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  1. Comment on Machine Learning for Antibiotics in ~tech

  2. Comment on Debian discusses how to handle the year 2038 problem in ~comp

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    Background for anyone who hasn't heard of this problem before: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem

    Background for anyone who hasn't heard of this problem before: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem

    The Year 2038 problem (also called Y2038 or Y2k38 or Unix Y2K) relates to representing time in many digital systems as the number of seconds passed since 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970 and storing it as a signed 32-bit integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038.

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  3. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    I'll be very disappointed if this doesn't come up: Less than a year ago, referring to transgender people as "some guy wearing a dress" and "he, she, or it" and bringing up the tired old canard...

    I'll be very disappointed if this doesn't come up:

    Bloomberg’s sensitivity was far less apparent at a forum hosted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency on March 21, 2019, in Manhattan, where Bloomberg derided Democratic candidates for talking about transgender protections.

    “If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people,” he said.

    Bloomberg made a similar remark about a “man wearing a dress” in 2016, but his comments uncovered Tuesday — remarks he made less than a year ago — came amid the early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary.

    Less than a year ago, referring to transgender people as "some guy wearing a dress" and "he, she, or it" and bringing up the tired old canard about doing it simply to sneak into locker rooms for voyeuristic purposes.

    13 votes
  4. Comment on Programmer's critique of missing structure of operating systems in ~comp

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    There's a famous quote that "object-relational mapping is the Vietnam of computer science". A big part of what this author is getting at: Is in my opinion just as big, if not bigger, of a...

    There's a famous quote that "object-relational mapping is the Vietnam of computer science".

    It represents a quagmire which starts well, gets more complicated as time passes, and before long entraps its users in a commitment that has no clear demarcation point, no clear win conditions, and no clear exit strategy.

    A big part of what this author is getting at:

    I thought about it, and, in my opinion, throwing away the filesystem and replacing it with a database is an unavoidable step.

    Is in my opinion just as big, if not bigger, of a Vietnam-style quagmire. Seems simple at first, but the deeper you get into it, the more you realize it's an intractable problem with no solution that'll make everyone happy, and not even a good way to cut your losses and back out gracefully.

    Microsoft famously tried it with WinFS and couldn't make it work.

    The other big thrust of his article seems to boil down to the How Standards Proliferate XKCD. He bemoans that there's too many standards (XML, JSON, YAML, etc) and there should be only one universal standard that works for everyone. That will simply never happen. No matter how good his hypothetical standard data format was, there will always be use cases it couldn't address. If he chased the dream of making it support every possible use case, it would eventually get so complicated that someone would offer a simplified standard that was easier to use.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The term ‘Oriental’ is outdated, but is it racist? in ~humanities

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    As is often the case with these "political correctness is out of control!" thinkpieces, it doesn't even get its basic facts right. Here's a news article from 2016 about the law in question. Here's...

    It is now politically incorrect to use the word “Oriental,” and the admonition has the force of law: President Obama recently signed a bill prohibiting use of the term in all federal documents.

    As is often the case with these "political correctness is out of control!" thinkpieces, it doesn't even get its basic facts right.

    Here's a news article from 2016 about the law in question.

    Here's the actual bill. It's one page long. Here it is in its entirety:

    To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public 
    Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms 
         relating to minorities. <<NOTE: May 20, 2016 -  [H.R. 4238]>> 
    
        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
    United States of America in Congress assembled,
    SECTION 1. MODERNIZATION OF TERMS RELATING TO MINORITIES.
    
        (a) Office of Minority Economic Impact.--Section 211(f)(1) of the 
    Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7141(f)(1)) is amended 
    by striking ``a Negro, Puerto Rican, American Indian, Eskimo, Oriental, 
    or Aleut or is a Spanish speaking individual of Spanish descent'' and 
    inserting ``Asian American, Native Hawaiian, a Pacific Islander, African 
    American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Native American, or an Alaska 
    Native''.
        (b) Minority Business Enterprises.--Section 106(f)(2) of the Local 
    Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 
    6705(f)(2)) is amended by striking ``Negroes, Spanish-speaking, 
    Orientals, Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts'' and inserting ``Asian 
    American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, African American, 
    Hispanic, Native American, or Alaska Natives''.
    

    It did not ban a word across the entire federal government. It amended two existing laws to remove mention of "Negroes", and at the same time also updated "Oriental" and a few other outdated terms.

    Jayne Tsuchiyama is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

    Very interesting that the author is a practitioner of a pseudoscience whose appeal relies in part on the idea of "the Orient" being a strange and foreign place with mysteries and secrets not understood by the western world.

    25 votes
  6. Comment on A 6 year old girl was arrested and held in a mental institution without her parents' consent, under a controversial Florida law known as the Baker Act in ~news

  7. Comment on OpenSSH 8.2 released - disables the legacy "ssh-rsa" algorithm, adds support for FIDO/U2F hardware tokens in ~comp

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    RSA itself is still secure. The specific "ssh-rsa" construction depends on SHA-1, which is quickly becoming less and less secure.

    It is now possible to perform chosen-prefix attacks against the SHA-1 hash algorithm for less than USD$50K. For this reason, we will be disabling the "ssh-rsa" public key signature algorithm that depends on SHA-1 by default in a near-future release.

    RSA itself is still secure. The specific "ssh-rsa" construction depends on SHA-1, which is quickly becoming less and less secure.

    The better alternatives include:

    The RFC8332 RSA SHA-2 signature algorithms rsa-sha2-256/512. These algorithms have the advantage of using the same key type as "ssh-rsa" but use the safe SHA-2 hash algorithms. These have been supported since OpenSSH 7.2 and are already used by default if the client and server support them.

    2 votes