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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

Kaz Kylheku Re:Isn't "Peak Stupid" writing about it. (100 comments)

Ah, but then we can supply the following counter-measure: put some good addresses into the list too!
The crackers and spammers won't know which are which.
If they use the list to perpetrate, then their IP address is immediately tagged as being malicious.
If they use the list to cull their own list of nonexistent addresses, then they inadvertently cull your good address also. So you win again.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Kaz Kylheku Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The difference is that the code is distributed for free. No judge is going to award damages for the redistribution of something that is free. At least, not actual damages, like $$$ per infringing copy. The breach of the terms (like not redistributing the source code) could be translated to some punitive damages, perhaps. Probably the best outcomes you can hope for are: the violator of the license is either asked to stop distributing the software, or else to come into compliance: replace the GPL'ed part with a from-scratch workalike, so that the program is no longer distributed with any GPLed code, or else make the whole program GPLed.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Kaz Kylheku Re:Software patents (191 comments)

That unfortunate statement betrays a serious misunderstanding of copyright, patents, and the nature of software.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Kaz Kylheku Re:Paid = biased (135 comments)

You're paid to write the original documentation, and are voluntarily editing the Wikipedia.

This is about being paid to edit the Wikipedia.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Kaz Kylheku What??? There goes NPOV. (135 comments)

The policy should be: if you're paid to write, get the fuck out!

I'm not going to dig through the history of every article, and follow link to the authors, to check whether it is a paid shill.

about 2 months ago
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Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

Kaz Kylheku Extort the extorer? (89 comments)

Pay me, or you don't get to extort your users with your locking scheme! :)

about 2 months ago
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LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

Kaz Kylheku Speak of the devil. (50 comments)

I just blocked LinkedIn today from being able to deliver SMTP to my mail server.

Some linked-in dickhead (link sausage? haha) thought it was a good idea to send an invite to a public mailing list that I run.

about 3 months ago
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Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

Kaz Kylheku "Fiberglass" (82 comments)

Fiberglass is actually a composite made of epoxy (or other) resin, with glass fibers embedded in it for tensile strength.

Until you have a biodegradable epoxy to go with your biodegradable cellulose cloth, there isn't any point.

I don't think fiberglass itself is used for strength in other applications, but for its fire-retardant properties (insulation wool, glass cloth). Good luck with cellulose there.

about 3 months ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Kaz Kylheku How about a "sudo" gun? (176 comments)

Anyone who knows their own password, and is already logged into the gun, can fire the gun, if they just speak "sudo fire", and then say their password.

Plus they can keep killing people with just "sudo fire" with no password for a configurable amount of time since the last "sudo".

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

Kaz Kylheku Re:Fix bugs first, please! (169 comments)

... plus "Wait, let me quit Skype and re-start; I will call you back".

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

Kaz Kylheku Fix bugs first, please! (169 comments)

For instance, it would be nice if the lastest version of Skype for Windows didn't sometimes freeze for 45 seconds at a time when merely sending an instant message, with no audio or video call in progress.

A translator for Skype? Bah, that just needs a fixed vocabularly of audio files consisting of "can you hear me now?" and "I cannot see you!" in 50 languages.

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

Kaz Kylheku Why make a journalist suffer? (250 comments)

If you want subjects who don't mind not bathing for four weeks, just go to any CS lab.

about 3 months ago
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Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

Kaz Kylheku Biggest integer yet to be found! (113 comments)

You know, no matter how large a dinosaur you find, how can you prove that it's the largest?

Not without digging up every cubic meter of the Earth's crust to some reasonable depth.

about 3 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Kaz Kylheku Re:Ten Reasons to use Modern Fortran (634 comments)

Pass by reference is the norm? That is moronic and encourages bugs. We should avoid destructive manipulation such as variable assignment as much as possible in programming; reference parameters exist to make it possible to modify a caller's variable.

If you have reference parameters in the language, then any foo(var) call can potentially modify var. If it doesn't today, then someone can change it tomorrow to give himself access to var inside foo.

The C convention of taking an explicit address is safe against this.

Pass by value should be the norm. Pass by reference shouldn't even exist.

Lisp is purely pass by value; there is no pass by reference: just that some types have reference semantics (cons cells, arrays, etc).

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Kaz Kylheku Re:Stable, well used.. (634 comments)

Some old ideas indeed make much more sense. But all of those still-relevant old ideas came from Lisp, and none from Fortran.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Kaz Kylheku Ah, but: how much of this ships to end-users? (634 comments)

Do these scientists develop friendly graphical user interfaces for their Fortran programs?

Do these programs have robust and secure handling of all input?

How about configuration: are there dialogs for setting up preferences, which are persisted somewhere?

Do they package up user-friendly installers?

How much of their stuff runs on new platforms like tablets and smartphones?

What non-Fortran-stuff do these programs integrate with? Anything over a network?

Where can I download a scientific Fortran program to evaluate its quality?

Has anyone written a viable program of the following in any dialect of Fortran, new or old?

- operating system kernel
- device driver
- web browser
- web server
- instant messenger
- audio/video telephony client
- etc

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Kaz Kylheku Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Wow, faster AND more accurate. They must use some mystical floating-point instructions that only Fortran compiler writers know about.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Kaz Kylheku Re:It's the right tool for the job (634 comments)

Is it possible that scientists work with throwaway programs that don't integrate with anything, are operated by command line interfaces, and assume that all their inputs are correct and trustworthy?

about 4 months ago

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