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Comment: Re:Is javascript dangerous? (Score 1) 125

by kent_eh (#49087147) Attached to: Jamie Oliver's Website Serving Malware

In case you don't believe me, consider that in 2014 Java had no zero day exploits at all. But some people are still vulnerable to bugs from 2012. The ask forgiveness not permission auto update policy was pioneered by Google and unfortunately took a long time to become accepted as the standard due to the old mindset, especially amongst tech geeks, of "my computer is my castle".

On the other hand, where I work several of the Java apps that the business runs on are (stupidly or lazily) coded to work on specific versions of Java. Auto-updating java can (and has) break one application while improving how another works.

It's frustrating as hell not being able to trust an update, just in case it might break the payroll time tracking application again.

Comment: Re:That's revolutionary (Score 1) 363

by kent_eh (#48689937) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?
Naive, maybe.

But planting trees is better than not planting trees.

Plus, they have other benefits. Like producing oxygen, food, shading the ground, absorbing water (as opposed to runoff), stabalizing soils, providing habitat for critters, they are affective windbreaks,and trees just generally make the place look nicer.

Comment: Mars has no magnetosphere (Score 3, Insightful) 549

by kent_eh (#48035615) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Screw Mars. Spend all that money on making it nice HERE. We have the means. We have the tech. We could have a star trek utopia right here... Free education, opportunity through small businesses, cheap housing, plentiful energy. We could have all that right here if we just put a smidge of effort into it.

Well, we could do that too.

But us fucking up the planet isn't the only scenario that might cause planetary extinction. Do you remember what killed off the dinsaurs?

Comment: Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

by kent_eh (#46157117) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
A creationist must believe that G-d buried a lot of fossilized bones since science tells us that.
Actually, some creationists (Including Ham) claim that the fossils were created when Noah's flood killed off most of the world's creatures. And that the Grand Canyon was also created as those same floodwaters receeded.

Comment: Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

by kent_eh (#46157013) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
Don't you think that if the Creationists are able to poke holes in the other side's arguments then maybe the other side doesn't have a very sound argument.
Knowlege and verifiable facts can still be shot down by someone with superior rhetorical skills.
That doesn't affect the truth of the facts, but it can determine who "wins" the game.

Comment: Re:Bad call (Score 1) 611

by kent_eh (#45855857) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham
That's the thing I am wondering about. Did Bill actually agree to this event?
Every news report I have seen is sourced *exclusively* from Ham and his website.
Nye's website and twitter don't mention it. No one has gotten an answer from Nye himself in any of the articles I have seen.
To paraphrase Richard Dawkins "This could be very good for Mr. Hamm's CV, not so much for MR. Nye"

Comment: Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (Score 1) 330

by kent_eh (#45448317) Attached to: Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Corn is not a good stock for producing fuel ethanol, that much is true. Not that there is something wrong with the ethanol itself, it is just a rather inefficient way to get there.

Thank you.

I was a bit worried about how far down I had to scroll to find this.

There are many other sources for combustable fuels that don't divert part of the food production infrastructure./pr>

Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure to put much effort into developing them. Seems that the pressure is mostly in the direction of "just keep doing what we have been doing".

Comment: Re:logic (Score 2) 299

by kent_eh (#44970679) Attached to: How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?
My son started using Scratch when he was about 10.
He saw someone else using it at school and asked me to install it at home, then he basically taught himself to program simple games in it.

Lately, he has been creating mods for Minetest, again entirely on his own (researching the file format, reading the project Wiki, dissecting other user's Mods, etc)

I have a bunch of Python resources standing by for when he wants to take another step up.

Breadth-first search is the bulldozer of science. -- Randy Goebel

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