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Comment Re: Wyvern = Wyrm (Score 2, Insightful) 306

To properly need to debug such a language, you would need to be aware of all of the possible rules, pitfalls, bugs, and race conditions of every language under its hood.

At a basic level, is your "if else" condition running on it's Java or C++ or C version? Does it catch exceptions? Where is data being handled in memory? Are buffer overruns possible in some of these languages?

No one human could possibly we simultaneously cognisant of all possible sources of error. Programs in such a language would be a security disaster waiting to happen.


WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency 183

mdsolar (1045926) writes with news that, with the Ebola outbreak growing out of control, the WHO has declared an international health emergency. From the article: With cases rapidly mounting in four West African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), a designation that allows the agency to issue recommendations for travel restrictions but also sends a strong message that more resources need to be mobilized to bring the viral disease under control. ... This is only the third time the health agency has issued a PHEIC declaration since the new International Health Regulations (IHR), a global agreement on the control of diseases, were adopted in 2005. The previous two instances were in 2009, for the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and in May for the resurgence of polio.

Comment Re:So.. what? (Score 5, Insightful) 255

We do need to talk about cost but we
need to talk about ALL the costs not just the operating costs but all the externalized costs as well.

We don't need to talk about costs at all. Costs are measured in the monopoly money we call "currency", and subject as they are to the vagaries and panics of the financial classes, are not an indicator or metric which we should rely on when planning our energy policies.

We need to talk about watts, mega-watt hours, materials, hours of labour, and disposal of waste. We need to talk about physical things, things we know, understand, and can do in the physical world. Not about intellectual casino chips which are magicked in and out of existence like pixels in a video game.

Energy policy is a long game that humanity is playing with the forces of the natural world. Our (dysfunctional) systems of money are about as relevant as our spoken languages in this debate.

Comment Stop Storing Personal Data (Score 0) 80

Data is easy to keep but it's also easy to leak. And given the consequences of leaks, companies need to start asking themselves whether it is worth storing all this data in the first place.

How many times did Mozilla ever actually use all this personal data internally? How many times on average the data for each of the 76,000 developers used? How many records were never accessed at all?

If you don't need all this data, then just don't store it. It's easy!

Comment Re:Explains the explosion of leftists on Slashdot (Score 1) 387

Government paying for birth control? I thought that was about corporations being "forced" to pay for birth control. Although that was all about corporations being "forced" to allow the employees to spend the money in question.

The government paying for birth control in general is not such a bad idea. The poor ones might actually use it and breed less poverty.

You would think that Republicans would be all about shrinking the welfare rolls and doing pretty much anything to do it, even kicking fundies to the curb in the process.

Comment Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (Score 1) 391

> what a person that builds a car?

Cars are much more complex than computers. The PC form factor has always been designed like a big Lego set. If you can put together a toy or follow a recipe, then you can "build" a PC.

Just putting cars and computers in the same post here shows such disrespect for mechanics that you might as well go to your nearest garage and start pissing on everyone.

Comment Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (Score 1) 391

> if you're required to resort to a daily PPA

All this represents is the latest product available. It's like going to a hardware vendor's site for the latest version of their driver. Except the Ubuntu version is actually MUCH MUCH easier.

You're whining about having to install something, as if this is a great tragedy on any commercial platform.

Total double standard. Extreme hypocrisy.

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