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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

epyT-R Re:Amazing to use such a crude programming languag (97 comments)

At some point, you'll have to break that high level language down to opcodes the cpu can understand, that means breaking high level logic down to many simple steps, which is what procedural languages are for. You can force the programmer to write these steps one at a time in assembly, 'script' the generation of assembly in C, or have a runtime and/or VM do it at a cost of speed and footprint, but there is no magical way to skip generating that list of procedures.

yesterday
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

epyT-R Re:C Needs Bounds Checking (97 comments)

Nah. C just needs competent programmers who know something about how a computer works. While your attitude towards security is admirable, your attitude of "we'll just get faster computers" is the cause of all these bloated stacks we have nowadays...stacks that STILL aren't secure, and they were written with managed code languages no less!

yesterday
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

epyT-R Re:Flashback to the 90s (58 comments)

I'd still rather own the copies outright than 'rent' them repeatedly and get low quality streams. Gmail is cheaper in dollars, yes, but not in terms of privacy or access. Google apps are also a lot less capable than ms office, and a lot less secure.

So you want to trade convenience for control.. This is a popular trend these days. If these choices become the only ones, giving up control of your data to remote hosts and providers will result in the same kinds of shit that goes on with identity fraud, from both private entities and governments.

2 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

epyT-R Re:Hmmm .... (58 comments)

It's the high performance stuff that I want local. I don't want to pay the exorbitant prices for hosting, storage, bandwidth, and renting of applications, esp the high performing ones, which will use more of everything. If it becomes SOP, the ASPs and ISPs will jack up the rates knowing people will have no choice. Also, the laws of physics will make this laggy as hell. The low performance stuff is mundane, but I still would not want that stored on a remote host.

The problem is this absolutist view of cloud computing, you do realize that it isn't an "all or nothing" proposition don't you?

Yup. It's proponents don't.

2 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

epyT-R Re:What's so American (495 comments)

so what are you saying? libertarians demand ideological purity and 'progressives' and neocons do not? This society could use some libertarianism to counter the steady march towards statism that's been happening.

2 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

epyT-R Re:What's so American (495 comments)

No, that's not the libertarian dream. Try again.

2 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

epyT-R Re:Hmmm .... (58 comments)

*while the *former* does not, sorry.

2 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

epyT-R Re:Hmmm .... (58 comments)

I would argue that 'a' windows machine is less useful than 'your' windows machine because the latter offers you full rights while the latter does not.

In this era of egregious NSA and government offenses towards our liberty, we really shouldn't have such enthusiasm for doing all our computing remotely on some fortune 500's remote machines. You can almost guarantee that such hosting companies will be compromised by NSLs.

I'd rather keep my data as private as possible, running my own copies of software on my own local hardware.

2 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

epyT-R Re:Flashback to the 90s (58 comments)

Right. It was a dream before we realized how much we'd be nickeled and dimed once the providers know we can't get what we need locally.. then it became a nightmare. It's amazing how quickly people forget.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

epyT-R Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

1. The argument isn't against coherency. It's against the specific solution for specific reasons.

2+3+4. init should only be concerned with (re)starting, stopping, and monitoring processes. The cgroups feature fits here, too, and is one of the few interesting things about systemd. The rest of the services and such should be handled by specific daemons. The binary logs should be optional as most people do not need them and prefer the flexibility of coreutils/grep and friends.

5. KISS is not automatically out of date. KISS systems have a high reliability rating for a good reason: they are easily understood which keeps admin and developer mistakes down. The catch is flexibility, yes, but, again, init should not become super-busybox. Most systems still run on metal, btw, and that's not going to change until software runs on vacuum. That 'cloud' shit is the specific use case, and if systemd is meant for that, then fine, but it shouldn't be the default. As far as difficulty goes, all monolithic blobs like systemd do is hide it, making it harder to fix when something goes wrong.

Just because someone is 'reactionary' doesn't mean he's wrong, and threats about the relevance of skillsets aren't justifications for changing.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

epyT-R Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

because lennart is pushing for systemic changes from the kernel (which failed rather violently), through the init system right down to the gnome desktop environment. This means that any distro wanting to support gnome has to run systemd and its kin.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

epyT-R Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

I think what he's implying is that the tradeoffs systemd foists on the admin aren't worth whatever benefits it has.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

epyT-R Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

It prevents regular user programs from masquerading as system services, which usually sit below port 1024.

