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Comment: Re:Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 110

Celebrities deal with what the majority thinks. Everyone else has to deal with the people around them, whose beliefs and actions can significantly deviate from the public at large. For a regular person, your sexual preference or religion (just to name two examples) can still invite prejudice and violence in some areas of the country.

Given how quickly and severely those prejudices can change, I would just assume keep my privacy. Just look at the reaction to those following Islam pre- and post-9/11. While my particular tastes and idiosyncrasies may not put me in any danger today, I'll make no bets about tomorrow.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 1) 362

by ATMAvatar (#49306085) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers
What's more important is what the volume buyers (i.e., businesses) do. Many businesses bulk purchase hardware and re-image it. You can bet that 100+ machine purchase will generate a backlash when re-imaging it to Windows 7 so mission critical apps still work results in bricked machines.

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 1) 452

by ATMAvatar (#49274573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
IBM and Microsoft collaborated on OS/2. When the partnership dissolved, Microsoft went on to make NT out of the result. I would assume it was kosher, since IBM certainly could have crushed Microsoft at that point if anything ran afoul of patents or copyright. Still, it was amusing seeing OS/2 error messages in the early NT versions (e.g., if you tried to start the machine with a non-bootable floppy).

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 3, Insightful) 452

by ATMAvatar (#49274547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

other than that: the keyboard i have seen which people absolutely swear by is - don't laugh - the old IBM AT keyboard! apparently you can still get them. they're noisy, but people who use them don't care. that tactile response - the click - appears to be crucial to ast and wrist-stress-free long-term usage.

IBM Model M keyboards last forever. Sure, they're noisy, and they're heavy, but unless you go out of your way to break one, they last decades. In fact, you are more likely to replace the keyboard because it's input port has disappeared on your new computer than because it has stopped functioning.

Comment: Re:screw the system (Score 3, Informative) 284

by ATMAvatar (#49210563) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

The US, on the other hand, largely follows a philosophy of punishment (in concept if not enshrined in law); the idea is that the fear of prison as a punishment will keep people out of mischief.

Of course, we as a country also like to ignore the fact that we have the largest prison population in the world, which disproves that idea rather handily. Note that it is not merely the largest per-capita. We have more than twice as many people in jail as any other country save China, who we still beat by around 50%.

Comment: Re:List of folks with permanent rights of way (Score 4, Insightful) 290

by ATMAvatar (#49106647) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

3. Bicyclists

That one goes both ways. I see plenty of entitled cyclists asserting right of way when they don't have it, but I have also seen a number of times where drivers are either oblivious or malicious to bicyclists, nearly running them down. This includes cases where there are bike lanes and the cars feel the need to cross into said lanes for nothing more than getting around another car or running through crosswalks despite the signal and despite having a red.

tl:dr: people are dicks, especially on the road

Comment: Re:I've got this (Score 1) 400

by ATMAvatar (#49014575) Attached to: An Argument For Not Taking Down Horrific Videos
If a user has strong feelings about how Twitter should behave, it is in his or her best interests to voice those opinions. While Twitter is a private business not legally bound by the First Amendment, if enough users voice a desire for Twitter to limit censorship or avoid it altogether, it may adopt such a policy.

Comment: Re:Only if they pay for infections this causes (Score 3, Interesting) 740

by ATMAvatar (#48964441) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

What valid health concerns are those?

The only concern of any kind I've ever seen raised is autism, which is based on a report that failed to show a causal link, had too small a sample size, and was thoroughly debunked by peer review. It is not a valid concern.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.