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Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 209

by staalmannen (#49146619) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

The problem, even with a spinal cord cut intentionally and carefully, is that the surgeon has no way to know what connections in the head go to what connections in the body.

It sounds like he's simply hoping it all sorts itself out somehow. Or maybe that the brain could eventually remap everything. Seems unlikely. Especially within two years.

The basic idea would be physiotherapy afterwards to make the brain re-learn how to move the body

Comment: Re: One thing right in my book (Package management (Score 1) 489

by staalmannen (#48854397) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
Hopefully there will be an easy list with "trust scores" for 3rd party repositories easily available to users (and with the chocolatey already activated, the need for addotional repos for FOSS might not be needed). Btw OneGet is also open source and on github ... Not the same MS that we love to hate...

Comment: One thing right in my book (Package management) (Score 4, Informative) 489

by staalmannen (#48850441) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
That they finally start with a package manager (or package manager manager) : OneGet which will integrate with Chocolatey is a big "right" in my book. As a Linux user for a decade, one of the strangest things in Windows-land has been that users still need to go to web-pages and download installers manually - which in it self poses a security risk since the average user might not verify that the web page is genuine. With an efficient software management (keep everything up-to-date) and installation eco-system, we can hope that a lot of the crapware littering download sites will go extinct (I have had to clean up various computers for friends and family running Windows - those running Linux did not need much support apart from the occasional upgrade). As a GUI front-end I find Chocolatey Explorer user friendly enough, but other options will most likely pop up later.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 129

by staalmannen (#48555273) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

There has been plenty of people here who have claimed that Linux and open source provide an architecture which is by design more resilient against malware than proprietary solutions.

It is. That is why a Linux malware get to be news whereas yet another Windows malware does not register above the noise as news because there are so damn many of them. The same thing with the Bash, GnuTLS, OpenSSL etc vulnerabilities. "More resilient" does not mean immune - claiming immiunity would just be silly. News of Critical Vulnerabilities in Windows are about as frequent as every Patch Tuesday.

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.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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