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Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 249

by kylemonger (#48178321) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Why would they need a new OS? When Microsoft introduced the concept in 2002, they simply added the features into XP.

*kaff* 1992.

I used one of the early tablet/laptop convertible computers. Underpowered, underwhelming. The hybrid tablet/laptop has a thirty year history of failure. Microsoft kept trying it and kept failiing. A device that you can hold comfortably in your hand will never be the same device you want to sit in front of for hours doing work. Either the device will be too big to hold or the screen will be too small to work at for long periods. Since you're going to have different hardware anyway, you might as well have separate OSes and interfaces that take direct advantage of the hardware differences.

Comment: Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 1) 329

by kylemonger (#48138113) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
A lot of things were coded crappily 25 years ago; that much time takes us all the way back to 1989 when the Morris worm waltzed across what passed for the Internet in those days. Given that we still haven't engineered away buffer overflow vulnerabilities after all that time, it's unsurprising that we haven't come close to fixing all the other stuff.

Comment: Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (Score 2) 385

by kylemonger (#48099297) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Thinking about Card's Hierarchy of Foreigness will give you an idea what these people are trying to accomplish.

They are basically trying to have chimps and dolphins reclassified as raman, not as humans, not as djur. Raman don't get citizen rights such as voting, but the non-state related parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ought to apply to them as persons.

Comment: What's wrong with helicopters? (Score 1) 203

by kylemonger (#48079125) Attached to: A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month
Or quadracopters, if you prefer. We have already have these cheapo drones that will basically fly themselves with the operator only telling them in a rough sense where to go. Why can't something like that be scaled up to carry people, with a similarly simple interface? I'd much rather see that than any kind of fixed wing flying car that you would need to drive to an airport just to take-off.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 385

by kylemonger (#47930787) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
sendmail was written to solve a problem that doesn't really exist anymore: gatewaying mail between networks with wildly different mail formats and addressing schemes. Fortunately for all of us, RFC 821 and 822 won. 8-bit clean networks won. So the big Swiss Army knife of converters and production rules isn't needed to deliver mail anymore.

Comment: Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (Score 2) 220

by kylemonger (#47812949) Attached to: Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support
They are fixing your issues, if only incidentally. A number of the latest security fixes have been related to bad code continuing to use objects that were freed, which causes crashes in the best case and enables remote code execution in the worst. As they continue to find and fix these bugs, crash probability is bound to decrease on average

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.