2 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

epyT-R Re:You've got to be kidding me? (327 comments)

Of course not. Those jobs aren't in the spotlight nor are they were the money is.

3 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

epyT-R Re:Men in education and healthcare? (327 comments)

Ah I get your rules now.. Only you're allowed to say your anecdotes are correct. I'm not. I forgot. Sorry. That's about the kind of logic I'd expect from a feminist or any social 'justice' warrior, really. Maybe your area wasn't the norm? Oh, oops, sorry, another failure to conform. When will I ever learn never to question?

You're engaging in the same sort of systemic shaming towards me that you would not tolerate towards women. The only arguments you've made are an ad hominem and a generalization that men are more selfish than women. Knock it off with the shaming language if you expect people to take your morality seriously.

As far as toxic environments go, school has always been a place where you are told to sit down, shut up and do as you're told, which can be good or bad depending on the circumstances. Today, though, mainly because of feminism's push in government and education to focus on women and girls at the expense of men and boys, students are encouraged to express and focus on their feelings and feminine traits (as long as they are 'positive', definition to be set by the faculty) like conformity and group awareness, instead of on objective measurements of achievement and competition. Naturally, girls respond well to this, but the boys? not so much. This cultural toxicity to individual expression and achievement (which tend to be masculine traits) has long since spread into the faculty dynamics as well. There are fewer men involved today because education isn't very rewarding to them anymore. Like the boys in class, the men are expected to behave/express themselves like dominant female space expects them to or face career-ending fallacious accusations. It has nothing to do with selfishness, not on the part of men anyway.

A quick search gave me this
http://www.edweek.org/media/po...
go to page 12, there's a graph that shows the trend from 86.
http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/d...
read under demographics.. 76% of teachers are female in 2008.

These sound about right to me. I don't know where you're justifying your 'more male teachers today than in the past' prideful patriarchy shit, but it's not in alignment with at least this cursory reality check.

3 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

epyT-R Re:Men in education and healthcare? (327 comments)

Well, as long as we're comparing anecdotes.

When my parents were in school, many of their teachers were male, especially for math and science. When I was in elementary school in the 80s, the ratio was maybe 1/4. In hs? less than 1/6. Today? With all the 'men are sexist pedophile rapists' shit thrown around, it's gotta be less.

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

epyT-R Re:They're not gamers. (273 comments)

You're just pretending like your definition is the standard one. It's not. When someone says 'gamer' it conjures up a particular set of attributes and lifestyle. A gamer is someone for whom gaming is a large part of his life, whether it's chess, traditional DnD/roleplay, or video games too. Playing candy crush on a cellphone every so often does not make that person a gamer for the same reason someone driving his toyota to work every day does not make him a car enthusiast. The term 'gamer' means 'gaming enthusiast.'

This article tries to redefine the term as a meaningless definition where just about everyone is a gamer which makes no sense at all. That's a distinction without a difference. I guess that's what identity politickers want, though. If they can't make everyone into drones, they alter the language to make it harder to define what makes us diverse...all in the name of diversity of course..

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

epyT-R Re:They're not gamers. (273 comments)

The men will follow? Did you mean 'should follow'? What are you saying, that they'll follow along like mindless idiots and just consume what they're given, even if game devs focused primarily on what women want?

Women deal with 'true, real life concerning' issues and what? Men don't? I think there's a ton of anthropological, biological, psychological, and socio-economic history that proves you have it backwards.

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

epyT-R Re:They're not gamers. (273 comments)

Would you call someone a car enthusiast because he drives his toyota corolla to work every day? Not necessarily. Car enthusiasts can and do drive to work, but driving to work alone does not make them car enthusiasts. The term gamer is associated with gaming enthusiasts, as it should be. This means gaming is a large part of the person's life.

The problem with this argument is that it waters the definition down to the distinction without a difference level in order to justify (very poorly) feminist incursions into the gaming sphere.

3 days ago

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