* Posts by jmcc

16 posts • joined 13 May 2017

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

jmcc

Re: Another f***ing nouveau brahmin

> Doesn't his belief that laws don't apply to him because of his wealth show that he has truly embraced American culture?

Let me guess, another low information Brit who knows damn all about the US? Hence the smart arse comment. I'd rather takes my chances any day going toe to to in against some rich prick in any California court versus a UK court. Its in the UK were the rich pricks get to decide the outcome. The career of Robert Maxwell comes to mind. In the US the little guy has at least a sporting chance of prevailing.

As for the Coastal Commission. By the this stage there is over 40 years of many many lawsuits, usually brought by rich pricks, where sooner or later some kind of sanity has prevailed. I say this as someone who believes that at least 80% of the actions of the CC over the decades are completely barking mad and more than one member of the Commission over the decades has been clinically insane. The CC is not as outright corrupt as CARB or the PUC but has been stacked with rich twit greenies who on mnay occasions of the years have redefined the phrase completely clueless.

Be that as it may, in this case Khosla has gone so far beyond the pale in his attempt to pervert the course of justice and to try to intimidate state officials as to beggar belief. No one, no American, has ever tried such blatant bully boy tactics in a case like this. Which given some of the low lifes who have been involved in CC cases in the past, is quite an achievement. He has acted at all times like he was back in India, as if getting his way as a rich man was just a matter of paying off the local state politicians to make his legal problems go away. He strikes me as very much a BJP kind of guy so I'm sure thats they way he thinks it works here in Cal, just like it dos back home in Uttar Pradesh. Pay off the right guys and state laws dont apply.

In this particular case it would not matter how much Khosla paid a Willie Brown to try to make the problem go away he would never ever prevail. In fact if Khosla had paid Willie Browns usual 7 figure retainer in cases like this he would have saved a lot of money. Brown would have told him from the get go to sell the easement for a peppercorn amount, make a big PR stunt out of it, and move on. Because Brown knows how the state works and just when big money can make things happen. And when it can't. Like this case.

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

jmcc

Re: Back on the hamster wheel..

> So if I understand correctly you would rather live somewhere safe where people have guns as opposed to somewhere safe where people don't have guns? Do you genuinely not see the problem with that?

You are making a false equivalence. Strict gun control laws, even attempts at mass confiscation of guns, will not remove guns from the equation. In cities with very strict gun control laws more than half of the people who commit serous crime were already restricted by law from possessing guns.

Well how about I restate the problem. Actually compare like with like. Apples with Apples. Rather than Apples with Pitbulls. When we compare areas of Europe with the less strict gun control laws with areas of the US with *exactly* the same demographic profile we find the gun crime rate is about the same. Give or take. The suicide rates tend to be about the same no matter what the local gun control laws are. The only difference is the mode of suicide.

When we compare areas of the Europe with *exactly* the same demographics as high crime rates areas of the US we find about equivalent murder and serious crime rates. The only difference in Europe between strict and lax gun control controls is the mode of murder / serious assault. You get shot in Brussels, you get stabbed in London or Hamburg.

In the US cites with rigorous proactive policing have far lower crime rates than cities where the local politicians/ special interest groups have eviscerated policing for short term political ends. Chicago, Baltimore shows how this works. St Louis being the control subject over the last few decades,

Ultimately it all boils down to culture. As someone pointed out years ago. Back when Minneapolis had a terrible murder rate. The people of Swedish ancestry in Minneapolis committed murder at about the same rate as their cousins back in Sweden. No matter which socio-economic group they happen to be in.

So to answer you question, if I have to live in an area, anywhere, with exactly the same socio-ethnic / composition as in US urban areas I would much rather live in a place with few gun control laws than with strict gun control laws. Because there is now many decades of evidence that such strict gun control laws do absolutely nothing to reduce the risk of gun crime for the vast majority of law abiding citizens. But actually increase the risk of being a crime victim given the lower risk to the perp due to the victim not being able to defend themselves. If you dont think self defense matters just ask any woman how this works.

