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Comment: Re:How? (Score 1) 78

by jedidiah (#48624941) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Those require certain filesystem attributes to be set regardless of what the name on the file is.

On the other hand, if your OS and user shell and email application simply avoid the equivalent of "bash you-don't-know-where-I-came-from.zip", you easily avoid a lot of this nonsense.

You would never consider taking random things you find on the floor or street and putting them in your mouth, but that's exactly what some "modern" software does.

Comment: Re:Sorry, poor Appalachian white boys (Score 1) 205

Most racism is less blatant any more. There are no "whites only" signs and blatant discrimination can get you sued. A lot of the problems of the "oppressed" are self inflicted and are the lingering effects of institutional discrimination that for the most part is now banned.

Of course any true egalitarian should object when blatant discrimination is practiced. It doesn't matter what the lame excuse is.

You either believe in equality or you don't.

Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 1) 205

There are differnences in PEOPLE. Usually these differences cut across conventional "seggregation" lines. There may or may not be different distributions of characteristics in genders or races. A lot of this stuff is just nonsense cultural baggage.

It has to do more with indoctrination than actual characteristics and again the "geeks" are the tail end of the problem and the least relevant "perpetrators".

Comment: Re:Hope they keep Stallman off the stand... (Score 4, Informative) 173

by jedidiah (#48602211) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

RMS only commissioned the license. He did not create it. The lawyer that actually drafted the license would likely be a much better "witness" assuming that such things would even be considered in this case.

Amicus briefs are likely the only means of being seen or heard in a case like this.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 4, Insightful) 871

by jedidiah (#48597615) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Learn? Learn? LEARN?

Crack open a book sometime. Islam has been trying to take over the rest of the world pretty much since the day it was founded. Liberal fantasies about Western colonialism are flatly contradicted by the entire rest of history. From Charlemange to Dracula the rest of the world was actively under siege.

This is just the next chapter in a very long history that's not pretty if you actually bother to pay attention to it.

Being able to ignore their oil really wouldn't change the situation all that much.

Comment: Re:NO DRM! (Score 1) 432

by jedidiah (#48594291) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Everything else has DRM.

The only way you can think that "DRM has disappeared" is if you are still living in 1998 and think that music is the only kind of media file under consideration.

Also, "services" contain DRM. They're specifically engineered to disallow copying. They are kind of nothing but DRM and they seem to be the current wave of the future in music.

Comment: Re:Sounds Better? (Score 1) 432

by jedidiah (#48594253) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Hell, I was done with vinyl when it was still the in thing originally. It's a terribly inconvenient format. I was happy to have an alternative (tape).

Having avoided it in the past I am fascinated to see people fawn all over it now as if it's the hot new thing.

Although the format was better for cover art...

Comment: Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (Score 0) 305

You could certainly trim bits out of a theoretical CS program in order to favor more useful humanities courses. It would not harm the discipline to treat it more like a proper branch of engineering and include communications and management requirements would help in that regard.

Programs in some places already do that.

Comment: Re: In other words, ... (Score 1) 305

Perhaps there's something to the pervasive media narrative about Silicon Valley after all. Not only do they have no ability to relate to the non-asian and non-white crowd but they also have no ability to relate to whites that aren't rich enough for east coast boarding schools either.

I have plenty of anecdotal data points that would contradict their race based criteria. That likely comes from not living the life of privelege that they imagine I have.

Or perhaps this is just what you get when you let liberal bleeding heart SJWs run amok.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984