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Comment: Time to prune the systems of bashisms (Score 1) 329

by staalmannen (#48025133) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
I have re-linked /bin/sh to another light-weight minimalistic shell and I use another sell as cli. Despite this, it is nearly impossible to completely remove Bash from a GNU/Linux system (Arch in my case) because several critical components depend on Bash (either simply by calling #!/bin/bash instead of sh or by depending on bash-specific functionality). Getting rid of those dependencies would give the user freedom to choose any sh-compatible shell. One reason this bash bug and the openssl bug before it are so devastating is that those two implementations are so ubiquitous. If each component in a system is easily replaceable with an alternative implementation, the impact would be far smaller. I fear a future systemd vulnerability....

Comment: Bash a bad fit for osx (Score 2, Insightful) 208

by staalmannen (#48008575) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug
What Apple does (keeping an ancient non-gpl3 version of bash as primary shell) seems to be the worst possible solution. There are several powerful shells with liberal licences that would fit osx better: zsh (very powerful, globbing and spelling correction), mksh (light and fast but still full of features) or perhaps for the easy-to-use philosophy: fish. Osx already diverges significantly from other *nixes (case-insensitive, binary format, ...) so keeping bash for legacy support sounds strange - and if important they could just make it an optional install like in most BSDs...

Comment: Re: Hydra... specifically? (Score 1) 185

by staalmannen (#47723697) Attached to: New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells
That is not how evolution works. We do not decend from any currently living species, we just share common ancestors and if you go far enough back in time we are related to everything living on Earth. Studies of distant relative animals ("basal metazoans") and finding similarities to us indicate that our last common ancestor had those features.

Comment: Re:Fuck Tiles! (Score 1) 346

by staalmannen (#47458039) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
I still hope that the plasma desktop from KF5 finally will make KDE a real shell replacement on Windows. There is experimental support for this in the KDE4 builds, but as I have understood it KF5/Qt5 will enhance support significantly. If this is the case I will definitely put KDE on every machine when people want me to "fix" their Windows 8 machines (and refuse a proper OS).

Comment: Re: Bah (Score 2) 209

by staalmannen (#47015061) Attached to: How Predictable Is Evolution?
not imaginative enough. Life in outer space would be less similar to us than bacteria on Earth is (so bird-like and octupus like is too "tellocentric"). Having said that, certain body plans are likely to reoccur like light sensors (eyes have developed several times independently on Earth) likely close to the proccesing unit ("brain", could also be distributed like in an octopus) and feeding organs.

Comment: Re:Zombie plants? (Score 1) 38

by staalmannen (#46703297) Attached to: Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. -Fassbach, World War Z

In this case, she is a Cereal killer

Comment: Re:Different views on a free market (Score 1) 223

by staalmannen (#46683329) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.
Standards is just one of the regulations in place to ensure a Free market (a market with choice for the consumer). In terms of ISPs it could be that there would be antitrust regulations and requirements that competing companies should be able to sell their services over the exising connections. Ideally the "network providers" and "service providers" are kept sepparate, and the "network providers" only billing the "service providers". This is how stuff works with electricity and gas, at least in the 2 countries where I have lived.

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