Now what does actually work to reduce gun use in less serious crime is charge escalation when a gun is used. When treated as serious crime gun uses collapses for casual robberies. Thirty years ago most muggings were committed with guns. Now few are. For serious gun crime the only thing that works is much longer sentences and Three Strikes. Keep them out of circulation for a long time. In California crime rates collapsed in the mid 1990's once three Strikes kicked in. From highest of any state to about average after a few years. Now that Three Strikes has been effectively reversed crime rates have soared again.

And so it goes.

jmcc

Re: Back on the hamster wheel..

> So freely available guns are necessary because Republicans need to hunt instead of going to the supermarket and to protect themselves against Democrats who are the enemy because they kill innocent Republicans, and black people are expendable. Nice.....

Here is a simple question. Why does this subject matter to you? You obviously have no real idea about the subject. Just repeating partisan stuff you read somewhere. Basically a blowhard. You have not actually lived in the country. You have never met, known, worked with, being friends with people over the whole range of the opinion spectrum on the subject. To the people it actually matters to. You have no skin in the game.

As for the "racist" jibe. Always the first resort of the low information types who live in lilly white environments. In my experience. Go read the f***ing statistics. Even better, go live the f***ing statistics. FYI I have lived most of my adult life in minority neighborhoods. Most recently in an 80% non white one. And you? Why do I suspect I'll hear next the - one of my best friends is not white - line. Jeez.. Ever talk to immigrant African or Caribbean black parents about the dysfunction of US black culture and the fears for their kids future?. That would be a real eye opener for you.

Thats real life.

As I said, having the average Brit opine on US gun control is exactly the same as having the average Irish American express an opinion on Irish politics. So utterly clueless at all levels as to only be worth a smile. The gun control "problem" will never be solved because there is no problem to solve. The Dem party only latched onto it about four decades ago as a vote winning wedge issue after ignoring it for many many decades. It seems it was not a problem before the 1970's. And in a few decades time the Dem party will find a better vote winning wedge issue and gun control issue will be dumped. Just like the party dumped States Rights and Segregation back in the mid 1950's when it stopped being the perennial vote winner of the previous 100 years. So it was goodbye Dixiecrats, hello NAACP.

That just the way real world politics works.

So no different from the Labour party and the NHS in the UK. The subject has got to be politicized because it is such a successful vote winning wedge issue. No matter how much this very deliberate politicization might harm the subject. And shorten the life of the patients compared with other, better, systems. Such as everywhere else in northern Europe for starters.

You see, the politics of gun control is really far more complicated than your rather simplistic views expressed so far. Like to try again?

jmcc

Re: Back on the hamster wheel..

> I'd rather live in a place which doesn't need to be heavily armed to be safe...

Oddly enough, every time I'm back in Europe I have to remind myself that I have to start paying more attention to street crims, to ramp up my street smarts, as my chance of getting robbed or mugged is now several time higher than back in the US. Then there is the whole random drunken street violence issue in the British Isles, especially on weekend nights, that is completely unknown in US cities. Or how about the magrebian no go areas in France. I'm actually safer in most of the nastier US big city ghettos than some of the more fun areas of the 92, say around Sarcelles.

How about having your house robbed. Only happened to me once in almost four decades in the US. A laptop stolen. Because of an unsecured window. The guy who did it went to jail. When was the last time you knew anyone in the UK who had the house broken into where the perp went to jail? I've haven't met anyone for several decades. Last time was when Thatcher was still PM.

Funny that, real life not being like what they show on TV. The US is actually a very safe place. And has been for several decades. Almost all the nasty stuff nowadays happens in a very small area to a very small demographic group. Everyone else tends to lead a low stress, low crime life. And dont need to be heavily armed for personal protection if the dont feel the need. And if they feel the need, thats their prerogative.

