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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

theCoder Re:HR still says (221 comments)

Your comment got me interested in actual numbers, so I did some Google searches. I expected to find a small but nonzero number of yearly deaths. The results I found indicated that death by starvation in America is so infrequent that it's not even tracked. Occasional cases do occur, but they are often the result of something other than lack of access to food, such as child neglect or mental illness. Even Feeding America only talks about the effects of hunger and food insecurity, not actual starvations. There are lots of programs, both government and private charities that provide food and assistance to those who need it.

That's not to trivialize the very real problems of malnutrition or hunger, which can have serious consequences. But outright death to lack of access to food does seem to be practically non-existent in the U.S.

3 days ago

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

theCoder Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (316 comments)

Check your /bin/sh symlink. The system() function essentially does `/bin/sh -c "PASSED_ARGUMENT"'. On many (all?) Debian based systems, /bin/sh is a link to 'dash', not 'bash'. IIRC, this was done for speed reasons, but it is likely that dash does not happen to have the same bug as bash.

4 days ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

theCoder Re:What a strange discussion (869 comments)

China thinks the big CO2 producers should cut first? So, does that include China itself, as the largest CO2 producer country?

In 2010, China produced much more CO2 than any other country: 8.3 billion tons compared to the US' 5.4 billion tons. Worse, the 2012 estimates show China rising to 9.86 billion tons and the US dropping to 5.19 billion tons. So, which country is worse again?

about 6 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

theCoder Re:Go. Buy food. Leave. (794 comments)

Where do I go instead of Best Buy? Amazon. NewEgg. Monoprice.

For commonplace electronics you need today: Walmart/Sam's Club or Target (use cash!) or even Staples or Office Max.

For appliances: Home Depot or Lowes.

Unfortunately for Best Buy, there's very little reason to actually go there anymore. And at least for me they have a reputation of high prices.

about 7 months ago

LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

theCoder Re:Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

Of course, any code that requires a patent license to run isn't exactly free software either. And no free software project "with a brain" should accept code that opens up users to legal liability.

If companies like Apple and Google really are rejecting GPL v3 because of patent issues, that makes me think they want to use their patents against users of the software they are purporting to be "free." Are users of the LLVM compiler going to wake up one day to a lawsuit from one of these companies alleging patent infringement? It's all fun and games until your company is the target of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit because you shipped software compiled with a patented optimization technique or something.

Of course, the sooner that happens, the better. Because then everyone pushing non-GPL licenses will remember why those patent protections are there, and switch back. Or we could just get rid of software patents and not have to worry about the whole mess.

btw, Google and Apple probably don't like GPL v3 because of the anti-Tivoization clauses in GPL v3 that would prevent those companies from locking down the hardware they sell and preventing users from replacing the OS with a different one. But that's not really a patent issue. Nor is it a very nice thing for either company to do. At least Google does make it easier to unlock the device, even if it doesn't come that way by default.

about 8 months ago

Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

theCoder Re:Pale Moon (381 comments)

I was curious about Pale Moon, so I googled it. Turns out it's a Firefox build optimized for Windows. They disabled some stuff they didn't think most people would need and enabled compiler optimizations that might exclude some older machines. See technical details.

No Linux version, though :(

about 10 months ago

Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

theCoder Re:Simply ready for the Supreme Court to rule. (583 comments)

Scalia's the only one of the nine who is almost guaranteed to strike it down. He has routinely voted against government intrusion such as using IR devices to find grow houses without a warrant or the recent case of the government collecting DNA samples from all people arrested.

Though the most likely outcome is that the Court will not rule on the issue at all, deciding that whoever brings whatever case doesn't have standing because they cannot prove they were spied upon.

about a year ago

TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

theCoder Re:heh (427 comments)

You fool! Don't know know how dangerous that stuff is?

about a year and a half ago

Tracking the Web Trackers

theCoder Re:Use Ghostery! (97 comments)

Maybe, but even the act of sending the cookie back, even if it seems to have bad data in it, can give information about you -- what sites you visit, how long you spend there, etc.

