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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

gweihir Not "remote" at all for libbfd (69 comments)

This is a local code execution vulnerability. Remove vulnerabilities do not need help to get onto the machine, that is the very point of the name.

13 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

gweihir Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (202 comments)

It is the type of society-eroding tactics usually ascribed to "terrorists". As soon as you cannot take most things at face value anymore, civilization collapses.

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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

And before I forget, "emergent behavior" is just a less clear way of saying "it seems to be definitely there, but we have no clue what it is and why it is there". As soon as some behavior is understood, it is not emergent anymore. So (I guess without intending to), you just agreed with me that consciousness is not understood. The thing is though, that consciousness is not an emergent behavior, as it has never been observed in a constructed system (and neither has intelligence of the human-like variant or better).

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

Have a look at the actual research: There is, in fact, not even a theory how a machine with human-like intelligence could work. There is certainly not any technology that could implement it. All AI does at this time is fake it in very restricted, limited circumstances. The other often overlooked problem is that human-like intelligence is only observable together with consciousness (assuming people have that regularly), and may hence be intricately linked to it or in fact aspects of the same thing. This gets conveniently overlooked.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

Sorry, but that is nonsense. Unless you subscribe to solipsism?

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

There are exactly no things that are observable directly. If your argument holds, then solipsism is the only remaining model that fits the data.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

You are falling for a circular argument: If you assume all that is going on in the black box is physical, then all that is observable at its interface must be due to physical effects. Intelligence is an interface-behavior not explained by physics. Consciousness cannot be an illusion, because having an illusion requires consciousness.

Your second paragraph does not make any sense. You basically claim that no observations can be made if an interface is present and all observations have to go though it. Well, here is news for you: All observations are subject to this limitation, there are no possibilities for "direct" observation in this universe.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

It depends on the mode of speech. There is "ex cathedra", which is the "infallible" mode where the Pope directly speaks the will of God. In normal mode, he is just a person. And even in "ex cathedra", God could just want to test his creation.

The whole thing is BS of course. No, this is a very good thing as it allows people that are unfortunately burdened with the respective pope-listening variants of Christianity to view a lot more questions rationally.

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

gweihir Re:Haleluja ... (646 comments)

If that is actually possible or within the grasp of the human race in the foreseeable future. And that would still not explain intelligence or consciousness, which are currently not explained by physics at all. (Not that I argue for religion. I am an atheist. But physicalism is indeed far to limited a model for observable reality. Religion just does an "embrace and extend" attack on that observation and wants you to believe a lot of BS.)

2 days ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

gweihir Re:This does _not_ mean confident people are stupi (298 comments)

This is a "statistical implication", not a logical one, i.e. it just has a high likelihood for a random sample to be true. Really, your statement is complete BS as it ignores the context of the discussion.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

gweihir Re:The US-hating world lied to you with test flaws (140 comments)

And why do you think European systems do not take everybody? For example in Germany, you have 9 years of mandatory schooling that you cannot get around. Sounds to me like you have no clue what you are talking about.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

gweihir Re:somebody lied to you. We spend the most, do it (140 comments)

Indeed. And that is a really fascinating thing. It can only be explained by hiring the wrong people and teaching the wrong things in wrong ways. More money is not going to solve this problem.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

gweihir Re:not the fault of teachers (140 comments)

And your arguments besides "I am right and you are wrong" are?

2 days ago
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Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed In Wget

gweihir Re:Nothing to see here, move along (58 comments)

Very moderately so. Of course, you should not wget to not trustworthy servers until you have a patched version. But you should not do that anyways, even with the patched version. The biggest risk is still what you get from the server, even if it is confined to its intended place.

Of course, for clueless people using insecure practice, this issue may have some importance. The others are not really at risk and will get the information anyways from the vulnerability information feed of their choice.

2 days ago
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Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed In Wget

gweihir Nothing to see here, move along (58 comments)

Bug found, bug fixed, another venerable tool got even better. This is just business as usual.

2 days ago
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Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed In Wget

gweihir Re:super user (58 comments)

You should not do that anyways.

2 days ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

gweihir Re:Windows 20 will be POSIX compatible (229 comments)

You already can do POSIX. Just use Cygwin. Of course that is not a solution MS will find palatable, as it exposes those doing it to a far saner and productive environment.

2 days ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

gweihir Convergence of features is good (229 comments)

The reason I expect this has been delayed for so long is that features like these will make windows administrators more at home on Unix and Linux. It does show (as other things do as well), that for professional work, Unix had it right all along. On the other hand, this convergence makes (hopefully) working on Windows less of a pain.

Of course I am talking about convergence with regard to work-flows, processes, etc. and not about actual concrete services being the same.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

gweihir Re:$750 MILLION @ 114 schools (140 comments)

I agree. The problem is with the teachers and what is being taught. There is no way technology can fix that or even make a positive difference.

2 days ago

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