Which is how it used to be in the UK. Before the widescale gun crime of nowadays. I'm old enough to remember when the yardie thugs first got guns. Its was pretty quiet before that. Oops, sorry, I forgot we cannot talk about the ethnic demographics of gun crime in the UK.

jmcc

Re: Back on the hamster wheel..

Have you ever lived in the US? For any non trivial amount of time? Long enough to get a real feel for the place? Like for a decade or two.

By the tone of your comments it sounds very much like you have zero personal experience of the subject. Just parroting political partisan stuff you have seen in the media. I used the Northern Irish politics example very specifically. Know the place well? Over an extended period of time? Like a few decades.Then your opinion on the subject is basically worthless. An uninformed opinion. Unless you happen to be from Eastern Europe, the Middle East or the Caucuses. Where you would be very familiar with this type of situation and will nod knowingly. I've yet to meet a Swiss person or a South African, to pick two examples from heavily armed nations, who had the slightest problem understanding gun politics in the US.

Here is a simple experiment. Trying walking around (unarmed) at night in a sketchy part of a big US city with no concealed carry. Like the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Over an extended period of time. Then try walking around at night the equivalent areas in a US city with concealed carry. Like Seattle. In this case certain parts Belltown / 1's Ave Downtown. After a while you will notice that the same street crims have a very different behavior in the two cities. In SF they are really blatant and quite open in their tracking and threats but in Seattle they are much more reticent and circumspect. Far less overtly threatening. That's because if the street crims in SF jump someone the probability that the victim or any bystanders is armed is very low. Whereas in Seattle its about 1 in 4. Those odds make a very big difference when it comes to street crime.

Thats just one example. Of many

After all, we know just how accurate film, tv and the media is at reporting and reflecting the daily life of a UK city like London. It always shows accurately and exactly the daily experience you would have when living there.

I think not.

Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

jmcc

Re: Wasn't VMS...

Actually the WinNT/2K/XP etc kernel code was basically a rewrite of VMS that lost the battle in one of the legendary Maynard "Mill" political infighting bloodbaths. DEC internal company politics was legendary at the time for its viciousness with Ken Olson orchestrating the cage fights. Cutler was not exactly held in the highest esteem by the real tech heavyweights in the company, which is why his team lost. After a fairly light weight "rewrite" of his losing codebase it became the basis of the Portable OS/2 project in Redmond. A.K.A WinNT 3.1.

Reading through the source code used in NT4.0/Win2K/XP Cutlers kernel code looks very very DEC'ish, i.e. very good clean code. A stark contrast from the rest of the Win32 codebase which ranges from pretty mediocre to the embarrassing bad. Cutler may have been team lead at DEC but he was no great shakes as a system programmer. I got the impression that in the DEC project he was very much the lightweight on the team but was lead because no one else wanted the job.

Given that all the old Win32 kernel API's still works with the original behaviors in NT10.0 that means that old VMS rewrite code must still be in there. Just like the Win16 code.

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

jmcc

Another Brit out of his depth..

Let me paraphrase the article. Some Brit who parachuted in a few years ago and lives in a bubble area in a bubble City ( a big Hi from out in the Sunset) writes an article that shows he is completely oblivious of the 50 year history of the back-story behind the story. Or how US retail politics actually works. And how the US legal system actually works. But just parrots ad nauseam this weeks Dem talking points. I'm saying this an old time New Deal Dem. Now orphaned by my party.

In my experience only Brit journalists have the arrogance to think that just because they speak the same language and grew up watching the minutia of US politics on the telly (BBC/ITN) that they have some inside track on what is going on in the US. You dont. Quite the opposite. Whenever I hear some Brit pontificating about US subjects political I always ask them - when was the last time the dominant media outlet in the UK (the TV news) treated a Rep candidate for president in any kind of an even handed manner? They always scratch their heads at the question. Because the answer is Gerald Ford in 1976. Before most of them were born. And when was the last time a Dem candidate for president was treated any way critically by the UK TV news outlets . Again, 1976. Carters overt Christianity being a real turn off for the BBC especially at the time. By the time the 1980's rolled around Reagan was treated by the UK media exactly the way Trump is nowadays. Unrelenting vitriol.

