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Comment: Re:Incompetent programming in a bad language (Score 1) 70

by mean pun (#46668019) Attached to: Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

Nice idea that is long overdue, but perhaps a better way to get this accepted is to implement this in a real high-profile compiler such as llvm/clang.

I'm afraid, however, that the Real Men Don't Need Bound Checks mentality that is prevalent among C programmers will be a big obstacle.

Comment: Re:Fire Linus (Score 1) 641

by mean pun (#46663985) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

What makes you think Linus has not tried this level of politeness? From what I've read of him, he is normally very friendly towards the clueless and the sloppy. The problem is that not everyone learns. What would YOU do if the same developer would commit the same offence again and again despite your politely phrased teaching moments? Remember you cannot fire the developer, because you're not employing him.

I would say that a more sharply worded rebuke is appropriate here. Personally I would not use swear words even in these circumstances, but that's a matter of style. Grumbling about prima donnas certainly makes sense to me.

Comment: Re:USAID (Score 4, Interesting) 173

by mean pun (#46649513) Attached to: ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

Is the same thing here on Brazil. USAID here helps every one who wants to overthrow any government that does not comply doggedly what the U.S. told to do.

As an American, I can assure you that simply do not understand what you are talking about. While I have no idea whether any US agency cares any about government change in Brazil, I can tell you that Lula was no problem at all. The man was rational and competent and if he and the US had different ideas from time to time, at least there was some logic to what he was doing. Dilma Rousseff is a completely different story. Early on she came on with the same anti-US ranting and ravings that are quite popular in South America these days. Geez, I don't think I've ever seen anything more embarrassing from a national leader than her photo with Fidel where she looked like an aging rock groupie wanting to suck him off at the first chance she got.

Oh dear, oh dear. Yes, I have to agree here; that is horrible. Terrible. Possibly even Terrorism. Ranting and raving against the US! Having her photo taken with Fidel!! Because no US politician would ever rant or rave against neighbouring counties. Or have their photo taken with dubious world leaders.

If the US is trying to support opposition to her presidency, well, that is a fight that she started.

Certainly. If a politician says some mean things about the US, that TOTALLY justifies US meddling in that politician's country. There is lots of jurisprudence here, because it is exactly the time-honoured schoolyard argument that teachers like so much: "But teach, THEY started it!". (And in the same time-honoured schoolyard tradition, the original offence is of course microscopic compared to the retaliation.)

Comment: Re:Excellent, but .... (Score 4, Interesting) 188

by mean pun (#46620489) Attached to: UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

How will the UN enforce this? This is nothing more than a symbolic gesture as I don't think sanctions are likely to hurt Japan all that much.

Since Japan is using UN resolutions/verdicts against China in its geo-political battles, they do not want to be seen as flouting UN verdicts themselves.

Also, whale meat is actually not that popular in Japan, so much so that the whalers have to dump their stocks: The reason Japan has persisted in whaling despite all the protests is a mixture of lobbying, nationalist sentiments, and fears that banning whaling will open the door to more restrictions of fishing rights.

I'm sure some Japanese politicians will thank the gods of their choice for this verdict.

Comment: Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

by mean pun (#46570267) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

I think you are underestimating how remarkable and unusual this accident has been.

This is certainly not the first plane to have disappeared from the radar, but usually it becomes clear pretty quickly what happened to it, especially nowadays. Debris is found, there was some radio communication about the problem, or there are other obvious hints. In this case the hints have been so sparse and weak that I can well understand that they had to be evaluated carefully before anyone dared to act upon them. Moreover, gathering and interpreting the Inmarsat data also took time.

Considering that anything a crisis team says or does has a great impact on many people, in particular the family and friends of the missing, but also the searchers, personally I wouldn't dare to second-guess decisions of the crisis team. And doubly so in this baffling case.

Comment: Re:Flight recorder (Score 3, Informative) 491

by mean pun (#46566001) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Which is why they waited literally days before asking the international community for help? Seriously, significant progress didn't begin until the other countries were allowed to start helping.

