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Comment: Re:set -o nounset (Score 1) 329

by un1xl0ser (#48834467) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

This.

While others have noted that the asterisk circumvents appropriate use of globbing, there are really three fixes.

1. Defensively check the setting of the variable and presence of the directory to print reasonable error messages.
2. Use 'set -u' or 'set -o nounset' to avoid any unset variables.
3. Do not include the unnecessary astersisk to avoid globbing and fall back on modern operating system safe defaults when a bare / is specified.

I only include #1 because when using set -e and set -u as recommended by Pashley (among others), you should probably handle the things explicitly and gracefully for something to be run by an end user.

Microsoft

Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft? 337

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-cowbell-not-available dept.
theodp writes "After reading the recent call for Steve Ballmer to step down, gdgt's Ryan Block concludes that it's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft. 'I've long seen it as a foregone conclusion that Ballmer isn't the guy to be running what was until quite recently the world's preeminent technology company,' writes Block. 'The more pressing question is: who should replace him? I think we all know damn well who — but I'm not so sure he's available. Yet.' Block adds: 'I'm not saying Bill's going to leave his new gig as the world's greatest living philanthropist with aplomb, but the multi-billion dollar wheels at The Gates Foundation have been set in motion — and lest we all forget, the Foundation's endowment is tied directly to Microsoft's long-term success. It may just happen that Bill can help the Foundation more by securing Microsoft's future.'"
Biotech

Microsoft Seeks Do-Let-The-Bed-Bugs-Bite Patent 176

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-feel-a-slight-pinch dept.
theodp writes "In its just-published patent application for Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease, Microsoft lays out plans to unleash 'altered parasitic organisms' on humans, including mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, leeches, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, heart worms, roundworms, lice (head, body, and pubic), and the like. 'Irradiated mosquitoes can be used to deliver damaged Plasmodium to individuals,' explains Microsoft. 'Instead of contracting malaria, an individual receiving the damaged Plasmodium develops an immune response that renders the individual resistant to contracting malaria.' Don't worry about runaway breeding, advises Microsoft — 'a termination feature [that] can include programmed death' makes this impossible. As David Spade might say, I liked this movie the first time I saw it — when it was called Jurassic Park."
iMac

Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaint 292

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-you-don't-have-anything-nice-to-say dept.
tekgoblin writes "An Apple authorized Service Provider called System Graph is suing a customer who complained online about poor service from them. The customer Dimitrios Papadimitriadis took his iMac to them because he was seeing gray spots on his LED panel. The Greek company System Graph recommended a full interior cleaning of the iMac and performed the service for Dimitrios. He then got his iMac back and noticed moisture behind the screen and that it still did not work properly and took it back to the repair center. System Graph then told him that they needed to keep his iMac to replace the LED screen and he would be without it for another week.

Comment: Re:I don't think I get it... (Score 2, Interesting) 549

by un1xl0ser (#30040434) Attached to: Murdoch To Explore Blocking Google Searches

I think they are trying to separate themselves to state that if you want the news, come to us and do it properly.

Riiighhht. When I want news done properly, I'll PAY FoxNews to do it properly. Just think about that for a second. The only reason anyone should be remotely concerned about this is because he now controls the WSJ.

Have you ever searched for some information, and Google gave a hit where the surrounding text of the query already answers your question? And then not clicked the website?

No, not for news. Try searching for "2009 election results" or "apple earnings 2009" and see if you can make sense of it (although "who beat rihanna" actually kind of worked). Nobody can use that crap. Even Google News doesn't provide usable news in their largest digest. FoxNews.com charging would be fun to watch, glad to see them go first.

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