And so it has continued. The UK media has been 90% Dem talking points for the last few decades. Even the French media is not quite that biased against the Republicans. And they use the term Liberal as a political insult correctly. Against the Republicans.

So expecting a half way informed opinion on US politics from a Brit is a bit like trying to get a half way informed opinion on Irish politics / history from some n'th generation Irish-American. They are so immersed in the partisan misinformation and lies they grew up with they dont even know they dont know anything on the subject.

So the actually story is the memo is a really really big deal. We are definitely well into Watergate territory here. The real Watergate Scandal. The Mark Felt leaking evidence because he was not made FBI director as he believed was his by right. Not the made up fairly tale as told in All The President Men. Which is mostly romantic fiction.

In the real world of DC politics, which is a blood sport, if Nixon had made Felt FBI director there would have been no Watergate Scandal. It would have been buried like all the others. Because that is how DC has always worked. Ever hear of the LBJ very dodgy radio stations business scandal? No? See. Thats how DC normally works. And that was a real biggie at the time.

And the memo is very much a smoking gun that the Dems used the FBI to a far more egregious degree for party partisan operations than even Nixon did. And the Dems would not shut up about what Nixon tried to do for decades afterwards.

So to summarize. The FBI is going to get a complete bollocking, and deservedly so, while the party hacks are removed. One way or another. Of course the Dems and their useful idiots will claim coup d'etat and other such nonsense. Which is funny, as they have spent most of the last few decades pillorying the FBI for one reason or another. All partisan politics. And all par for the course.

On the positive side, American politics is still not as poisonously cynical and utterly incompetent as current German politics is at the moment. If you think Theresa May is inept, let me introduce Mutti and the current coalition negotiations with its cast of clowns...

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

jmcc

Re: Only in the USA?

As a matter of interest you have lived and driven in California for how long? And when did you get you first California drivers license?

Me, first California drivers license in 1987 and have driven around 300K plus accident free miles since then. About 250K in state, about another 50k all along the West Coast all the way to the Canadian border. And across too. Into B.C.

Why do I get the distinct impression you don't have the slightest clue about the subject. Every statement you made is either factually untrue, gross rhetorical overreach based on some random crap you read on the internet, or else irrelevant to the original story.

As I said in a previous posting, the GM car was completely at fault in this accident. Based on knowing both the location of the accident and the technology used in that car. Come this July I will have been taking the right turn onto Fillmore from Oak exactly 30 years. Down hill to the Lower Haight. One thing that has not changed over the decades. Head for Dog Shit Park if you want to find parking.

jmcc

Any here actually drive Oak St?

Well as it seems no one posting so far a) has driven Oak St for many years, b) driven in SF and Cal for decades c) knows the Cal Codes 21000+ and the current ticket tariffs (it shuts up scofflaw cyclists very quickly) let me explain.

The car was completely and totally in the wrong. The accident was at Oak / Fillmore. The flat crest of the hill before if goes down the hill to what used to be the Central Freeway onramp. It was at the end of rush hour when traffic is still heavy. As the speed was 17mph and Oak St is an arterial with lights synchronized for 35mphs that tell me that traffic was full three lanes and heavily bunched. In that section of Oak only dangerous assholes try to change lane in heavy traffic. Unless you are caught in an intersection when lights change. There are normally very few lane changes around there in those traffic conditions. All lanes move at about same speed in stop and go traffic. Due to the incompetent road engineering for the right turn on Octavia the far right lane on the down slope has quite a few people pulling out into the center lane once they realize they are heading for the new freeway onramp but not at Fillmore.

