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Comment Re:firewall (Score 1) 74

Of course the problem can be reduced if we were allowed to control a root level firewall on our android or iphone devices.

On Android, DroidWall, AutoProxy and others use iptables. IOW, you can control a root level firewall on your Android devices. I doubt you can do it on iOS, but I wouldn't know because I don't actually care.

Comment Re:Open ports (Score 1) 74

Open ports are not by themselves a security risk.

Not by themselves, but there's no such thing as an open port by itself. We're obviously talking about listening, so we need not discuss ports opened outward, although there are definitely ways to compromise an application in reverse, so opening a TCP connection outward is an opportunity for an incoming attack, if you connect to a host which is malicious (whether inherently, or because it has been compromised.) But at minimum, listening ports provide an opportunity to attack the networking stack of the device, and the application (or daemon, etc etc.) which opened the port. So yes, open ports absolutely do increase your security risk. If there are zero open ports on the device, then the only parts of the networking subsystem with which you interface are the network interface and its driver, which means there's less opportunity to exploit a vulnerability.

Saying open ports are not a security risk is like saying that open windows are not a security risk. What? Of course they are.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 1) 173

NO, illegal immigrants are people who have NO LEGAL RIGHT to be in the country.

Sadly, the people who are really fucking up the country have every legal right to be here. Illegal immigrants don't even make the needle twitch compared to, say, Republican voters. Unless they are also voters, but when we go looking for voter fraud, we generally just find Republicans.

Comment Re:Charity is not a solution (Score 1) 173

People don't simply stay calm and die when they notice that they have no home, no food and no perspective. All it takes for a riot is some asshole shouting "follow me!"

I'm going to start a metal band which covers armored saint which is called asshole messiah.

Seriously though, that asshole is sorely needed right now in 'merica

Comment Re:God Dammit (Score 1) 173

STOP TELLING POOR PEOPLE TO BREED TO GET FREE SHIT.

A much smaller way to write this is "improve education"

Unfortunately, in the USA, you really do have to write it long: "Stop destroying education in order to create easily tractable low-information voters." Because that's what the federal government does, apparently, with policies like "No Child Left Behind" which at the implementation end, literally leaves educators without enough hours in the day to achieve the mandatory goals laid out in the program which may or may not correspond to students' needs (and usually don't.)

Comment Re:The Idiot and Chief (Score 1) 101

Climate change is behind quite a few of the wars in the Arab regions

SHUSH! That's not an argument against in their book, fool. Remember, we spend a shitload on "aid" to Israel which is spent keeping down the Palestinians. Our government does not want stability in the middle east any more than it wants it in Mexico.

Comment Re:BUGS (Score 1) 365

I haven't programmed much in COBOL (too verbose) but have seen examples where it really shines - a few (well relatively - it's COBOL after all) lines of code to do e.g. reports compared to a lot of code C++, even when using relatively obscure libraries to do the heavy lifting.

Translation: to get rid of COBOL, we just need a sane report generator that can generate reports with a few lines of of C++ or Java, instead of (your characterization) a relatively obscure library. Surely this would be a better use of effort than beating away mindlessly on the old dead COBOL horse.

I disagree with your assessment that COBOL is well suited to the tasks it was designed for, that is, to provide back ends for business systems. At one time it did its job well, now it is an albatross around the neck of progress. Banks that stick with it will be banks that go under in the next shakeout.

Comment Even worse than that (Score 4, Insightful) 288

Of course they care if net neutrality will kill off 800 startups. The government loves to kill off small corporations, small business, etc. Big corporations lobby for laws which benefit them and harm new players. These 800 startups would have better stayed quiet, because all they've done is just give just one more reason to kill net neutrality.

Only a total cuck dumbfuck could believe that our government supports free trade.

Comment Re:BUGS (Score 1) 365

COBOL is simple. It is also relatively limited. This makes it easier to track, troubleshoot, and maintain.

That is the theory. The fact is, because even trivial things are awkward to do in Cobol, every Cobol program that lives more than a year promptly turns into a gigantic mind sucking unmaintainable pile of toxic sludge.

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