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Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 194

There are wasted hours on occasion yes, but the trick is to not fix your relative's (often shitty) computers. I make it a point not to, and my parents are pretty good with their own machines these days anyway.

My poor aunt though, she can never remember her password. She's always asking for help recovering it. So I finally told her, "I don't have the magic solution to that, but I can tell you what I did to figure it out the last time it happened." There's a tool you can use for Windows XP that'll reset passwords, but I don't think it works on newer systems so I'd start at square one. If I'm to start from Google, why can't she?

Comment Re:"Mall modifications"? (Score 1) 108

Look here, my pacemaker can play an obviously pirated copy of Super Mario by streaming RF radiation directly into my TV antennae. Downside: it requires me to play non-stop to stay alive. In hindsight, perhaps I shouldn't have bought it at that mall kiosk... the surgery was free though, so it was hard to say no.

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

That's basically the same everywhere, but some places are worse than others. The US is good at making sure there's a legal framework for a lot of this crap. It does nominally restrict what they can get away with. If you stick to the letter of the law, and they fail to, you will eventually win (after much suffering). Many other places are notoriously bad about it, willfully breaking their own laws and often just erasing you.

Comment Re:This has been done before... (Score 1) 412

My school has that, but first year students have to live in the crusty old dorms built in the 1970s. Genders are separated, and multiple people sleep in the same room on bunks. When people think of dorms, they think of that. Not the new thing you describe.

And yeah, I'll agree with you, it sucks - they charge per student, rather than per unit. So at the new buildings you're paying something like $800 a month for a bedroom, and so is everyone else in that apartment. In a 4 (cramped) bedroom apartment they're netting $3200 a month from those suckers.

Comment I see it differently (Score 3, Insightful) 176

In the end, doxing is a tactic that the powerless can effectively use against the powerful.

...Or keep the powerless in their place.

We have secrets and embarrassing things on Facebook and other places online that will never go away and can be found if you look hard enough. Most of us don't have the luxury of being groomed from birth to be politicians and avoid these pitfalls.

Comment Re:Offensive, but so is this article (Score 3, Insightful) 585

I don't like it, but honestly I feel like they should be able to say what they want so long as they don't get in my face about it. Most people are jerks anyway, so it makes sense that Yik Yak would be used to release all that pent up jerk-steam anonymously. Being a gentlemen in public, but a racist backwoods hick on your own time? That's fine by me. You can even have your little pseudo-intellectual conversations about it on Storm Front, call yourself a European American, and a "Paleo-conservative". I don't care. I'll defend your right to be a jerk and to have your online discourse come back to haunt you when you fail to be anonymous about it one day.

Comment Re:Did they learn anything?? (Score 1) 278

We fail to educate parents when we failed to educate them as kids. I don't see either concern as exclusive of the other. To me, they're related.

Once they're adults there's nothing the government can do to force them to be better parents, but if you make sure the kids are educated, you'll have a better chance of producing future parents that value education. These educated parents can help their kids learn, but I don't believe that they can be expected to. We will continue to produce kids that are poorly educated without a government willing to pick up the slack.

I know the right considers grass roots and individual action as the only legitimate solution to social issues. But you can't expect parents who don't care to suddenly start caring because a busy body or a picket sign said so.

Comment Re:Women are better (Score 1) 281

I believe the IQ factoid on this is really just a good trap.

If you want to spark a flame-war, or look like an anti-PC bad-ass on the Internet, bringing it up is a good way to do it. I believe this because any intelligent, productive conversation afterwards is usually impossible. It's like Godwin's Law, only better. An actual productive conversation could go in a few interesting directions, with points that could be debated on their own merits, but I almost never see that happen.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall