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Comment: What might have been... (Score 1) 267

by countach (#46778351) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

It's fun to speculate what might have been, whether Nokia screwed up big by ceding the iPad market. But I think any tablet like device without a touchscreen can't really be said to be the predecessor of the iPad. In the same way that Nokia had internet devices and still couldn't make an iPhone, even if they'd made this tablet, it still most likely wouldn't have spawned the iPad revolution.

Comment: More generally... (Score 1) 188

by countach (#46765341) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages

its pretty much the case that programming languages in which it is harder to make bugs are also harder to make security problems. Because security problems are just a special case of bugs. So all the things we know about writing better languages are important for security. Unfortunately, language technology has always been under-appreciated. People will just use what is popular, which often times is just C or Java and so forth.

Comment: Snowden (Score 2) 236

by countach (#46730601) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

I can see parallels here to the Snowden affair. Basically, if you blow the whistle on management acting unethically, you are screwed. Whether it's Snowden blowing the whistle on the Feds or some engineer blowing the whistle on GM management, there is no protection for someone wanting to do the right thing. This is how Nazi Germany got to where they ended up. We don't know if one of these engineers wanted to blow the whistle, but usually engineers want to engineer, they don't care about bean counting, so its a fair bet he wanted it done right, but wasn't allowed to.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

The way society is going, having good men do something gets harder and harder.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 605

Errm, I'd like to hear your argument of how it has nothing to do with it.

Even this paper argues the big bang could come from a "quantum fluctuation", which in my book is "something". It must be something, because they gave it this specific scientific name, rather than "nothing". Then the question is how did a quantum fluctuation come from nothing.

If this posting is your best effort against creationists, looks like you just let them win.

Comment: Jailbroken? (Score 1) 208

The idea you would jailbreak it assumes the system is actually heavily secured like an iPhone. Maybe it's just an Ubuntu system with no special security in place, and it's just a matter of booting it from an external drive or something similar.

Anyway, it would be kind of odd trying to stop you tinkering with it, as if you could tell users not to adjust their valve timing or not to pull their differential apart.

Comment: Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (Score 1) 246

Yeah, but on the WWW, how are you supposed to know what is public or private? It's not like there are web sites with a banner saying "Don't come to this web site". No, if the URL works, the assumption is its public. If the URL asks for a user name and password, then you shouldn't go beyond that if you don't have said password. If the WWW wasn't like that, then you'd have to make a phone call to Coca-Cola to see if they're happy for you to go to

As for the UK and your claim about "normal lens", what in the heck is a normal lens? What is a high zoom? Really? There's really a crazy law like that?

Comment: Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (Score 1) 246

I do that all the time. For example, I surmised that Apple corp might have an Australian office, and lo and behold, worked. I surmised something else. Their products might be at or maybe, and lo and behold, that worked too. Guessing URLs is not generally a crime.

Comment: Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (Score 1) 246

The problem is, you don't know what someone else knows. And while you might say most people ought to know they oughtn't be in a certain place, not everyone has the same sense of boundaries as you do. Or in other words, this law that sounds very clever is in fact incredibly vague. I mean just for starters, define "shouldn't be". Shouldn't in what sense?

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.