As for the motorcyclist. It sounds like he was riding exactly like every other responsible motorcyclist I have seen on the Oak/Fell corridor since I first drove it in 1988. Lane spitting is legal and spit center lane left / right is the only responsible way of riding on those streets. Unlike pretty much all cyclists in SF I have almost never seen a motorcyclist do anything dangerous or stupid over the years. SF is very unforgiving for that kind of stupidity. When driving Oak / Fell I always keep an eye out for motorcyclists and move over slightly in the lane to let them pass. Safer for everyone.

As for the Cruise/GM technology? Well if the Goggle self drive tech is mostly safe but impractical and Teslas self drive tech is vastly over hyped and often dangerous then the stuff GM bough last year is outright dangerous and should be let no where near a public road. Sooner or later GM will realize that they bough demo ware tech which can never be turned into any kind of safe consumer product technology and will write off their $1B sucker buy. One of the GM cars will sooner or later seriously injure / kill someone and when it does the discovery phase of the inevitable criminal liability lawsuit will turn up some very interesting facts about just what kind of "technology" GM bought. And if its a particular nasty accident(s) then GM maybe looking at a legal bill in the Chevy Malibu exploding gas tank territory.

The Cruise buy will turn into a fiasco one way or another for GM. If they are lucky it will only cost them the $1B acquisition cost. If they are unlucky it could prove to be an Autonomy sized financial disaster.

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

jmcc

Re: Fines?

@StheD

You sound like a Ten Year Tourist. Lots of dog shit on the streets in SF. Just try the streets around any of the street people encampments. Although at least in places like the Mission, SoMa, Tenderloin its fifty/fifty its actually human shit. The old local name for Duboce Park was Dog Shit park. Way before your time. That was back in the 1980's / 1990's. The only reason the park got a major revamp was because most of the park was unusable due to dog shit and street people shooting up.

Native born San Franciscians are a very tolerant lot. And a very conservative lot. In fact a majority of the ones I know who voted last time around voted Trump. Not talking the trustafarians or those whose middle class hippy parents bought a run down Victorian for $30K in the 70's. I'm talking the working class ones who were mostly forced out by the no-growth white middle class outsiders (mostly out of state) who colonized large part of the city from the 1960's onwards. The blow ins on the other hand are the most intolerant, doctrinaire, and low information people you could possibly meet. Go to any "demo" in SF and you will have to search long and hard to find anyone who lived in SF for more than ten years. And the vast majority will have left in ten years time.

The fastest way to shut up some loud mouth progressive spouting off in SF is to simply ask them how long they have lived in SF. The answer is usually a few years at most. And having watched generations of these loud mouths come and go over the decades I have come to think of them as tourists. Just like the natives do. Little different from any of the mindless hoards you see down at Fisherman Wharf and Upper Haight or all the other completely fake and phony tourist attractions. So in SF "Progressive" is pretty much synonymous with short term resident tourist.

So, no, there is no free speech in SF. Due to the arrogant intolerance of these temporary and transient residents.Who are overwhelming white middle class and who grew up in affluent suburbs. And half are out of state. They will try to shout down anyone who dares to disagree with them. Luckily they mostly herd, mostly reside in the same few neighborhoods. A quick to find out where all the "progressives" live in SF is to look at the racial distribution of areas in the city. See all those white clusters? Thats were all the "progressives" live. They live in the least diverse and racially integrated neighborhoods in SF

So very much like Portland. Which will soon be almost as white as northern Idaho. Funny that. All the white "progressives" live in the whitest neighborhoods. My neighborhood has gone from working class / lower middle class white / to working class / middle class asian over the decades. And not a "progressive" to be seen anywhere. The Real San Francisco.

You should try it sometime. Just live here for at least 15/20 years.

jmcc

Re: Fines?

@StheD

You sound like a Ten Year Tourist. Lots of dog shit on the streets in SF. Just try the streets around any of the street people encampments. Although at least in places like the Mission, SoMa, Tenderloin its fifty/fifty its actually human shit. The old local name for Duboce Park was Dog Shit park. Way before your time. That was back in the 1980's / 1990's. The only reason the park got a major revamp was because most of the park was unusable due to dog shit and street people shooting up.

