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Comment: Re:so... (Score 1) 79

by gweihir (#48189675) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

My condolences on having to actually fix this type of mess. I usually only get to look at it and tell people that the code is insecure and sucks for some other reasons. Decent hourly rate though, do not go lower. Going cheap for software production has to be expensive, or they will never understand what they are doing wrong.

Comment: Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (Score 1) 392

by gweihir (#48188975) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

From all the effort to fight pictures and not a lot effort to actually prevent children from being harmed, I conclude that the children are not in any way important to the people making these laws. Hence criminalizing drawings, renderings, text, etc. the same as documentation of actual abuse is just logical.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 2) 392

by gweihir (#48188925) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

The problem is that there are a lot of things some people, sometimes even many people, find not acceptable, but it is still a very bad idea to make them criminal. For example, there are lots of people that do not like atheists. Make that criminal?

And then there is the little problem that all these arguments are based on escalation (i.e. first they look at images then they rape children), while substitution also has merit (i.e. instead of raping children, they just look at pictures). Without a solid scientific basis, outlawing drawings could well result in much more harm to children. Despite what the public seems to believe, there is no "obviously" here. It might even be necessary to allow some people free access (because they substitute), while strictly denying it to others (because they escalate). Any knee-jerk reactions, like the current ones and those of the near past are likely to do more harm than good (i.e. get more children abused), if history is any indicator.

Comment: Re:Why the hell... (Score 1) 190

by gweihir (#48180335) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

I know that. That person has the valid excuse that JavaScript was never intended to be used for anything large or security-critical. It was a quickly hacked-together tool to do small things like changing the color of a button on mouse-over. The problem is all the utterly clueless morons that think JavaScript and the browser are suitable for real computing.

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