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Comment: Re:Snowden threads: first few comments, same disin (Score 1) 125

by mean pun (#49187869) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

I'm sorry, but I don't have the intellect to see why replying to the allegation 'this spy agency is spying way too much' with 'yawn, we knew this', or 'spy agencies spy, what did you expect?' is a valuable contribution to the discussion. I'm willing to entertain the possibility that it is just a gaseous burp from an underbelly rather than intentional muddying of the discussion, but a helpful reply? Sorry, no, I don't see it.

Regarding facts, if you think the news item under discussion is in some way factually incorrect, feel free to contribute a correction. And no, the worn-out arguments are not equally divided between both sides of the discussion. There is a constant flow of new revelations about the spy agencies overstepping reasonable bounds, and that is exactly what is so disturbing.

Comment: Re:Snowden threads: first few comments, same disin (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by mean pun (#49184217) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

Of course this is what spy agencies do, nobody disputes this. The point is that they are overdoing it, and that is dangerous.

And there is always a platoon of commenters that use the same worn-out arguments to muddy the discussion. Personally I'm not convinced these people are professionals rather than amateurs, but the distracting effect is there all the same.

Comment: Re:What are Autism rates in Mississippi (Score 1) 297

by mean pun (#48987943) Attached to: Mississippi - the Nation's Leader In Vaccination Rates
Although I understand why you would want to do this, I doubt it will work. For this purpose the difference between 90-ish and 99.7 percent vaccination rate is probably too small to produce a statistically significant difference. Besides, the objectors are unlikely to be swayed by statistics.

Comment: Re: Open source code is open for everyone (Score 1) 211

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) 211

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) 95

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) 141

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) 667

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.

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