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Comment: Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 1) 241

by philip.paradis (#48025285) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

You've managed to miss the point while proving it, which I must say is an impressive accomplishment. The point is that the majority of the population of MX lacks the fiscal resources to purchase Starbucks beverages for precisely the reason you've noted. This is why a reply of "first world problems" is either funny or sad (perhaps both) irrespective of the buying power of a small fraction of the population of any region where a business with relatively expensive products happens to open a storefront. To help reinforce the point, you may wish to reference a list of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita.

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 187

by philip.paradis (#48025091) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

My comment was in reply to the posts made by Osgeld and the AC that followed, not to you. Thus, I never said you appear to have a poor understanding of electricity. Quite to the contrary, I was providing a correction for the erroneous statements made by the aforementioned posters. However, I would be remiss if I failed to note that factual observations and contradictions of untrue statements are not intrinsically belittling, although accusations of such intent are frequently made in an appeal to emotional sensitivity by those who wish to deflect attention from flawed positions. I have no interest in taking extraordinary measures to avoid bruising fragile egos, and thus I tend to ignore appeals to emotion and focus further on points which are apparent sensitivity zones. If anything, such areas frequently deserve even closer critical examination.

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 187

by philip.paradis (#48017345) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

This is grossly incorrect. The car is a a much better conductor to ground than a human body. Even leaving the metal portion of a car aside, rubber becomes an rather good conductor at the power levels provided by a lightning strike, certainly a better conductor than your body. Where are you getting your misinformation?

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 187

by philip.paradis (#48017335) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Incorrect. While occupying the interior of a vehicle would afford better protection than you'd get standing alone, you wouldn't have to be fully inside the car for it to afford some protection in the event of a lightning strike. Merely being in contact with the door handle would create a condition whereby the car provides a more conductive path to ground than your body. You appear to have a poor understanding of electricity. Incidentally, rubber becomes more conductive at power levels approaching those supplied by lightning strikes.

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 1) 310

You seem confused. Please try reading this thread again, starting with the original post I replied to. Also, the counter-example I provided in my last reply isn't Python. Before opening your mouth to speak, you should probably be reasonably certain you know what you're talking about. Cheers.

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 1) 310

You just quoted 106 characters to accomplish the following simple task:

print "Hello, World\n";

That's 23 characters to accomplish the same task, but the core issue isn't even really the character count alone. It's the verbosity combined with the requirement that an object be explicitly constructed to perform something that is a fundamentally procedural task.

Comment: Re: Only the beginning (Score 1) 236

by philip.paradis (#48007591) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

As a side note, if our hypothetical programmer merely examines and untaints $ENV{PATH} in the last example, the exploit will succeed, since Perl doesn't do any taint inspection of a string passed to system() unless it interpolates potentially tainted input. Still, a reasonable programmer would hopefully have an "ah ha" moment after being reminded that $ENV{PATH} is tainted and consider the rest of the environment.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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