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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

philip.paradis Re:Surprise, surprise... (728 comments)

You seem to be making the implication that it's not okay for Linus to loudly complain about a compiler that produces a broken Linux kernel. Why is that?

4 days ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

philip.paradis Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

Quoting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

ASCII was incorporated into the Unicode character set as the first 128 symbols, so the 7-bit ASCII characters have the same numeric codes in both sets. This allows UTF-8 to be backward compatible with 7-bit ASCII, as a UTF-8 file containing only ASCII characters is identical to an ASCII file containing the same sequence of characters. Even more importantly, forward compatibility is ensured as software that recognizes only 7-bit ASCII characters as special and does not alter bytes with the highest bit set (as is often done to support 8-bit ASCII extensions such as ISO-8859-1) will preserve UTF-8 data unchanged.

Please describe all the platforms you presently use which do not support ASCII, and please provide statistics on the market presence for such platforms.

about a week ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

philip.paradis Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

Whoosh.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

philip.paradis Re:Pft (962 comments)

I'm curious why you capitalized "black man" as you would a proper noun, but failed to properly capitalize Perl.

about a week ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

philip.paradis Re:Ok (83 comments)

How shall we define importance? In terms of scope, are we talking about kernel space, userland code that humans directly interact with, systems/infrastructure code, data processing systems, or something else entirely?

about two weeks ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

philip.paradis Re:Ok (83 comments)

Does your shop have a relatively narrow development scope? Over the course of my career, I've found that single language shops are either fairly tightly tied to a small set of problem domains, or they're full of people who see every problem as a nail so to speak. The latter condition is an unfortunate state of inflexibility that tends to extend into other areas, including higher level systems work and network architecture. I'm not saying your organization suffers from that affliction, but I would like to understand a bit more about the sort of development your team does. For the record, I'm a big fan of mature systems in general, and for most of my work various combinations of Perl, Bash, C, and Python gets the job done (usually in that order).

about two weeks ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

philip.paradis Re:Time travel (83 comments)

You're a friend and a cosmonaut.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

I'm 33 and have three children, two daughters and a son. I am interested in teaching them science, mathematics, literature, history, and how to think for themselves. I'm also interested in teaching each of them how to grow food, clean and shoot a rifle, clean and cook small game, and build things with their own hands. Political and economic conditions aside, I believe these are all things children should learn. What are you teaching your children?

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:Snowden's copies? (231 comments)

To be perfectly clear, Snowden is actually in possession of some emails. That much has been known for some time. You know exactly what I'm talking about when I speak to the probability that he is in possession of copies of all his correspondence (extremely low), especially copies which could be authenticated via certain means. Again, you know exactly what I'm talking about here, and you're simply being disingenuous.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:Snowden's copies? (231 comments)

Owing to my prior service in uniform and long standing experience in both private and public sector information security, I have a very good idea of why he isn't in possession of those emails. I'm fairly certain you have the same understanding, but you've elected to take the disingenuous route of raising this rather ridiculous question, being secure in your belief the populace at large doesn't have the same benefit of experience. I'll ask the same question I asked you in my last reply: what do you presently do for a living, and what have you done in the past?

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

What's truly sad to me is the fact that you and I have agreed on so many things in the past. It's sad because I am in vehement opposition to your views in this discussion. I must ask you a simple question: what do you presently do for a living, and what have you done in the past? Thank you.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

A federal judge has ruled the mass (meta)data collection activities of the NSA to be unconstitutional. The RNC has pushed for legislation to explicitly declare it so. The more disturbing point here is that the Constitution, which explicitly defines limits to the powers of government, existed long before the NSA. It has simply been ignored, and entirely too many people seem to be ignorant of this fact or simply don't care. Given the protections afforded in the Constitution, I challenge you to justify the legality of massive collection of private information on United States citizens by government agents without warrant or due process.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

