurance, security, open source software development, national distributed facilities and identity management to the project. ... SWAMP opened its services to the community in February of 2014 offering five open-source static analysis tools that analyze source code for possible security defects without having to execute the program. ... In addition, SWAMP hosts almost 400 open source software packages to enable tool developers to add enhancements in both the precision and scope of their tools. On top of that the SWAMP provides developers with software packages from the National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST) Juliet Test Suite.""
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Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 662

by cold fjord (#47555091) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

When someone does something that can fuck up an ecosystem that literally millions of peoples livelihoods rest on and billions of dollars flows through, then ye not only is being abusive acceptable it is fucking required.

Actually no, it isn't. Professionalism is required. Abuse is unhelpful.

Its this special snowflake bullshit from people like you that makes others ~want~ to not only verbally but physically abuse every single one of you.

That is a defect in your/their character that could lead to serious problems. Growing up would be a good start, and maybe some counseling.

You might want to remember this: making a habit of engaging in "physically abuse" might leave you lying in the street some day. The world is full of way tougher people than you, many of whom won't look it, and some of whom are armed.

You and everyone else is just another human being, no more holy or sacrosanct than any other.

And no less.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 2) 490

Because they do things like this:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/... [ohchr.org]

That isn't an indication of fascism, which is a particular political organization of the state. If that allegation is true is may constitute a war crime - if it is true and there are no mitigating factors. The truth of that allegation isn't clear, and it is completely unrelated to the organization of Israel's government.

Let's check another source.

HRW’s Credibility Gap: 14 Versions of the Abed Rabbo “White Flags” Incident

Such highly-charged moral accusations, and the repeated use of terms like “war crimes”, are largely based on Palestinian “testimony”, while the ability to verify these allegations is very limited or impossible. Although HRW repeated the misleading claim (in its Sept 10 statement) that its “on-the-ground investigations found no evidence of Palestinian fighters in the area at the time”, HRW had no researchers in Gaza until weeks after the fighting. Their entirely non-transparent, “investigations” apparently consisted of recording Palestinian statements in an interview process that is readily subject to manipulation, conducted by HRW officials who lack professional credentials and have a clear bias, (in this report, Joe Stork ) and are therefore impossible to evaluate.

As in numerous other examples of highly flawed HRW “investigations” (Gaza Beach, the 2006 Lebanon War, etc.), as documented in detail in NGO Monitor’s report “Experts or Ideologues ”, the evidence shows major inconsistencies and contradictions in the Abed Rabbo incident. NGO Monitor, CAMERA , and other researchers have documented at least 14 significantly different versions of the story. NGOs have published 6 distinct accounts, and 8 others are from the media. The evolution of these accounts also suggests motivations for promoting allegations that may be far from the truth.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 490

During WW2, multiple nations and groups were savagely "victimized" (that's an understatement but we'll go with that as an euphemism): Jews, Gypsies, Poles, homosexuals, etc. It is clear that the most affected were the Jews.
WW2 ended, the deeds were documented, everybody eventually moved on. Everybody but Jews.

Two years after the end of World War 2 in Europe the Jewish people were again threatened with genocide.

Azzam's Genocidal Threat

Of the countless threats of violence, made by Arab and Palestinian leaders in the run up to and in the wake of the November 29, 1947 partition resolution, none has resonated more widely than the warning by Abdul Rahman Azzam, the Arab League's first secretary-general, that the establishment of a Jewish state would lead to "a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades."

That threat hasn't really gone away, and if anything it is expanding.

UN chief denounces Iran to its face over calls to destroy Israel

So my advice to Jews and anyone else who acts like that: stop blowing things out of proportion!

Perhaps you can forgive their concern about being the victim of real genocide given that they have both experienced it within living memory, and have been realistically threatened with it repeatedly since then.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 490

The lawyers tell me that under the Geneva Conventions, collateral damage including the killing of innocent civilians is acceptable if it is necessary to achieve a military objective.

Why don't you explain the military necessity of blowing up a hospital when the IDF itself admits that the only military objective was 100 meters away.

Obviously that isn't really possible ..... when you omit critical information. Fortunately I can address that.

Terrorists fire rockets from Gaza hospital

The IDF said that after days of consideration it has begun to attack the Wafa Hospital compound. The military claimed the hospital has been a hotbed of terrorists activities, with gun and anti-tank missile fire originating from the cite. ....

The al Wafa hospital was evacuated last week after a number of phone call warnings from the IDF.

The hospital, which serves as a rehab facility had gained attention after a group of activists moved in to be alongside 17 patients could not be evacuated.

Nevertheless, they were moved last Thursday to a nearby hospital as Israel struck targets that rattled the facility.

So it appear that there was more than just rocket fire coming form the site, which addresses the question of military necessity. Also note that the Israelis actually called ahead to warn about the coming strikes. That humanitarian gesture could reasonably be expected to permit some of the Hamas fighters to escape.

