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Adobe Security Chief Defends JavaScript Support

Nomen Publicus No, not a good idea at all (216 comments)

Why does a product called "Reader" have to process user input?

more than 4 years ago

The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

Nomen Publicus True History (752 comments)

1. Prototype PHP code written and tested in an afternoon.
2. Business case written in an afternoon (forgetting to include the profit generating point.)
3. Vulture Capitalist drinks too much at lunchtime pitch and agrees to provide $BIGNUM
4. Development of real codebase begins.
5. Vulture Capitalist sobers up and demands that the new service starts NOW!
6. Prototype code goes into production.
7. Real codebase development abandoned.

more than 3 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

Nomen Publicus Re:Remember... (1095 comments)

Always ask any kilt wearing Scotsmen you see, "Is anything worn under the kilt?" Laughing, they will give the classic replay, "No, It's all in perfect working order." Remember to shout across the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral. The name is historical and fools many tourists into missing the exciting results.

more than 4 years ago

App Store Developer Speaks Out On Game Piracy

Nomen Publicus Not asking real question? (762 comments)

Surely the real question is: How many of the people who are using pirated copies would pay for a copy if the pirated copies were not available?

This is the RIAA fallacy, presuming that all pirated copies represent lost revenue.

more than 4 years ago

Dutch Gov't Has No Idea How To Delete Tapped Calls

Nomen Publicus No problem? (186 comments)

There is this company called "Danger".......

more than 4 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested For al-Qaeda Ties

Nomen Publicus Evil to level 11 !! (245 comments)

All he had to do was to twist the "EVIL LEVEL" knob to 11 and a portal to hell would have been opened!

about 5 years ago

iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

Nomen Publicus Let's just assume that everybody is a pirate (414 comments)

As I would be paying for stolen music via a tax, surely I can't be stealing material when I copy it?

Isn't this silly idea just a blanket permission to copy music?

more than 5 years ago

Obstacles Near Emergency Exits Speed Evacuation

Nomen Publicus What's new here? (199 comments)

Isn't this well known? I've seen TV documentaries with computer animations showing the difference between a crowd at an exit and a crowd at a partially blocked exit. Against intuition, the partially blocked exit allows more people to escape in a given time.

more than 5 years ago

Encryption? What Encryption?

Nomen Publicus trivially fixed (500 comments)

I keep telling people, "Keep your illegal porn and plans to assassinate [insert name here] on other peoples PCs."

more than 5 years ago

Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either

Nomen Publicus Scared of shadows? (158 comments)

Let's not do anything then 'cus somebody may decide to break it.

What a pathetic world view.

Who the hell cares if the grid is down, the EMP pulse will have fried all electronics in the area anyway.

more than 5 years ago

Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

Nomen Publicus Re:Math ftl (365 comments)

But 10% of the time it will return a false positive, so 300 people will be detained, none of whom will be terrorists. The description of the problem could be better expressed.

This is a DOS on the security services and explains why despite much propaganda automatic face recognition systems are not in use.

more than 5 years ago

Jammie Thomas To Appeal $1.9 Million RIAA Verdict

Nomen Publicus Re:Of Course (204 comments)

And when did deterrents ever stop murders or kids making copies of songs for their friends?

The big fines were intended to make professional copyright violations where some factory turns out hundreds or thousands of copies of fake product unprofitable. Using the same law to beat up some random person is disproportionate.

more than 5 years ago

The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

Nomen Publicus who clicks on ads? (226 comments)

Seriously, I can't recall the last time I clicked on an ad.

more than 5 years ago

Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

Nomen Publicus greed v. community spririt? (539 comments)

Why does this man hate blind people? Why does he want to force the blind to rely on the limited availability of commercial and specialised works for the blind?

more than 5 years ago

UK Can't Read Its Own ID Cards

Nomen Publicus Re:Where exactly are these cards? (205 comments)

It will be interesting to see what happens with the aircraft workers who already are subject to MORE stringent checks than the ID card would require. Every relevant union has already come out and rejected the introduction of additional pointless ID cards.

more than 5 years ago

Scientist Patents New Method To Fight Global Warming

Nomen Publicus Better solution? (492 comments)

As aircraft are known to trigger cloud formation, surely we should be putting every last jet into the air, passengers or not, and get them pumping out polution to save the planet...

more than 5 years ago

IBM Launches Microsoft-Free Linux Virtual Desktop

Nomen Publicus Re:Linux desktops with proprietary apps! Sign me u (344 comments)

Perhaps you are not the intended market.

Many organisations outsource their IT services to companies like IBM. If IBM can supply the service and not have to pay for Microsoft licenses everybody (who matters) wins.

more than 5 years ago

Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled

Nomen Publicus Re:God, please let this be true. (1093 comments)

The only purpose for a gun is to kill something.

But it's your country and so 14,000 people shot dead a year can safely be discounted so your right to bare arms is protected.

more than 5 years ago

Ethical Killing Machines

Nomen Publicus Wot? No positronic brain? (785 comments)

Isn't anybody going to produce a quote from Asimov?

more than 5 years ago


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