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Comment: Re:Another WIN in WINdows (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by robogymnast (#29874845) Attached to: Arbitrary Code Execution With "ldd"

I've had the full source code for "ldd" on my linux box for the past thirteen years... What good has that done in this case?

The good that it has done is that the author of this article DID have access to the source, analyzed it, found a vulnerability and now you, me or anyone else can (and no doubt will) patch it. The point of the source being available isn't that you personally need to look through every line of code that your system executes, but rather that it is made available to anyone to analyze for security, efficiency, correctness, etc. instead of being locked up in a vault somewhere.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 753

In other words, our children and grandchildren should pay for technological advances that make our lives easier.

Spending money on science and research can create value, just as the money spent on creating the internet in the 70s and 80s is allowing for a vast increase in wealth creation (amazon, ebay, google, slashdot) scientific advances in medicine, communications and nearly every other scientific field.

This is not borrowing from the future, this is an investment in the future, which will likely will pay for itself in the amount of value it will create and improvements in quality of life.

Comment: Re:Sounds Like A Publicity Stunt (Score 1) 145

by robogymnast (#27562111) Attached to: Twitter Gets Slammed By the StalkDaily XSS Worm

Yes, let's continue taking criminals, claiming they're not just that, and sending them for 'councelling' instead of prison. On tax dollars, of course. Certainly, the 'going easy on criminals' aspect of current society has been going far better than the alternative lately.

I don't know what "going easy on criminals aspect" you are talking about, I have yet to see ANY attempts at real rehabilitation for criminals.

The difference between paying for clinics and rehabilitation and paying for prisons and guards is that at the end, clinics attempt to help you with whatever issues caused you to break the law so you can return to society. Prisons just build more cells because they know you will be coming back in a few years. Some people can't be helped, but believe it or not, most people would rather have a productive life and obey the law than rot in a cell.

Comment: Re:I can live with it (Score 1) 640

by robogymnast (#27357763) Attached to: Why Fear the End of the R-Rated Superhero Movie?
I believe that when the GP said "gunning down" someone that he was referring to brutal violence/murder, but not necessarily with a firearm. Violence is violence, it sounds like you are reading an anti-gun argument into his statement when I'm not sure that there is one.

GP was arguing that most people will never kill in cold blood, with any weapon, which is what makes it fantasy material.

Comment: Re:I can live with it (Score 1) 640

by robogymnast (#27347897) Attached to: Why Fear the End of the R-Rated Superhero Movie?
I'd say its pretty likely that your nephew has seen a human penis before. If you find a naked human to be more offensive than extreme violence then yeah, I'd say that is pretty screwed up.

It's not my kid, and maybe I would feel different if it were, but I would say take him, educate him and speak to him like an adult. Remember, you must be the change that you want to see in the world.

Honestly, I think its great that they are able to show that and be mature about it. We need to get over ourselves and embrace the fact that we are human.

Comment: Is it April 1 already? (Score 1) 512

by robogymnast (#27092239) Attached to: Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet
This is a joke right? If not the sponsors of this bill/resolution/whatever should be removed from office for wasting taxpayer dollars and overstepping their authority. This is not a political issue, it is a science issue. Pluto is still out there, and will continue orbiting happily along despite what we choose to call it.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.