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Comment: Re:Things are starting to turn around (Score 2) 303 303

by the_womble (#46691787) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

The SSL core team all appear to be professionals.

I have not checked, but most of the contributors probably are too.

The same is true of most big open source projects (like the Linux Kernel).

The differences are:

1) There is better disclosure of bugs in open source
2) some bugs can be discovered by third party audit (as the GNUTLS bug was)

Comment: Re:Who really looks at the DJIA? (Score 1) 218 218

by the_womble (#37476478) Attached to: Apple Too Big For the Dow Jones Industrial Average

The headline is misleading: its "high share price", not "too big". Its perfectly possible for a small company to have a high share price.

Share prices can be much higher, Berkshire Hathaway has a price of 103,000

The main reason the Dow is used by the media, is because ignorant financial journalists think its the best measure - it is in their terms, where "best" means most brand recognition.

The only legitimate reason for using it is for long term comparisons: it has existed a lot longer than the S & P 500, or any properly constructed index.

Full explanation here

Comment: Re:What an over sensationalist title (Score 1) 899 899

by the_womble (#37476412) Attached to: How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs

The device manufacturers will almost certainly provide OEM Window's pre-installs, signed with their own keys, which will be changed at intervals.

That way, you will not be able to upgrade to a new version of Windows, reducing product life cycle, increasing hardware sales. Very bad for the environment.

Comment: Re:Why be such morons? (Score 1) 420 420

by the_womble (#35852974) Attached to: Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

What exemptions?

Are the same tax breaks not available to secular charities?

As far as tax breaks go, the basic principle should be that if it is an organisation that is supported by donations rather than commercial activity, or to which you can reasonably expect people to make donations, and it is structured to put all its profits/excess money into furthering its aims rather than making a profit for someone, then it should get tax breaks.

Comment: Re:This has gone too far (Score 1) 420 420

by the_womble (#35852928) Attached to: Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

If content producers know that anything they produce is "up for grabs", what incentive do they have to keep producing?

Exactly the same incentives they had before copyright was introduced.

There is absolutely no evidence that the benefits of the extra incentive provided by copyright outweighs its costs.

It is also obvious that the reason for copyright is not to provide an incentive. There is a negligible difference in incentive between a thirty year fixed copyright term and life plus seventy - but the latter hugely shrinks the public domain and increases costs to consumers in order to benefit professional descendants like Christopher Tolkein.

Comment: Re:Ceylon? (Score 1) 623 623

by the_womble (#35805142) Attached to: Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

Java and Ceylon are used as alternates in a line from a hymn:

"What though the spicy breezes Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle Where every prospect pleases And only man is vile"

Probably not a deliberate reference, unless someone only knows the first sentence of it. That said, a language that pleases will attract some vile developers so it may be inappropriate.

Ceylon has a bit of an old fashioned ring to it - at least as seen from here in Ceylon.

Comment: Re:Von Braun does not agree (Score 2) 542 542

by the_womble (#35784618) Attached to: Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

Quite a lot of what is happening at the moment reminds me of the Foundation series or the decline of the Roman Empire - slowing technological advances, loss of interest in science, weakening governance.....

Roman civilisation never disappeared entirely. The Eastern Roman lasted until after the Renaissance started.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.