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Comment: Re:The numbers game. (Score 1) 199

Instead of directly managing and funding research, the government could provide tax breaks for companies who hire programmers that contribute to open source (presumably on projects beneficial to said company). They could also provide funding in the form of grants to orgs that create new and useful software, of which society as a whole benefits from.

Comment: Re:Better idea (Score 1) 174

by drkstr1 (#45020807) Attached to: Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

Wow, someone that can say "Raspberry Pi" but can't google "file permissions on linux" or umask.

Nice snark there rtard. If a user has permission to "edit" a directory, this includes both editing and deleting files owned by the same user. File permissions or umask will not help you there. I suppose you could rig the system to create a new user for every mac address that connects, but that could be easily circumvented. Im sure it's possible someone, just not as easy as googling how filer permissions work.

Comment: Re:Applets only (Score 1) 282

by drkstr1 (#44966391) Attached to: Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

Java as an idea was great....write a program that compiles once and the binary can run on anything.

<rant> Java as an implementation has failed miserably for just the reason mentioned by the parent. I have encountered too many apps that won't run unless a specific version of the VM is available.

Then there is Tomcat, evil software container...I have lost too many hours of my life trying to keep that beast happy....just today I got an email from a colleague who wants to restart tomcat weekly because something is causing it to leak file descriptors. More than 1024 files open at the same time...I could probably figure it out, but that would again be more hours lost to java. </rant>

You just have crappy Java developers, it has nothing to do with Tomcat. The same thing would happen to any "always on" Java program that loads leaky external code. Don't feel bad, most of the Java code I've seen is total crap. You usually just don't notice it because of the short life-cycle of the process, unlike Tomcat.

Comment: Re:Seriously? Did no one see this coming? (Score 2) 125

by drkstr1 (#44966237) Attached to: Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

Measures could have been taken... but then again, what better way for the NSA and other government spies to infiltrate a computer independent of an operating system than this? Seriously.

Perhaps this?

NSA already have a hidden 3G enabled backdoor straight in to your CPU and can even power up computers remotely and provide power to HDDs and access them remotely.

It even has it's own OS within the chip so your OS of choice doesn't matter

You say it as if fact, but you must have missed this line in the article: "No evidence is offered for the assertions detailed above."

+ - Programmers' Most Hated Languages - And How To Avoid Them-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you work in programming for any length of time, you will sooner or later be forced to work with a language that, whether due to odd syntax, too much (or too little) flexibility, poor debugging capabilities or any number of other reasons, makes you pull your hair out. Of course, some languages are easier to avoid than others. If Visual Basic is your I-can't-stand-it language you can simply not work at any company with Windows applications created before 2008. But if Perl's myriad ways of doing things (and hence near=unreadability) turn you off, maybe you should just give up on programming altogether."
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Comment: Re:So... no separation between system and userspac (Score 1) 335

by drkstr1 (#44880417) Attached to: New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

You get access to the configuration which can then relay any incoming data to some outside target.

IANASA (systems administrator)... but why would this matter? Presumably the host OS would restrict the ports this thing can use. A compromised app on Linux with access to the world on some port could relay any incoming data to an outside target as well... right?

True, but it seems like Linux would have a better separation between the running process and a usable system environment, making that kind of attack more difficult. I'm sure these guys would have thought of that though. It really all just depends what is accessible from the root process. Sounds like fun.

+ - Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

Submitted by cagraham
cagraham (3027657) writes "Pandora has been the standard for internet radio since it launched in 2000, and just announced the appointment of new CEO Brian McAndrews. They claim they're not worried about Apple, but iTunes' massive user base (575 million), content deals, and cheaper pricing options should give them legitimate reason for concern. Can Pandora survive iTunes Radio? Do a-la-carte options like Spotify make any internet radio service irrelevant?"

Comment: Re:Another excuse? (Score 1) 212

by drkstr1 (#44783313) Attached to: Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

Actually, no. Laziness and/or lack of discipline is the reason for being over weight.

So which are you then? lazy or undisciplined (martial arts fail?)

I am both of those things. I agree my choice of words were poor. When i say over weight, I was really meaning obese, such as I was not so long ago. It definitely detracted from my point, which was to say that A) It wasn't until I had a reason to really want it that I was able to start living a healthy life style, and B) There are some advantages to being a big guy who eats well and exercises.

Having a night to sleep on it, I suppose I should consider myself lucky that my only excuse was my own lack of will. It was inconsiderate of me to think that everyone is so lucky.

Comment: Re:Another excuse? (Score 1) 212

by drkstr1 (#44781719) Attached to: Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients
I think you missed my point. I'm still quite round myself (and I like it that way). I realize I will never be as skinny as some people who never have to lift a finger. Although I think you will find quite a few women who prefer a man with some meat on their bones. ;) That doesn't mean I can't still be healthy. Being healthy and fit has nothing to do with your size, and everything to do with how you choose to live.

Comment: Re:Another excuse? (Score 1) 212

by drkstr1 (#44780875) Attached to: Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients
I didn't mean to sound insensitive. I agree there are many reasons why it can it can be harder for some people to lose weight. I know I have to work very hard at it, and I will never be as thin as some people. At the end of the day, I have never met an obese person who ate healthy and exercised. You can always try harder. That's the one reason we have control over, and the only one that matters. Maybe there really are reasons that make it impossible to lose weight. Probably more often than not it's simply a matter of will, and how badly you want it.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson