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by c_programmer
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?
Replies: 30
Views: 9466

Re: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?

I mean, if this were the case, it would probably be relatively easy to prove -- just look at his finance records. And even that being said -- I'm not familiar with the intelligence community, but I can't imagine the financial status of agents in sensitive positions re: intel are not scrutinized int...
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?
Replies: 30
Views: 9466

Re: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?

And to clarify because it might not be clear, in the narrative I'm presenting he never intended on being caught. He could have been selling selling secrets discretely an had an "oh shit" moment when he realized it was all going to come out.
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?
Replies: 30
Views: 9466

Re: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?

I mean, this is the story you're throwing out there: Snowden wanted to sell secrets to the highest bidder. In a bid to guard himself from the fallback defection would bring, he leaked a bunch of other secrets that we're all better off knowing anyway (and should have been told). This is just a smoke...
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?
Replies: 30
Views: 9466

Re: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?

What's the difference between a traitor who exposes governmental malfeasance and a patriot who exposes governmental malfeasance? I'm not trying to be cute; I'm seriously asking: Is the only distinction we're drawing here that Snowden might have, in addition to the malfeasance he exposed, also stole...
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Snowden is actually a traitor?
Replies: 30
Views: 9466

What if Snowden is actually a traitor?

I'm not saying I think this is actually the case, but it's an interesting thought. I've actually had this espionage idea since long before these events. The idea goes as follows: [*] Get in a government position where you handle secret information [*] Steal state secrets and concrete information on ...
by c_programmer
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?
Replies: 18
Views: 13787

Re: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?

Where to begin... During an internship I had I was tasked with understanding and fixing an enormous (>100,000 lines) ASP classic system. It spanned eight websites and had over 2,000 SQL injection vulnerabilities. The way it distinguished user rank was with a cookie called "adminflags" that...
by c_programmer
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ - #include <cstdio> and <stdio.h> in the SAME FILE?
Replies: 4
Views: 5696

Re: C++ - #include <cstdio> and <stdio.h> in the SAME FILE?

This is very non-standard code. <cstdio> is the same thing as <stdio.h> so remove the .h file. You don't include <string.h> in C++ either, it's <string>. Keep C++ to C++, either add the std:: prefixes or use a relevant namespace.
by c_programmer
Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal advice needed: software license
Replies: 13
Views: 7088

Re: Legal advice needed: software license

The real issue is this: suppose I pick license [X] of your choosing, and imagine that it's normally supposed to be included directly in each source file. Now I make two minimal, subtle changes (modifying about one line in total) to adjust it for use in a separate file. These changes are completely ...
by c_programmer
Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Computer Communion (MM Interpreter)
Replies: 7
Views: 3349

Re: Computer Communion

Yeah, that's the basic idea. I'm thinking of perhaps creating a small software layer around it so everyone can see who's active on this network, what commands are being executed, etc. Just passing a shell to everyone is a little too inelegant for my taste. P2P networks don't allow for individual no...
by c_programmer
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Computer Communion (MM Interpreter)
Replies: 7
Views: 3349

Re: Computer Communion

I've done similar stuff in Python before during a security training course I took. All it really involves is port listening and executing whatever comes over the port (or encapsulating the commands to prevent direct access).
by c_programmer
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 506639

Re: Religion: The Deuce

And it really doesn't matter if the earth is 6 thousand or 6 billion years old. It absolutely does matter if the earth is 6 thousand or 6 4.54 billion years old. In order for such a thing to be true it must come with any of the following ⋅  Our atomic model of chemistry is wrong, signific...
by c_programmer
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Want to learn about Computer Science
Replies: 3
Views: 8109

Re: Want to learn about Computer Science

Quick background: I'm a CS student at UIUC and I've been programming for about ten years. 1. What kind of job should I expect to have? Software Engineer? For the most part of this job, I know we program software for a company according to their specific wants, right? Computer Science is the formal s...
by c_programmer
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mormon Card
Replies: 104
Views: 18201

Re: The Mormon Card

It’s amazing that evangelicals would adhere to a Mantra... When you're main source of news is Rush Limbaugh and you take movies like 2016: Obama's America at face value, you're going think Obama is the devil. They truly think that Obama is deliberately sabotaging the economy and trying to bring Ame...
by c_programmer
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mormon Card
Replies: 104
Views: 18201

Re: The Mormon Card

My dad, who is a fundamentalist Christian, has said numerous times that he doesn't like Romney but this election is "anyone but Obama."
by c_programmer
Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: job app response: is this a scam?
Replies: 13
Views: 2857

Re: job app response: is this a scam?

Contrary to what most people think, cashiers checks are only guarantee that the person had a certain amount of money and can still bounce like any other check. This does not fall under FDIC insurance. This is not quite right. When you obtain a cashier's check, the money comes out of your account at...
by c_programmer
Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: job app response: is this a scam?
Replies: 13
Views: 2857

Re: job app response: is this a scam?

I love a good scam, and I promise you this is one. There is honestly no chance in my mind that this is legitimate. Red flag 1: They want to meet with you (no location mentioned) but they are away at another country who would never be on a different continents craigs list. This right here makes it cl...
by c_programmer
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7561

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

So, because one is more concrete and easier to test? You can still test the effectiveness of a ouija board, and find out that it doesn't work, which has been done before, although it may require some stricter blinding and controls. Absolutely, while growing up anecdotal evidence had indicated that ...
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?
Replies: 29
Views: 5518

Re: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?

