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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Nutria Re:Make computers harder to use. (167 comments)

to submit jobs and get back printouts.

Someone's too stupid to know that the phrase replace ... with terminals means that there's no dropping off card decks at the dutch door, and no picking up printouts, because... they display on the terminal.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Nutria Make computers harder to use. (167 comments)

Then the people who don't deeply care about using computers properly won't use them except for boring business stuff, and then we can replace Windows with z/OS or OpenVMS and all those PCs with terminals.

2 days ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Nutria Re:I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days (234 comments)

never get involved in a land war in Asia.

That movie quote popped instantly to mind, but had read the specific quote about the mainland long before I watched the movie. Plus, European Russia isn't... Asia, and you invade it either.

4 days ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Nutria Re:I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days (234 comments)

OP writing And that a vastly superior military (that would be the US military) means nothing when headed by a weakling. pretty much indicates that he doesn't see the US being a threat to Russia.

Besides, the two cardinal rules of would-be military invaders are:
(1) Do not invade the Chinese mainland.
(2) Do not invade Russia.

4 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 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.

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 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.

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 comments)

With C you have to be hypervigilinte

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

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 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!)

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 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.

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Nutria Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 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...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Nutria Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Is that literally all it takes to make ASA?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Nutria Re:Medical doctor (737 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 two weeks 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 three 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 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)

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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