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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

spitzak Re:Unrelated to Github (145 comments)

No, stop being an idiot.

"regular users" click on files in a list or 2-d grid. They would not even notice if the filesystem allowed more than one file with the same name, and the certainly do not give a damn about case insensitivity. Even if they type at a terminal they use filename-completion and do not care either.

It is also clear that it has nothing to do with user-friendliness or they would map more common errors, such as multiple spaces to single ones, removing leading and trailing whitespace, or mapping equivalent unicode to the same files. They don't do this because they realize that such complex details of the encoding do not belong in the file system api.

Case-insensitivity is a throwback to ancient ASCII-only systems. If you live in the stone age you may think it is a good idea. If you have been exposed to it all your life you may think it is a good idea. But if you were actually intelligent you would know it is wrong.

2 days ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

spitzak Re:Unrelated to Github (145 comments)

All modern systems are capable of storing different strings for filenames in different cases. So no, Linux has it right and Windows has it wrong. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you are simply Wrong, with a capital W.

2 days ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

spitzak Re:I blame Microsoft (145 comments)

No. Two different byte strings should identify two different files (unless one or both of them are invalid byte streams). Anything else is introducing complexity into the filesystem and potential bugs and security violations, of which this it an excellent example. Sorry, but Unix has it right, and Microsoft and lots of other systems are *WRONG*.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

spitzak Re:No winner here, except for us all (580 comments)

The new news that the government thinks they did it certainly changes my opinion, though I would be curious exactly what the evidence is. I find it hard to believe they would risk making a stupid blunder of an incorrect accusation, so the info must be pretty good, such as directly from a spy inside NK at the hacker facility.

My gut feeling is this is disgruntled Sony employees. Somebody thought it would sound cool to threaten theaters and are probably amazed at the result.

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

spitzak Re:Annoying to Self Hosters (391 comments)

Chrome also complains about self-signed https, so you lose. Sorry.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

spitzak Re:No winner here, except for us all (580 comments)

Except NK denied being behind the hacking.

Now there is no reason to believe anything NK says, but I would think they would be very proud of their computer achievements if they had been behind it.

The reason they don't falsely claim they are behind it is because they are worried the actual hackers would be found and then it would be clear they were lying.

4 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

spitzak Re:What? (440 comments)

Because they wanted to arrest him for drug trafficking.

Deporting him would mean he would probably sneak back or arrange with his friends still in the USA to continue drug trafficking. If you assume that drug trafficking is something that you don't want (and under current USA laws is something the police are supposed to prevent) then this is a totally logical approach.

5 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

spitzak Re:What? (440 comments)

I suspect the North Korean will not have a problem getting the USA to give him a tourist visa. He *will* have some trouble getting access to ask the USA for one, and for actually getting out of North Korea to use it.

5 days ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

spitzak Re:No (545 comments)

This hit the special effects industry about 20 years ago. Artists were ruled as not being exempt employees. The companines (at least the ones I knew about) reclassified them as hourly but based their new salary on dividing the old weekly one by 55 hours, not 40.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

spitzak Re:No (545 comments)

Do you get overtime pay?

I would not be surprised if you get that too. You may be right about us being chumps.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

spitzak Re:No (545 comments)

Huh? I have never encountered a programmer who was not an exempt employee.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

spitzak Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

The Hawking radiation is very very tiny, and I am pretty certain is impossible to see. Hawking radiation is inversely proportional to the black hole size.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

spitzak Re:Yes (409 comments)

it appears that humans are worse drain than the radiation

Um, no DUH! That does not mean the radiation is harmless, or even that it is less harmful than the worst predictions. Human settlements are pretty lethal to the reproduction of large animals like that.

Personally I think the scare of radiation is way overblown, but when you say stupid things like this I realize that there are just as uninformed people on both sides of this issue.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

spitzak Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

I expect a self driving car to be many many times better at lining itself up with a trailer hitch than a human driver. For instance it probably has exact detailed knowledge of the position of the hitch down to a millimeter. Don't know what in the world makes you think this is a harder problem than normal driving.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

spitzak Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

It was designed to go to a nearer comet. Due to booster failures they missed the launch window. Several risky maneuvers (such as hibernation) were added to the mission to reuse this hardware.

about 1 month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

spitzak Re:How about (203 comments)

The coatings on the glass are not symmetric. However I guess you could clean it and flip it back. Another problem is that people like to use the area near the windows of their office and put furniture there.

about a month ago
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Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

spitzak Re:um, no (216 comments)

That chart is very misleading. It says solar will use many times as much silver as current energy production. However the drawing makes it look like it will use many times as much silver as it would use of aluminum. Actually it will use far more aluminum than silver. Same error applies to every comparison of different materials, whether inside a given energy source or between them.

The text gets it right: "Solar needs much more silver and tin than other energy sources, albeit relatively little by weight". It also states "solar uses aluminum, and a lot of it, more than one gram for each kilowatt hour". Aluminum is a bigger problem for solar than silver, despite the incredibly misleading graphic.

Another strange mistake is that the relative use of stuff is biased by the current fraction being used. An obvious one is that it shows Nuclear power as using about 8x as much uranium as "the current power mix". But that is because the current power mix is about 20% nuclear! If "the current power mix" was 0% nuclear then the uranium circle would be HUGE.

A better graphic would be to show absolute sizes of the materials (to produce a given amount of energy), or perhaps multiply the sizes by the amount of carbon produced to make them.

about a month and a half ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

spitzak Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

It's always fun to see rabid extreme and nonsensical left-wing opinions here. Provides some balance to the right-wing trolls. Thank you.

about 2 months ago

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