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Comment McCarthy (Score 2) 173

McCarthy called, we wants his paranoia back.

Funny how nobody noticed how very suddenly everything from elections not going the favorite way to bad weather is Putins fault. Let's conveniently ignore that he's been running Russia one way or the other for twenty years.

Assuming that much of this stuff is either fabricated or wasn't important some years ago and is dragged up now - the question is why? For what purpose is the public fed the old "Russia is evil" meme again? What are we being prepared for?

Comment wormable (Score 1) 74

Remote exploit that can replicate is bad, very, very bad. The Sapphire worm reached exponential growth and infected 90% of vulnerable systems in 10 minutes. It was a single UDP packet (no timeouts, handshakes, etc.) but some research I did a decade ago proved that, at least theoretical, a TCP-based worm can perform in the same order of magnitude.

Not much has happened in this area recently, mostly because the bad guys have shifted to spam, botnets and ransomware. With the IoT, there's a lot of fun just around the corner.

Comment Re:It's my house though (Score 1) 251

You are still arguing about government interference as if that were the difficult part. Completely trapped in the "trade good, government bad" kind of thinking.

I am claiming that free markets are impossible. I am not claiming the "free" (from government interference) part is the problem. I'm claiming the "market" part is an abstraction and every real market is much more complicated than the model assumes.

I don't know how to make it more clear. So I'll try a metaphor: Planes are built by engineers, not by scientists. Not because aerodynamics is a lie, but because it is an approximation and a good helping of real-world skills and pragmatics is necessary to actually get lift in a non-laboratory setting.

Same with markets. Free or not, the real world does not have a 100% match with the economy textbooks.

Comment Re:Going for a settlement with Apple? (Score 1) 98

Apple didn't become one of the biggest companies on the planet by signing deals that wasn't in their favour. Potential for abuse by Apple when the contracts were drawn up aside, I would think that the contracts are pretty solid and Apple knows exactly what it's rights are and has protected itself.

That assumption does not explain the multibillion-dollar lawsuits that have been going back and forth between Apple and Samsung, Apple and Qualcomm, all of the above companies and international regulatory agencies, etc. Nobody's really protected until a judge rules it so.


EU Leader Says English Is Losing Importance (politico.eu) 711

An anonymous reader writes: Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, opted to deliver a speech in French on Friday morning because he said "English is losing importance" in Europe. He gave the comments, which are unlikely to mend fences after a war of words between Brussels and London over Brexit negotiations, at the "State of the Union" conference in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio -- an annual event for European dignitaries. Juncker said he was opting for French because "slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe and France has elections this Sunday and I want the French people to understand what I am saying about the importance of the EU." He spoke in English.

Comment Re:It's my house though (Score 1) 251

You define only one part of the term, the "free". I am less paranoid about the evil government and more about what a market, according to this theory, is. Basically, you are arguing about the friction part, and I'm talking about the perfect sphere in a vacuum part.

That's forgivable as most articles about "free markets" conveniently handwave the actually tricky parts. Talking about government interference and the base evil of taxation is easy and gets you sympathies. Talking about the trick that John can sell his apples for $100 if he controls information (i.e. buyers don't know about the other people selling apples for $1) is more complicated. The whole price equillibrium thing assumes transparency without bothering to solve this problem, much like gravity in school simply assumes a vacuum while real engineers worry much more about air resistance than about gravity formulas.

More clear now?

Comment Re:What? (Score 5, Informative) 268

Everybody simmer down. TL;DR:

1. TFA is not an article in Scientific American magazine, it is a "guest blog." Quote: "The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American."

2. The author teaches computer science at a private undergraduate college. He has written a series of books, all of which use Python examples to explain concepts.

3. When he talks about "modern languages," he's clearly referring to languages that look and feel a lot like Python. Mainly Python.

4. When he talks about "eliminating intermediary languages," he means things like pseudocode. He believes (and gives an example to illustrate) that Python is now expressive enough that anything you might previously have expressed in pseudocode you can now express in Python in one go.

5. From there, he makes the leap that you no longer need to teach computer science from a "math-first" approach; you can instead use a "code-first" approach, where you teach students to "think" in Python.

6. Hand-waving about the future from there.

Comment Re:API/ABI fixes (Score 1) 55

on windows, it's a frontend for hyper-v. you CAN still use the *legacy* virtualbox native hypervisor but it's not selected by default.

Considering that Windows client systems don't come with Hyper-V enabled by default, and yet Virtualbox still works, your theory seems unlikely to be true.

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