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Comment: solution? (Score 2) 172

by shortscruffydave (#48045753) Attached to: New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

The backdoor applies the MD5 hash function to the value and sends a query to The query template is as follows: Here MD5_hash_first8 is the value of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash value from the current date. The search returns a web page containing the list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.

So...get Reddit to nix this query and deny the functionality to the botnet?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 549

Fair point, and I must admit that I was thinking more about self-inflicted rather than externally-originated extinction. That said - and I don't have any strong opinion one way or the other - should mankind really consider itself the pinnacle of evolution that must preserve itself at all costs? If an extinction-level event comes along, then maybe mankind should go the way of the dinosaurs, and let evolution come up with an alternative (an improved mankind v2.0) out of what remains. ( I realise that I've basically just paraphrases Falken's speech from the movie Wargames, but the point still stands).

Comment: Why? (Score 2, Insightful) 549

Why would we need to populate Mars in order to preserve humanity? In case humanity managed to wipe itself out on this planet? If that's the case - humanity has managed to f*** up so catastrophically as to destroy itself on its home planet - then it doesn't deserve to be preserved.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by shortscruffydave (#47984059) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

I think the elephant in the room is that most women have babies. They love those babies and they want to stay home with them.

Where I work - medium-sized development shop - I can recall one or two females who went on maternity leave and never came back, and several who dropped to part-time after they had kids. Not one single male changed working patterns after fatherhood.

Comment: Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (Score 3, Informative) 417

by shortscruffydave (#46957391) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

In saying that, you demonstrate that you have no idea how good London cabbies are at their job, an dhow hard they have to work to get to that position.

They are vetted and must have no criminal record, and they are regulated by the Public Carriage Office

The Knowledge is notoriously difficult, and leads to them having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets of central London - something like every street in a 10 mile radius of Charing Cross, every hotel, cinema, theatre, etc. Every time they've been put into competition with a SatNav, the route they calculate *in their head* is superior to anything that technology can come up with.

There's no way some guy with a smartphone app can be seen as anything like a peer for a proper London Cabbie.

Comment: "Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (Score 1) 297

Everyone seems to be getting all gussied up about drones, but (excuse my ignorance here) what's the difference between drones and remote control aircraft? People seem to have been playing happily with the latter for years, but when they get called "drones", they're seen as evil?

Comment: my preferred approach (Score 1) 716

Accept that there will be a certain degree of bugginess in code, and cater for this in project timescales, workload allocation, etc. As bugs get teased out of the product, they get fixed. It's all part of the process, and implicitly it's accepted that developers will include some bugs in their code (for which the testing process is included in the development lifecycle) BUT....there is a limit as to how much bugginess a single developer can be responsible for. When their output drops below an acceptable standard, i.e. bugs:code ratio is not good enough, then they get fired.

Comment: Re:Picasso (Score 0) 360

by shortscruffydave (#46151809) Attached to: Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Copying your work to give away for free or to sell should have a much much shorter leash, as should the privilege to restrict others from creating new things based on your work. 5 years seems more than enough to me in this digital age.

Why? Why the hell should that be the case? If I pour loads of MY time and MY effort and MY resources into creating something, then it's MY creation and I want to keep it then I can, because it's MINE.

Sorry, but it just boils my p**s that everyone these days just thinks they have a God*-given right for unfettered access to anything they like for free,

* other deities may be available

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.