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Comment Tomorrow's news (Score 4, Funny) 390

You may recall from last week the news item concerning FunnyJunk's extortion ...

Charles Carreon has filed suit in California court against Slashdot, alleging that an article appearing on the site defamed him by characterizing his lawsuit agains The Oatmeal as "extortion."

When reached for comment, Carreon stated, "They like to hide behind this claim that their content is all user-generated, but that certainly doesn't obviate their responsibility to... oh, fuck."

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 4, Insightful) 390

While the Dunning-Kruger effect may be thought of as related to the Peter Principle, I think Dunning-Kruger is more apt in describing this case.

While the Peter Principle is the observation that in hierarchical organizations, individuals tend to be promoted to the level of their own incompetence, Dunning-Kruger relates more broadly to the pattern that the less competent one is, the more likely one is to over-assess one's own level of knowledge or skill.

Sounds like Carreon to me.

Not that I would ever nitpick on /.

Comment Re:"managed to guess the login details" (Score 0) 210

So what you're saying is that you rely on your own set of utilities developed in C, instead of using the tried-and-true, often secure and in some cases with more than one decade in deployment (as in -stable-) shell commands? And this is your counter-argument to why "rubyists" don't understand security?

No, that would be stupid. And we could do that in pure Ruby. The point of writing C extensions is to link the libraries and gain access to the function calls that the shell commands themselves invoke.

Are you even a programmer?

Comment Re:"managed to guess the login details" (Score 4, Insightful) 210

This was a system created by Rubyists. They don't understand security because that's a "low-level detail" they can't be arsed to learn.

Rubyists pay attention to low-level details. This is why we write C extensions rather than executing shell commands from web applications, which is asinine.

"Rails developers" are rarely Rubyists, properly speaking. This is one of the issues plaguing the Rails community. It could be worse, though. Rails developers can become Rubyists. In the PHP community, given that the preferred development methodology seems to be having two cats copulate on a keyboard, I don't hold much hope.

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Submission + - MegaUpload: A Lot Less Guilty Than You Think ( 1

telekon writes: "Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society recently published this article questioning the legality of the MegaUpload raid, indictments, and extradition. A key issue is the conspiracy charges, as MegaUpload was not "directly infringing" copyright, but enabling/inducing others to infringe: "Is it a federal crime to conspire to induce others to violate a U.S. civil law? The answer to that is an obvious “no”. The conspiracy statute itself makes clear that the object of the conspiracy must be an offense or fraud against the United States, in other words, a federal crime.""

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