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Comment Re:Better link (Score 3, Informative) 65

Last time I tried to report a bug to Apple through their bug tool, I got this error message. When I sent a message to the address in the error message, they responded, "please submit that bug through our error reporting tool." The initial bug I was trying to report still hasn't been fixed.

This vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild. In that case, responsible disclosure means announcing it publicly, so people can defend themselves. And if Apple gave him as much trouble as they gave me, I don't blame him for not reporting the bug to them.

Comment Better link (Score 4, Informative) 65

Here is a better link with more technical details.

It's a privilege escalation exploit, so an attacker would already need shell access on your computer to get something done. Every OS has privilege escalation vulnerabilities, because it's much harder to close all the holes when you allow someone to execute arbitrary code on a system.

That said, this is a particularly braindead bug from Apple, and it is worrisome because it shows they aren't thinking about security, or don't have proper processes in place to ensure the system stays secure. Their programmers should have known better than to create that kind of environment variable so lightly.

Comment Re:Fallacy of Climate Control (Score 4, Insightful) 180

It's his own money. Who cares if it's a fallacy? The reality is, eventually we're going to need to switch to renewable energy. Non-renewable energy will run out by definition.

So if he wants to put his money into that, it might make the world a better place. And if it ends up with cheaper energy for everybody, it will make the world a better place. The cheaper energy becomes, the better.

Comment Re:Not with a console they won't. (Score 1) 91

I'm trying to think of what games people play competitively on consoles, and none come to mind.

Smash Brothers has a serious scene, there's even a documentary.
Marvel vs Capcom has some intense following.
Streetfighter has had a scene for a while, maybe the oldest, check out this video. To pull of that defense, he had to hit many button presses in a row with millisecond precision.

Frankly, if Microsoft consistently commits millions of dollars in prize money over several years, a competitive scene will grow up around it. I don't think many people will want to watch it, for reasons you mention, but if Microsoft throws a good party, they'll be able to fill a stadium full of gawkers.

Comment Re:steve ballmer's legacy gets one last sucker pun (Score 1) 186

Depending on how you look at it, Elop did a great job.
1) The comapny was already dead
2) He managed to get a lot of money for the company

He did a horrible job. HTC made Windows phones too, but they were smart enough to also make Androids. Same thing with Samsung. Only Nokia was braindead enough to only make Windows Phones. Big mistake.

Comment Re:Obviously Yahoo minimizes it... (Score 1) 74

Ad networks are a ghastly open sewer of shoddily vetted and frequently dangerous crap; usually served agonizingly slowly and heavy on Flash and scripts and crap.

When I have ad blocking on, the battery in my computer lasts five times longer than when I have it turned off. It's kind of insane.

Comment Re:Oh, Christ, here we go... (Score 1) 191

Anyone who tries to accomplish something worthwhile in this world will be insulted and have people try to tear them down.
Anyone who stands out will be mocked.
Anyone who posts on the internet will eventually get a death threat.

It's the way of life. You can't do anything without someone hating you for it.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 191

There's a quote about Ada that I always think about:

It's quite apparent that the evolution of the C family of languages (C, C++, Java, C#) is converging on a language very like Ada, except unfortunately as a kludgepile rather than a clean design.

Then there is this quote from the same page:

? I wrote in Ada for two years. My experience was that its extremely consistent data-typing rules and high readability gave me the highest productivity and lowest bug rate of any environment I've used before or since.....I would say that in Ada more than any language I've ever personally used (or seen) it is possible to truly express and recognize DESIGN.

Of course, the Ariane 5 shows that no language can save you from bad programming. Ultimately it is the people using the language that matters, not the language itself.

Comment Re:What a deal! (Score 1) 375

Anyway, as long as the water problems continue, anyone who says you have a budget surplus is a big fat liar and is stealing the money.

The water problems come from the same source as the budgetary problems. Both farmers and city dwellers have been doing a good job reducing their water usage (by letting their lawns die or by using more efficient irrigation techniques). But every time there's a surplus of water, someone says, "Hey, let's use that water for my project over here!" That's poor management, though. You need to save up for the dry years.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein