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IEEE Launches Anti-malware Services To Improve Security

Cenan Re:Is it cross-platform? (51 comments)

No need to be cross platform. Any platform that is not Windows is impervious to malware, /. says so.

about three weeks ago
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Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

Cenan Re:Apple better switch suppliers... (38 comments)

Hmm, I might have to look into that. The old laptop got scrapped by the repair shop (motherboard was fried, new parts unobtainable) and they sent me a new one. That touch pad sucks donkey balls (also Synaptic), but I never read the manual, just figured they did their usual thing and fucked up a good system in the name of $whatever.

about a month and a half ago
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Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

Cenan Re:Apple better switch suppliers... (38 comments)

My old HP laptop had the best touch pad I've ever come across, made by Synaptic. The beauty of it was that it had a designated area for scrolling and could be turned off completely with a button at the top. The software "driver/spyware" that came with the laptop though was shit, I agree, the touch pad worked just fine with standard drivers installed.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Cenan Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Fucking spot on. Have a... uhm... well, I guess a redundant comment is all I've got.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

Cenan Re:Well, well, well (84 comments)

Open source in all the places where it does not matter. When they release their ranking algorithm we can talk.

about 2 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Cenan Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

This is the one field where I would expect serious scientists to shut down everything if they have proof they're doing more harm than good.

Not likely. Even if they were serious scientists, they're still working within the confines of an amusement park. They have bean counters to answer to, and to them the "science" derived from keeping the animals is a slight PR bonus, not their reason to exist.

about 2 months ago
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WebKit Unifies JavaScript Compilation With LLVM Optimizer

Cenan Re:oh noes (170 comments)

Serious, non-hyperbolic, gets-stuff-done developers? Shit, I dunno, maybe you're right...

about 2 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Cenan Re:wimp (278 comments)

That was the point though. But software engineering is not treated with respect because 90% of the product is invisible. With regard to the reply you've made below about aerospace engineering, you're right, that is a new field too - but the product is visible, you can see what your money is buying. And even though it's flight, it still builds upon engineering principles accrued over a much longer time span than software engineering does. There no MBAs heading up engineering teams designing and building planes. There are very, very few amateur plane builders selling their rickety winged contraptions (at least not ones made for passenger flights).

about 3 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Cenan Re:wimp (278 comments)

Software Development is still a young field. Someone who wants a bridge built can look back in history and see all the horrible consequences of not shutting up and listening to the people who know better than them. There are strict regulations, there are guidelines to follow. Humans have been building stuff since the first ax hit a tree, while the consequences of faulty software has just recently started to manifest itself to the general public. Comparing software engineering to regular engineering is an unfair comparison when regular engineering is built upon hundreds, if not thousands, of years of experience.

I heard a saying once, maybe it was here on /. The reason an older programmer is slower than a younger one is because of the number of answers he has to the question "what could possibly go wrong?". That is true on a larger scale for engineering vs. software engineering.

Most large software projects are run by people who have fuck all clue what it entails to produce good software, people who don't see the value in spending another couple grand on a few more weeks of design, people who have clients they sold vapor to and now need the product yesterday. Software that works is easy to produce, and nobody can see the rickety scaffolding underneath, so it is really hard to argue with a non technical manager that something needs to be changed - after all, the shit works doesn't it?

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

Cenan Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

I would, if Chrome supported a NoScript type plugin.

about 3 months ago
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Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

Cenan Re:What could possibly go wrong (137 comments)

Right, because billions of individual bags of almost pure protein exist as an isolated island in the food chain - bats, fish, frogs and toads, to name a few, all feed on mosquitoes.

about 3 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Cenan Re:Oh well (499 comments)

The obvious solution is for OP to just stop eating. It can't be that hard, millions of people starve to death of their own free will every year.

about 3 months ago
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Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

Cenan Re:What could possibly go wrong (137 comments)

Except that this does not get rid of the mosquitoes, only one mosquito species - the rest are perfectly fine. This "solution" does not solve the problem, it just shifts which species carry the disease at the cost of unknown damage to an ecosystem - who knows, the locals might be part of that chain somewhere along the line, and you end up killing the same number of people for a different reason. You can't remove an entire section of the food chain and expect nothing to change - best case scenario is that another species of mosquito takes over. As the quoted ecologist says, there is already a species prevalent in the area, that is also a carrier.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Cenan Re:Need a Venn Diagram (769 comments)

I was asking a question you fucking dimwit - nothing gets in the way of spewing more poorly thought out garbage for you does it?

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Cenan Re:Need a Venn Diagram (769 comments)

It makes you wonder about the strength of their position when they have to use lies and deceit to support it.

Says the oil lobby?

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

Cenan Re:Fight your own battles (233 comments)

Ok, I wrote lucrative in the context of the article, which states that some of the mathematicians do their work for NSA during the summer. To me that meant more money while they're sitting on their sofa anyways - I'll accept your correction though.

It doesn't matter for the bigger picture; The article spends a good deal of time getting the point across, that it needs to become socially unacceptable to accept these kinds of gigs, whether you do it for money, glory or patriotism should amount to the same in the end.

about 3 months ago
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Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

Cenan Re:Not how natural selection works (137 comments)

Even better would be if they spent all that time curing the dengue fever and then left the mosquito alone.

about 3 months ago
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Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

Cenan Re:What could possibly go wrong (137 comments)

It's not a death gene, it is a genetically engineered mosquito that dies, subtle but huge difference. I'd be more concerned with the consequences of killing off a species of mosquito, especially when the one they're targeting isn't the only one carrying the dengue. From TFA:

Phil Lounibous, an insect ecologist at the University of Florida, says getting rid of Aedes aegypti won’t necessarily solve the dengue problem.

“The so-called Asian Tiger mosquito is (also) very abundant all throughout Brazil,” Lounibous says, “and it ... is also a vector of dengue.”

But Oxitec says Aedes aegypti is by far the biggest source of dengue fever, and that reducing its population would be a huge advance for human health.

Classis Big-Corp logic: we can solve this problem (kind of) - so we have to insist that this problem is the one we need to solve in order to solve that other problem (and get paid).

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

Cenan Re:Fight your own battles (233 comments)

It is, in fact, a complete passing of the buck.

Not really, this is a mathematician calling on other mathematicians to actually think twice before they accept that lucrative summer job at NSA. Other than that, your reply is utter bullshit. If we can't factor in the ethics of the work we do, the assholes down at NSA have already won. It is exactly your kind of mentality that keeps those wheels spinning - just a drop in the ocean, nothing to see here, more along citizen - if I don't do this, someone else will.

about 3 months ago

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Snowden granted 1 year asylum in Russia

Cenan Cenan writes  |  about a year ago

Cenan (1892902) writes "Today, shortly before noon, Russia handed NSA leaker Edward Snowden papers permitting him to leave the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. CNN has the story, among others."

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