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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

mean pun Re: Open source code is open for everyone (205 comments)

C is like a powerful table saw. Don't practice safety and know what you are doing and you lose a limb. Powerful but not all should play with one.

Table saws have safety features that are not perfect but at least make it less likely to lose a limb. One could easily define a subset of C that also would make it far less accident-prone. Converting existing code to this subset would be painful but healthy.

2 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

mean pun Re:Open source code is open for everyone (205 comments)

You can call that same function from within most other languages even without realizing you're doing it.

It may be true that the vulnerable functions are called from other languages as well, but that does not necessarily mean these languages are also vulnerable. They may do sufficient memory management and/or parameter sanitation to avoid the vulnerability.

2 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

mean pun Re:When in doubt, call it a "Snowden document" (94 comments)

Exactly what are you angry about? The article under discussion is from Kaperski researchers who are describing a relation they discovered between two different strains of malware. One of the strains of malware happened to be mentioned in a der Spiegel article about a recent Snowden revelation, but that is it.

So be precise: who is claiming something based on an unproven document? What is it that they are claiming? Where do they do that?

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

mean pun Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

'We play both kinds of music here: Country and Western'. (From the Blues Brothers)

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

mean pun Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Probably not. This kind of society is one of the oldest, and they didn't need fancy words to describe it back then. It came natural.

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

mean pun Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Yes. Does it matter for the point I was making?

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

mean pun Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

You need to explain to me how having the government be the economy and control all means of production renders communism a purely economic philosophy ?

Although s/he did not phrase it very well, I think the point of the AC is that a communist country does not necessarily have a dictatorship government; a country can also decide democratically to organise itself based on communist principles. The Scandinavian countries are pretty good counterexamples.

2 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

mean pun Re:More proof (666 comments)

I'm sorry, but you'll now really have to come up with some proof. Even your new toned down description still sounds like a poor caricature of real Environmentalist positions.

Nobody sane (including Environmentalists) is against `all forms of power generation', claims that current organic farming can cover all our food needs, or claims that recycling is always a good idea.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

mean pun Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

It doesn't matter if you think it hasn't been politicized if enough people disagree with you.

Isn't this the exact same argument that has been ridiculed a few posts back about voting on whether climate change is a fact or not? Facts are not subject to majority votes.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

mean pun Re:More proof (666 comments)

The Conservative position: "We should spend nothing as the worst side effect will be an extra day of using my air conditioner once in a while" The Environmentalist position: "We should immediately liquidate 95% of the population and the remainder should go back to living in mud huts, spare no expense!"

The funny thing is that I have seen plenty of people right here on /. take the conservative position almost literally, but I have never, ever seen a real person argue anything approaching the supposed Environmentalist position. The real Environmentalist position is far more moderate.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

mean pun Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

The Revolutionary War?

That can't be right, because it obviously predates the 2nd amendment.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

mean pun Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

Hint: pay attention to the second amendment. It gives you certain rights to conduct certain activities.

If one person takes up arms against the US government he's a lone wolf, a crazy, an incident. If one hundred people do, they're an extremist organisation (under a certain threshold of skin darkness) or a terrorist organisation (over said threshold). If a hundred thousand people do this, they are a political movement, and they may as well use political means, because organising a hundred thousand people will have required a lot of politics anyway, and it is better to just continue.

Can anyone name a successful change of politics in US history through second-amendment means?

about a week ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

mean pun Re:they count how many complaints, act if 10,000 (217 comments)

As a Republican, I don't LIKE pointing out that the federal government occasionally does something useful, [...]

And why is that? Any civilised nation must have a government. Why not be happy that is works? This whole `all (federal) government is evil' position is very immature.

about two weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

mean pun Re:How parallel does a Word Processor need to be? (449 comments)

That's actually a good example of Linus' point. You can not easily parallelise pagination, because you need to know what fits on one page before you can paginate the next page. Sure, you can do some heuristics (every page contains exactly 1000 words), which is dangerous and at best lowers the quality of the result. You can also try to be clever and for example paginate chapters in parallel and then do the exact numbering afterwards in a separate pass, but before you know it you have turned a fairly simple algorithm into something highly complicated and fragile. And for what? A few corner cases.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

mean pun Re:ISS is worth the dollars spent. (219 comments)

And exactly what should they produce then? What do you consider results? And why should we listen to you?

NASA has produced results. Perhaps not the results you like, perhaps they were not as profound or as glitzy as you would like, but they got results. Including a smooth-running ISS, a mars rover that goes on and on and on and on and on, and a new launch system.

Now, I understand that proving that you are a hoopy frood by slagging of NASA on /. is too tempting for some people, but that doesn't mean it is a sane point of view.

about 1 month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

mean pun Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

And of course you are the absolute reference on what is meaningless or not. Please reveal yourself, since the USA needs your guidance.

about 1 month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

mean pun Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (288 comments)

So, you're saying you have to be intelligent to appreciate movies like this?

That's a rather, er, unusual point of view.

Or perhaps the critics are the wrong kind of idiot?

about a month ago
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ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

mean pun Re: Duck & Cover? (69 comments)

I'm not so sure these concealed-carry fantasies work so well in practice, but that's beside the point.

The point is that if civilisation breaks down, as a lone wolf you don't stand a change, even when you're armed. You'll have to sleep sometimes, you'll run out of ammo, you'll run out of food, you may get ill. There will always be a `local community to support', whether you like it or not.

If you're unlucky the local community is a tribe of bandits that kills or enslaves you.

If you're lucky the local community is a tribe of bandits that demands protection money/tax/tribute. The resemblance to a getto gang, a maffia group, ISIS, Hamas, or an other guerrilla group may be painfully obvious, but they will be making you an offer you cannot refuse.

If you're really, really lucky the local community is a group of people that want to maintain some semblance of civilisation. They may even leave you alone if you don't look like a threat, but don't expect freeloading on any on the benefits of this community. However, if you're wise you thank your lucky stars that you have such a wonderful local community to join, even if they need your support.

about a month ago
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ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

mean pun Re: Duck & Cover? (69 comments)

Sure, but so will the nearby tribes. And remember: that loon in Sidney last week was also armed. He still had to sleep now and then.

about a month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

mean pun Re:.torrent (163 comments)

I think the movie is only in the phase where they leak the names of the main characters, or perhaps some teasers from the script.

about a month ago

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