I used to work for a company that produced avionics software. Obviously, we had to write solid code.
The On-Board Shuttle group is (was) even more bad-ass than that. For them, 5 9s (99.999% failure rate) was unacceptably lax.
But how much work the software does is not what makes it remarkable. What makes it remarkable is how well the software works. This software never crashes. It never needs to be re-booted. This software is bug-free. It is perfect, as perfect as human beings have achieved. Consider these stats : the last three versions of the program -- each 420,000 lines long-had just one error each. The last 11 versions of this software had a total of 17 errors. Commercial programs of equivalent complexity would have 5,000 errors.
How the fuck can a text file track you or do anything at all?
Easy: give it some duct tape and a magnifying glass, then stand back.
This is an article from 2011
I'll remind you that this is teh interwebs, and using actual references instead of TYPING IN ALL CAPS or hand-waving(!!!!!!) to back up one's point is not only unconventional but rude.
Please refrain from your outbursts in the future. KThxBuy.
who was devolving deeply into socialism toward the end of his life
Welcome to 2013, Mr. Fossil, where the word "Socialism" doesn't make red-blooded Americans wet their pants the way it did back in the '50s.
Of course, I'll have to ask you to stop using our Socialist services, including: roads, Fire/Police protection, public parks, water/sewer lines, power grid, internets, national defense, FDA-approved foods/drugs, labor laws, radio/broadcast spectrum, currency and education systems.
I told Facebook to FO when they asked for my number too.
The better way to deal with such data-harvesting schemes is to fill it with plausible but junk data.
That serves two purposes:
So in the case of Facebook asking for your phone number, use the correct (or neighboring) area code and make up the other digits. Don't use 555-xxxx or Jenny's number as those are too easy to spot.
Of course, if you use two-factor authentication (which is a good idea to thwart the majority of crooks who happen to be unskilled/stupid), you'll have to provide your real number, or a working proxy.
Now copyright applied the moment the work is fixed.
Unless someone posts it Public Domain or one of the CC flavors, it is Copyrighted, period.*
*US only. YMMV, especially if you're a foreigner, living in some country where everyone speaks backwards, wears funny clothes and eats smelly food. Also, the music! Don't get me started.
Sorry, but it's national security, not a kindergarten classroom. I'd like everything to be hugs and handshakes as much as the next guy, but that won't actually work for the U.S. borders.
It worked for the 225 years before 911. How many "Terrorists" have been caught since it was implemented? How many people have been located by their fingerprints and deported after their visa expired?
Any time someone uses the "nation security" trope, it is a good bet that they have no credible reason. Ditto for any variant of "you and everyone you love will die horribly".
Japan chained Godzilla to a treadmill.
Once he gets tired, MechaGodzilla will take a turn.
Then back to Godzilla.
I was running late for work today and realized I forgot to do laundry over the weekend.
The only thing left to do was put my full body kevlar on over my "Venom" costume.
Fortunately, I work for a bunch of blind people.
Want to cry in your soup?
For the middle class, real wages haven't risen since 1978. (chart). Of course the upper class has made out like gangbusters.
In other words, your buying power is the same as your Leisure Suit-wearing predecessors, whereas the rich have accumulated whole closets of never-been-used ivory-handled backscratchers.
So what should one do if one is one of those people who are "bad for society"
Or pick up a book
Bonus points for driving him to the right house.
I usually leave him in a ditch, while I help myself to his wallet.
I don't have many friends.
I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)