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Comment: Re: Open source code is open for everyone (Score 1) 210

by mean pun (#48918193) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

C is like a powerful table saw. Don't practice safety and know what you are doing and you lose a limb. Powerful but not all should play with one.

Table saws have safety features that are not perfect but at least make it less likely to lose a limb. One could easily define a subset of C that also would make it far less accident-prone. Converting existing code to this subset would be painful but healthy.

Comment: Re:Open source code is open for everyone (Score 1) 210

by mean pun (#48917985) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

You can call that same function from within most other languages even without realizing you're doing it.

It may be true that the vulnerable functions are called from other languages as well, but that does not necessarily mean these languages are also vulnerable. They may do sufficient memory management and/or parameter sanitation to avoid the vulnerability.

Comment: Re:When in doubt, call it a "Snowden document" (Score 2) 94

by mean pun (#48914217) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Exactly what are you angry about? The article under discussion is from Kaperski researchers who are describing a relation they discovered between two different strains of malware. One of the strains of malware happened to be mentioned in a der Spiegel article about a recent Snowden revelation, but that is it.

So be precise: who is claiming something based on an unproven document? What is it that they are claiming? Where do they do that?

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 1) 140

by mean pun (#48912943) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

You need to explain to me how having the government be the economy and control all means of production renders communism a purely economic philosophy ?

Although s/he did not phrase it very well, I think the point of the AC is that a communist country does not necessarily have a dictatorship government; a country can also decide democratically to organise itself based on communist principles. The Scandinavian countries are pretty good counterexamples.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by mean pun (#48879257) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

I'm sorry, but you'll now really have to come up with some proof. Even your new toned down description still sounds like a poor caricature of real Environmentalist positions.

Nobody sane (including Environmentalists) is against `all forms of power generation', claims that current organic farming can cover all our food needs, or claims that recycling is always a good idea.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by mean pun (#48871149) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

The Conservative position: "We should spend nothing as the worst side effect will be an extra day of using my air conditioner once in a while" The Environmentalist position: "We should immediately liquidate 95% of the population and the remainder should go back to living in mud huts, spare no expense!"

The funny thing is that I have seen plenty of people right here on /. take the conservative position almost literally, but I have never, ever seen a real person argue anything approaching the supposed Environmentalist position. The real Environmentalist position is far more moderate.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 382

by mean pun (#48857495) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Hint: pay attention to the second amendment. It gives you certain rights to conduct certain activities.

If one person takes up arms against the US government he's a lone wolf, a crazy, an incident. If one hundred people do, they're an extremist organisation (under a certain threshold of skin darkness) or a terrorist organisation (over said threshold). If a hundred thousand people do this, they are a political movement, and they may as well use political means, because organising a hundred thousand people will have required a lot of politics anyway, and it is better to just continue.

Can anyone name a successful change of politics in US history through second-amendment means?

Comment: Re:they count how many complaints, act if 10,000 (Score 1) 217

As a Republican, I don't LIKE pointing out that the federal government occasionally does something useful, [...]

And why is that? Any civilised nation must have a government. Why not be happy that is works? This whole `all (federal) government is evil' position is very immature.

Comment: Re:How parallel does a Word Processor need to be? (Score 1) 449

by mean pun (#48715743) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again
That's actually a good example of Linus' point. You can not easily parallelise pagination, because you need to know what fits on one page before you can paginate the next page. Sure, you can do some heuristics (every page contains exactly 1000 words), which is dangerous and at best lowers the quality of the result. You can also try to be clever and for example paginate chapters in parallel and then do the exact numbering afterwards in a separate pass, but before you know it you have turned a fairly simple algorithm into something highly complicated and fragile. And for what? A few corner cases.

Comment: Re:ISS is worth the dollars spent. (Score 3, Interesting) 219

And exactly what should they produce then? What do you consider results? And why should we listen to you?

NASA has produced results. Perhaps not the results you like, perhaps they were not as profound or as glitzy as you would like, but they got results. Including a smooth-running ISS, a mars rover that goes on and on and on and on and on, and a new launch system.

Now, I understand that proving that you are a hoopy frood by slagging of NASA on /. is too tempting for some people, but that doesn't mean it is a sane point of view.

Moneyliness is next to Godliness. -- Andries van Dam