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Comment: Re:Cheaper (Score 1) 349

by spitzak (#48700451) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

My theory is that a competitor airline is needed.

AB airlines flys A->B, and also A->B->C. Without any other reason, an A->B->C ticket would cost more or equal to the A->B ticket.

But AC airlines flies A->C, and is charging a smaller price than AB airlines.

AB airlines decides to complete by lowering the price for A->B->C so that it is less or equal to AC airlines A->C price. But they are not competing on A->B so they keep the price higher for A->B.

Comment: Re:Unrelated to Github (Score 1) 148

by spitzak (#48631239) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

No, stop being an idiot.

"regular users" click on files in a list or 2-d grid. They would not even notice if the filesystem allowed more than one file with the same name, and the certainly do not give a damn about case insensitivity. Even if they type at a terminal they use filename-completion and do not care either.

It is also clear that it has nothing to do with user-friendliness or they would map more common errors, such as multiple spaces to single ones, removing leading and trailing whitespace, or mapping equivalent unicode to the same files. They don't do this because they realize that such complex details of the encoding do not belong in the file system api.

Case-insensitivity is a throwback to ancient ASCII-only systems. If you live in the stone age you may think it is a good idea. If you have been exposed to it all your life you may think it is a good idea. But if you were actually intelligent you would know it is wrong.

Comment: Re:I blame Microsoft (Score 1) 148

by spitzak (#48631219) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

No. Two different byte strings should identify two different files (unless one or both of them are invalid byte streams). Anything else is introducing complexity into the filesystem and potential bugs and security violations, of which this it an excellent example. Sorry, but Unix has it right, and Microsoft and lots of other systems are *WRONG*.

Comment: Re:No winner here, except for us all (Score 1) 589

by spitzak (#48628791) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

The new news that the government thinks they did it certainly changes my opinion, though I would be curious exactly what the evidence is. I find it hard to believe they would risk making a stupid blunder of an incorrect accusation, so the info must be pretty good, such as directly from a spy inside NK at the hacker facility.

My gut feeling is this is disgruntled Sony employees. Somebody thought it would sound cool to threaten theaters and are probably amazed at the result.

Comment: Re:No winner here, except for us all (Score 2) 589

by spitzak (#48622335) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Except NK denied being behind the hacking.

Now there is no reason to believe anything NK says, but I would think they would be very proud of their computer achievements if they had been behind it.

The reason they don't falsely claim they are behind it is because they are worried the actual hackers would be found and then it would be clear they were lying.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by spitzak (#48612873) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Because they wanted to arrest him for drug trafficking.

Deporting him would mean he would probably sneak back or arrange with his friends still in the USA to continue drug trafficking. If you assume that drug trafficking is something that you don't want (and under current USA laws is something the police are supposed to prevent) then this is a totally logical approach.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 409

by spitzak (#48518621) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

it appears that humans are worse drain than the radiation

Um, no DUH! That does not mean the radiation is harmless, or even that it is less harmful than the worst predictions. Human settlements are pretty lethal to the reproduction of large animals like that.

Personally I think the scare of radiation is way overblown, but when you say stupid things like this I realize that there are just as uninformed people on both sides of this issue.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!