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Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 88 88

What do you mean "locked to a single platform". I admit that I haven't tried it, but they give away the source code to VS 2015. Which is pretty much why RedHat it trying to claim that code which used to be owned by a single company is a point of failure. It's another business swipe at MS. RedHat is running for the hills because pretty soon they'll lose all purpose.

Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 88 88

"editing flat text config files"

All while working for RedHat. RPM relies on shell scripts and doesn't have a reliable rollback/commit mechanism.

Is it just the slam against "Microsoft Visual Anything"?

But yeah, this obvious attempt at slamming business competition under the guise of technical know-how is oh, so 1995 (which was 20 years ago). But, in todays world, we have gotten to the point when it is not only easier, but more reliable to generate code than to write it by hand. And while they have some learning curve, visual code analysis tool are still better than text-only ones. Even the resurgence of C can be mostly attributed to the fact it's simpler syntax makes it easier to generate than the new C++ syntax.

Comment The argument is "leaky" at best too (Score 4, Informative) 180 180

Pathogens don't "learn". They evolve, ok. They adapt, ok. But they aren't sentient. They are not thinking. And especially they aren't thinking "hey, if they vaccinate, they won't die anyway, at least not as fast, so let's get more deadly!" This isn't the fucking Pandemic flash game for crying out loud!

There is no interest of killing a host for a parasite. It's an side effect. Unintended, and actually harmful for the parasite in the long run. Just like poisoning the seas is harmful for us. We ain't some comic book villain who does it for ... well, for being evil. We do it 'cause it cuts costs. The oil spill is only the side effect, not the reason we do it.

So yes, they COULD get more deadly because we don't die as fast and a more deadly mutated strain would kill itself off with the host if there was no vaccination. But that is hardly an argument against vaccination. It only means that at worst we're with vaccination where we are now without. AT WORST. If, and only if, the pathogens mutate in such a way that they get more deadly. Which is neither in their interest nor anything they would (evolutionary) strive for.

What's the benefit for a pathogen to be more deadly? Killing the host is actually bad for it, since that ends spreading (with this host at least).

Comment Re:Something IS Wrong (Score 1) 352 352

I can dissolve that conspiracy theory: They are more afraid of someone finding a way to bypass their input sanitizers than losing money from hacks. So no characters are allowed that could possibly, remotely, be considered "active" or "command" characters in any language they could probably think of.

Also, most, if not all, of the hacks happen due to people getting their passwords stolen by trojans and the like rather than someone actually guessing the passwords.

Comment Re:Salted your passwords (Score 2) 352 352

Provided that we now know how your passwords are created, finding your password is essentially not harder or easier than before. From a technical point of view of course. Actually, it probably is much easier now considering that, since you probably rely on your creation algorithm to introduce enough entropy, you probably choose simpler passwords.

Comment That's your problem? (Score 1) 352 352

Given that most of these webpages are also the ones where you have to answer some "secret" question to recover your password, it's kinda moot to select a secure password.

What is it you say? "Instead of giving a real answer to the "secret" question, simply use another randomly generated string?"

That's a good idea. Until the admin of the page locks your account because "you obviously are a robot, because humans don't do this".

The problem runs far, far deeper, people...

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 1) 246 246

I do have a lot of respect for the women (and men, let's not forget them) who provide a valuable service by selling professional aid in the area of satisfying one of the most powerful human urges.

But these people I'd certainly call prostitutes. Or maybe, if I have to skirt the issue, a "working girl/guy".

I would never dream of calling someone who actually has a decent job and provides a valuable service a hoe or a whore!

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 5, Interesting) 246 246

Yes, but we ain't living in a perfect world and politicians as well as officials who should work for taxes deliberately choose to be whores and sell themselves to the highest bidder. So ok, I can't change the game so I want in. How much? How much is the whore? How much for a law? How much to actually get it executed? How much to get a law bent and turned inside out to use it against its intent?

Apparently these hoes are for sale, so what's left to be determined is the price.

Comment Please tell me it's just a name (Score 2) 132 132

"Every Child Achieves" is an even WORSE name for an education bill than "no child left behind". Please tell me it's just a name. Please tell me it's not some sort of "everyone's a winner" bullshit that undermines education even more than it already is.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"