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Comment Re:It's wrong (Score 1) 280

But you can take a picture of the book and post it online, right? Because you're not scanning the contents of the book, the reason it has value. So why couldn't you post a picture of your food online, no one can eat it online, the reason it has value ...

Precisely! The intrinsic value of the food is (or should be) in the taste and to some degree aroma, not in the appearance!

I know presentation is much hyped in the food world these days, but honestly, I would never select a place to eat based on how good its food looked. Most of my favourite places to eat are sharing-dish places (think Thai or Viet-Namese restaurants), where everyone orders a dish that sounds good, and everyone takes a bit of everything on the table. While the food definitely looks good (and smells great!), I'm pretty sure it's just ladled into the bowls and brought to the table with 'maybe' a lemon wedge or two tossed on top.

That being said, I suppose I might avoid going to a place that served three green beans draped over a poached strawberry as a main course, but I wouldn't have to see a photo of the plate to know that I would never eat there, a brief description would do.

Comment Re:there is no climate change ? who said that? (Score 1) 185

Sorry, one statement in particular just bugs me:

A small effect over a very long time will always have a bigger total impact than a large effect over a very short time.

Sooo...once it rains there's no more vapor being generated? I'm not sure how you define water vapor in the atmosphere as short term. Luckily, water vapor also provides it's own negative feedback effect in the form of clouds, increasing the earth's albedo and thereby reducing incident energy at the source.

In my view, the comparison is more akin to tidal vs wave action in respect to ocean levels. Water vapor's broader range of wavelength absorption plus it's greater abundance in the atmosphere vastly overrides CO2's impact, so it can be likened to tidal forces, while CO2 and other greenhouse gasses may contribute to relatively minor local variations, essentially waves on the surface. Reducing the size of the waves will actually have very little effect on average ocean levels.

Comment Re:Just turn it off ... (Score 1) 515


Or have it turned off for you.

Seriously. The fact that this *can* be turned off in the enterprise version shows that there is nothing in Windows' archictecture that requires it.

As long as each and every MS Windows installation makes one administrator when one installs it, one can turn all those things off (or de-install them).

When I say "one", I don't mean the "average user" of course. It would take 'em (myself included) months of intense study to figure out how to do that (and they won't have the time, the interest, the aptitude, or the stamina for that). The good news is that they probably won't have to.

For computer-literate people there will probably be utilities / batch files to take care of Microsoft's pre-installed "tattleware" for you.

For complete end-users I also foresee a market for something like an "add-on control panel" that shows every (known) piece of "tattleware" on MS Windows and allows you to switch it off (or even de-install it). A seperate piece of software that works as a Windows "service" can ensure that this user "policy" is enforced every time Windows boots plus, say, at 2-hr intervals.


Windows 8 isn't actually a terrible system to run, if one installs a third-party add on like Classic Shell or Start8 that gets rid of the start screen bullshit and brings back the start menu. I imagine similar software for Windows 10 will be appearing in the wild soon, software that automates control of most of the major privacy holes in the system and (hopefully) gives the user back control of update installation.

The harder they squeeze, the more users will slip through their fingers...

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 62

Cams and devices with cams should come with physical switches that cut power to the device and its mic.

Protip: camera can be disabled with a small amount of electrical tape right over the lens. Doesn't work so well for the mic, but it's a pretty much unhackable solution to prevent e-peeping toms...and today's voyeurs don't usually have interest in non-video feeds.

Here's an interesting idea, though...think there'd be a market for camera cases with a flip-up camera shield, front and back? I would definitely be interested...would be tricky to design in some phones so it doesn't foul the proximity sensors, and 'auto-brightness' settings would be useless, but still...

