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Comment: Re:There are quite a few haters on this thread but (Score 1) 214

Further, if this was in existence a few decades ago, perhaps we would have nipped Scientology in the bud before it landed in the UK.

If it were in existence ~1400 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Islam in the bud.

If it were in existence ~2000 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Christianity in the bud.

And I wonder how many readers agreed with my first line, then threw a shit-fit when they got to my second line.

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Comment: it's a security nightmare, distributed (Score 1) 384

by swschrad (#49737581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

not a central one at this point. I will bet you a gallon of Ethyl that the pumps have hardcoded authentication, and the software probably has enough holes you could drive the Indy 500 through.

you don't want that on a network. not even for a little bit. you want that locked behind a panel. if there is no security, all you have is obscurity.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 216

by jdavidb (#49728043) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

I have used Cygwin daily at work and at home for ten years and have almost never seen the issues you are talking about. I'm sure they are real and affect people who do things differently than me. I don't typically download third party applications that depend on the Cygwin DLL. I use the complete official Cygwin package repository or (very rarely) compile from source. I use Eclipse, Java, ant, Cygwin, and am about as happy as I can be with my environment (I'd be happier writing Perl, but that's another story). I use Cygwin openssh every day and it works great.

Comment: Re:America's War On Drugs is a Failure (Score 1) 110

by jdavidb (#49725873) Attached to: Silk Road's Leader Paid a Doctor To Help Keep Customers Safe

ROTFLMAO. I think it is both hilarious and sad when people talk about how they "put" someone in office as if the choice was an open one. That ignores the fact that your choices were already dwindled down to almost nothing up front. When you vote for a politician these days you pretty much have a choice of which half of the shit sandwich you want. I don't really call that freedom of choice myself. I can think of 100 people off the top of my head that would make a better president than Obama and Bush, but they were never an option.

Moreover, it's even less of a choice for those who don't believe there should be a President at all. The American government system can only grow bigger, never smaller, so those who believe it has gotten too large are out of luck. To those people even if you have a good candidate (not that that would ever happen) you're just running a good candidate for a bad office.

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