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Comment: The whole function exporting mechanism is a bug (Score 1) 208

by ebcdic (#48009593) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

The whole idea of inspecting the contents of arbitrary variables is a bug. Variables can contain any data the user chooses, and the fact that it happens to look like a function definition is none of the shell's business. Bash should have defined a single variable for the purpose in which all the function definitions are packaged up, or at least have defined a class of variables (e.g. BASH_FUNCTION_*) for the purpose.

Comment: No previous independence referendum (Score 3, Informative) 474

by ebcdic (#47946019) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

There has never been a referendum on independence in Scotland before. There were two referendums on devolution: the one in 1979 was narrowly in favour but failed because it did not reach the required 40% of the electorate, and the one in 1997 succeeded, establishing the Scottish Parliament.

Comment: Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (Score 1) 224

by ebcdic (#47224879) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

"Ireland" can mean either the island or the country called the Republic of Ireland, which is about 80% of the island. The Republic is not part of the UK, it is a completely independent country. Northern Ireland (the northern 20%) is part of the UK. The "Irish Free State" was the name of what is now the Republic of Ireland in the 1920s and 30s and is not a term used any more.

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