Comment Re:Same likely holds true... (Score 1) 259

thats not entirely true. some ads are welcome

  I recent got a new car (well new to me) and one of the things i want to do is get fitted seat covers as the interior is an off white and i am....well a slob

  so after looking for a few weeks i havent found anything that fits my needs (fitted, not leather or fake leather, and well made)

  well I noticed some ads all of a sudden starting to show up for fitted car seats and eventually i found what i was looking for because of google ads

  I will admit it is the first time ive found it useful, but when ads are done right, they are not a bad thing

Much less helpful is when you google for something you need, find it, buy it, then keep getting ads for something you already purchased and have absolutely no need to purchase again...how long after you bought your seat covers did you keep getting ads for them, do you remember? I have friends who bought a new(ish) vehicle over a year ago, yet their displayed ads are still heavily slanted towards local vehicle dealerships...

What would, possibly, make these ads useful (maybe) is if the user could 'x' them out, indicating that they aren't interested in that type of ad or that product. I hate advertising in general, but that might give the user an illusion of choice, at least...

Comment Re:Browsing with mosquitoes (Score 2) 259

"Some of them don't even have the "X" corner icon."

Or worse, the Close X is slightly off the screen. At this point I have no choice but to abandon the website.

If it actively drives me away from you site by preventing em from going past a certain point, it's not an advertisement. We need a new term for it.

We have one: it's basically a pop-up.

It behaves like one in every way, just the mechanics of how it's displayed is different...so maybe browsers need to dust off their 'pop-up blocker' option code and update it to block these damn things too? The simple fact that pop-ups were annoying enough to enough people that blocking them became a standard feature in browsers should perhaps be a hint to the people who use these things that their days are numbered...

Comment Re:Time to cut the cord (Score 1) 100

They ought to make some shows about Alaska. Can't believe nobody has thought of that yet.

Yeah! And gold, people LOVE gold, right? It's a sure thing!

Or, I know...how about a show that takes a mildly challenging profession and drama's it up a bit? You know, take months of footage, then cut and edit to make it sound like the most dangerous thing in the world, worse than swimming with sharks while wrapped in a bacon wetsuit! It's prime-time GOLD!

Comment Re:Duh. But correlary (Score 1) 21

So you do understand the word "expect", but instead of asking me why I would not be as willing to converse with an unknown person who will remain anonymous you insert your own reasoning. You are really no better off with this statement than your first.

The irony is that you fiercely guard your own pseudo-anonymity, while scorning others who seek even deeper anonymity.

Oh, you're right, the proper English term is not 'ironic', it's 'hypocritical'. Thanks for clearing that up :)

Comment Re:Complete Gibberish On Its Face (Score 1) 503

"Wealthy retirees today also already live an essentially post-money existence"
You have to be really, truly full of shit to say something like that

I don't even think the absurdity of that statement even registered with the summary writer.

It's one of the most semantically null statements I've see on /. yet, essentially "The wealthy don't need money to live well." Oookay, but if they didn't have money, they wouldn't be wealthy, now would they? *head-shake*

Comment Re: Tell us about "AlmostAllAdsBlocked+" Coren22 (Score 1) 189

Awww...do you talk to your tv, too?

Seriously dude, it's a bot, it has to be. Nobody could be that consistently annoying: they'd have to have an off day once in a while....

Sure wish the developer of the bot would meet a graphic end involving bobcats and sriracha sauce in various orifices, though...

Comment Re:Lies, damn lines, and statistics (Score 1) 102

That one billion figure doesn't sound as impressive after one considers that it's fairly likely that it's mostly obtained by counting every Android install that comes bundled with Chrome. I'd be shocked, just shocked, if Google does NOT count someone who used Chrome a few times, before installing Firefox mobile. Like me, for example. I hardly ever use Chrome on my Googlephone. But, I'm sure I'm counted in that billion-plus figure.

Exactly what I was thinking. Should it really count if the user can't uninstall the damn thing?

Would be a more useful metric if they subtracted the number of users that have it disabled in their android devices, or haven't opened it in the last year, or whatever...but maybe they did, I don't really care enough to find out :P

Comment Re:This is like transmission on web sites (Score 2) 168

Maybe our TVs just need an "incognito mode" on the remote?

A button on the remote isn't necessary, a paper bag with eye holes will do the trick... If you don't have a black mustache and wear glasses, a set of Grouch-o Mark's glasses might work too.

...or a strip of electrical tape...

(^^^^^ that's for the camera, so don't get too creative...:)

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman