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Comment: Re:Well Duhhhhhh (Score 2) 37

Iran's actions with regards Yemen are purely regional politics, nothing to do with any threats they may pose towards the West. Funny as it may seem, people and nations sometimes have multiple motivations to act.

In case of Yemen, it is a matter of Saudi-Arabia, Iran's most prominent opponent in the region, flexing its muscles against mostly Shia militias in Yemen. Iran seeing itself as the voice of the Shia minority in the ME, it is no surprise it should intervene.

Comment: Re:Wow, this *IS* old... (Score 1) 171

by mvdwege (#49469497) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

As a service provider, I am not sure how to handle this because, technically, it's "their server".

On the other hand 'their' server has to share a network with other servers. If they refuse to use best current security practices, their server will start interfering with other servers.

So the answer is: don't sell them unsecured VMs. If they can't take the above argument and insist, at least charge them more based on the fact that you will have to clean up the mess eventually. And if you have many such customers, invest in some monitoring solution that can detect hacked boxen.

Comment: Re:Unsealed after Ulbrich conviction (Score 2) 144

by mvdwege (#49378011) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

Trust the basement-dwelling "whaaaah gubmint baaaad!" conspiracy nuts on Slashdot to bring up 'evidence' completely unrelated to the point they are struggling to make.

'Fruit of the poisonous tree' deals with how the evidence is obtained. If, after obtaining the evidence in a legal way, an officer commits a crime by then stealing out of the evidence gathered, that still makes the evidence admissible in court. Absent any cases cited to the contrary, of course.

Comment: Re:yeah, California is falling apart (Score 1) 224

by mvdwege (#49241687) Attached to: California Looking To Make All Bitcoin Businesses Illegal

California's debt at the state level is many times larger. Even Gov. Brown estimated it at $354b last year, and that's likely far too low.

Still a trifle on a 2.2 trillion GDP. And I noticed you glossed over the fact that static debt numbers are meaningless, it's the debt service that counts.

You have to add to that even larger local debts.

Nope, you don't get to do that. Local debts are the responsibility of the local authorities, you don't get to add them to the state debt. And If they have enough tax base to carry the debt service, the debt the local authorities run up is again, irrelevant.

And who, pray tell, "shackles" California's tax raising powers anyway? The state is entirely in the hands of Democrats.

Here's who and what:

  1. The Republicans, because California requires a two-thirds Assembly majority to pass a budget, and they won't budge on tax increases.
  2. Proposition 13.

Seriously, if I know this from an ocean and a continent away, then it is rather obvious who the illiterate is, now isn't it?

Comment: Re:Write-only code. (Score 1) 757

by mvdwege (#49240273) Attached to: Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong?

I was not arguing that Lisp has taken off or should have taken off, so you can take that strawman and stick it up your arse.

Secondly, since all but one of your points are factually untrue, that can't be why Lisp hasn't taken off. You are making points that do not support your argument, leading credence to the conclusion that you are merely trying to rationalise a personal dislike of Lisp. Nothing wrong with not liking a language, but at least do your audience the courtesy of being honest about it.

Lastly, it is the height of stupidity to double down on a position when you have already proven that you do not know what you are talking about. No amount of impressive sounding words is going to hide your basic lack of knowledge of the development of Lisp since McCarthy's time.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche