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Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 77

by jrumney (#49819141) Attached to: Malware Attribution: Should We Identify the Crooks Who Deploy It?
If you can identify them by their real name in a way that will lead to them being caught and punished, then go for it. If you are identifying them by an online pseudonym that they use on darknet message boards, you are only giving them notoriety that may help them gain future customers.

Comment: Re:For me it's Windows NT 3.1 (Score 4, Informative) 387

by jrumney (#49756855) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
OS/2 3.0 had TCP/IP networking as standard. Remember that in the timeframe of OS/2 2.0 and 2.1, there wasn't a clear leader in LAN networking, with IPX, SNA and others also widely used in small office and enterprise networks, so it made sense for IBM to ship it as an optional addon. In the same timeframe, Windows 3.x not only didn't ship with a TCP/IP stack, but you had to get one from a third party.

Comment: Re:Also (Score 1) 236

by jrumney (#49756051) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

But the ash in the upper atmosphere, the lightest and finest stuff, tends not to cross the equator, so the southern hemisphere won't suffer the serious crop failures that the northern hemisphere will.

Considering that the Romans and Chinese have written records of the Hatepe eruption that occurred in 180CE, I wouldn't count on that.

The eruption of Mount Tambora, which caused the 1816 "year without summer" also technically crossed the equator, but at 8deg S is probably close enough that it is to be expected.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

by jrumney (#49747695) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos
You can grant permission for use without handing over "all rights". If the student is taking a yearbook class, and submits his photos to the class, he has a pretty good idea what those photos are going to end up used for. Making a copyright claim against the school later would be as stupid as what the principal is trying to do here.

Comment: Re: Do most of the work? (Score 0) 441

by jrumney (#49731449) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
What is with the modern obsession with renaming things? Does your boss measure your performance by the number of lines needlessly changed in the code or something? Before refactoring support was the must have feature of IDEs, we had stable APIs to program to. Now some kid that grew up with his attention span crippled by the internet and smartphones wants to change the names of everything every five minutes.

Comment: Re:The two things that have led me to oppose the D (Score 2) 649

by jrumney (#49710903) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

2) I've been in jury deliberations twice. This was far more damaging to my faith in our justice system.

This is the main reason why most other Western countries dropped the death penalty decades ago. This particular case is not a very convincing argument against the death penalty due to the severity of the crime and the killings that were carried out during the pursuit, leaving no reasonable doubt that they got the right guy. But many other cases in the US, some which eventually get overturned in the many appeals a death row prisoner is entitled to, and others such as Carlos De Lunas which have slipped through.

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