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Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by infogulch (#47409897) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
If you didn't want to learn programming languages, why are you taking computer science courses?

If you're being force-fed anyways, I think python would be much easier to stomach than java for introductory courses. And it would be much easier to grade (if grading consisted of more than "did it output correctly") since introductory students aren't exactly known for their exceptional code organization and formatting skills.

Comment: Stop Assuming Appliances Can DropIn Without Config (Score 3, Interesting) 378

From this to Highway Sign Hacking to that researcher that made a botnet of home routers with default config to ping the whole of ipv4, I really hope admins are getting the point that you can't just drop appliances in public places without adjusting the default configuration. What critical infrastructure is left out there just begging for someone with an operator's manual to wreck it, or even worse, exploit it? Can we get a wake-up call to the administrators of these appliances?

Comment: Re:Too dangerous to keep digitally now? (Score 1) 378

With that sentiment, you'd never put *anything* online. This whole thing is just some asshat ATM admins leaving stuff in the *default configuration*. This is the equivalent of buying a home router and not changing the default password (though nowadays routers come with individualized passwords, but they didn't used to).

Comment: Re:Not an advertisement... but er, yes, yes it is (Score 5, Insightful) 66

by infogulch (#47123087) Attached to: Not A Hoverboard, but Close (Video)

The benefits of a hoverboard over a skateboard include being a smoother ride, being able to navigate over rougher terrain, requiring less manual pushing, and, well, just straight up flying.

While Onewheel doesn't exactly fly, it does cover the other three benefits (and on manual pushing, it's even better than Marty's), so I think it's fair to call it the closest thing to hoverboards yet.

Comment: Unqualified (Score 2) 573

by infogulch (#46169557) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

I don't suppose it would help to tell the reviewer that if they don't even know what JQuery is they shouldn't be reviewing anything that has to do with any web technology. It's just a convenience and compatibility wrapper library. It sounds like the reviewer has never touched any programming outside of excel, and is completely unqualified to perform any type of technical review.

Comment: Re:unnecessary bloat cruft (Score 5, Insightful) 279

by infogulch (#46159369) Attached to: With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

Nonsense. If you're browsing the web and following a bunch of links, you would have to long press the link to copy it, long press to paste it in the url bar, edit the url to add the S (this is mobile, so moving the cursor directly between the "p" and the ":" is non-trivial), and hit enter... for every link you follow.

You can't just click the link and edit the url after the page loaded because you've already given away the url path, url query, cookies, referrer, etc to anyone snooping your connection. And what if a site doesn't support https and instead redirects you to its' http variant? For some people they'd rather it fail to load than load insecurely. There are many reasons to use such an extension.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.