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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

There is no such thing as a "safe" or unsafe language; only safe and unsafe programmers.

Sigh.

It's a good god damned harder to introduce an array index out-of-bounds error in Ada, PL/1, Pascal, BASIC and COBOL than in C.

Why? Because the RTLs in those languages check for out-of-bounds errors.

Thus, those languages, while not perfectly safe (nothing can be), are manifestly safer than C.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

Let's not single C out as if it is the exception to the rule.

While true, this thread is about whether or not C is or can be a safe language.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

With C you have to be hypervigilinte

And yet the vast majority of C programmers... are not hypervigilant.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

And yet you'll trust languages implemented in it?

Why do you presume that of me?

(Back in the day, languages bootstrapped themselves. Now GOML!)

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

Given the number of bugs (security and otherwise) in so many applications, there must be 10 metric trainloads of "small skill" programmers out there.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (288 comments)

C is a perfectly safe language if used properly.

As safe as juggling very long, very, very greasy sharp knives while skating on very thin ice...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Nutria Re:Medical doctor (731 comments)

Is that literally all it takes to make ASA?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Nutria Re:Medical doctor (731 comments)

Willow bark replaces aspirin;

No. Acetylsalicylic acid replaces salicylic acid, because the side effects are worse. Otherwise, we'd be popping SA pills instead of ASA pills.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Nutria between 23 and 70 uncontacted tribes (351 comments)

Jesus H Christ, but that's a huge spread. Do anthropologists actually know anything?

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nutria Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

Actually they do to a certain degree with a live and let live attitude.

Now, but not Back In The Day (I was there; I remember).

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nutria Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

After people have had a few drinks, yell "The Second Amendment Sucks!" at a NASCAR event, and watch the tolerance and love pour your way.

But conservatives don't trumpet "tolerance" (which has been redefined to mean 'pushing our agenda') as a core value.

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Nutria Re:13 deaths in how long of a time span? (357 comments)

One or two loud mouthed lawyers do not a crisis make.

But they do concern risk-averse insurance companies.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Nutria Re:13 deaths in how long of a time span? (357 comments)

GM (and Ford, with the Pinto) is probably thinking about how many lawsuits would be filed because of the defective part, and the average payout. If the estimated cost of the lawsuits is more than the cost of recalls, they don't fight the recalls.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Nutria Re:13 deaths in how long of a time span? (357 comments)

2.6M registered owners. Even if only 30% of the owners return them for the warranty fix, that's still 780,000 cars worth of expense. For 13 deaths over a 10+ year time span.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Nutria 13 deaths in how long of a time span? (357 comments)

And they want to recall 2.6M cars??? No wonder American made stuff is so expensive...

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

Nutria Re:Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

Curiousity is about a ton or 2. 100 people are about 10 Curiousity's, give or take mass for life support etc.

Details, details, details... (The ISS is 495 short tons, for just 6 people.)

about a month ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

Nutria Re:Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

How is the availability of water on Mars therefore the handwavium? That's not what you meant when you wrote that and you know it.

I know what I meant. Apparently I didn't do as good a job of explaining it as I thought I did.

It appears that you think I know that I meant something like "chemistry will be different on Mars".

This is the crucial sentence: Handwavium to convert chemical transformation formulas into actual non-laboratory processes.

Electrolysis systems for 6 people on the ISS are going to be radically different in scale than those for a bunch of colonists.

That's the key word: scale.

The Handwavium comes in the paragraphs in and around this sentence:

The exact equipment and techniques you would use are still up for debate and experiment as well.

The equipment (and spare parts, and maintenance, and assembly and repair, etc) needed to do all that stuff will be much more complicated on Mars than you think.

On Earth, we can send out some geologists or a surveying crew, rent or buy heavy machinery, parts, drilling mud, explosives, etc of a variety of forms from a jillion different sources.

OTOH, every bit of every kind of stuff needed on Mars will have to be sent at the beginning (whether on one ship or multiple doesn't matter), and that will drive up the cost of the expedition to absurd heights.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

Nutria Re:Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

Things that are impractical to the point of impossibility aren't kept in service that long.

National Pride and bureaucratic inertia are two factors which can keep some big project going well past it's Sell By date.

The history of the Concord seems to prove otherwise.

Why did Boeing cancel it's 2027 project? Why have there been no other SSTs (either European or American) since then?

Because they aren't economical.

So what part requires the handwavium?

This is the Handwavium:

you can just dig under the dirt a little and hit a layer of pure water ice

A few shovel digs and up comes potable water?

In reality, it'll be akin to strip mining.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

Nutria Re:Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

moving 100 people to Mars requires the same advancements as sending 10 Curiousitys.

You're saying that right now we can send 10 people to Mars?

Or that we need some advance in technology to simultaneously send 10 Curiosity rovers?

Or something else?

about a month ago

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