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Comment: Re:What does that even mean (Score 4, Informative) 60

I think you're missing the point:

The earth's mantle is significantly more dense than the crust. Mountains are made of matter that is less dense than the mantle, so when they go deeply into the earth, there is less mantle "beneath" your feet.

More mountain = less mantle = less dense.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 30

by phantomfive (#49747771) Attached to: Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules
Here's the 'clarifying' quote by the director of BIS:

“Vulnerability research is not controlled nor would the technology related to choosing, finding, targeting, studying and testing a vulnerability be controlled,” said Randy Wheeler, director of the BIS, today during a conference call. “The development, testing, evaluating and productizing of an exploit or intrusion software, or of course the development of zero-day exploits for sale, is controlled.”

After reading that several times, I'm still not sure what is allowed and what is not.

Comment: Re:Yeah right. Then explain COBOL. (Score 2) 355

by phantomfive (#49744667) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read
COBOL was relatively readable when it was invented, compared to the other languages of the time. The purpose was to be so readable that even managers could understand it

Well written COBOL is understandable. The biggest complaint is that it's overly verbose (other problems like "no re-entrant functions" aren't problems anymore). In many ways Java seems like a modern version of COBOL.

Comment: Re:Verbosity is easy? (Score 1) 355

by phantomfive (#49744649) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

A decade ago, your major threat to readability was someone with pattern prejudice; those who ended up encapsulating everything in a factory-factory to factory to interface to abstract to etc, etc, etc,

lol it fascinates me how common this problem is (and why always choose factory?). And then you half your code is converting from one object type to another.

Comment: Logjam (Score 5, Interesting) 42

by phantomfive (#49740527) Attached to: How 1990s Encryption Backdoors Put Today's Internet In Jeopardy
AFAICT it doesn't put 'the internet' in jeopardy, reports are only a small percentage of websites are even vulnerable to this (link).

Here's the weird thing about this to me (in bullet points):
* A couple years ago, the only people who cared about vulns were people who knew how to use metasploit or ethereal or something.
* Last year, with Heartbleed, the news organization found out it could generate page views if the vulnerability had a pretty logo.
* Now with this story, the non-techy articles are so numerous it's hard to figure out what the actual exploit even is. But if you want to find an 'personal interest' story blaming Bush or Clinton (or whatever president), they're all over the place.

I wonder what will happen if the mainstream media learns to read Apple's or Microsoft's security bulletins and finds out how common security exploits actually are......

The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud