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Comment: Re:Things are starting to turn around (Score 1) 303

by http (#46702493) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
Schooling time

I am disappointed at the quality of open source software - especially pieces as famous and fundamental as OpenSSL, and I agree, that open source's claimed advantage of there being "thousands of eyeballs" verifying its correctness is overblown.

I cant decide - am I looking at an intentional misrepresentation, or a facepalm-worthy senior moment? Linus' Law had nothing to do with verifying code. From Wikipedia,

The law states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"; or more formally: "Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone."

Comment: Re:Patrons (Score 2) 63

by http (#46152599) Attached to: Who's Writing Linux These Days?
No, there isn't a saying.
The tradition in law is that the existence of an exception may be used to infer a rule - e.g. "No Parking: 4pm - 6pm" means that parking IS permitted at other times. Mr. Torvalds may be considered unusual, but his efforts are not part of (or exception to) any rule I can think of, except maybe "being polite and rude consistently gest things done in the long term"

Comment: Where did the AC lie? (Score 1) 273

by http (#46115401) Attached to: UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

Putting a name behind it should have no influence on the validity of the case being made. Most people can't tell BS from truth on this topic, but they can usually spot a personal attack, like the one I'm going to make on you because you're advocating polluted discourse. So fuck you, you fucking fuck.

There, I stooped to your level for a moment. I'm not proud, but you can't call me on it without dissing your own worthless argument. Now, back to rational discussion: Where did the AC lie?

Comment: Re:Command Line Not Necessary (Score 3, Insightful) 606

by http (#45790595) Attached to: How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

No. Argument ad homenium is not needed.

It's got nothing to do with the arrogance or competence of the builders. GUIs tend to suck at automation because of the assumption that each interface, when presented, shall be manipulated by a human. This assumption is a reasonable one, and destroys automation before you start - the best you can hope for is applying the presented default after a timeout period, which makes for exceptionally slow progress. Automation that needs constant human intervention is (and I'll be kind here) not automation.

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I just modded up a foe for presenting a point I don't like well. Nietzsche's got my back.

Comment: Re:In exchange for privacy? WHA? (Score 1) 121

by http (#45588239) Attached to: Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy
If ever you have a future need to step out from the herd and speak against the elite in favour of justice or truth (or anything at all that said future elite don't like), that tracking provides myraid opportunities for your voice to be discredited if you show signs of getting any significant traction.
The thought police don't have to send helicopters. You have given them the remote controls for your suicide belt.

Comment: Re:very understandable (Score 1) 784

by http (#45558469) Attached to: Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records
You're full of shit.
Most medicines are generally prescribed for one condition, so the pharmacist doesn't have to be any kind of clever to make a good guess what condition you've been diagnosed with. But it's still a guess. If your doctor is actually doing this, though, report them to the local college of physicians.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

by http (#45503869) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

Forbidding people from signing contracts that both parties deem as mutually beneficial is wrong and destructive to the economy. After all, it is not the CEO's who own corporations, but the shareholders. As such, it is the shareholders who ultimately decide upon the pay of the CEO. If the owners of a company decide that it is in the company's best interest to entice the top executives with $x, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Contrary to popular belief, the only way this is possible in the long run, is if the executive actually brings that worth to the corporation. These sorts of laws will *not* bring up the wage of the workers just so that the executives can be paid more; after all, the most an employee can be paid without the company losing money is the discounted marginal value product that he or she brings to the company.

There's another way this is possible in the long run - don't pay the rank and file members what they're worth.

This is easy because the negotiating process between a corporation and a potential staffer is rarely an exchange between equals. The rank and file are most often absolutely not in a position to negotiate a fair wage or salary.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle