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African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections

dirtyhippie Re:wrong priorities (27 comments)

Oh, yes, "they" should. Because infrastructure doesn't help with any of the problems you listed, and there is no middle class in Africa (definitely not a rapidly growing one). Furthermore, there is no variation at all in a continent of over 50 countries and a billion people - every last person in Africa is constantly ducking snipers whilst starving in the middle of the desert and coughing up blood on account of ebolavirus AT THE SAME TIME.

about three weeks ago

German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

dirtyhippie Merkel is a hypocrite (103 comments)

She was so mad about her phone being wiretapped. And yet, she was playing along with the American surveillance machine the whole time. Serves her right.

about 3 months ago

How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

dirtyhippie Re:Not relevant (361 comments)

Off-topic, but I've always wondered - why on earth do people still use WinZIP when every major GUI has had transparent Zip support for years and years?

about 4 months ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

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

I'll give you ubiquitous and portable, but C is not remotely a "perfectly safe" language. That's a ridiculous claim.

about 5 months ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

dirtyhippie Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (304 comments)

It's not remotely about petty OS wars. Complexity is bad for security, mmkay? If you want a newer version of openssl for OS/2, netware, or pre OSX MacOS, I'd really like to know what exactly you are doing. Dropping those platforms is the right thing.

about 5 months ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

dirtyhippie Re:charming guy (124 comments)

Fair enough, but this reads like (among other things) a bunch of prejudiced bullhonky, and I sure as hell would not associate my website with it.

about 5 months ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

dirtyhippie charming guy (124 comments)

Good lord. Clearly this man has a healthy respect for the law, freedom of the press, international institutions, and our friends in Central America, whom he treats as equals even though "half of them can't read". And the crowd at slashdot is too busy jerking off to his pseudo-libertarian entitlementist thoughtporn to care.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

dirtyhippie you can do better than that (423 comments)

don't use firefox. don't use any browser at all. if you need a browser, you need windows 7. sorry to burst your bubble, but anything else is going to be dangerous. you should be getting rid of any potential vector for badness (any software, particularly software that is known to touch the internet) altogether.

about 6 months ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dirtyhippie Re:Why are you such an asshole? (290 comments)

Insigntful? Wow. And when I asked that question about RMS I got kicked to the curb. de Raadt really isn't that bad. Maybe he used to be, I dunno, I wasn't here then.

about 6 months ago

Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

dirtyhippie Re:Perl (216 comments)

I can do this in lots of languages, including perl, but also many others.

Step 1: Implement in long-hand perl.
Step 2: $source =~ s/\n/ /g;

Step 1 is left as an exercise to the reader =)

about 7 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

dirtyhippie abrasiveness is unbecoming (480 comments)

techies are abrasive. i am abrasive. you are abrasive. but it just doesn't work for the head of the FSF to be abrasive to the point of rudeness. will you please step aside and let someone who isn't afraid to play nice take the helm, or at least handle the PR-type functions of your position? a LOT more good could be done this way.

about 7 months ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

dirtyhippie ironic idiocy (366 comments)

They killed the animal to measure on the inside, which they thought would be easier, but:

on the second count, the researchers concentrated on the growth rings on the outside of the shell.

So, the more precise measurement came from the outside, and they killed the oldest living animal for nothing but stupidity. I sincerely hope that instead of accolades, they get nothing but scorn from their colleagues.

about 10 months ago

Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

dirtyhippie Re:Too much credit (414 comments)

The hilarious bit isn't that Shuttleworth says this, but that someone thought it was news that he did.

about a year ago

Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

dirtyhippie Re:Hormone therapy? (784 comments)

Yes, but I really wish she had waited a little bit longer. It's just too soon not to affect people's perceptions of the leak. And given the way many Americans feel about Manning, this will also affect people's perceptions about transgender folks.Not a well thought-out move if you ask me.

1 year,26 days

Twitter Buzz As an Election Predictor

dirtyhippie "almost as well as convention polls" (55 comments)

Umm, no offense to our friends at Gallup and such, but shouldn't we set the bar a little higher?

about a year ago

Looking Beyond Corn and Sugarcane For Cost-Effective Biofuels

dirtyhippie Re:Video link in summary (242 comments)

So, what you're saying is your attention span is less than 2 minutes, 11 seconds, even with pausing? And I thought my ADD was bad. Wow.

And no, it's not switchgrass. It's something called "Energy Cane".

about a year ago

Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

dirtyhippie Re:I remember being puzzled by that chapter (423 comments)

So because I don't believe in absolutes I must be some sort of bigot? Jesus, pull your head out of your ass. The air is much fresher out here - seriously.

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russel.

about a year ago

The Simian Army and the Antifragile Organization

dirtyhippie grr (66 comments)

netflix gets all this great PR for this approach - and at least in theory it's a good one - but as a customer of netflix's, the results i've experienced are actually pretty poor.

think about it, they go around shooting nodes in the head during business hours. In the long run, that's great, they can be prepared for anything, but it's still madness.

Oh and separation of services? Great. But who the hell wants to browse the netflix directory when the streaming service is down? Not me, for one.

about a year ago

Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

dirtyhippie interesting topic, disappointing article (381 comments)

Frankly, I was a little disappointed in this article. His arguments seems a bit - for lack of a better term: simple.

Is there anyone out there who is arguing that simple solutions to inherently complex problems exist and are a good thing?

about a year ago


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