A valentines day bash script (no, really) turned up being promoted on Hacker News. The instructions to run it were:
bash <(curl http...
This downloads a script from the internet and runs it straight away. The user doesn’t get to inspect the script and ensure it does what they suppose it to do.
No, really. Not at all a good idea to encourage people to execute anything they blindly download from the Internet. Its beyond stupid.
I’m one of several people saying so on Hacker News.
And in a fit of silliness I go fork it and add
rm -rf ~
and put in a pull-request entitled “its a really bad idea to execute scripts you blindly download from the internet”.
And it got merged.
17 or so minutes later, that line got removed. So for those 17 minutes, anyone using the script as instructed would have deleted their entire home folder.
I think I was the muppet they got to pull the trigger of the gun they pointed. I think it was all a big joke that just got decidedly non-funny.
The British government is finally moving towards marriage equality, a very good thing in my opinion and a long time coming too. This should just be a rubber stamping exercise as far as I’m concerned. There are people against the idea and their main argument being is that gay couples don’t want marriage equality. That gay couples in a civil partnership have 99.9% of the legal privileges that heterosexual couples have.
I have no time of this line of reasoning. There is a direct parallel to be drawn with the civil rights movement in 1960’s America. Nobody was denying that black people had the right to travel by bus, they got 99.9% of the benefit that white person got when travelling by bus.
The problem was the indignity of having to travel at the back of the bus, the blatant discrimination taking place, every day, right in their face.
We have a situation right now that relegates gay couples to the back of the relationship bus, not only that but unlike 1960’s America, it denies the right of straight couples to enter the same type of civil partnership as gay couples do. Imagine a world where not only did black people have to sit at the back of the bus, White people were disallowed from sitting at the back of the same bus in solidarity.
This is the situation gay couples are living in now, and no doubt, it’s better than what we had 15 years ago, but I’m sure black people were also triumphant for a while when they were first permitted to ride on the bus at all.
The solution could be any of the following:
Option number 3 is my preferred option but not something palatable to the public who have grown up with the concept of state sanction marriage.
So we’re left with option number 1 or number 2; and the weak government doesn’t want to pick a fight with religious organisations at the moment they are trying to bring about option 1. To allow gay or straight couples to have a civil marriage. This is commendable and I support it.
Unlike most votes in Parliament this vote is a free vote from both the Government and the Labour party. This is an issue where your MP can vote freely. So get in touch with them and tell them if this means anything to you. It might actually make a difference this time.