Native born San Franciscians are a very tolerant lot. And a very conservative lot. In fact a majority of the ones I know who voted last time around voted Trump. Not talking the trustafarians or those whose middle class hippy parents bought a run down Victorian for $30K in the 70's. I'm talking the working class ones who were mostly forced out by the no-growth white middle class outsiders (mostly out of state) who colonized large part of the city from the 1960's onwards. The blow ins on the other hand are the most intolerant, doctrinaire, and low information people you could possibly meet. Go to any "demo" in SF and you will have to search long and hard to find anyone who lived in SF for more than ten years. And the vast majority will have left in ten years time.

The fastest way to shut up some loud mouth progressive spouting off in SF is to simply ask them how long they have lived in SF. The answer is usually a few years at most. And having watched generations of these loud mouths come and go over the decades I have come to think of them as tourists. Just like the natives do. Little different from any of the mindless hoards you see down at Fisherman Wharf and Upper Haight or all the other completely fake and phony tourist attractions. So in SF "Progressive" is pretty much synonymous with short term resident tourist.

So, no, there is no free speech in SF. Due to the arrogant intolerance of these temporary and transient residents.Who are overwhelming white middle class and who grew up in affluent suburbs. And half are out of state. They will try to shout down anyone who dares to disagree with them. Luckily they mostly herd, mostly reside in the same few neighborhoods. A quick to find out where all the "progressives" live in SF is to look at the racial distribution of areas in the city. See all those white clusters? Thats were all the "progressives" live. They live in the least diverse and racially integrated neighborhoods in SF

So very much like Portland. Which will soon be almost as white as northern Idaho. Funny that. All the white "progressives" live in the whitest neighborhoods. My neighborhood has gone from working class / lower middle class white / to working class / middle class asian over the decades. And not a "progressive" to be seen anywhere. The Real San Francisco.

You should try it. The Real San Francico. Live here for at least 15/20 years and you will start getting to know the locals and discover what a very nice small town it can be. And you will start, like all the locals, to politely ignore all the Ten Year Tourists as little more than the spoiled noisy brats they actually are. Who will be soon gone anyway.

Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

jmcc

Re: The Lessons of Baltimore, 1904 have not been learned

Re Great Fire of Baltimore . Have you been to San Francisco recently? Most of the fire-hydrants have different connectors from all the surrounding cities. So no mutual aid in a big disaster.

Its not like San Francisco does not have major natural disasters where large chunks of the city burn down or anything.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/HOSED-S-F-hydrants-don-t-fit-equipment-from-2568046.php

The only reason a chunk of the city did not burn down in 1989 is because even though the city had sold off all the fireboats the last one had not been picked up yet by the people who bought it. So when all the fire hydrants failed they could still pump water from the Bay to put of the fires before they burned down the Marina. Although given the type of people who live in the Marina it would have been no great loss.

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

jmcc

Re: Hmm, Lint, anyone ?

Actually the compiler warnings when compiling the source file would have warned about the problem. But it looks like they were disabled for that part of the WinXP code tree.

For all the tinfoil people going on about the TLA's getting up to nefarious deeds - they dont need to. Almost all exploits fall into about a dozen categories. Most due to sloppy coding but sometimes due to sloppy design. And MS's middle name is sloppy.

MS has been showing the complete source code to not only the US TLA's but the TLA's of Russian and China, to name but two. Why else do you think MS is allowed to to do business in those countries.? Its a condition of doing business. MS must open the kimono. All the way.

So all the various TLA's have to do is to build the whole Win32 codebase with all warning turned on - and with a proper heavy duty compiler like the Green Hills one (not VC) which produces exceptionally deep code analysis warnings. If you've ever seen what a heavy duty compiler does to a shipping, warning free code base of over 200K lines that used one of the more lightweight compilers you'll know exactly what I mean. Several hundred non trivial warnings and about a dozen warnings that flagged code that was actually buggy. Real bugs. Serious bugs.

