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Comment Re:Bad Practice (Score 1) 212

If I understand what you're saying, you're talking about emulators or virtual machines. These themselves are the compiled code. What they run is considered data by the OS. If there's an exploit in the code sent to the emulator/VM it will hit the emulator/VM. If it's compiled code having the executable page rewritable opens up the operating system to exploits.

I'm not saying that all executable pages must never be rewritable. I'm just saying that it should be avoided wherever possible. I believe most IDE's use an interpreter so it's the same as above.

Look at the wikipedia link for Executable Space Protection for more information.

Comment Rewards the hacker. (Score 2) 104

I find this outcome incredibly offensive. The hacker is probably so radically anti-abortion that he doesn't give a shit about his fine or jail-time. All this really does is damage the charity, which was probably his goal in the first place: to get them fined for not securing data. And, as has already been mentioned, the charity probably isn't even responsible for the data breach. All the work was probably contracted out. Besides, if Stratfor and Sony and damn near everyone else can't securely store data, what makes you think this charity magically can?

All of our systems are hackable. Everyone is vulnerable to an advanced persistent threat.

Comment Re:Yikes (Score 1) 419

He offered to compromise on the CPI measure for social security. Which is deeply unpopular among Democrats.

He hasn't closed Guantanamo Bay. Which Republicans were against. And I believe has allowed military tribunals to continue, which most Republicans were vehemently for rather than having the trials in the US judicial system.

Obama only had a few conditions that had to be met when Congress constructed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Leaving us with legislation very similar to RomneyCare and coincidentally, a number of solutions that had been proposed by conservatives in the Bill Clinton era. Perhaps this is the reason the Republican party hasn't been able to come up with any meaningful changes or a replacement for the Act.

As for negotiating on subversion of the legislative process, no president should do that.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's the best Comp Sci field for telecommuting or foreign work?

ThisIsNotAName writes: What technologies or branches of computer science are the best to specialize in for full-time telecommuting or foreign contracting work? I'm asking because my girlfriend is majoring in anthropology and, depending on how things end up, she may do a lot of travelling or field work. She expects to get her undergrad in 3 years and I'm hoping to finish my master's degree in two. I currently work as a web developer in VB.NET, ASP.NET and SQL Server in the US for one of the states. I suppose you can add HTML, javascript and XML to my credentials, too. Responses from people who have personal experience doing this are especially welcome.

Comment Hiring HR people (Score 2) 305

If only they could figure out how to hire HR people who aren't so f---ing stupid, maybe they could come up with a decent process. The zero relationship thing doesn't surprise me at all. I thought the brain teasers as an interview sounded like one of the dumbest ideas ever.

Maybe they could test people on their problem solving abilities or even on skills related to their jobs?

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 163

And as you described, Afghanistan has a tribal system, not quite anarchy. Even still, repeated invasions, religious extremists, poverty, growing opium being one of the major industries, some political, judicial and police structures but filled with rampant corruption, ... that hardly makes it a case of just anarchy.

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 2) 163

The fact that there are people who equate right and wrong with our set of laws terrifies me. The concept of jury nullification has nothing to do with the defendant, the defendant's lawyer, the prosecution or the judge. It's strictly related to the charges and the laws. I will never vote guilty for someone on trial for simply picking up a hawk's feather or plucking a chicken on a Sunday. Note, as of June 18, 2012, it's legal in New Hampshire for defense lawyers to inform the jury about jury nullification

If you're looking to the U.S. legislature for solutions, I suspect you'll be waiting for a while.

Not to mention, certain interpretations of laws and legal precedences have warped the entire legal structure. Pre-Miranda Rights silence can now be used against you in a court of law. IANAL, but that seems like a nice example.

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 163

That would be terrible. Think of all those bank and stock cases they've been prosecuting that the perpetrators would have just gotten away with. Oh wait, there aren't any. They only get taken to court to appease the masses and only if they're so egregious that they wouldn't be able to dismiss them anyway. Clearly, you're not from this reality. Please post only on the slashdot site for your dimension.

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 163

I'd like to see judges and juries able to suspend prosecutorial immunity for the cases they're on. If they determine the prosecution was unwarranted to the point of being criminal or that they performed criminal acts (withholding evidence, for example), then the prosecutor is automatically charged for those acts.

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 163

I think it it would be an interesting case to see how vigilantism would work. I think there would be pockets of chaos and pockets of civilized areas. The chaotic ones may wipe themselves out. Our crimes of passion might kill us all or everyone might learn self-control with the knowledge that losing it at any time could kill you. This is all theoretical and in the real world would necessarily start with a gradual repeal of laws, which we could certainly use. In the end, every society is always sliding around on the scale of anarchy and tyranny. Seeing as how we're trending towards tyranny at the moment, a few daydreams of anarchy can hopefully be forgiven.

As far as the "big punishments" go, I was simply referring to the fact that we're better off with serial killers, serial rapists, serial arsonists, ... not killing, raping and burning things. I meant nothing in terms of punishments other than to keep them from repeating their offenses.

Comment Re:Not good enough. (Score 1) 163

That's what appeals are for, if they can prove that that was the basis of the verdict. Though that's a pretty terrible claim to make about the jury, that they consciously let a murderer go free because they don't like a white female prosecutor. If it wasn't conscious and only due to bias you can argue that they didn't make their case well enough to overcome that bias and so he probably shouldn't have been convicted.

Also, I don't know about this, it may not be possible, but if that was an issue and they can change prosecutors, that would be, once again, the prosecution's failure for not changing the prosecutor.

Lastly, I agree with the other poster. I think the poor work on the part of the police was the biggest problem.

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