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Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

Mathematiker Re:Definition of a cap (605 comments)

This isn't the free market at work. The free market raises wages when there's a labor shortage.

Umm... A labour market where people from different countries can work in your country seems very much MORE free than a labour market where working in your country is forbidden.

In fact, forbidding people from working where they want to work seems dangerously like one of those "government regulations" that you libertarians want to abolish, no?

about a year and a half ago
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Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone

Mathematiker Re:Start of something big. (171 comments)

Texting on a touchscreen with big fingers is very nearly the most consistently frustrating thing I have ever attempted. On my candybar, (literally) on the other hand, I can text with 99.3%+ accuracy without looking at the screen. My ease of textual communication is outstanding in comparison on the small phone.

Interesting. My experience has been the complete opposite. I _started_ texting when I got my touchscreen-smartphone; texting on my old brick using T9 (or some other pseudo-smart helping system) was painful. Then again, maybe the touchscreen on my smartphone is big enough to be useful...

about a year and a half ago
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Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone

Mathematiker Re:Obligatory... (171 comments)

Thanks for the link - made me laugh :)

about a year and a half ago
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Github Kills Search After Hundreds of Private Keys Exposed

Mathematiker Re:Nothing has changed... (176 comments)

chmod'ing 777 kills the setuserid-bit.

This means that programs like "su" or "ping" or "passwd" break.

Also, some important daemons probably check whether their required files are world-writable and refuse continuing...

about a year and a half ago
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Another Java Exploit For Sale

Mathematiker Re:Kill it with FIRE (150 comments)

If you run some unix, you can create a standalone "executable" from java classes:
      https://coderwall.com/p/ssuaxa

This still needs a JVM, but then your proposal does as well...

about a year and a half ago
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Another Java Exploit For Sale

Mathematiker Re:Kill it with FIRE (150 comments)

it's significantly easier to parse javascript source, determine its validity and generate machine code from it than it is just to verify java bytecode.

for example: prove that the stack looks the same for every different way a basic block can be entered.

Huh? Did you ever take a compiler class? Verifying java bytecode is really not that hard...

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

Mathematiker Re:are they serious right now? (437 comments)

Dude. Open Office is written in C++. It has some plug-ins written in java, but the main bloat is C++.

about a year and a half ago
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The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

Mathematiker Re:Does it matter? (226 comments)

This might be related to chrome.

Maybe you want to try firefox for android - it works quite well for me. If it turns out to be faster, it's still google's fault, but then you know the chrome guys are responsible, and not the android guys...

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

Mathematiker Re:Be careful what you wish for. (265 comments)

An appropriate solution would be to use something like noscript, which automatically blocks all java applets (flash and javascript as well), and makes it easy to maintain a whitelist of websites that are allowed to run java applets/javascript/flash/etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

Mathematiker Re:What happened to Java? (265 comments)

The problem is that security cost usability.

Completely disable the ability of Java to read/write files on the local filesystem and it'd be a lot more secure for example, but then it'd be more useful as well.

This problem has already been solved, and solved mostly well. It is possible to specify exactly where a piece of java code may access files, and enforce it.

The problem is that some bugs in the JVM make it possible to bypass these checks, and then p.ex. access files that should be impossible to access.

about a year and a half ago
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US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Mathematiker Re:inequality (1063 comments)

Actually...
    - Healthy food is significantly more expensive - and poor people usually have not enough money for anything
    - Exercise takes time you probably don't have when working two to three jobs (while still being poor).

I do not mean to say that poor people bear no responsibility for their health. Still, reality is more complicated
than "it's all their own damn fault".

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

Mathematiker Re:Oh Java... (193 comments)

What does "online java application" mean? The app opens a network connection and communicates with some other host?

Such an app would not become more safe if it were written in, say, C++ or C# or most other languages.

The danger about java is in the browser plugin, because it downloads and runs untrusted byte code. This is about as unsafe as using an ordinary browser with java script enabled - which also downloads and runs untrusted code.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

Mathematiker Re:Oh Java... (193 comments)

You know the difference between a browser plugin and the JRE?

Do you really think that having eclipse or matlab installed on your computer (both contain a JRE) makes it magically vulnerable?

about a year and a half ago

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