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Comment: Re:HR still says (Score 2) 223

by theCoder (#48008373) Attached to: Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Your comment got me interested in actual numbers, so I did some Google searches. I expected to find a small but nonzero number of yearly deaths. The results I found indicated that death by starvation in America is so infrequent that it's not even tracked. Occasional cases do occur, but they are often the result of something other than lack of access to food, such as child neglect or mental illness. Even Feeding America only talks about the effects of hunger and food insecurity, not actual starvations. There are lots of programs, both government and private charities that provide food and assistance to those who need it.

That's not to trivialize the very real problems of malnutrition or hunger, which can have serious consequences. But outright death to lack of access to food does seem to be practically non-existent in the U.S.

Comment: Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (Score 1) 318

by theCoder (#48001257) Attached to: Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Check your /bin/sh symlink. The system() function essentially does `/bin/sh -c "PASSED_ARGUMENT"'. On many (all?) Debian based systems, /bin/sh is a link to 'dash', not 'bash'. IIRC, this was done for speed reasons, but it is likely that dash does not happen to have the same bug as bash.

Comment: Re:What a strange discussion (Score 1) 869

China thinks the big CO2 producers should cut first? So, does that include China itself, as the largest CO2 producer country?

In 2010, China produced much more CO2 than any other country: 8.3 billion tons compared to the US' 5.4 billion tons. Worse, the 2012 estimates show China rising to 9.86 billion tons and the US dropping to 5.19 billion tons. So, which country is worse again?

Comment: Re:Go. Buy food. Leave. (Score 1) 794

by theCoder (#46374945) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Where do I go instead of Best Buy? Amazon. NewEgg. Monoprice.

For commonplace electronics you need today: Walmart/Sam's Club or Target (use cash!) or even Staples or Office Max.

For appliances: Home Depot or Lowes.

Unfortunately for Best Buy, there's very little reason to actually go there anymore. And at least for me they have a reputation of high prices.

Comment: Re:Open borders... one way? (Score 2) 279

by theCoder (#46203147) Attached to: LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Of course, any code that requires a patent license to run isn't exactly free software either. And no free software project "with a brain" should accept code that opens up users to legal liability.

If companies like Apple and Google really are rejecting GPL v3 because of patent issues, that makes me think they want to use their patents against users of the software they are purporting to be "free." Are users of the LLVM compiler going to wake up one day to a lawsuit from one of these companies alleging patent infringement? It's all fun and games until your company is the target of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit because you shipped software compiled with a patented optimization technique or something.

Of course, the sooner that happens, the better. Because then everyone pushing non-GPL licenses will remember why those patent protections are there, and switch back. Or we could just get rid of software patents and not have to worry about the whole mess.

btw, Google and Apple probably don't like GPL v3 because of the anti-Tivoization clauses in GPL v3 that would prevent those companies from locking down the hardware they sell and preventing users from replacing the OS with a different one. But that's not really a patent issue. Nor is it a very nice thing for either company to do. At least Google does make it easier to unlock the device, even if it doesn't come that way by default.

Comment: Re:Simply ready for the Supreme Court to rule. (Score 2) 583

by theCoder (#43993621) Attached to: Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

Scalia's the only one of the nine who is almost guaranteed to strike it down. He has routinely voted against government intrusion such as using IR devices to find grow houses without a warrant or the recent case of the government collecting DNA samples from all people arrested.

Though the most likely outcome is that the Court will not rule on the issue at all, deciding that whoever brings whatever case doesn't have standing because they cannot prove they were spied upon.

Comment: Re:Use Ghostery! (Score 1) 97

by theCoder (#43256109) Attached to: Tracking the Web Trackers

Maybe, but even the act of sending the cookie back, even if it seems to have bad data in it, can give information about you -- what sites you visit, how long you spend there, etc.

Now, maybe a script that made random HTTP requests with random cookie data. It still would be tricky, and blocking the stalkers (especially facebook) seems much safer.

Comment: Re:Not as strange as it sounds (Score 1) 976

I agree with a lot of your points, but regarding recycling, a big thing to consider is that recycled material doesn't take up space in a landfill. If we recycle a cubic meter of glass, we aren't saving ourselves from having to gather a cubic meter of sand, but we are saving a cubic meter of space in a landfill somewhere. And those cubic meters add up.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 379

by theCoder (#42725701) Attached to: Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

In technology, "legacy" is a derogatory term used to describe technology the speaker doesn't like and wishes others stopped using. For example, "the Linux enthusiast suggested migrating from the legacy Windows clients to Linux" or "the Microsoft salesperson recommended migrating from legacy Linux servers to new Windows 8 servers".

Personally, I like to use it as a joke to tweak fanbois :)

Comment: Re:And Apple's cut... (Score 1) 177

That's an interesting ilnk, since it says that the credit card companies are half of Apple's share of the apps, and the overwhelming majority of their costs.

Of course what you really mean to say is "Apple doesn't make a significant amount of money [on the app store, compared to the rest of their revenues]." Which may be realistic, but even the $1.5 billion they get as profit (based on the costs in the link) is not really insignificant. If they don't want it, I'll take it :)

Comment: Re:Apple's Goods and Bads (Score 1) 177

That's a ridiculous phrasing, since every Linux distribution out there has had an "app store" via its package manager long before the iPhone even existed. Just because Apple is anti-GPL is no reason to say that app stores in general and the GPL are incompatible.

There might be some problems with GPL3 and app signing, but that has little to do with the app store and more to do with what the system will actually allow to execute.

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