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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

bk2204 Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (739 comments)

LLVM has improved a lot, but in CPU-bound workloads such as cryptography, GCC still outperforms it by 15% or more.

about 2 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

bk2204 HTTPS and avoiding broken proxies (177 comments)

One of the benefits of using HTTPS currently is that it avoids broken proxies. There are all sorts of implementations that claim to support HTTP 1.1, but don't support 100 Continue, content negotiation, or other important features you might need to use. If you use HTTPS, it currently avoids all the breakage (unless the destination server itself is actually broken). Besides the security issues inherent in this model, you have to worry about all the cases in which somebody installed some broken proxy that doesn't actually implement half the standard, breaking all sorts of sites.

about 7 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

bk2204 Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

First, it's a lot harder to commit gang warfare with knives than it is guns. When's the last time you heard of a drive-by stabbing? How do you kill multiple gang members (and innocent civilians) when you have to walk up and stab them all without getting attacked yourself? Guns make killing and injuring people a lot easier than using virtually any other weapon.

Second, gun ownership is a risk to the gun owner. A gun owner is more likely to die by the gun (either through suicide or homicide) than to protect their family.

Third, you're considering only homicides. Firearm-related suicide attempts are the most fatal. Limiting gun ownership doesn't reduce the number of suicide attempts, but it does decrease the lethality of those attempts. Think about it: if you shoot yourself with a gun, you're at least going to the hospital, if not the morgue. And it's not just gun owners themselves, but their families. Morose teenagers should not have access to guns.

I don't actually have a problem with people owning guns, but I don't see them as trivial and harmless, and I certainly don't support unfettered access to them.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

bk2204 Re:Most Java shops I've worked automate code style (430 comments)

We're a Perl shop, and we also use automated tools (perltidy and soon, perlcritic) before committing. It's just easier if everybody uses the same tool to do the formatting and it's automatic. When you have to remember to do the style by hand, it's easy to forget.

about 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

bk2204 Re:And what are you supposed to remotely?? (1134 comments)

The problem is that the GUI interface to the network has moved to different locations in different versions of Windows. In an IT department, you probably know what version of Windows is running, but with the public at large, they may have not a clue what version of Windows is running and how to access that information. Running ipconfig works on virtually every version of Windows. And to my knowledge, Windows has not provided a GUI interface to ping or tracert. Sure, there are third-party versions, but most systems don't have them installed, and if you're trying to troubleshoot a network problem, you probably can't just download them then.

more than 2 years ago
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The PHP Singularity

bk2204 What about Perl? (622 comments)

Perl definitely has a C-like syntax. It was the first language I learned after C and C++.

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

bk2204 Re:What's wrong with GCC? (711 comments)

GCC optimizes much better than clang. Also, despite defining __GNUC__, clang doesn't offer all of the features that GCC does. For example, a deal-breaker for the kernel is that it doesn't support explicitly assigning a variable to a register. Until it is usable across the board (including the kernel) and doesn't regress performance, distros are going to stick with GCC.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State

bk2204 Re:Why are governments in the business or marriage (678 comments)

The sociological and political reason for marriage is that it recognizes and endorses strong family bonds. Having strong family bonds promotes a stable society. That's the argument for civil marriage. Religious marriage is an almost entirely different institution. It's just that in the US, we conflate the two too often because we allow clergy to act as officiants for civil marriages. In much of Europe, civil marriage can only be performed by a judge or government official.

more than 2 years ago
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Royalty-Free MPEG Video Proposals Announced

bk2204 Re:Why use mpeg? (108 comments)

Theora isn't as great a video codec as VP8 or H.264.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Denies Disputed Page To Both Mercks

bk2204 Mutual Unhappiness (210 comments)

I totally agree with this policy. It's the same one that Debian uses to decide disputes over the name of a given binary: if both sides can't agree, then nobody gets it and both packages have to rename. It reminds me of a Law and Order episode where the judge said, "I know I've made the right decision when both sides are unhappy."

more than 2 years ago
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XML Encryption Broken, Need To Fix W3C Standard

bk2204 Re:Why do standards use chaining modes? (80 comments)

CBC, the most common chaining mode, has been around for a long time and has been studied a lot. So people use it a lot in protocols and specifications, and so people think it's a good idea to use it more, and so on. This is the same reason RSA has been used a lot. The problem with counter mode is that without a MAC or MIC, it is trivial to modify the plaintext without detection.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Court Finds Website Scraping Infringes Copyright

bk2204 Re:hmm.. (147 comments)

Anything on the internet that was meant to be accessible by the public is automatically public domain.

