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Comment: Ok (Score 4, Insightful) 121

by MikeRT (#48045739) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

"Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name," Cox said. "The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess."

So if Fred Phelps had gone around calling himself God's Fag Killing Machine, Facebook would obviously have let him use that name under this "understanding" of their policy. Right? Right?..

Comment: Re:Hai! (Score 1) 106

by Tumbleweed (#48040169) Attached to: Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Hai does not exactly mean yes in Japanese. It _can_ mean yes, but it more often is just an acknowledgment that someone is listening to you. You may hear a phrase like, "Hai, ." This doesn't mean, it's difficult but yes, this is actually their polite way of saying 'no', because saying no outright is considered rude. When they mean 'yes', they will often just make a sound like 'uhn'.

Be careful of literal translations. :)

Comment: Mediterranean is gonna dry up also (Score 1) 144

by Spy Handler (#48037801) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

Not too long ago some tectonic events raised the land under Gibraltar and the Med was cut off from the Atlantic. Turns out, the freshwater flows from rivers into the Med is nowhere near enough to sustain its current size. Without a water connection to the Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea dried up.

It can happen again at any time. The Mediterranean's existence is always in danger.

(and no, carbon emissions and AGW had nothing to do with it)

Comment: Re:X, perhaps? (Score 2) 227

by DickBreath (#48036487) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
Windows OS X -- Mount'n Lyin'
Windows OS X -- Leo Pard
Windows OS X -- Snowl Epard

(sorry, the 1st one, Mount'n Lyin' brazenly copied from a comment on Ars)

Or as I've heard suggested elsewhere, Microsoft could use the <adjective> <animal> naming convention:
Abscessed Albatross
Bubonic Bat
Chlamydic Chigger
Dyspeptic Deertick
. . . .
Masturbating Monkey
etc.


Buy why would Microsoft scrap Windows 9 and go to Windows 10?

Because Microsoft had promised Windows 9 as a free upgrade to (some) Windows 8 users, and viewed this as a way to screw over Windows 8 users a second time. (cue evil laughter and mustache twirling)

Notice Windows 9 on Wikipedia now redirects to Windows 10.

Linux to Microsoft: Changing the name or the graphics won't make you cool.
Apple to Microsoft: Culture is more than something that grows in your ears.

Comment: If Ebola cross-mutates with the (Score 5, Funny) 456

by Spy Handler (#48030973) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

rabies virus, it could result in the infected person becoming insane and attacking everyone that he sees. But unlike regular rabies, you don't have to get bitten to become infected... Ebola can be transmitted simply by touching someone. This could result in extremely rapid disease transmission, perhaps triggering a worldwide pandemic.

If this happens, millions of Resident Evil fans all over the world will be writhing on the floor in full nerdgasm.

Comment: No sensible person ever though it was impossible (Score 2, Informative) 164

by daveschroeder (#48027003) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

But even here, again, when you look at a typical OS X desktop system, now many people:

1. Have apache enabled AND exposed to the public internet (i.e., not behind a NAT router, firewall, etc)?

2. Even have apache or any other services enabled at all?

...both of which would be required for this exploit. The answer? Vanishingly small to be almost zero.

So, in the context of OS X, it's yet another theoretical exploit; "theoretical" in the sense that it effects essentially zero conventional OS X desktop users. Could there have been a worm or other attack vector which then exploited the bash vulnerability on OS X? Sure, I suppose. But there wasn't, and it's a moot point since a patch is now available within days of the disclosure.

And people running OS X as web servers exposed to the public internet, with the demise of the standalone Mac OS X Server products as of 10.6, is almost a thing of yesteryear itself.

Nothing has changed since that era: all OSes have always been vulnerable to attacks, both via local and remote by various means, and there have been any number of vulnerabilities that have only impacted UN*X systems, Linux and OS X included, and not Windows, over very many years. So yeah, nothing has changed, and OS X (and iOS) is still a very secure OS, by any definition or viewpoint of the definition of "secure", when viewed alongside Windows (and Android).

Comment: I must be a genius (Score 2) 188

by Spy Handler (#48025597) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

It seemed obvious to me, even when I was young, that lots of practice is important in mastering a skill.

But it also seemed obvious that having innate talent is just as, or more important than practice. Guy with 90 IQ is never gonna be a chess grandmaster or a nuclear physicist, even after 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours.

Or maybe I'm not a genius and these are pretty damn obvious points that should occur to anyone looking without blinders on (e.g. religious liberal belief that every child is a precious flower equally capable of anything as every other child)

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins

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