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Comment Re:One person's myth is another person's fact. (Score 1) 580

I actually did one of those comments a few days ago. There wasn't a better way to do a particular piece of code, so I put the comment in "// This is ugly, but there isn't a better way to do it.". It's a note to myself and future developers not to bother trying to fix an insignificant ugly piece.

Which is absolutely fine, just so long as you explained why in the next sentence. Or preferably three. As somebody above mentioned, comments should explain the why, not the how.

Much like commit messages, but that's a rant for another day

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iago-vL writes: "The long-awaited Nmap Security Scanner version 5.00 was just released (download)! This marks the most important release since 1997, and is a huge step in Nmap's evolution from a simple port scanner to an all-around security and networking tool suite. Significant performance improvements were made, and dozens of scripts were added. For example, Nmap can now log into Windows and perform local checks (PDF), including Conficker detection. New tools included in 5.00 are Ncat, a modern reimplementation of Netcat (with IPv6, SSL, NAT traversal, port redirection, and more!), and Ndiff, for quickly comparing scan results. Other tools are in the works for future releases, but we're still waiting for them to add email and ftp clients so we can finally get off Emacs!"
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Submission + - Computer Program Cuts Risk of Crashes and Exploits

Pooua writes: "Emery Berger, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has developed a computer program that he claims greatly reduces the risk of application crashes and common hacker exploits by separating programs far apart from each other in RAM. Berger's program, called DieHard, is available at no charge for non-commercial use.

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