A corporation can get treated like a person at times but is not a natural born citizen so the answer is no.
by c_programmer
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7561

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

This, however, is different than thinking that clerics or wizards actually exist like they do in D&D. Magic, or witchcraft, could probably be broadly defined as any supernatural power that is not from God. Ouija would be an example of this perceived sin (I say perceived because it's bullshit). ...
by c_programmer
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7561

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

I'd imagine that people who think that real magic actually exists, have a rather tenuous grasp of the difference between fiction and reality to begin with. A lot of people who believe the whole spiritual religion stuff will believe in magic. The bible talks about witchcraft as if it's a real thing ...
by c_programmer
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7561

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

For people who take their holy book (be it Bible, Koran or whatever) literally, it is difficult to explain to children that unicorns and wizards are obviously fake, but the extraordinary stories in the holy book are obviously true. Cognitive dissonance is an extremely powerful effect and ignorance ...
by c_programmer
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7561

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

I grew up in a Pentecostal church but my childhood resembled this. I initially wrote this as a paragraph but it got too long so it's a bullet point list. It got more liberal as I got older but: ⋅  I wasn't allowed to watch TMNT or Power Rangers as a kid since the pastor said "well the...
by c_programmer
Sat May 12, 2012 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?
Replies: 76
Views: 13516

Re: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?

It depends on the exact sense of doom. The first one I see is the sense that everything they know will collapse. Looking at things as history in motion almost necessarily requires that cultures and nations fall and rise. This sense of doom is better called change. This is why some social conservativ...
by c_programmer
Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No more porn
Replies: 239
Views: 45895

Re: No more porn

-This is the biggest event in the school theater all year -we have had 2 sexual assault reports in our city in the last couple months -Starting this summer we are implementing a tobacco free campus policy -Not meaningful -Only meaningful if a correlation can be proven. There is no empirical evidenc...
by c_programmer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 12790

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

The problem with artificial intelligence is that our brains do not work off of transistor logic or anything even close. We don't fully understand how our brain works so we can not emulate what the brain does, we can only emulate behaviour. Computers also have immense difficulty understanding the non...
by c_programmer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 8749

Re: What's Best for the World

She seems to be trying to go somewhere without knowing where she wants to go. What is good for the world? Arguments could be made for the following and various careers for each. ⋅ Protecting people ⋅ Police/law enforcement ⋅ Military (depending on your point of view) &s...
by c_programmer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Something does not have to be explicitly a metaphor for it to be a metaphor. The problem arises of course, that how could we possibly determine in a non-arbitrary fasion which parts are metaphor and which parts are literal? Well, what works for me is using my reason. That the parts that were proven...
by c_programmer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Biblical literalism as it is understood today is a fairly recent phenomenon. Catholic and Orthodox traditions have very different views about inerrancy and literalism that date back to nearly to the founding of Christianity. Although I can't find a good source for it, my recollection is that Jewish...
by c_programmer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Biblical literalism as it is understood today is a fairly recent phenomenon. Catholic and Orthodox traditions have very different views about inerrancy and literalism that date back to nearly to the founding of Christianity. Although I can't find a good source for it, my recollection is that Jewish...
by c_programmer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

I think the point is that there's no reason to assume that everything in the Bible ought to be taken literally. Indeed, many parts of the Bible make no sense whatsoever taken completely literally. The Parables of Jesus, for example, are clearly not talking about real events, but are simply illustra...
by c_programmer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

I've met a firm opponent of evolution who believed that 'evolution' meant the kind of evolution they have in pokemon, and was arguing that evolution is false on that basis. This was a quite a few years ago so I can't recall if I laughed or cried in response. Wow, reminds me of this comic: http://i1...
by c_programmer
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Wait, what? Criticisms of evolution? I know the forum rules say not to post links, as they don't offer much serious discussion or thought, but I'm not really looking to discuss and argue each individual point. So instead, I'll just post this link that outlines a bunch of criticisms for evolution: h...
by c_programmer
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Global Warming surely is real?
Replies: 4
Views: 3145

Re: Global Warming surely is real?

Most of the controversy is due to politics and what is causing it, very few deny its existence at this point (although some, such as my dad, do). Politicians see the issue and realize that their agendas can be advanced by this, the other side then must take the polar opposite and deny its existence....
by c_programmer
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Advocating Future Unlawful Acts
Replies: 11
Views: 3926

Re: Advocating Future Unlawful Acts

ahammel wrote: ex post facto doctirine.

Thank you, the name of that doctrine has been bugging me all evening.
by c_programmer
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Advocating Future Unlawful Acts
Replies: 11
Views: 3926

Re: Advocating Future Unlawful Acts

Something from an abortion discussion in N&A has me wondering about this. From what I understand advocating unlawful acts can be restricted/punished if it is judged to be inciting those acts. Does this apply to acts that are currently lawful but may become unlawful? That is, advocating that som...
by c_programmer
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Well, most people, including most scientists (or philosophers depending on how long ago we're talking about), believed in geocentrism (and heliocentrism) as well as creationism (although it wasn't called that) and believed that the earth was somewhat less than 10,000 years old. And it's not like sc...
by c_programmer
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Hmmm, maybe I'm the only one who actually learned about creationism in science class at some point? Having homeshooled in a Christian home all my classes were creationist. All I learned about evolution before I researched it myself is why it was wrong. All the creation (pseudo)science I learned exi...
by c_programmer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

I also want to point out the basic difference between creationism and ID (in its various forms) 1. Creationism ⋅ God created all of us ⋅ Species did not evolve, but were created by God. 2. ID version 1 ⋅  God Someone created all of us ⋅ Species did not evolve,...
by c_programmer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 18836

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

All ID does is make falsifiable claims, and all of the claims have been proven false. It's a theory that was once widely believed, but was overthrown in the face of new and improved evidence. That's what science is, taking things that are widely believed and replacing them when better evidence come...

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