To clarify my last response, I once wore a uniform for this nation and swore an oath uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I have no interest in staying in a nation full of people who are completely ignorant of their rights and obligations as citizens, a nation where the majority of the population is far too apathetic to care about those rights being trampled. I'll be here as long as it takes to build a solid foundation elsewhere, which is a work in progress, and I'm gone after that. I'm a fairly smart guy, and I have fairly diverse skills that I can utilize anywhere on the planet to provide for my loved ones. There are still a few places left where people care about individualism and rights. Not many, but a few.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

philip.paradis Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

Fully agreed. As a father of three children, I've been decidedly unhappy about the way things have been heading for a long time now. My first inclination is to simply leave, taking my loved ones with me. In fact, that's the current plan, although I have a habit of making lots of noise about Constitutional rights on a daily basis, and I may well get myself into trouble because of it. Should that happen, so be it. I may be on the way out, but I'm not backing down while I'm still here.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

philip.paradis Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

I'm 33, and I've never seen a juvenile female mowing lawns for money. I have known grown women who run landscaping businesses, however.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

philip.paradis Re: Wow. (204 comments)

That's just nonsense. Everyone knows coconut antimatter retrograde marshmallows only flute cats between hairdresser Barbie doll lawnmower Ricky Martin.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

philip.paradis Re:Verilog? (197 comments)

To repeat myself: there is no single "ordinary SQL." SQL standardization has gone through many iterations: SQL-86, SQL-89, SQL-92, SQL:1999, SQL:2003, SQL:2006, SQL:2008, SQL:2011. The SQL standard is presently maintained by ISO/IEC JTC 1. Your original statement was "SQL certainly is not turing complete," and that is a false statement. Under the ISO standards, it is absolutely possible to create a Turing machine with SQL. Examples have been provided, including (but not limited to) one written "entirely in SQL:2008-conformant SQL." The degree to which any given database engine may adhere to ISO standards may vary, but by adhering to said standards, there exist code examples which demonstrate Turing completeness. You're only insulting yourself by continuing to refuse to accept reality, but if you're still in doubt, per the previously supplied references you're welcome to purchase SQL standards documents from ISO, IEC or ANSI.

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

philip.paradis Re:Verilog? (197 comments)

As you are a practitioner of Aikido, I'm genuinely surprised by the direction this entire commend thread has taken. I am looking forward to your next reply, though.

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

philip.paradis Re:Verilog? (197 comments)

You should be asking yourself what your problem is. Clearly, you still haven't read the referenced materials; proprietary extensions are not needed. Here's something else to read while you're at it: SQL Standardization. There is no single "standard SQL." SQL standardization has gone through many iterations: SQL-86, SQL-89, SQL-92, SQL:1999, SQL:2003, SQL:2006, SQL:2008, SQL:2011. The SQL standard is presently maintained by ISO/IEC JTC 1.

So yes, your initial statement (which was "SQL certainly is not turing complete") was and remains provably false, and you're still simply unable to admit your error. Put down the shovel. Do you conduct your professional affairs with the same level of reasoning you're demonstrating here? Incidentally, appealing to the authority of "hundreds of articles" you claim will show you're right doesn't help your cause any, as the majority of such articles will be nothing more than "Bob's Blog" posts and will be equally based on ignorance. Please feel free to keep arguing, though I still recommend taking a break to read the originally referenced materials in their entirety.

about three weeks ago

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Multiple Rackspace Security Vulnerabilities Discovered

philip.paradis philip.paradis writes  |  more than 2 years ago

philip.paradis writes "According to materials published today, several Rackspace cloud security vulnerabilities have been discovered. Problems with a Rackspace-supplied agent running on cloud servers have been documented, along with a much more severe issue with the method Rackspace has used to generate default root passwords for cloud servers. In short, root password hashes were generated using a legacy hashing function (resulting in cryptographically weaker hashes to start with) and used the system hostname as the first portion of the password.

Thus, cloud servers deployed in this manner would only consider the first eight characters of the root password significant, potentially allowing an attacker with simple knowledge of this weakness and the system's hostname to remotely log in via SSH as root. As hostnames are easily determined by a number of means, the potential for damage is significant. Additionally, evidences exists that Rackspace is storing customer root passwords internally in a recoverable format.

These issues were reported to the company, as described in the previously published Rackspace cloud security pre-advisory. To date, Rackspace has apparently mitigated some of the issues for newly deployed instances, but serious questions remain regarding the integrity of servers in the wild which were deployed using the flawed methods. As the company is a large hosting provider with well known IP space, and the time at which these problems were first manifested is unknown, the number of vulnerable servers could be significant."

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