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Comment: Re:When I see that [literaly] textbook mistake.... (Score 5, Insightful) 329

by ejasons (#48832431) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

OSX sandboxed apps cannot look outside of their own directories. However, when the user chooses a file via the "Open" dialog, the application is given a handle that allows it to open just that particular file. Sandboxing really is the solution to this kind of mess...

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by ejasons (#47363367) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Every (high-tech) employer that I've ever worked for has allowed a cash alternative -- but only if you could prove that you had other insurance through your spouse. And the amount that they paid out was less than what they would pay for the insurance, but it wasn't a trivial amount...

Comment: Re:Bah, we already said goodbye to CTRL-S years ag (Score 1) 521

by ejasons (#47076203) Attached to: Goodbye, Ctrl-S

I am offended that some operating systems have hijacked ascii characters to use for meta functionality

That is one of the very nice things about MacOS X -- since it uses the Command (clover) key for menu shortcuts, that leaves the Control key sequences available for emacs-style editing commands, which work almost everywhere.

Under Linux, I'm never sure whether Control-F will move forward, or bring up the "Search" dialog...

Comment: Re:I grew up writing games in BASIC (Score 1) 224

by ejasons (#46873103) Attached to: 50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Real programmers didn't have editors. If we wanted to change a line in an Applesoft Basic program we either had to type it over or 'List' the line press ESC and up arrow to the line.

The latter of which is, of course, an editor...

Though, unless you first wet your screen width to 33 characters (poke 33,33, IIRC), any edited wrapped lines would include the seven extra characters that the system added in order to pretty-print the source.

God help me for remembering all of this...

Comment: Re:Just don't fly out of Europe (Score 1) 144

by ejasons (#46664305) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Only problem is that the overhead bins on the few last rows are often filled with crew's stuff, PA system boxes, firefigthing equipment, portable oxygen containers and a ton of other stuff. So you might end up putting it under the seat in front of you (which sucks if you're tall).

But, being the first on the plane, you can put your stuff pretty much anywhere...

Comment: Re:Ting (Score 1) 273

by ejasons (#46449979) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

The "known issue" is that it turns on the camera every three hours! (AppOps showed that; wonder any google is trying to get rid of AppOps...) No idea of why Skype thinks it needs the camera every three hours, but it can't be good.

This was was causing the camera daemon to spin and not allow the phone to sleep, resulting in only a few hours of battery life.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by ejasons (#46348855) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

For the sake of peace, let me suggest a compromise:

I would base the "compulsion to serve" more on whether the service is creative or not.

I don't even understand why anyone would want to compel a photographer to photograph their wedding! It would seem very unlikely that the quality of work would be very good.

Doubly so for forcing someone to make a wedding cake for me; I wouldn't want to take a bite of that...

Comment: Re:So..... (Score 1) 445

by ejasons (#46230945) Attached to: FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Counter to what many people on ., think, there are many studies showing making things illegal has a real negative impact on usage.

Yes, but only if the perpetrators think that there is a high liklihood of getting caught. If the penalties are very high, but the liklihood of being caught is low, there is little deterrence...

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.