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Comment: Re:Possiblities (Score 1) 391

by dskoll (#48204809) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

It is not time to panic. It is time to get serious about taking on and defeating the terrorists. That doesn't mean curtailing our civil liberties, but it does mean taking sensible precautions and not spouting Trudeau-esque bullshit about finding the "root causes" of terrorism.

There's a war on against Western democracies. We have to win it.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 2) 391

by dskoll (#48204761) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

I don't think this was a rare incident by an insane person. There have been shootings at at least three different locations in Ottawa and there apparently are multiple shooters. This is a planned terrorist attack.

I live in Ottawa and I'm aware of the security of Parliament Hill. The security there was completely inadequate to deal with this kind of threat; it really needs to be increased.

Comment: Geometry-based layout (Score 2) 180

by dskoll (#48113373) Attached to: CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

The wonderful Tcl/Tk toolkit solved the layout problem in the 1990's with its excellent constraint-based geometry managers: The grid engine, the packer and the placer. I'm sure it would have been possible to express each of those layout engine's rules in something analogous to CSS.

That would have made page layout so simple it'd almost be fun.

Comment: Some things are beyond the pale (Score 2) 993

by dskoll (#48077219) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

I am not a big fan of systemd and I find Poettering pretty abrasive. But if what he wrote is correct: Recently, people started collecting Bitcoins to hire a hitman for me (this really happened!). Just the other day, some idiot posted a "song" on youtube, a creepy work, filled with expletives about me and suggestions of violence. then that's beyond the pale. IMO, threats of death and violence should be reported to the authorities and the culprits, if found, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Open Source development community is not a friendly place. You do need a thick skin. But threats of violence or death go way beyond just "unfriendly".

Comment: Suspicious screenshot (Score 3, Insightful) 236

by dskoll (#47998995) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

The screenshot in that article shows the shell prompt as "root@debian". But in reality, most Debian systems use "/bin/dash" as the default system shell instead of /bin/bash, which means most Debian systems are extremely hard to compromise; a CGI or system() call would have to go out of its way to invoke bash instead of dash.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by dskoll (#47976153) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

We as Canadians have a different approach to government and how we want to build our society.

Yes, but not all Canadians buy into the CRTC's approach. I am absolutely opposed to all the CanCon and related regulations imposed by the CRTC. I'm completely fine with the federal and provincial governments subsidizing broadcasters and the arts in general (TVO is a great example of this done well), but I'm utterly opposed to their regulating what private broadcasters have to show.

we're not too fond of an American company trying to wreck the system of local content production.

Speak for yourself. I'm fine with anyone wrecking the Canadian content production system. 90% of content producers will go under because they produce content no-one cares about. The 10% that survive will do so because they produce really good content and are competitive. Ultimately, it will lead to a healthier content-production industry that's not dependent on protectionist measures for its survival. Maybe we'll even be able to open up an export market for Canadian content.

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.