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Comment Re:hard to watch (Score 2) 948

Parents should be supportive of their offspring. Sure there's no legal requirement, and sure sometimes kids need a little push to get out of the nest, but I doubt that is the case here. My parents would still pitch in if I was having trouble, and I am grateful for that support. In any case, she has a job (she had previously posted pics on reddit from working at EBGames (or some such) over Halloween), so I'm not sure why you assume she "refuses to take care of herself."

Comment hard to watch (Score 2, Informative) 948

The video is hard to watch. For reference, the daughter was participating in the comment thread on reddit (username shoeofallcosmos).

Judge Adams issued a statement asserting that his daughter released the tape to retaliate against him for withdrawing his financial support.

Oh, so he abuses his children and then also doesn't support them financially, sounds like a real winner!

Comment regulation regardless of neutrality (Score 3, Insightful) 373

For all those who argued against net neutrality as promoting "regulation", see how little help that was, they will try to regulate anyway. We might as well get the useful consumer protections against corporate manipulations while they are/were available, otherwise we'll just get stuck with regulation at both gov't and corporate levels.

Comment Re:Better analogy: imported rats, not farmed (Score 1) 140

Your observation, that a bug hunt will reveal lots of inconsequential bugs, but the few significant ones make it worthwhile -- well, that's entirely the expected result, surely?

Well, I could make some argument about whether it's generally worthwhile even for a few significant bugs... if they are significant, it's likely they would be found and reported in short order regardless of a bounty. And especially if there's a backlog of bugs, I'd say those should take priority over finding new bugs that haven't actually bothered anyone yet.

The security aspect is different though, because those are bugs that have a motivation to go unreported. And there's the 'papercut' type, where small annoyances go unreported. I'd consider it an good question whether bounties are more effective than simply paying an expert (or several) the same amount up-front to comb through things. The old crowd-source vs. out-source argument I guess.

Comment Better analogy: imported rats, not farmed (Score 1) 140

I think the point he's getting at is that a lot of the bugs are not the ones that would trouble users (i.e. they only appear "in the lab"). So although it's still good to fix them, they are low priority.

The farming analogy is bad because it implies people are creating these bugs just to turn them in, which as everyone is pointing out, doesn't make sense and would reflect poorly on the buggy developer, so it would be self-limiting. Instead, I propose he should have said "imported" rats instead of "farmed" rats: instead of killing the rats in the city (the "high priority" ones), people are going out into the country and killing rats that weren't really bothering anyone. Eventually they or their descendants might make it to the city and cause a problem, so we're certainly not sad to see them go (environmental concerns breaking the analogy here :)), but the point is those rats/bugs aren't really the ones we care about.

I could have sworn there was an article/blog post a little while back with statistics from a bug bounty program where most of the bugs were relatively trivial (found by automated methods, style consistency, etc.) or else quite obscure, with only a couple 'interesting' ones. But all I can find is this slashdot article, which I don't think is the one I'm thinking of. But I remember the author's summary was also that he still appreciated the peace-of-mind that others had looked through his code and that was all they had come up with, so still a net positive.

Comment Re:Netgear WNDR-3700 (Score 1) 398

I realize it sounds like a dumb slashdot topic, but given my experience with the number of crap wifi access points out there, I can understand the need to get community assessment. I went through several b/g routers (netgear, dlink) which were constantly dropping connections (the netgear one was actually sensitive to certain bit patterns, e.g. a particular CVS checkout would consistently kill the router at the same place in the transfer each time. WTF.), so now I'm wary of upgrading to the N series until I hear of a suitable successor to the venerable WRT54GL.

Comment Waste of money (Score 1) 225

Building a non-oil-based economy would require social and educational development, which in turn requires leadership, or in other words, insight and hard work by the ruling elites.

However building the tallest phallic symbol just requires throwing money at immigrant workers, and in the long run will accomplish nothing much except an impressive symbol of wasted wealth. But it leaves more playtime for the rulers, and a clear sense of accomplishment ("look at that!")... as opposed to actually empowering their people, which would probably be counter-productive to the rulers anyway, diluting their grip on the region.

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