The log file of tens of thousands of warnings from a build by a heavy duty compiler of the current Win2K codebase should, with a little analysis, produce more than enough exploits to last the lifetime of that particular version of Win2K.

With companies as lazy and arrogant as MS the TLA's really dont have to extend themselves at all when it comes to finding exploits which might come in useful sometime in the future. So no great conspiracies needed.

jmcc

Re: Why is n't the true culprit being blamed?

By an odd coincidence while digging through the stacks of multi TB drives tonight looking for ten year old project code what turns up but the Win2k/XP codebases. So what the hell, lets do a quick search for clues. Well at least some of the XP code tree is compiled with W3/WX flags on. So any type short / long mismatch would have stopped the compile dead if those flags had been turned on for the relevant SMB v1 source code. A little more digging and I find some SMB data structs in header files and lo what do we see? Some have length fields defined as unsigned shorts and other have length fields defined as unsigned ints.

Bingo.

The difference between a senior C programmer and a junior C programmer is that the senior guys knows that sizeof(short) is not always equal to sizeof(int). The size of a short is standard in the C language, 16 bits. But the size of an int is compiler dependent. (Puts on best Michael Caine voice..Not a lot of people know that..) Which is why that compiler setting is there. In the early years the default was int=short but for many years now it tends to be int=long. Which is 32 bits.

Which is why since the early 1990's whenever I took over a C/C++ code base the first thing I did was go through all the structs and remove ever last int field. Changing it to short or long as required. It avoids nasty surprises.

Another wonderful data size gotcha is just how wide is an enum datatype field. Because you see compilers have this option to have packed enums... so better to force them into longs. Always. Because if you are not careful the field width could be char, short or long depending on what the highest enum value is. And the funny thing about enums is that over the lifetime of a codebase they have this tendency to grow, add new entries. And before you know it the max value no longer fits in a char or a short and there are offset mismatches between new and old exe and stuff starts blowing up in unexpected ways.

And that's how most exploits are begat..

It basically all a bit like British Leyland in the 1970's I'm afraid.

jmcc

Re: Why is n't the true culprit being blamed?

As I said the most amazingly amateurish junk code has been shipped in Win16/32 for decades. You should see some of the Win16 code. Which is still in there. Despite what senior MS management might say. The only part of the Win32 codebase I've seen over the years that is anyway is of professional quality is the NTKernel code. Which mostly came from DEC with Cutlers team. Its actually quite well written. Much better than the tat in Linux.

Given the way that MS operates internally for as long as I can remember, which would be late 70's, almost all their dev teams by their very nature produce buggy ill designed code. You get promoted for shipping, something, anything, not for fixing stuff or producing stuff that works. Its a toxic work environment. You dont need any kind of conspiracy theory to explain all the security exploits in MS products, just monumental arrogance and contempt for the users. They ship version after version of a totally insecure product because they dont have to care. Never did, never will.

If you are looking for deliberate exploits and backdoors written into MS code look at the BSD stack based networking stack code. For some reason that is the one part of the OS stack build that is built on a completely separate build tree. Everything else is in one single build tree. Everything from Minesweeper, through IE to the complete security stack, cert generators and all. All of which source code has been kicking around readily available since at least 2003.

Even if MS by local law was not required to show the full OS stack source code to all the big state players TLA's they would have little problem finding literally hundreds of exploits to use in the current Win32 codebase. Luckily for the rest of us with one or two exceptions all the virus/malware authors are just script-kiddies, technically illiterate, and based on past performance, as thick as bricks. Because the Win32 codebase is such a sticking compost heap it just needs one guy who is half way technically competent to create an extinction level event for Win32. Because the old C2 Level security joke is still true. The only real C2 Level secure version of Win32 is when the machine has all network hardware removed and all i/o ports physically disabled.

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