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Comment: Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (Score 1) 70

by phantomfive (#47762981) Attached to: Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

It's an oldschool attitude to not touch things, from back in the day where software was so flaky that chances were someone had already 'exploited' the bug to do something non-malicious.

Ah, that actually makes sense, good analysis.

. It's pretty obvious from the description what the bug is, so saying you aren't going to fix it is, as you say, pure laziness.

This sort of thing worries me about glibc, and the attitude that 'bugs are no big deal' is a dangerous one that is infecting software developers all over.

Comment: Re:Illegal (Score 1) 142

by phantomfive (#47762217) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report
As with many things, some regulations are good, and some are bad (if that idea gives you problems, then you need to reconsider your life).

With taxis, we can clearly see two kinds of regulation:
1) Regulations that make customers (and drivers) safer and less likely to be ripped off.
2) Regulations that are designed to limit competition.

Obviously, we want to keep the first type of regulation, because they achieve good results. We want to reduce the second type, because they drive prices up for everyone and reduce quality.

Comment: Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (Score 2) 70

by phantomfive (#47762125) Attached to: Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

The word you're looking for is 'skeptical', and then they went and fixed it when they were proven wrong. This is actually the opposite of arrogant.

They should have fixed the bug as soon as they realized it was there, and not waited until someone proved it was an especially bad bug.

Comment: Re:I'm really not buying it (Score 1) 121

by phantomfive (#47754603) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

For most species, childhood is all risk, no benefit (where benefit = breeding)

Unless the benefit is that the older generation can live longer, and gain more wisdom, before the younger kids become......teenagers.

That is, the race would benefit from the greater wisdom of older folks, not individuals.

Comment: Re:Display server (Score 1) 750

by phantomfive (#47753877) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

As long as xterm & the web browser are running on Wayland, nobody will complain.

And X-forwarding. has became such a mess itself (compared to the old XFree86) so anything smaller, simpler, faster and 100% compatible is welcome.

Makes you feel good that the same people who messed up are building Wayland, doesn't it?

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 750

by phantomfive (#47753811) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

is Slackware and from what I've heard Patrick and the devs over there feel the same way I do about systemd.... Maybe its time to revisit an old friend.

You will feel at home in so many ways. You will type 'ps aux' and see the process list can be read in a single page.

The only downsides will be the lack of a solid package manager, most specifically no way to automatically upgrade all software on your system; and (possibly, depending on your hardware) driver issues not being resolved as easily.

Comment: Re:Definition of Irony (Score 1) 243

by phantomfive (#47752967) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

in fact, it appears to me that being an arrogant prick is more likely to lead to success than intelligence.

Studies of company CxO suites have shown that the opposite is true.....success leads to arrogance, rather than the other way around. No one wants to promote the arrogant prick, but they become arrogant once they get there.

Comment: Re:There is no public benefit (Score 1) 296

by phantomfive (#47748731) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

First off, I think we should put PSAs over Bennett's stories.

Yes, and it should link to this, this, and this.

That last one was used as an ESL textbook at my university, but Bennet could truly benefit from it. (it's actually a really good book, 90% of the internet could use it).

Comment: Re:Public cynicism about fusion (Score 1) 146

by phantomfive (#47748517) Attached to: Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

If we'd spent a fraction of those amounts on energy God. It's not for sure that throwing money at energy research will solve all our problems,

But it would solve the problem of oil money funding ISIS. (That is, if we combined it with electric cars, since most oil goes to power transportation, not power plants)

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