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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

clarkkent09 Re:Wat? (526 comments)

Well, you wouldn't start by reading millions of lines of code but it certainly helps to have access to it. Especially for people with serious resources, governments etc.

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

clarkkent09 Re:dupe (87 comments)

What exactly do editors do around here? I want to see that job description.

yesterday
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

clarkkent09 Re:Wat? (526 comments)

True, but it is also easier for malicious people to find vulnerabilities when they have the source code. There are other disadvantages, a broad developer base allows vulnerabilities to be deliberately introduced more easily and it's harder to enforce standards etc.

I searched and couldn't find a good study or any reliable evidence either way. There is good and bad open source software and there is also good and bad commercial software. Posting with absolute certainty that open source is more secure will get you modded up around here but I would like to see some evidence.

yesterday
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

clarkkent09 Re:shenanigans (383 comments)

the public opinion in the USA is so against any efforts at improving the situation (better education. Health care for all, less inequality, gun control, all the things that have proven to work in the rest of the western world)

1. Better education - Any suggestions? US has the best university level education in the world by far. As for lower levels, we throw more money at it than most countries and get worse results so go figure. The fact that lower level education is one of the few things in the US that is entirely controlled by the government and also a rare case where almost entire workforce is unionized probably have something to do with it, as well as demographics.

2. Health care for all - Healthcare that produces the best results in the world (WHO report under Responsiveness category) is available for all. It does not come cheap and especially not free, which is the way it should be.

3. Less inequality - This can only be achieved by sacrificing economic liberty which is something Americans traditionally don't like to do even at the cost of performing worse as measured by some statistic.

4. Gun control - This is so stupid that it's hardly worth replying to. Plenty of countries that have widespread gun ownership have very low murder rate, and also plenty of countries where gun ownership is strictly controlled have 10 times or more the murder rate of US.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

clarkkent09 Re:Singapore (383 comments)

Draconian punishments for even minor offenses will make a place safe, doesn't mean that they are doing it right.

  If we were doing a 10th of what they do (mandatory capital punishment for possession of 15g of heroin, heavy whipping for graffiti, 3 months in prison plus whipping as a mandatory minimum sentence for foreigners overstaying their visa etc) the same people who admire their low crime rate would be calling it fascism.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

clarkkent09 Re:I May Not Agree (1109 comments)

Incest between a father and an adult son or between two brothers produces genetic mutants!?

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

clarkkent09 Re:I May Not Agree (1109 comments)

Well you are obviously anti-incest bigot if you are offended by gay marriage being even compared to incestual marriage. Who exactly are you to deny the "right" of father and son or two brothers to get married? And how is your bigotry any different from those who are anti gay marriage.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

clarkkent09 Re:I May Not Agree (1109 comments)

It is not gay marriage that bothers me but the false logic and dishonest tactics being used to promote it.

There are no rights being denied to gay people that are also not being denied to people who want group marriage, incestual marriage, or marriage for convenience (green card for example) etc.

If you want to propose to extend the definition of marriage (traditionally one man, one woman) to cover one man - one man, and one woman - one woman, fine, put it to a vote. I will vote for it. But don't talk about rights being denied and don't try to destroy everybody who disagrees with your proposal by personal attacks and accusations. Even liberals at this point (Bill Maher for example) are disgusted by the tactics of the gay lobby.

about a week ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

clarkkent09 Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (369 comments)

1. Car makers usually equip their cars with bigger engines and more features as standard for the US market. In case of Smart Car, the engine is tuned for faster acceleration instead of gas mileage.

2. UK uses imperial gallon which is bigger than US gallon so you have to be careful to compare like with like

3. Different testing standards. EU standards are surprisingly less strict than the US and allow manufacturers more room to cheat. Same car will show "considerably" better fuel economy when tested according to European standards - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

about a week ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

clarkkent09 Re:San Francisco: crazy again (369 comments)

Gentrification to me means turning filthy, crime ridden ghettos into clean and safe neighborhoods. I haven't heard any reasonable argument against it that doesn't include hidden racism or prejudice against poor people being morons who like living in dirt.

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

clarkkent09 Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

Can they not ask some legal scholars for opinion rather than the Supreme Court? It seems weird to ask a court if something is legal or not before you do it. You ask a lawyer.

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

clarkkent09 Re:I guess they don't want tourists (319 comments)

You must be new here. On slashdot, being against H-1B skilled immigrants is not racist, but being against unlimited low skill immigration is because they don't compete for the same jobs.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

clarkkent09 Re:benevolent dictator. (319 comments)

I would feel threatened by the new competition and would do everything I can to crush them, including lobbying politicians to impose barriers to entry disguised as consumer protection measures. Pretty much standard operating procedure.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

clarkkent09 Re:Read your lease... (319 comments)

It's banned by the city even if your lease allows it. It's so the city can collect its special 14% hotel tax.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

clarkkent09 Re:It seems the Cold War never ended (90 comments)

Cuba is a horrible shithole in every way imaginable. I won't waste my time trying to convince somebody like you but look it up yourself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

Not to mention the economy where workers are paid on average $19/month and lack even basic necessities and cannot legally change jobs, move, own property, own a cellphone or a computer without government permit etc etc.

Yes they are better of than Haiti, the country that compares badly even with worst African countries, so you got that one right. But given the history and demographics of Cuba, there is potential for so much more which is being wasted due to a deluded and selfish leadership clinging on to a failed ideology for their personal benefit.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Snaps Shot of Mars-Bound Comet

clarkkent09 Re:In The Grande Scheme of Things... (38 comments)

Businesses like Starbucks and Banana Republic are far more beneficial to the society than the Hubble Telescope.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

clarkkent09 Re:Nazi? Maybe not. (133 comments)

What's wrong with arms dealing?

about three weeks ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

clarkkent09 Re:Abhorent (276 comments)

I won't be reading NewsWeek anymore.
 
Is anybody still reading it? I thought they stopped their print edition few years ago because their circulation tanked and even online they are nowhere in the top 100 news sites. Going tabloid, like CNN, may be a desperate attempt to pull out of the death spiral.

about a month ago

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Google down?

clarkkent09 clarkkent09 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clarkkent09 (1104833) writes "Last night I couldn't connect to gmail from a friend's computer or from a phone and thought that was strange. This morning from home I am trying again still not working: "The server at www.google.com is taking too long to respond". I actually tried to google for any news on this .... but was forced to use other search engines instead and can't find anything. Am I the only one with this problem?"

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