The first few days the obvious extrapolations from the normal flight path was searched, and that search was not only conducted by Malaysia, so other countries were involved from the beginning. When they realised things were not as simple as that they asked for more international help. I fail to see what they did wrong, even in hindsight.

Comment: Re:Stop the emotion, use logic next time. (Score 1) 362

by mean pun (#46387023) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

If that really is all you're complaining about, then private bus services are already regulated in the US and I bet San Fransisco already has its own regulations on the matter. There seems no point to your concern.

I was not complaining, I was not concerned, I was simply pointing out to an all-government-is-evil zealot that the paperwork and fees are there for a reason, even in `the land of the free'.

I am amused that on /. this draws both Insightful and Troll moderation, though.

However, I do apologise for the mental anguish I seem to have inflicted on the language purists. Usually I know better than this, and I imagine that life must be hard enough for them when they are patrolling /. without me adding to their burden.

Comment: Re:Stop the emotion, use logic next time. (Score 0) 362

by mean pun (#46381533) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

The point is not that Google is likely to run dangerous busses; they have every reason not to. The point is that any city in a civilised country will have to do some kind regulation of its bus services, because otherwise all kind of shady bus companies will pop up. That will require paperwork and administration fees. Sneering at "papers and baksheesh" as the original AC did is therefore shortsighted.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1, Troll) 362

by mean pun (#46380379) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

Should this mythical land of the free allow you to run a bus service with vehicles that are a menace to its passengers or other road users? Without proper education of it's bus drivers? Without any insurance? Would you mind if this bus service cherry-picks the profitable routes, so that companies that try to offer more balanced public transport go bankrupt?

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 4, Interesting) 347

by mean pun (#46333145) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Try to focus on arguments of fact, not arguments of person or source. Then you will weed out most deception.

Unfortunately, that's not how discussions are conducted in practice. Everyone always thinks that they argue rationally and factual, and it's always the morans that disagree with you that are _ing blind idiotic sheeple for not seeing the obvious truth of your position. Just look at the pro/con climate change discussions here here on /., the heated US Rep/Dem discussions, or even the iOS/Android pie fights.

Add to that an entire industry that manufactures plausible rationalisations and helpful facts, and you have all the ingredients for large-scale underbelly-based public discussion that is easily manipulated.

Comment: Re:Sure, why not? (Score 0, Flamebait) 410

by mean pun (#46262273) Attached to: Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

You are absolutely right. Given that Solyndra is the only failure that the Obama critics can ever come up with, and given that a subsidy program for renewable energy obviously has high risks (but also high gains), Obama has a very impressive track record in this area. Better that he spends that public money on something that benefits not only the USA but the entire world, rather than, say, the NSA. (Or a Slashdot BETA.)

Comment: Re:Ah, politics (Score 1) 157

by mean pun (#46196385) Attached to: Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors

Another poster points out that there's a sucker born every minute. The ultimate object in politics is to WIN. Stop acting surprised if one party or another engages in devious activity to reach that goal. It's been happening for thousands of years. It's never going to stop. Wash away your political views and you'll see they all do it, to one degree or another. Our perceptions of who's doing it 'more' are a major part of how we see the world, politically.

Ah yes, the But teach!?! Everyone is doing it! defence. That is always so convincing.

Comment: Re:Brazil (Score 1) 683

by mean pun (#46078941) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Which is exactly why it is so shortsighted to cut on welfare programs

Welfare is bread and circuses. It's great for creating a pathologically dependent (though not starving) lower class, but not for creating a middle class. IMHO a middle class requires considerable private demand for skilled labor. That means getting out of the way of those who create those jobs.

If the welfare is handouts that are entirely at the whim of the rich, then yes, you create a pathologically dependent lower class. However, a reliable safety net allows people to take more risks because they know they can fall back on that safety net. That allows those people to create jobs.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas