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Comment: Re:What's the next project? (Score 1) 44 44

there's identifying and knowing your weaknesses, planning for them, and failing over swiftly and gracefully

then there's not doing a damn thing about the weaknesses, and using the same damn set up forever

also, we're not talking about exchanging product keys for cracked software. we're talking about a system used in a wold war where thousands of lives and the prestige of nations depended upon a good implementation plan

Comment: Re:Wrong about automation and profit (Score 1) 64 64

The article carries echoes of the "profit is evil and government is good" mantra so popular lately.

that's a false dichotomy that only appeals to a simpleton

profit taking cannot occur without the stability and security established by government. likewise, government cannot exist without tapping into the profits it makes possible. government without the individual pursuit of capital is hell. and the social darwinistic pursuit of capital be damned the externalities is a simply another flavor of hell

it's just ignorance to imagine that capitalism and government are enemies. one does not exist without the other

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1) 64 64

we're talking about nuclear

nuclear is great until something bad happens. and then the possibilities are so exceedingly horrendous that there's nothing insurance can effectively do to offset the damage. what's the going insurance rate on giving cancer to people for decades and rendering large swaths of land unlivable for generations?

insurance is only effective when the premiums paid cover the probability of damages possible. but the damages possible with nuclear are so stupefyingly huge that the insurance company would quickly go bankrupt instead of paying out

Comment: Re:What's the next project? (Score 1) 44 44

if enigma was such a great system, it would have protected from or gracefully readjusted after such an obvious and easily foreseeable failure. that no one foresaw such an obvious failure or didn't have any contingency for the fucking obvious simply means that enigma was extremely brittle and therefore a weak system

and even though it was broken, the breaking remained classified *exactly because* the brittle weak system could be sold to countries that uk, usa wanted to spy on easily. so yes: you need to re-learn your history, moron

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 275 275

who gives a fuck about netanyahu? if israel said russia is bullying ukraine would you automatically believe russia is being heroic? you base your opinion on the opposite of what netanyahu says? do you think?

and iraq 2003 is exactly what i am talking about: bush said they had nukes and american morons didn't think to look at actual facts and just trusted the lies. iran says they are not building nukes when they obviously have an advanced nuclear program. they're building it for energy? you believe that?

your braindead insistence on rejecting the fucking obvious about iran's pursuit of a bomb is EXACTLY the same as some moron braindead trusting gw bush about iraq in 2003. exactly the same moronic prejudice over actual facts. that's you. you blatantly disregarding obvious facts because of a prejudice. that's you on this topic 100%

it is not remotely possible to accept the very obvious basics of iran's nuclear program and conclude that they're not building a bomb. you're not a serious person. you are guided by gross prejudice, in spite of obvious facts, exactly like morons who wanted war with iraq in 2003

Comment: Re:What's the next project? (Score 1) 44 44

you can't claim a system is excellent while at the same time enumerating its major failures. of course an inside man or inside knowledge can do major damage to any system, but a truly robust system would safeguard against user carelessness and there would be ways to identify sabotage or major breaches and adjust around the damage. enigma was a brittle system where all of the failures you list were inevitable and foreseeable. and no plans, or weak late plans, were made for the inevitable and foreseeable

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 275 275

you're not a serious person on this topic worthy of interaction if you don't think iran is building a bomb. they know exactly what they are doing and the "who me? this is just for energy" is part of the game. it's not meant to be taken seriously. oh sure some suburban sheltered doofus like yourself whose mental model of geopolitics is derived from disney movies might actually think iran's intent is innocent, but this merely serves to mark how naive and clueless you are, and that your "understanding" of the topic is zero

japan goes whaling just for research, right?

russia intervenes in ukraine just to defend russian minorities right?

what kind of gullible moron believes shallow lies about the fucking obvious?

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 275 275

It's pretty hilarious and pathetic there are people who are so gullible in this world

geopolitics is not the same as saying hi to the new neighbors in a gated community and full of slightly more complicated motives than arranging play dates with other soccer moms. you are a rather sheltered and naive individual. you really should stop commenting on subject matter when you obviously don't have a good understanding of how nations behave in this world

you're well below serious interaction on this topic

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 2) 178 178

It feels like you're trying to push her into a career she doesn't really want to be in. If I was you, I'd respect her wishes and instead support her while she finds something she's passionate about.

Let's be honest, writing enterprise Java is enough to kill anyone's passion. That stuff sucks your soul out until you make it to architect level (then you spend your time sucking other people's soul out).

She should find a job that interests her more (while lets be honest, work is called work because it's not fun). Then, if that job happens to be embedded programming, she get a raspberry pi and work with it for a while. After a couple months she should be more than proficient enough to find a job in embedded.

In any case look through job postings until she finds something interesting. Once again, work is generally not interesting.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 275 275

if you don't think iran is building a nuclear weapon you have reached a level of naive idiocy beyond contempt

i don't care if you think it is ok for them to build one, or not ok. it doesn't matter if you think they deserve a nuclear weapon or not

but they obviously are

if you think they aren't you are a ridiculous gullible fool and all i can do is wonder what other ignorant propaganda you blindly believe in laughable contrast to basic reality

Comment: What's the next project? (Score 3, Informative) 44 44


I'm joking of course but considering the historical significance of the name Enigma as a cypher that was spectacularly hacked to divulge crucial war secrets, it might not have been the best PR to call their project that name.


Comment: Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 1) 287 287

This is getting tiring, and along with "walled garden", it is really stale and worn out as an argument.

If you could install your own browser on iOS, then browsers wouldn't be a problem. Because of the walled garden, you can't.

"Walled garden" isn't a tired argument against iOS, it is a very serious problem, but fanboys would rather ignore it or call it 'worn out.' In reality it sucks and there's no need for it, and plenty of reasons to not have it.

+ - Quebec government to force ISPs to block gambling websites

ottawanker writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.

Comment: Full disclosure (Score 1) 32 32

This quote is why full and immediate disclosure is important:

in cases where the vulnerability is actively being exploited, disclosing immediately, publicly and completely is always in the public interest.

Usually an admin can solve the problem with a firewall, or by temporarily disabling a feature, or something similar. Don't leave people open to attack.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.