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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

jedidiah Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

Of course. They are a bunch of sociopaths that can't wait to screw over everyone else. So are their end users.

Of course sociopaths want to stay well away from the GPL3. It closed a loophole that could be used to subvert the intent of the authors.

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

jedidiah Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

The BSD layer is pretty IRRELEVANT to the average user.

To the typical person wandering around the Apple Store, it is the OpenStep layer that is the OS. Those people will never be aware of or interact with the BSD layer EVER. For them, the GUI is the OS.

That is perhaps the most important aspect of this situation for normal Mac users. They don't have to worry about bash because it's invisible and irrelevant.

2 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

jedidiah Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

> If there was no video then how did Spock watch Kirk fight the Gorn?

That was provided by the advanced alien race that created that situation to begin with.

3 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

jedidiah Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

Treat it methodically and there really isn't any difference. Snape is probably just as much of a scientist as any chemist. He just practices in a different domain. The same is probably true of Gandalf.

Make him a member of Psi-corps and suddenly it's all good and obviously sci-fi again.

3 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

jedidiah Re:Science fiction is the domain of predicting fut (139 comments)

Spain, Italy, and Greece all seem to validate such 'primitive concerns'.

The problem of negative cashflow is such a basic one that it wouldn't even be disputed in any other context.

3 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

jedidiah Re: Only the beginning (236 comments)

Fixating on the list of distributions that do or don't default to bash really is kind of pointless. The vast majority of impacted systems are going to be servers and especially corporate servers. The real question is what is the distro breakdown there.

So it's far more interesting that Redhat/CentOS/Fedora is on the "bad" list than any of the more obscure options.

SLES/Suse would also be a good one to include for relevant completeness.

3 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

jedidiah Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

No. The problem is that bash allows functions to be defined AND run in a variable declaration. It's the classic case of muddling the line between data and programs. This is what allows a remote exploiter to feed anything they like into your copy of bash.

Defining functions in environment variables seems like a weird idea. Is anyone crazy enough to use that and if so then why?

3 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

jedidiah Re:patched my servers last month (236 comments)

> Of course, as a sysadmin I should also be a software engineer. How stupid of me.

Yes you are stupid. Being enough of a "software engineer" to patch bash is a pretty pathetically low bar for any computing professional anywhere. It doesn't matter if they are "only a sysadmin".

It's not exactly rocket science.

This is what you get when your OS vendor tells you that you can have trained monkeys manage your systems.

3 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

jedidiah Re:I love it. (316 comments)

No.

On Linux we have bugs.

On Windows you still have rampant malware that's taking your data hostage.

Despite Lemming attempts to conflate every software bug with a Windows virus that does actual damage, it simply isn't so.

The strong technical merits are still there. Windows is still a festering cesspit. Legacy apps remain the only real reason to run WinDOS.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

jedidiah Re:Worse than Heartbleed? (316 comments)

This is an optional user level program with a number of alternatives. In terms of change impact and ability to patch, this has to be about the simplest vulnerability to patch possible.

There are a large number of systems where the fix for this is simply to delete the thing.

It's nothing like heartbleed.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

jedidiah Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Being subject to grave bodily injury over a billing snafu is a little more serious than "not being given a car".

There should be some interesting Tort implications here. Although you sheep have been happily undermining that too. So these banks might KILL someone and get away with it.

4 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

jedidiah Re:Cake and eat it too (363 comments)

Is that you Joe? You sound like Joe the Plumber, a poser with no clue and no real experience but eager to repeat the propaganda of your Robber Baron masters.

No. The US tax code also panders to the small company, single proprietor, or even the guy that just does 1099 contracting.

4 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

jedidiah Re:Fine! (363 comments)

Canada probably has far less demand.

We have more immigrants (of all kinds) than they have total population.

It's easy to get into Afghanistan too apparently.

4 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

jedidiah Re:Fine! (363 comments)

How can you have a standard like that if it doesn't dictate teaching methods? This is especially true for math where you don't just regurgitate the correct answer. The method is a part of the correct answer. For that you pretty much have to "dictate the teaching method".

Who exactly do you think you can kid with this kind of nonsense here?

4 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

jedidiah Re:MOD UP MORE (383 comments)

Old fucks fought a WAR against the Japanese. I would give them a pass for retaining some of the obvious and foreseeable animosity that would have come from that. I would cut Japanese geezers the same slack.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

jedidiah Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

If you object to nanny state nonsense, the full article isn't any better. You are under the mistaken impression that there is an amount of lipstick you could put on this pig to make it acceptable.

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

jedidiah Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

This comes from seeing women actually achieve.

We can all cite examples from our own personal experience where women succeed. They succeed primarily by choosing not to be victims and taking care of business. Many of these women are equally annoyed by the cult of victimhood.

The truth actually is "worse" than that. Women that are capable of just taking care of business also tend to find less resistance from men and experience more of a meritocracy among their male colleagues. Male colleagues may actually be more accepting of them than female coworkers.

The "he man woman haters club" is more likely to be populated by lower ranking women then men of any rank.

Some women need "mysogyny" as an excuse.

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

jedidiah Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

The Feminazis are already doing that. They can't stand it that other people make different choices. People choose to do things that they don't approve of. This could include motherhood or making nude photos. Feminists want to interfere with the choices of others as much as "church lady" types do.

People should be free to do what they want. That was kind of the point of Emma's speech.

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

jedidiah Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

So those CEOs of HP and Yahoo must be some sort of hallucination then?

Let us not forget multiple heads of state, secretaries of state, and multiple chief justices.

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

jedidiah Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

No they don't. Once you control for things like job role and qualifications, things come out pretty equal. You can find discrepancies if you try to compare teachers to high rise welders but that's an apple's and oranges comparison.

5 days ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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