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Comment Re:Turing Test (Score 1) 244

Same reason the advertising industry relies heavily on attractive females: it overrides some higher function of the male brain.

"Same reason the advertising industry relies heavily on attractive females: it overrides all higher functions of the male brain in the vast majority of cases."

FTFY.

Comment Trying to meet someone, how? (Score 1) 244

...because in my experience 80-90% of the women on the paid site were working, self-sufficient adults...

So... that's like, what, eight or nine women?

Or are you counting law enforcement trolls, male impostors, and corporate shills, too? That'd probably get you up to 40% or so of these site's supposedly "female" accounts, the rest being bots pretending to be women, which don't count as "working, self-sufficient adults."

I'm truly glad you met someone you found worthwhile, but in the vast majority of situations, these sites are not good hunting grounds for an actual reasonable partner.

The old standbys are still by far the best, assuming one can pull their head out of their phone or laptop or ipad long enough to actually look around them and actually speak to people. Laundromats, grocery stores, libraries, classes of various types, museums, music stores (what few are left.) You know, places where reasonable, normal people tend to go and can be engaged in the creaky old technique of face-to-face, physically-present conversation. Where you can smell each other, sense each others body language, see how the other person moves, how they do at/with eye contact, make physical contact, engage in courting and other courteous behaviors...

I truly think the current crop of young people have gone and shot themselves in the foot with their overwhelmingly present "everything is online all the time" mentality. Not that you can't find someone online, of course you can, but the real world is still a much better place to try. If, of course, you have at least basic social skills and at least a few desirable characteristics. If not, then things haven't changed one whit -- you're screwed, and not in the "OMG I scored" way. Online won't help such a situation either.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 244

How many people do you think read all of the T&Cs? How many people do you know who have read the Facebook T&Cs, for example (I know two, but I don't know anyone who has both read them and agreed to them)?

I read them and didn't agree with them, hence have zero facebook presence. Does that count? :)

Comment Re:Short answer? (Score 1) 166

Yes and no. It can be the last mile for those areas not served by fixed infrastructure. This means it gets ignored by the big boys because the market is not big enough to matter. 95% can get cable, so just write off the 5%. Some people in the past set up point-to-point last mile internet, which had problems with lines of sight, I worked for a place that did meshed last mile internet but it never took off (the big ISPs didn't care about the remaining 5% and the small ISPs weren't enough to keep it going).

Comment Re:Short answer? (Score 1) 166

Yes, point to point. Not broadcast RF to the neighborhood that everyone is sharing. General purpose wireless communications don't match the speed for connected communications. If the wireless changes you often have to change all the components, including in the home. If the wired connection changes you can usually keep the older tech in place while people upgrade over time (ie, you can keep using DSL even if the neighbor uses VDSL, or stick with the 10BaseT even if the wires support 100BaseT).

The ultimate problem is that usable bands is fixed for wireless. You can't just pick any old frequency and use that. Instead the entire neighborhood is crammed in a a few tiny regions all competing with each other to be heard (the unlicensed spectrums). If people are going to be all doing stuff like streaming video it will be cramped, no matter what actual protocols they use. Multiple uses on the same frequences, wifi, cordless radios, baby monitors, smart meters, IoT, etc. In other words, everyone is shouting at once. Point-to-point just works better but it more expensive.

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