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Comment: Way to own it, dickhead (Score 2) 266

by Wee (#49096049) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs
You fucking suckhole, at least have the balls to own up to your mistakes. You assholes not only put a shitty MITM attack in the OS, you fucking used the same goddam key so that anyone else could MITM us too?! And not a single person with half a clue ever stood up in that design meeting and asked what a monumental fuck-up that was? Right. Trying to make the "user experience" better by inserting your ads into my TLS-based google searches or my secure bank session? It "wasn't useful"?! Just stop. Stop that nonsense and own your mistakes like a real actual person.

I've been buying and recommending Thinkpads since the late 90's. I'm using one now in fact (thankfully re-imaged, no thanks to the twatwaffles at Lenovo). I'm never going to do either of those things again. I might have if they had said, "You got us, our bad, we're sorry and it won't happen again". But not anymore. Not with the wishy-washy corporate-speak bullshit.

Do not fuck with people's stuff for ad revenue. And if you do and get caught, at least fucking own up to it.

And so now I'm wondering what my next laptop will be. Because it sure as shit isn't going to be a Lenovo...

-B

Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 1) 192

by Wee (#48961249) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?
In our case, the regexes we needed to use were between 5 and 7 times faster with Perl than Python. We had some existing Perl code that could also be used, and so there it is.

I think it's about the right tool for the job. But I also think you can write bad code in nearly any language. Perl just gives you more ways to express yourself badly.

-B

Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 2) 192

by Wee (#48961145) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?
Get the average Perl programmer, point a .357 magnum at their heads, and ask them to modify something they wrote six months ago, and watch the bloody hilarity ensue.

Funny you mention it. Not an hour ago, I added some stuff to a perl script I wrote in 2009. It's not a large script (barely 1,000 lines), but my 150-line addition didn't seem to cause any great mirth or merriment.

If you write shit code, you're writing shit code. The choice of language doesn't matter, aside from the insignificant notion that perl might give you more ways to write that shit code differently than some languages.

-B

Comment: what's the point? (Score 2) 268

by ninjaz (#48360137) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

It looks like GNOME has long outlived its usefulness of working around Qt being under an unsuitable license way back when KDE was the de facto standard DE. With its current contributions of pouring fuel onto the fire of the init system debate and now wanting to fund a pissing match over trademarks, it looks like the project is doing more harm than good.

Comment: Re:Don't bother trying Btrfs. (Score 1) 42

by ninjaz (#48331265) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

I set up a lab VM with SLES 12 with / on btrfs last week and enabled snapper. After several hours of downloading and installing various projects from github to try out (including lots of dependencies), it was a quick and easy cleanup to restore to the snapshot it had taken an hour before I started.

Having worked with Solaris and LiveUpgrade for a number of years, I really like the prospect of having similar functionality in Linux to enable backing out a distro upgrade.

Comment: Re:As it is designed to do (Score 1) 147

by mfh (#48151737) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

MSFT is really under the gun to show they can produce quality. This is why competition is great for us and why we should pat ourselves on the back for pushing MSFT towards anti-monopoly standards. Google's Android releases keep looking better and better. Apple has their own embarrassments. MSFT has to do the software process to get it right and they know they can't afford another Win8 / Vista / WinME. We can always use Linux which is getting better and better every day. They are giving away Win8 now for $65 WITH A TABLET. (that's how bad it is.)

Comment: Re:Much ado about nothing (Score 1) 748

by Wee (#47704763) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban
I also like Reddit's moderation model better. And it's a better site in general. If you want to see stuff in /r/wtf, more power to you. If you want to hang around in /r/aquariums then you can do that too. There's no heavy-handed moderation/censoring/banning and constant need to pander to advertisers.

-B

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 1, Interesting) 204

by mfh (#47437421) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Weasels that know corporate double speak are ruining everything though. You know we don't mourn the T-rex. We talk about the dinosaurs as being really big and dumb.

They were all psychopaths!! Lizard brains.

When the cockroaches are mulling over what our existences might have been like, they will all say that the weasels died out because of our stupidity and overconfidence. They'll say we were monsters, too. Big and dumb. Lizard brains.

Comment: Better still (Score 1, Redundant) 87

by mfh (#47417139) Attached to: A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Let's apply this towards eventually getting Matrix-styled learning models. Eventually we could implant memories of how to perform any skill. We could enable permanent muscle-memory learning instantaneously. Not only learning karate but being able to apply the lessons with strength and precision. Never having to work out to be in shape. Understanding advanced physics without ever taking a course at a university or even having any partial interest in the subject. That's a step towards singularity.

Comment: Human Safety Computing (Score 1) 30

by mfh (#47416879) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Juan Gilbert About Human-Centered Computing

To what extent are we able to compute safety related human dynamics issues and what is slowing us down in this particular programming area?

Can we ever come up with a safety system for a workplace that would be able to overcome employee buy-in issues early on, especially if the typical large corporation is in a constant tug of war with profit and employee needs?

You see whenever we introduce changes in policy in the workplace, employees assume they are going to be required to do MORE but they are not getting more money for the work so this tends at times to cause resistance from employees to safety policies. Management doesn't often understand the issues at hand so they tend to make contradictory safety policies as well, saying that things need to be addressed in a timely fashion.

But in the aftermath of this complexity, companies are often just faking safety in order to appear to be safe when in fact they are running at a significant moral hazard to everyone (their staff, the general public and anyone else for that matter).

This particular problem is of great interest to me and I find that whenever there is an imbalance between management and employee needs there is a systemic problem that is solvable but yet only once all the variables are on the table. The problem with human safety is that most of the variables are unknown.

The general equation for solving safety related issues is:

For every task an employee is required to do or will reasonably be presented with, the employee must be trained to perform the task safely within prescribed safety policy. This idea is fundamentally at odds with bravado in the workplace, hero complexes, profit margins and it goes directly against human psychopathy that is prevalent in modern corporate culture.

What's the best approach to stabilizing a safety model?

Comment: Re:Signals (Score 1, Interesting) 144

by mfh (#47415195) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

Unless the particles aren't the message but the means of communication. Maybe they form some kind of field mechanic communications bridge to enable instantaneous communications?

We should consider something like this instead of probes like Voyager. Eventually we'll find a way to use fields or lasers as a communications field conduit that enables immediate lagless communications. Someone is probably working on this right now. To some extent the teleportation technology we've seen for communications could use such beams as guidance and accelerators that cut down lag. So maybe instead of thousands of years the lag is like a day or an hour or a few minutes.

A darker side of this could mean that the existence these focused particles could prove someone is communicating with their homeworld from Earth.

The film Kpax used this kind of idea as his transportation method, which was a pretty awesome film.

Makes for some awesome sci-fi even if it's far fetched!

Comment: Signals (Score -1, Flamebait) 144

by mfh (#47414965) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

It would be really cool if we discovered these particles were actually packets of alien data. I mean if WE found a new civ and we decided to contact them I wonder how they would adapt to our technology. Wouldn't it present in a kind of similar way?

Because if these particles are pretty special, which they are, then can we not assume they might not be naturally occurring?

Neutrinos are into physicists.

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