Now, maybe a script that made random HTTP requests with random cookie data. It still would be tricky, and blocking the stalkers (especially facebook) seems much safer.

about a year and a half ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

theCoder Re:Not as strange as it sounds (976 comments)

I agree with a lot of your points, but regarding recycling, a big thing to consider is that recycled material doesn't take up space in a landfill. If we recycle a cubic meter of glass, we aren't saving ourselves from having to gather a cubic meter of sand, but we are saving a cubic meter of space in a landfill somewhere. And those cubic meters add up.

about a year and a half ago

Google Publishes Zopfli, an Open-Source Compression Library

theCoder Re:Wow, gzip -9 is very competitive for most usage (124 comments)

Your corporate shill quip made me remember a passing comment I once overheard that went something like:

... so what this GNU company has done is license the zip technology to make the gzip format ...

I almost cried.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Clarifies His Position on Signed Modules

theCoder Re:Microsoft and patents. (208 comments)

And there are provisions for revoking signatures. AIUI, they can be even be distributed through something like Windows update (as long as the revocation is signed by MS), and certainly the revocation lists would be on new hardware. That is what people are worried about.

about a year and a half ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

theCoder Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

In technology, "legacy" is a derogatory term used to describe technology the speaker doesn't like and wishes others stopped using. For example, "the Linux enthusiast suggested migrating from the legacy Windows clients to Linux" or "the Microsoft salesperson recommended migrating from legacy Linux servers to new Windows 8 servers".

Personally, I like to use it as a joke to tweak fanbois :)

about a year and a half ago

Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

theCoder Re:And Apple's cut... (177 comments)

That's an interesting ilnk, since it says that the credit card companies are half of Apple's share of the apps, and the overwhelming majority of their costs.

Of course what you really mean to say is "Apple doesn't make a significant amount of money [on the app store, compared to the rest of their revenues]." Which may be realistic, but even the $1.5 billion they get as profit (based on the costs in the link) is not really insignificant. If they don't want it, I'll take it :)

about a year and a half ago

Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

theCoder Re:Apple's Goods and Bads (177 comments)

That's a ridiculous phrasing, since every Linux distribution out there has had an "app store" via its package manager long before the iPhone even existed. Just because Apple is anti-GPL is no reason to say that app stores in general and the GPL are incompatible.

There might be some problems with GPL3 and app signing, but that has little to do with the app store and more to do with what the system will actually allow to execute.

about a year and a half ago

Colleges Help Students Fix Their Online Indiscretions

theCoder Re:Of all Samanthas (189 comments)

Maybe they'll also get good digital advertising jobs in New York based on this Samantha's information!

about a year and a half ago

Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

theCoder Re:Great system for parents (372 comments)

I use the caps lock key all the time -- I remap it to be an additional control key (like on Sun keyboards). It's a much better use of that button. I'm not sure I'd like it being a super (aka, "Windows") key.

about a year and a half ago

Lenovo UEFI Bug Only Likes Windows and RHEL

theCoder Re:Bug? (162 comments)

Just for the record, my family had a Packard Bell that ran Mandrake Linux extremely reliably for many years. Though from listening to other people complain about Packard Bells online, I guess we got the only good one they ever made :)

about 2 years ago

FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

theCoder Re:Sports and political talk (376 comments)

You could only stream the Olympics (in the U.S.) if you had cable (they required a log in). Even if you could watch it OTA, you couldn't stream it.

about 2 years ago

Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

theCoder Re:Knock out the spammers (192 comments)

Because, AIUI, the part of the DMCA takedown request that is backed under penalty of perjury is that Microsoft owns the copyright to Windows 8. There's nothing in the takedown certifying that the site is in fact infringing on that copyright. Since no one disputes that Microsoft owns the copyright to Windows, there's no perjury. Just annoyance.

Of course, IANAL, etc, etc.

about 2 years ago


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April 1

theCoder theCoder writes  |  more than 8 years ago

April 1. What a stupid day. I had resisted the urge to check /. today, since I knew it would be worthless. But one look couldn't hurt, right? Nope. The whole front page a waste of bandwidth with stupid, pointless, April Fools day stories. The only fools I see here are the /. editors who continue this idoiticy year after year. One, well placed April Fools Day story is funny. But a whole day is just a waste. It's really not funny anymore.

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