I Support Dave
Feb 14, 2004

Atom has a big hill to climb, but through skillful PR it may not look that way. What this does, as others have observed, is put a freeze on development, while we all wait for the dust to settle with Atom. We must not allow this to happen. The most important thing is to keep the ball rolling.

I support Dave. Let the Atom folk do their own thing but do not let them impose anything on us, no matter how loud they may be. Since patriotic quotes seem to be the theme today, how about the old chestnut "United we stand, divided we fall." And there is simply no reason to be divided.

Feb 13, 2004

Everyone's so worried about the Microsoft source leak. "It could open new security holes!" they say. But check this out, the source for Linux, a popular Microsoft competitor, has always been available, and this is promoted by its advocates saying it makes Linux more secure, not less. More programmer eyeballs looking for bugs. Maybe some white-hat types will try to check in some fixes for Windows 2000? Stranger things have happened. - Scripting News

Actually, it's not the "many eyeballs" alone that matters, it's the powerful feedback loop. How would a "white-hat type" actually "check in" a fix? Even if "we" have some of the source, the feedback remains broken. This is still a net negative for Microsoft, although I agree that many people are overstating the negativity; a lot of the security flaws that you could get by reading the source are still visible if you know how to look for them with the binary. For instance, a buffer overflow is going to come from excessively-large input, and it's easy to then start hitting the program with various excessive inputs and see what happens. In fact, that's more reliable then reading the code.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Feb 13, 2004

There's no question that it was extremely fortunate that this
multi-nation plan was exposed when it was, even though it's likely
that either Iran or North Korea have already managed to create enough
fissionables for a few weapons. It would have been far better if it
had been exposed earlier, but an additional ten year delay would have
been catastrophic.

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Feb 12, 2004

Nothing returns the joy of weblogging like a new weblog management system. ;-)

Atkins, Nutrasweet, and Sucralose
Feb 12, 2004

In his book, Dr. Atkins recommended against consuming Nutrasweet
while trying to lose weight, citing studies that suggest Nutrasweet
inhibits weight loss. (I don't there's actually anything specific to
the Atkins diet in that regard.) He recommends Sucralose be used
instead, which as artificial sweeteners go is pretty cool: It can be
used to cook with, it definately doesn't taste exactly like sugar but
it's easily the closest of any artificial sweetener I've tried, and of
course it has no calories in it.

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