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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

amicusNYCL Re:ASP? (188 comments)

They list .NET separately so I don't think they mean ASP.NET, but they also don't include ASP in their list of "legacy" languages.

That's right, according to them ASP and Java are new, and PHP is legacy.

4 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

amicusNYCL Re:Mirror image (640 comments)

None of the 35 million Muslims in my city

Which city do you live in that has 35 million Muslims? Tokyo is not >95% Muslim.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

amicusNYCL Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

The article claims that they check the antennas before and after each shift, so they would know as soon as one was missing, and give the bill to whoever had the car during that shift.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

amicusNYCL Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Not necessarily the worst PR so much as the worst customer relations. If a bank implemented some of the same business practices that EA was using for its customers then you would see a lot more financial problems and angry people.

It's also highly related to recent well-publicized incidents. You can see that with SeaWorld, for example. In 2012 I think EA won because of Mass Effect 3, and in 2013 it was because of SimCity. They haven't done anything lately to piss off a lot of people even though they're probably still using a lot of the same practices. Most of the banks seem to be keeping their heads down as well. Comcast, however, has been in the news.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

amicusNYCL Re:What a joke (195 comments)

A video game company that makes shitty games.
Giant banking and investment firms that literally rend the economy that results in massive layoffs.

Welcome to the same discussion about the Worst Company In America that has been going on for the last 3 years.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

amicusNYCL Re:Well excuse me... (1112 comments)

A majority of Californians recently voted against gay marriage.

That would be more accurate to say that a majority of people in California who voted supported a measure to ban gay marriage.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:It is like that rat poop coffee. (469 comments)

You're referring to the civet, more like a cat than a rodent. If you search for "cat poop coffee" you'll find all kinds of information that you probably would rather not know.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:Sorry about the loss of the magic (469 comments)

The Stradavari family had extraordinary skill, surpassing anybody else at the time.

This is not necessarily true. I am an expert in Wikipedia, and I can tell you that over history several other families of luthiers, including the Guarneri and Amati families, were considered to be the finest. However, at this particular period in history, the Stradivari family is seen as superior.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:Time to add another layer of BS indirection: (469 comments)

A violin made in the 1700s is still worth a lot of money, it just doesn't sound any better.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Thanks Phil. It would be interesting to see an analysis of the relative speed, it looks fairly difficult to do because it looks like the rock is coming in at an angle (although it's hard to tell without much of a frame of reference).

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Oops, you're not the GP. I didn't check the name, I don't know if you're a skydiver or not.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

You're missing the point. The skydiver is not at rest either. It is not traveling at the absolute speed of 300km/h, it is traveling 300 km/h faster than the diver. Go ahead and count the number of seconds between when he pops his chute, and when the rock flies by, and tell me if that is enough time for the rock to accelerate to a speed of 300km/h relative to the diver while still being above him.

What you're suggesting is that the rock would have had to have been launched directly upward at a relatively high velocity, in order for it to have time to come to a stop, then start accelerating downward such that, when it passed the slower diver, it was moving substantially faster than he was. There is not enough time for that to happen.

It's cool that you're a skydiver, I admire that, but these people have been looking at this for 2 years. The guy in question owns his own wing suit and other gear. The guy in question does not think it came from him. I hope you can respect his experience and acknowledge that your own experience does not necessarily outweigh his. Your'e not the only person with skydiving experience in this situation.

I acknowledge that, yeah, it's possible for a rock to be launched out of a chute if it was packed with the chute. But that's not the situation that I see in the video.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

While not the most newsworthy, the simplest explanation is the guy packed a rock in his parachute and god knows how he didn't notice when he packed but it wouldn't be the first rock to take make a skydive.

That's a long post, but it fails to address how the rock got to the speed of several hundred km per hour by the time it flew past him.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Probably its a piece of the aircraft he just jumped out of that fell off

The aircraft that was obviously below him when the rock flew by?

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Another possible explanation is that the object fell from either the plane or another skydiver (as he was first out of the plane).

Like he explains, and the video clearly shows, when the rock flew past him both the plane and all of the other divers were below him. At the start of the video you can see the plane basically dive past all of the divers and descend below them. He points out where the other divers are, other than one person who enters his airspace about 4 seconds after the rock flies past. It wasn't on the plane, and it wasn't from another diver. They have had 2 years to think about those possibilities. I understand that being an amateur internet detective is fun, but at least watch the evidence.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

amicusNYCL Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

So you think those racists were justified in their actions and were not immorally oppressing black folks?

No. I didn't say anything of the sort. I just guessed what the hypothetical outcome would be to the hypothetical situation you brought up. My guess was based on what actually happened to the racist parts of the US. They are in fact on the bottom of the list for poverty, education, and health, and their region is not known as an area where you go if you want to hire intelligent, highly skilled workers. Those people have left the area and gone to the areas where companies looking for those workers are based.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

amicusNYCL Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

It's a dangerous road to go down and I know you'd agree if it was some powerful homophobic group putting pressure on a company for having a homosexual employee.

Do you notice how the situation we're actually dealing with is the exact opposite of the situation you're suggesting? What do you seriously think would happen if a homophobic group but pressure on a company to fire a homosexual employee? Here in 2014, in the age of instant communication, what do you think would actually happen? You've seen the stories about waiters or waitresses being stiffed on tips by people expression their disapproval of various lifestyle choices, and how the internet responds to that, correct?

This is the situation: something that should be obviously and objectively wrong (suppression of rights of tens of millions of people) is being condemned by a vocal group, and you are equating that to something that is not wrong being condemned by a vocal group. No one cares when loud idiots protest things that don't need to be protested. See the Westboro Baptist Church for proof. They had a picket yesterday, and another one today. You heard about those, right?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

amicusNYCL Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Boycotting them is fine. Using public media outlets demanding the business owner be fired as a punitive measure is not.

What's the difference? Boycotts are usually publicized.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

amicusNYCL Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

How about if a local business employee thought that blacks should be able to drink at the same water fountain but the local community didn't like that idea so got the person fired?

My guess would be that the ex employee would move somewhere else and the community in question would end up at the bottom of the list for things like poverty, education, and health.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

amicusNYCL Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Sure. But you lose your right to claim to be pro free speech after advocating a boycott as an attempt to silence someone exercising their free speech.

Isn't a boycott free speech?

I didn't hear anyone attempting to silence Eich. They were disagreeing with what he did and saying they didn't want to work for him, not outright telling him that he should stop expressing his opinion. He is absolutely free to express his opinion, and likewise people are free to react to his opinion.

Just to be clear, if Sergey Brin and Larry Page donated a few billion dollars each to North Korea or Bashar Al-Assad, you would oppose any sort of backlash against them for doing so, correct?

about two weeks ago

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