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Comment Re:abysmal human rights records (Score 1) 35

China can't do that, otherwise the Communist Party will fall and lose all its power it has carefully built over decades. Why do you think they still keep WWII alive? As long as they keep the population mad at the Japanese, the people won't come to the conclusion that their government is a piece of shit. China has the unique position of being a power that is completely safe. They have no real enemies and nobody will ever invade them because they're too big to digest. So the only threat is their own people.

Chinese leaders have of course read the Big Four classics of Chinese literature. In these, kingdoms are called into existence and swept away in revolt on a single page. The Communist Party knows it is on one of these pages. The only thing that matters is that they are not swept away like all the others. They'll do whatever it takes to stay in power because they've seen the alternative. And frankly, some of these leaders who were overthrown were total idiots. Communists are nothing if not the compete opposite of total idiots.

Comment Re:impressed again. (Score 0) 164

You know, you'd think what with being drenched with the blood of millions, socialism would rebrand. I love how it has to be qualifed with "democratic" socialism - to distinguish it from the non-democratic kind that puts right-wingers in prison. You know, it's funny, socialists always sound really good up until you put them in office. How's Venezuela working out these days? Oh, right, they just put their leading right-wing political future in prison for the next 15 years.

Comment Re:Yeah, makes perfect sense... (Score 0) 213

Which makes it all the more delicious that far-left Assranger was undone by his own far-left buddies. I love how men lying to get women in bed is SJW hate territory - until their hero does it, in which case it suddenly changes to OK and it's the accuser who's wrong. By the way, these rules are law on many American university campuses, if you didn't know.

Comment Informing them wasn't the problem (Score 2) 159

Informing the Detroit city government what the problems are has never been the problem. Getting them to do something about it is the problem. The telephone worked just fine, it's that the city government either just doesn't care or is blatantly incompetent. Detroit, ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang. Yeah, I think an app wasn't why their streets were full of potholes and the sidewalks were full of litter. Giving it credit for cleaning things up is typical journalistic thinking.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 392

You've never been on mass transit and been forced to be near people who (1) stink to high heaven, (2) are drunk, or (3) loud and threatening? If you haven't, then now you know why a lot of people avoid the bus. Your car might sit in traffic but at least you're not sweating, listening to obnoxious music. etc.

Oh, and by the way, the classicism(sic) is all on your side, buddy. Who's looking down their nose at the rest of us for failing to uphold moral standards he himself has set? Yeah, that's the pot calling the kettle black, pal.

Comment We have to redefine "malicious" (Score 5, Informative) 90

From the post on Avast's blog, the ones who started this whole thing, the scam is evidently to put out software with the same name as 50 different major companies, wait for people to mistakenly download, and pay $1.99 for the app. That's not much of a major criminal scheme, it's pretty pathetic and it is well within the powers of a major corporation like Microsoft to shut this down.

The really eye-opening part is when one of the "malicious" apps is defined as the following:

"Claiming to âoeprotect your phone from malware and theftâ, this malicious app runs in the background of victimsâ(TM) devices once downloaded and collects their data and location."

This is what Windows 10 does by design. I think we need to redefine what "malicious" means. In both softwares you clicked "I agree" to the T&C before continuing.

Comment Re:Ugly Americanism (Score 1) 135

English is indeed the international language of the travel industry. In fact, it's the world's second language. People who have never been to any English-speaking countries use it as a common language to talk to each other. I think you need to get out more, your views are provincial and blinkered.

Comment What can I use instead? (Score 1) 410

After my computer slowing to a crawl, inspecting the task manager, discovering FF was using 1.5G memory, restarting FF, and seeing that it only used 500M memory with the exact same windows open, what realistic alternatives are there?

Chrome, no. There's a new Opera coming out, but not anytime soon. IE, not in this lifetime. I've been out of the loop for a long time, what does the alternative browser market look like these days?

And throw in a replacement for Thunderbird as well, I'm tired of waiting 30 seconds for a "create a new message" window to appear on my system.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist