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Comment The comments explain why --- azzhats abound (Score 1) 531

I've working as a developer/programmer for 20 yrs, and recently transitioned to teaching programming --- the comments pretty much show why women don't want to go into programming, it's not has nothing to do with 'self-selection', innate gender differences, etc., it has to do with them dealing with a bunch of d1cks.

I have karma to burn, so all those people in denial can mod me down -- but I've seen this shit firsthand for years, so justify your sexism and bias all you want, but most people posting hear are part of the problem. So go vote for Trump, and enjoy your Nov 8th meltdown

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 0, Troll) 345

This would be very valid criticism of a theoretical climate model that would predict that it would get there and stay there.

There is simply no valid climate model. Period. The entire discipline is in shambles as most of the adherents — either clueless politics-driven enthusiasts, or crooks grabbing taxpayers' money.

Try it yourself — cite successful predictions made by "Climate Science" over the last 30 years, that have come true... Rules are simple:

  • Each citation is to include two links — one to the prediction being made, the other — to its confirmation within, say, 20% of the predicted value (if quantifiable).
  • The prediction must be somewhat useful — predicting, that it will get "hotter or colder", for example, is not acceptable.
  • The two links must be at least several years apart. Lauding a prediction after it came true does not count — otherwise I too would like to claim some government money for recording numerous predictions 5 years ago (one for each possible cm of snow on Oct 31, 2016) and publishing only the successful ones today.

Could you list even 2 or 3 such entries? I doubt it — many have tried...

Comment Re:How do you like your freedom now, New York? (Score 1) 157

That's one of the dumbest libertarian memes.

Truth hurts, huh?

A government which doesn't give you anything can also take away everything you have.

It could happen, yes. But the government, that's not expected to take care of all the citizenry's needs, does not need to become so powerful and omnipresent as to be able to take it all away.

So, there you go — a government limited in its responsibilities can remain limited in its power over the governed. The government expected to provide for all — can not. It inevitably becomes powerful enough to abuse the citizens. Whether it actually does abuse, well, TFA seems to provide an example... Numerous others abound.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois (foxnews.com) 1

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 1) 157

Communism is quite the opposite, because it is about local direct democracy

BS. Once you choose the Glorious Collective over the Deplorable Individual, an authoritarian at the top becomes inevitable.

It is no surprise, that all attempts to build Communism/Socialism in earnest — from Stalin to Chavez — resulted in just such a situation.

You could even describe Stalin as history's most successful fascist

You can't. Fascism allows private property and leaves the means of production in private hands — as long as the businesses do the State's bidding, they can manage the details on their own and can even compete with each other — this degree of freedom and the competition is what makes Fascism more efficient. Communism and Socialism (a.k.a. Communism-lite) do not allow any means of production in private hands at all. By definition.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 5, Informative) 157

Telling people what can and cant do with their own property is called Communism.

No, under Communism there is no private property at all — it is all communal. What you are describing is Fascism. It is generally better than Communism, but still quite nasty — and inefficient.

Submission + - "Most serious" Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (arstechnica.com)

operator_error writes: Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.

By Dan Goodin — 10/20/2016

A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible.

While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. For one thing, it's not hard to develop exploits that work reliably. For another, the flaw is located in a section of the Linux kernel that's a part of virtually every distribution of the open-source OS released for almost a decade. What's more, researchers have discovered attack code that indicates the vulnerability is being actively and maliciously exploited in the wild.

"It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time."

The underlying bug was patched this week by the maintainers of the official Linux kernel. Downstream distributors are in the process of releasing updates that incorporate the fix. Red Hat has classified the vulnerability as "important."

Comment Re:But it was Ok to ban most of California voters? (Score 1) 550

Eich publicly supported Proposition 8, and donated a large sum of money

It was not deliberately public — only inasmuch, as largish donations must be registered (in violation of the First Amendment, which is usually understood to protect anonymous speech).

all to deny certain people the right

Whatever. My point was, 52% of California voters voted for the same thing. Which means, the entire State should've been boycotted until it purged those thought-criminals somehow.

He was a bad cultural fit for Mozilla.

He was a perfectly fine "cultural fit" for Mozilla for many years before that, and would've remained just fine after that — just as Mr. Thiel remains fine for Facebook.

But the boycott threatened to dent Firefox' market share and that is why they panicked. The fears were completely unjustified, of course, as Chick-Fill-A has shown, SJWs lack the stamina for any sort of long-lasting damage.

Comment But it was Ok to ban most of California voters? (Score 4, Insightful) 550

"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate,"

When Brendan Eich was ousted from Mozilla, it was for his private backing of California Proposition 8, which won the backing of over 52% of California voters. By the hateful logic of Mr. Eich's detractors, the entire State of California should've been boycotted by the freedom-loving web-sites until the State purged their thought-criminals.

Where Mr. Zuckerberg stood on that boycott is unclear, but the words he is preaching now, should've been uttered then.

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