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Comment It's because Python 3 is broken. (Score 2) 432

No really.

I took a pass at Python 3 a while back. The amount of hoops I needed to jump through, to deal with compilation errors around Unicode handling, was terrifying. It was simply a poor user experience.

Python 2.7 just works. Sure, it's a nightmare past a certain scale point. But until you get into the dregs of OO it really is executable pseudocode.

Python 3 is some other language that lost that property.

The big problem is that we don't ship languages with telemetry that reports when they fail to work. So things that are completely obvious to outsiders never make it to inner circles. Not that I can really see any way for Python 3 to mend its errors.

Comment Re:A piece of paper in a drawer (Score 1) 381

You really had the high road until the last sentence.

I would love to educate her on the finer points of systems administration, and she would rather I fix her computer when there is a problem with it, and will trade some security. Luckily, I am a scrupulous fellow when it comes to other people's data.

Comment Re:Hmmmm ... (Score 1) 231

Wouldn't doctors googling their patients essentially violate HIPAA rules?

They have a legal expectation of privacy that the search metadata won't be used for illegal purposes. The illegal acts of others are not their responsibility unless they had reason to believe that they would be committed. If they were googling the information of a political refugee, there would perhaps be more grey area.

Comment Re:"feeling like I had violated my patient's priva (Score 1) 231

Well, look at the current case. The medical test was used to make the diagnosis, the social networking data was only used to determine whether the person had likely been drugged without their knowledge. In this case, it suggested that she probably hadn't been (since she had a history of cocaine use) in spite of her protestations to the contrary.

Comment Re:Perhaps it's just that I'm ignorant... (Score 1) 213

Well, the first thing you should understand is that "code" and "data" are entirely human distinctions, for a computer they're all zeros and ones.

Some computers do understand such a distinction at the hardware level. They are slightly more hassle, so we mostly don't use that kind of functionality. That is looking like a mistake.

Comment Re:Privilege escalation is to the server credentia (Score 3, Informative) 213

Did you actually bother to check on multiple platforms? It's only on FreeBSD that the X server runs on root


drink@alexander:~$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 13.10 \n \l

drink@alexander:~$ ps auxw | grep X
root 1267 2.3 1.1 348276 96612 tty7 Ss+ Jan05 105:36 /usr/bin/X -core :0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -nolisten tcp vt7 -novtswitch

hmm.

Comment Re:How many wireless 1st party 360 controllers exi (Score 1) 138

Uhh, no, you're just wrong. They are being sold everywhere. Not only at Fry's, but at Best Buy, Walmart and Gamestop too, if you're stuck in the past and need a physical store for some bizarre reason.

I can only speak to the walmart and gamestop nearest me, and they don't stock new wired controllers and the gamestop seldom has a used one.

Comment Re:I wonder if... (Score 1) 144

I wonder if I can use Gaikai to play a game I've always wanted on my PS3 called "watch a fucking MKV file"

You can use PS3MediaServer to "watch a fucking MKV file", but it will require your PC to be on and transcoding. Works on other players as well, including the Xbox 360. And it's free. Happy new year.

Comment Re:How many wireless 1st party 360 controllers exi (Score 0, Troll) 138

Really? Because in 30 seconds I found 5 places selling it. Amazon can have one to my house by Thursday or i can drive to Frys 15 miles away and have it tomorrow.

Most people don't live near the supermarket of electronics. And you can't actually be sure that Fry's will have anything in stock that they claim they have, if you've been there more than once you should know that by now. Sure you can order one, you can order anything.

It's still true that first-party wired controllers are relatively rare on the 360. You rarely see them at all.

Comment Re:Hudreds of Thousands US jobs depend on cartels (Score 2) 323

You've got to wonder why the folks on the right who care so deeply about individual freedom of choice and despise government intrusion in personal affairs are such big fans of the war on drugs.

Religion hates competition, if you can get peace from a plant you don't need church. So the preachers preach against it in spite of Genesis 1:12 and the various other positive cannabis references in the bible, like the recipe for anointing oil. The end!

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