Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    A Muslim who wants to oppress women will look at his scripture and find an excuse to do so. So will a Christian, Jew, or Hindu, probably a Buddhist as well, (though I don't know enough about that religion to...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    All patriarchal religions are potential tools for oppressing women. It happens that in the U.S. and Europe we have those religions under fairly firm control and they don't oppress much, but there are plenty of Catholics (and Jews and Hindus)...
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    That's sort of my point. If any god maintains a hell where the punishment of any one sinner is eternal, that becomes evidence of the god's moral inablity; any given god might be smarter or wiser than I am, or...
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    [Redacted: Not allowed to post Aramaic or Sumerian stuff, naughty naughty] It's not the oil. It's the predecessor relics. Ina Godda Da Vita wasn't a song, it was a recipe....
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    You mean... Sithrak?...
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    I once created a cursed item for a Dungeon the did Biblical ranting. The Magic Femur club also talks to the weilder about weird quasi-Biblical stuff - a long, crazy string of strange commandments and bizarre prophecy. "Into the wind...
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    I don't think it matters much whether the Smart and Evil guy in this scenario really has a computer that can simulate your consciousness or not, because the important question is not "real process" vs. "false process." The important question...
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    I'm trying to avoid the Roko's Basilisk thing so it can be explained to an uneducated person without a lon aside....
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    Roko's Basilisk requires too much background information for most people. My working of the whole thing goes something like this: Imagine you meet an amazingly smart and evil dude. He tells you that he's a scientist and demonstrates conclusively that...
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    And which of these authoritarian stories, each of which claims to be right, each of which has fanatical followers who will kill to prove they're right, is really the right one? Claiming to be correct seems to be one of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    You mean the same guy who's news organization is one of Trump's biggest cheerleaders? I'm afraid that doesn't help your case much. I don't want to be too paranoid here, and there's less evidence than I'd like, but I think...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "It must be in someone's interest though." Maybe it's the same people who've been stirring fascist shit into the Eu and the NATO alliance for the last couple years... the folks responsible for Trump, who gave Le Pen a huge...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The Brexit edition of Monopoly goes something like this: "You cannot buy Baltic Avenue. It is owned by a Russian oligarch. You cannot buy Atlantic Ave, it is owned by the Chinese. Sorry, Park Place is owned by the Trump...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "Maybe when the alien invaders appoint me Planetary Overlord... That's how all of my "when I rule the world" fantasies start. Since we're past 300, has anyone paid attention to Tillerson's talk on the subject of N. Korea? One more...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    From the U.S. Constitution: No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office,...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Or, if you'd like to get rid of the Royals and Nobility, you could become a U.S. state. The only conditions would be getting rid of National Health - must have been set up by some fuckin' commie weirdos -...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    IMHO if the Scots, Brits, Irish and Welsh hung the 100 or so media and political figures who're currently taking Russian money or facilitating Russia's version of "election hacking" for the UK, sent the bodies to Putin, and dropped your...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    A new CS grad is used to being the smartest person in the room. When new_CS_grad meets the guy who was the smartest person in the room AND has twenty years of experience... new_CS_grad's faults become manifest for the first...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    She's not going to convince anyone of anything while she's insulting us (and you should still be ignoring her if she annoys you; don't feed... etc.) "Greg Tingey, how about if I hold the football and you come running up...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm familiar with SCO's history. You couldn't be a big wheel at Groklaw without knowing this stuff, plus I did a big email interview with Tigran Aivazian about the work he did on the Linux kernel, which was, BTW, approved...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'll bet he had a "sane" copy somewhere, plus a script for turning the "sane" copy into something unreadable....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    At least SCO got what they deserved in the end (if you ignore the fact that they got bought by Caldera, etc.) I was a big deal at Groklaw under my real name for a couple years and did my...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    If I don't see a link, you won't make me think....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Speaking as an amateur programmer I agree with you completely. Know your problem domain, be humble, try to learn something about best practices, try to be secure and properly restrict input... and my own addition; understand that humans use software...
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    Definitely another form of bad programming; not understanding how users are going to interact with your code.......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I think the main enemy of good code may not be bad coders so much as boredom. Input validation is boring and it sucks!...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There is also automated testing for security vulnerabilities, though I don't know how sophisticated it is. But even as an amateur coder I know enough to sanitize and validate my inputs....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The worrying thing is that the IoT designers are evolving up a path already taken by previous developers and not catching up quite as fast as they should. The sad thing is that so many of these people are running...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Do you have an evil twin?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Scenario C: Vatican City uses AI to track and monitor its priests ... finally the claim that the Pope knows everything to do with Catholic doctrine and its practice is verifiably true. Or an ordinary church, like the Southern Baptists...
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