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Comment Re:Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 45

Yes, I amend my statement. Either ship with wireless disabled but then provide a CD that will set everything up for the user in a secure fashion

A CD??? What is someone who only has iPads and iPhones supposed to do with a CD? Or what about someone whose laptop doesn't have an optical drive (which is a lot of them these days)?

Next, you're going to suggest they ship with a floppy disk.

Comment Re:having lived in Turkey (Score 1) 117

In reality, their liberal MILITARY (mark that one in your record books, folks) was the crux.. but.. now they're gone.

They weren't unique that way. Egypt had the same thing going on; remember the Muslim Brotherhood won in popular elections after the Arab Spring revolution, and it was their military that had to step in and take over. Pakistan had something similar, years ago, with Musharraf and his military running the country to keep the government from being run by Islamists. Same thing with Iraq, sorta: they had Saddam running the place, with a strong military, and he more-or-less kept the peace between all the warring factions within. Same with Syria under Assad; before civil war, he kept the peace, but now different warring groups of Islamists want to take over or separate. Countries like that can't be run democratically; they need dictators or military cabals, otherwise they start resembling ISIS-land.

Comment Re:This is the future... (Score 1) 117

Most Republicans and Democrats are not extremists or idiots.

Spending a little time around either one will cure you of that thought. And yes, that means that the majority of the American population is either an extremist or an idiot, or both. There's been plenty of studies about how ridiculously polarized Americans are these days; this isn't an unfounded claim.

Comment Re:match.com (Score 1) 198

This is exactly true. Match.com seemed to be legit 10+ years ago, but these days it's a total scam. I signed up for an account there recently (since I'm back in the market and all....), since I wasn't getting far on OKCupid, thinking I'd try a different site to see if there was a different crowd of women there. It completely reeked of being a scam; I never did give them any money, thankfully, but the signs were pretty obvious. First, while it was possible to fill out your profile for free and look at others', so many things required a paid account: receiving mail, seeing who "liked" you, etc. And second, just how many "likes" and emails I received, even though I hadn't mailed anyone else. For a month or two after signing up, I was barraged with emails saying I had received personal messages from women, that tons of women had "liked" me, etc. Yeah, bullshit. I've been on OKC more than long enough to know that men almost never receive unsolicited messages from women (and when they do, those women usually aren't too desirable, sorry to say). There's no way I'm getting tons of emails from beautiful women after sticking up a profile and a couple of photos and doing little else. Anyway, I kept getting emails from match.com for 2-3 months after this, constantly trying to get me to come back, pay money to read these supposed messages, etc., but it finally stopped.

As far as I can tell, most of these dating sites these days are scams. OKCupid seems to be completely legit; I haven't seen anything that reeks of fakery there, however the male:female ratio is of course poor as you'd expect and women who are at all desirable get bombarded with messages from men. From what I've read, eHarmony seems to be legit, but it's also completely geared towards conservative Christians so if you're not one of those, then don't bother. AFAICT, Tinder is completely legit too, but it's not a site at all, really more of a hookup app and because of its lack of detailed profiles, doesn't facilitate finding compatible partners.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 198

I'd guess it's not legal, but very few people would seriously consider suing them, not just to avoid drawing attention to themselves, but simply because it's not really worthwhile initiating legal proceedings over a matter of a few dollars.

If it's a crime (fraud), then lawsuits are completely irrelevant. This is basic civics. Lawsuits are over torts, not crimes.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 198

That's irrelevant. Criminal complaints (you only need one person to file a complaint) are investigated by the police, and prosecuted by the public prosecutor in criminal court. They're entirely different from lawsuits. The prosecutor can even pursue a case even when the victim refuses to cooperate (though they usually don't, because that makes it hard to win the case); that's why that stuff about "pressing charge" on TV shows is a bunch of bullshit. Crime victims have zero legal power over whether someone is tried for the crime or not, or whether charges are filed.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 206

The problem with this idea is: how do you get all the ISVs to cooperate? It won't happen; they'd have to come up with some way for the OS to prevent 3rd-party software from installing itself the normal way, and force it to go through the package manager somehow. Or just create some kind of VM for every single application to keep them all separate and unable to change anything on the system, but that seems like it'll add a lot of overhead.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 206

Unfortunately, Windows has trained users to expect to install software from all manner of different internet locations. I think that's the biggest flaw of Windows.

I wouldn't say they "trained" them to do that (after all, they're trying to push their new Windows App Store and that's going over like a lead balloon), that's simply the way things evolved. When Windows first became popular, people didn't even use the internet with it. What we're seeing now is simply the culture that has evolved, and that culture is what's causing them these problems. I have no idea what they could do to change it.

Comment Re:Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 45

But surely if the product starts to function in a degraded manor [sic] because it was pwned due to bad security, this affects the manufacturer too when people don't buy that product any more because it is crap...

That's not a problem for two reasons:

1) People are stupid. They'll just buy another one, blame "the hackers", etc.

2) Even if the company's reputation gets dragged through the mud, it won't matter because the CEO will have already left with his golden parachute. The only thing that's important is the next quarter's financials.

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