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Comment Re:Native applications aren't static (Score 1) 148

This would appear to solve so much trouble caused by JS.

More info for those interested:

Each WebAssembly module executes within a sandboxed environment separated from the host runtime using fault isolation techniques. This implies:

1. Applications execute independently, and canâ(TM)t escape the sandbox without going through appropriate APIs.
2. Applications generally execute deterministically with limited exceptions.


The design of WebAssembly promotes safe programs by eliminating dangerous features from its execution semantics, while maintaining compatibility with programs written for C/C++.

Provided this is designed & implemented with an end-user-first mentality, sign me up! If it's designed with a Facebook-shareholders-first mentality, it will trigger another Noscript update to deny webassembly reqs from unknown hosts...etc.

tl;dr: just make the web work with the end users in mind not the greedy sods

Comment Re:Sonic boom was never a problem. Fuel cost was. (Score 3, Informative) 224

As someone who lived in Reading, UK, during the 1990s, directly under the flight path of Concorde, I can safely say you're completely wrong. The noise pretty much drowned out everything and made even a regular conversation impossible.

The sonic boom issue was underplayed by the UK governments and airline industry for somewhat obvious reasons. As for the idea that the Americans were spreading FUD: they had no reason to. They had supersonic designs, they even persuaded the US government to start planning a network of airports to support SS flight linked with HSR (they actually broke ground on one in the Everglades, never finished due to the collapse of the market); if the market for supersonic travel had taken off they'd have had ample opportunity to make more sales.

It's noisy. Really noisy. You don't want current tech supersonic planes flying over your home, believe me you don't.

Comment Re:Systemd is responsible for the libraries it use (Score 1) 277

By choosing to use this broken library, the broken library code effectively becomes part of systemd.

But here's a question: Did you even bother to read the comment before replying to it, and before wrongly criticizing it?! OBVIOUSLY NOT! The comment you didn't read, yet still replied to, contained the following:

And yes, it's best practices, when implementing something like international domains to use a respected third party library rather than trying to roll your own, so they haven't made an error in relying upon it.

So, before you go on, perhaps you can tell us why the systemd maintainers were wrong to adopt best practices in this case? Because I could have SWORN, sworn up and down, that the major criticism of systemd by its haters is that the authors insist on rewriting everything.

They haven't in this case. They've done exactly what the haters told them to do. And you're still going to criticize them?

How about just filing a bug ticket with the libidn team, and then shutting the fuck up?

Comment Re:If Intel no longer profit from it ... (Score 1) 83

This is what I understood. Intel came to the market a day late and a dollar short, it's no surprise that they got no traction. They were never going to see the profit margins they wanted in the field, so it never really made sense for them to enter the market in the first place, except as a hedge against missing out on the next big thing.

Comment Dangerous Behaviours, Predictable Results (Score 2) 148

Most of what we need the internet for is being replaced and overshadowed by graphic-heavy bells & whistles. We could use the internet safely if we applied a more minimalist approach to design and if we standardized video or dynamic UI for the internet better than we are now.

Ethics watchdogs need to step up and start really trying hard to break the current push for more javascript.

The web browser should display a page that can be interacted with effectively and efficiently, without all the added bells & whistles, because those bells & whistles are often introduced to create security vectors for black hatters.

Most people using the internet have limited safety understanding. Flash is one of those platforms that can seriously harm a computer if the Flash object is designed as malware. Couple this with the loose security in users still using IE that often utilizes ActiveX and the results are predictably negative.

MSFT can try as much as they want but I'll never trust them very much and everything they release has to be combed through by teams of 3rd party security experts in order to protect their clients.

Again, using Firefox & Noscript, coupled with a given user's paranoia, will prevent most malware type issues.

Comment Re:Moon is a part of Earth (Score 1) 69

Is that really the consensus because it doesn't make any sense, and I can't find anything to support it. The Pacific Ocean is only about 750M years old, the moon is somewhat older. Even if you assume the moon came out of materials originally where the plates underneath the Pacific were then, well, that doesn't make much sense either because they'd have been destroyed in the process.

I was under the impression that the consensus was an early proto-Earth was hit by something, usually thought to be a sister planet Theia, that caused the two planets to combine and break up into two, with the larger of the two forming Earth as we know it today, and the rest eventually reforming to make the moon. In the process the early Earth was effectively destroyed and recreated, the entire surface becoming a magma ocean, so you can't really say some identifiable part of it "became" the moon.

If I'm wrong, I'd love to know!

Comment Re:They miss the point. (Score 3, Insightful) 236

That's one issue. The other is that the precedent for "Oh, it's available in the store now!" were the solitaire suite games, which were wholly rewritten and changed into adware/nagware shadows of their former selves.

What's the betting that Paint is dead, and the Microsoft app called "Paint" in the store will also be a rewritten ad-infested "cloud-enabled" piece of crap?

Comment funny shiny discs ? (Score 1) 199

Do they not buy albums and then listen to them? They have to stream it?

What's that funny shinny metallic disc ?

And how am I supposed to put it inside my Apple iGadget 8 ? I keep tapping it against the phone, but the bluetooth doesn't seem to react.
Now my screen is scratched, and I'll need to complain about it on instagram (once I figure how to take a picture of the phone itself. I'll have to borrow a friend's phone)

Those discs remind me the thingy that my old uncle puts in he Microsoft Xbox 1080....

Comment Abandonware or an escaped experiment? (Score 3, Interesting) 124

With a long history, a very small number of infected machines, and no active exploitation, I'd guess it's something someone was playing with that he's abandoned long ago or which "escaped from the lab" but didn't get far.

One of the hazards of self-propagatng code is that it does so on its own. So if, while under development, it finds a net connection to a set of vulnerable machines, it's out and spreading. Like before the command-and-control is debugged and/or the payload is ready to do its dirty work. (Thus it may be much nastier than the author(s) inteded.)

If it's GOOD at spreading it quickly saturates the vulnerable population and comes to the attention of users and security experts. If it's BAD at spreading its escape might not be noticed by the author at all - or by anyone else for years, if at all.

400 machines and a decade before it's noticed seems about right.

Comment Re:Guess (Score 2) 124

There were some claims in the past made by many people, that Mac's don't get computer virus's.

Which is particularly funny since I was handed decompiled code to a Mac virus (actually a sneakernet worm) back in the original Mac days. (I don't recall if it was before there WERE IBM PCs, let alone clones, or if it was just before PC malware was known.)

For many years, practiclly the beginnng of their deployment, there were worms, viruses, etc. on both. But those for Mac tended to be (relatively) harmless pranks - an animated bug crawling up the screen, animated trains (with sound effects) running across the menu bar and around the room on the apple-talk networked boxen, "bomb" boxes that dodged the mouse when you tried to dismiss them - while those for PCs tended to be damaging to data.

Macs were easy. In order to simplify the user experience the OS looked for (and ran if found) new drivers whenever you inserted a plastic-case floppy. What could POSSIBLY go wrong with that? B-b

Comment Re:The problem is systemd breaking unexpectedly (Score 4, Insightful) 277

No, the real problem is that a library, Libidn, that's used by resolver libraries including that apparently shipped with systemd has a bug in it. The library dates back to 2002, it's not even as if systemd was relying upon some bleeding edge library written specifically for it. And yes, it's best practices, when implementing something like international domains to use a respected third party library rather than trying to roll your own, so they haven't made an error in relying upon it.

This has nothing to do with systemd except for the fact the user happened to be using systemd at the time, and systemd happens to use this library. What next? A kernel bug gets blamed on systemd because systemd uses the kernel?

The submitter is trolling.

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