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Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 82 82

Zero-days are not "back doors".

Unless the zero day flaw was put there intentionally, as back doors are put there intentionally, a zero day flaw is not a back door, it's just some incompetent who should be employed asking me "Do you want fries with that?", rather than employed writing security sensitive software. In other words: your average bad programmer.

I think the implication of the story is that they are put in there intentionally, at least some of them.

Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199 199

I care about none of those things. Youtube uses html 5 just fine.

How do you get to the HTML5 version of YouTube? Whenever I play a YouTube video, it uses Flash. I know this cause if I right click on a video a menu pops up and one of the options is "About Adobe Flash Player". Is there a different URL for the HTML5 site, or is there a settings menu somewhere where I can change it?

Comment Re:Reasons I'm not a judge. (Score 3) 331 331

I don't believe someone needs to die to warrant a bigger sentence. The fact is, this psychopath put many people in harms way and got their doors broken down and live guns pointed at them. The fact that nobody died is a miracle

If the Swat team response to an unverified phone call is to put people's lives at such severe risk as you describe, the problem is with the police, not the teenage idiot who placed the fake calls.

Comment Re:Kids don't understand sparse arrays (Score 1) 128 128

It all depends on what you want to do with your matrices. Various operations have various costs in different sparse matrix formats. The standard ones are COO or coordinate format: a list of triples (i, j, val); DOK or dictionary of keys format: the hashmap you are thinking of; LIL or list of lists format: a list for each row and a list if pairs (j, val) in each list entry; CSR/CSC or compact sparse row/column: an array of indices where each row starts, an array of column indices and an array of values.

COO and DOK are great for changing sparsity structure; LIL is very useful if you have a lot of row-wise (or column-wise) operations, or need to manipulate rows regularly. CSR is great for matrix operations such as multiplication, addition etc. You use what suits your usecase, or change between formats (relatively cheap) as needed.

Comment Re:hmmm (Score 1) 86 86

prohibit the private registration of domains which are "associated with commercial activities and which are used for online financial transactions

I'm not sure I have a big problem with this. If you do business with a company that can just disappear, that'd be a bummer. That said, you shouldn't do business with a company like that, but people aren't always smart.

I've registered several domains in the past and never been asked if they were for personal or commercial use. Are domain name registrars now going to be in the business of policing how domain names are used? At the present time, I don't think they have any involvement in how a domain is actually used, and many are used for multiple purposes, some commercial and some not. Who exactly is going to be responsible for doing this kind of content policing? If it is the registrars, I imagine the cost of registering a domain will go way up to cover their labor costs in monitoring content.

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