Uh, I don't think that's a good idea. It means that all downloadable software would be in the public domain. It would effectively prevent anyone from putting any sort of creative work online (written, photographic, etc.). The same goes for documentation, news stories, comics, useful web apps, etc. It would probably result in a much more closed web where everybody had to sign up to every site in order to just access it.

more than 2 years ago
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The Looming Video Codec Fight

bk2204 Re:Atack early, atack often (235 comments)

There's already a legal term for this. It's called the doctrine of laches. Basically, if you sit on your rights, you lose the right to enforce them. This is designed explicitly to avoid harming others that relied on your inaction.

about 3 years ago
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Medical Billing Codes For Injury Via Turtle Among Thousands Created by New Law

bk2204 Re:Good for insurance (380 comments)

Actually, the ICD-10 is created by the World Health Organization. The goal is to have a code for pretty much any medical-related concept not to increase overhead but to have a language-independent way of discussing and improving health. Determining the existence and spreading of public health issues is a lot easier when you can simply search medical records with a code.

about 3 years ago
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Mac OS X Lion LDAP Vulnerability Emerges

bk2204 Re:Security theater a little (97 comments)

Part of the problem is I've never seen a LDAP deployment without its buddy kerberos doing the password stuff. I guess its possible to use LDAP to do passwords, but I've never done it.

Debian uses LDAP and does not use Kerberos. I presume that they store the passwords in LDAP in the standard fashion.

more than 3 years ago
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Hamstersoft Ebook App Rips Off GPL3 Code, Say Calibre Devs

bk2204 Re:They can not be forced to disclose the source c (283 comments)

It depends on what you sue for. There is a thing called "specific performance," which is basically forcing the defendant to comply with the terms of the license or contract in cases where there is no adequate remedy in monetary damages. An injunction is also possible, and even likely, in copyright infringement cases.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 6 Ships Next Week, 8 Blocks Sneaky Add-Ons

bk2204 Re:Happy FF8 user here (247 comments)

There will be many flame wars over this when Firefox 8 is more widely distributed.

Chrome does that, and I haven't seen any flamewars.

more than 3 years ago
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Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support

bk2204 The thing that's nice about this (135 comments)

is that it allows the package manager to co-install packages of two different architectures in certain cases. This means that you can install a 32-bit Firefox (if you have some proprietary plugin) and have the rest of the system be 64-bit. Or you can install most of the packages from the armel port (ARM EABI soft-float) and install floating-point intensive ones from the armhf port (ARM EABI hard-float).
Previously, in order to install any meaningful amount of i386 software on an amd64 system, you had to install a package called ia32-libs, and if it didn't have the library you needed, you were SOL. Now you can install i386 libraries in parallel.
This is how it works in theory. Not all packages will be updated to be multiarch aware immediately, so YMMV.

more than 3 years ago
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Defendant Says Righthaven Should Pay Legal Fees

bk2204 Re:And ? (83 comments)

One of the articles pointed out that the EFF has filed complaints of barratry and champerty against Righthaven. Lawyers that file suits that they should know to be baseless (barratry) to try to exercise rights that they should know the plaintiff doesn't have (champerty) are very likely to be sanctioned or disbarred.

more than 3 years ago
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Defendant Says Righthaven Should Pay Legal Fees

bk2204 Re:Would be nice but... (83 comments)

The state of Texas adopted an amendment to its constitution to limit damages in certain cases because the health care industry claimed that costs, including malpractice insurance, were too high. Years later, malpractice insurance has not gone down significantly. It never did. Texas has enacted laws aimed at tort reform as well, and those have been similarly unsuccessful in lowering costs.

I understand that there are people that exploit the system, but the techniques you describe are ineffective and actually harm people who have legitimate claims.

more than 3 years ago

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