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Comment: Really (Score -1) 191

by countach (#49509241) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

If... oh say Iran, declared the chief justice of Scotland to be a fugitive, would it make it so? I would say no, because the chief justice is not in Iranian jurisdiction, and not in a jurisdiction subject to Iranian extradition. The same goes for Assange. If there's a difference, I'd love to know what it is.

Comment: Bad advice maybe? (Score 1) 232

by countach (#49377595) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

What he suggests has a lot of merit. On the other hand, there are so many companies languishing under inappropriate technology whose problems would be solved if they weren't so boring. Applications that would be transformed if they only used an object database for example. Business logic that would actually be maintainable if they used a functional programming language. Unmaintainable COBOL that would benefit from an object approach. Yes, there are a lot of times you'll ship something faster by being boring. But whether you'll get the best quality? Not so sure.

Comment: Re:Dubious assertions (Score 1) 385

by countach (#49364293) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Clearly, what the passengers are "realising" is not what is protecting the cockpit. Rather it is the armoured door. I'm sure even without armoured doors nobody could now hijack a plane with merely box cutters, but they might still be able to with better weapons. I tend to think the armoured doors are still a good idea, but they might want to refine the protocols of who can open it and when.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein

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