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Comment Re:Here we go again. (Score 1) 122

The basically stupid idea is the ability to download and run Turing-complete code from unknown sources in supposed "safety". This has nothing to do with actual applications written in Java which is a reasonably secure language, certainly more secure than C or C++ (no buffer overflows, etc.).

The broken sandbox is completely orthogonal to whether or not Java is a POS. It's a feature, a broken feature, but not one that you're required to use and a well-written application, in any language, does not attempt to run Turing-complete code from unknown sources.

Comment Re:Here we go again. (Score 2) 122

No, it's not a small program because these exploits are usually not against the JVM but against the sandbox. The problem is that the basic idea of a sandbox that lets you do almost anything and has fine-grained controls over what APIs you can and cannot call is fundamentally flawed. The attack surface is huge and the security code threads through all kinds of libraries.

Comment Re: Science != Biomedical Research (Score 1) 444

It's not the first time I see physics researchers criticise others fields for not being as strict as theirs. They usually have a tendency to oversimplify the other fields without taking in consideration practical factors such as the impossibility to obtain large samples or repeat an experiment many times in the exact same conditions.

Comment Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 5, Insightful) 743

That doesn't really help. If they print more than they produce, the currency will drop in value.

That's the whole point. Devaluing the currency means everyone in the country takes a pay cut, at least with respect to imports. but internal prices don't change (at least not immediately). This has the effect of discouraging imports and encouraging exports. Taken to extremes it will mean hyperinflation and financial collapse but used judiciously it's a good economic tool.

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