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Sure, and there is nothing wrong with either one in most cases. Salesmen, bloggers, security people, and others like to disagree, but they do it out of bias, and not because they want you to get things done.

Edit: I'd like to be wrong about this. Maybe some brave downvoter could help out here?

Security people certainly "do it out of bias". Most are, rather understandably, biased against having systems they're tasked with managing get pwned from under them.

Piping curl to bash is equivalent to running a remote code execution exploit against yourself. Even if you implcitly trust the endpoint, do you trust that they will remain uncompromised forever? Also, it's especially silly because it's never the best or only way of accomplishing a given task, so it serves only to shoot yourself in the foot.

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