Comment: Re:Scale and proportion. (Score 1) 490

Your claim about the number and frequency of rocket attacks is essentially false. There has been a steady stream of rocket attacks this year, as there are most years.

List of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, 2014

You seem to be arguing that Hamas can attack as much as it likes as long as it isn't very successful due to Israeli diligence, and those attacks should just be ignored. That is ridiculous. An attempted attack is just as serous a matter as a successful attack, just as much an act of war. Israel is well justified in defending itself against those rocket attacks using proportionate means, which is what it is doing. Hamas launches artillery rockets, Israel replies with bombs and artillery.

It doesn't matter which faction did the firing, Hamas is the governing authority of Gaza, they are responsible.

Your argument about scaling Palestinian Arab deaths is nonsense. Who are the "Palestinians"? They are simply the Arabs that live in that area of the Middle East. The Middle East has well over 100,000,000 Arabs living in it. There is no scaling required to count deaths among the Arabs.

Of that one thousand dead, many hundreds of them are Hamas gunmen, others are human shields (another war crime by Hamas). Then there are those killed by Hama's incompetence or criminality.

Why The Press Keeps Qualifying That They're Not Sure Who Struck UN School

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 490

Touché. But in fairness I don't believe that the IRA was given any weapons you wouldn't find in an infantry battalion (which is certainly bad enough). Hamas has been supplied that, along with long range artillery rockets and many other far more powerful weapons than the IRA ever dreamed of. and actually constitutes the elected government of the region which gives them a much stronger hand.

As to IRA funding, the Irish seem to have had a hand in that, as well as Libya, and various other entities. To the extent that people in Boston were sympathetic I expect it was largely due to their strongly held Irish heritage rather than any general American anti-British sentiment.

It is also worth noting that when prosecuting or extraditing people for involvement with the IRA and its activities the US government ran into the same kinds of legal issues and "questionable" decisions from judges that it has run into in the war against al Qaida.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 490

Best way to evaluate that claim is to look at the facts.

I look forward to you gathering relevant ones. So far you seem to be providing pointers to Hamas war crimes. You can't use protected structures or civilians as shields.

Terrorists fire rockets from Gaza hospital

Israel says Hamas uses Wafa hospital compound to attack soldiers, fire anti-tank missiles; ground, air forces attack Gaza City where they claim 'an entire Hamas brigade is active'; 10 terrorists killed.

IDF campaign shows rockets in schools and hospitals

On Monday afternoon the IDF publishes visuals displaying rocket launchers placed at a number of civilian sites, like playgrounds, schools, and hospital .... Last week, prior to the ground incursion, Israel was criticized for an aerial bombardment of a rocket launcher in Gaza City's Saja'iyya neighborhood. The IDF said then that the launcher was in an empty structure adjacent to el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital. Hours before the strike the hospital received an automated phone message from the IDF saying its staff had to evacuate all patients as they could get hurt in the strike ...."The strike was on an unpopulated structure that used to serve as the hospital's geriatric ward," he said.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 2) 490

Perhaps there is another explanation - what you think you know or believe isn't true, including the idea that this is "anti 'east' propaganda" from the US. This has been a concern for many years, long before 2001.

Female genital mutilation in Pakistan, and beyond

The sad reality, however, is that although FGM is widely common in African countries, most people are unaware that this brutal practice is in Pakistan too.

What happens in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the act of FGM is practiced amongst select areas and communities – one example being the Bohra Muslims. There are roughly about 100,000 Bohra Muslims in the country, mostly in the southern regions of Pakistan, such as Sindh. In recent years, due to a rise in strict sect religious compliance by the Bohra Muslims, the practice of FGM has increased. Unless the Bohra chief, known as Dai, issues a decree to forbid the act, the practice will remain firmly rooted in the people’s culture and will continue to be practiced. . . .

What clerics say

Since the State of Pakistan is an Islamic country, let’s take a look at what Islam says about the practice.

To begin with, the Holy Quran does not bear even a single mention of female circumcision. In addition to this, there is no Hadith that mandates this practice. However, some have argued that one Hadith, although not requiring it, appears to accept the practice:

“Circumcision is a commendable act for men (Sunnah) and is an honourable thing for women” (Makromah).

Comment: Re:Not just version 4.9 (Score 1) 662

by cold fjord (#47545743) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

When the code being run isn't the code that was written, all bets are off.

It is still the code that was written, just the choices in translation of the high level language to the machine code has some bad behavior as compared to other renderings of the code.

The only time you're going to get one for one direct mapping is coding in assembly language.

But I do agree, compiler bugs are a royal pain.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score -1, Troll) 662

by cold fjord (#47545689) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

So you're suggesting that executable format, c library, virtual memory, file systems, 32 vs 64 bit, sound drivers, and device abstractions have no relevance to kernel development and maintenance in Linux? Who were you calling clueless again?

I also like your idea of a "humble" guy that regularly uses abusive language towards people. It might explain a thing or two.

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