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Comment: I always assumed that (Score 4, Funny) 212 212

loading all this crap was tolerated by Microsoft because it was the main impetus for people buying new PCs.

Now that Android is taking over the personal OS landscape, and PC sales are dropping, MS doesn't gain as much as they used to, and now actually feels the pain from allowing this to happen, they decide to remove them.

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 2, Insightful) 743 743

You forgot about the recent elections where Greece elected a government who ran on an anti-austerity (pro-communist) platform, just at the time when austerity was starting to actually work for their economy. The Greek people's propensity to turn to communism whenever they have a financial problem is a bit worrisome, since it shows how clearly deluded they are with respect to how well communistic economies have (and still do) behave.

Comment: Re:no future for non-veterans (Score -1, Flamebait) 69 69

Oh, I see, it's you who are a racist.

It never occurred to me that you were making a correlation between Obama being black (which is not only not really true, but also totally irrelevant) and people refusing to enter the armed forces. See, the difference between me and you ( aside from me not being an ass-hat) is that I am essentially color blind. I almost never even consider a persons race as a trait worth mentioning. The whole concept of race - as it is commonly understood by ignoramuses like you - is unscientific, it is only a tool used by weak minds to justify their improper behavior..

Comment: Re:no future for non-veterans (Score 1) 69 69

You've lost me with that very obscure argument

Ignoring the fact that there hasn't been a draft since the end of the Vietnam war, how does entering the armed forces infer lack of racism - my experience in the service was that most demographics were fairly well represented (as one would expect), so the population of racists in the forces was - and probably still is - roughly equivalent to the population in civie land.

Comment: Re:no future for non-veterans (Score 4, Informative) 69 69

OK, dumbshit. Perhaps you didn't realize that all federally funded jobs include provisions for special consideration for veterans. It has been that way for your entire life, not just since Obama was elected.

But, please feel free to display your ignorance.

Comment: This is indeed a winnable race (Score 1) 155 155

The issue is, under what circumstances is it worthwhile to spend time writing a virus/trojan/whatever.

Clearly financial gain is THE prime motivator, although notoriety is a close second - mostly because it leads to money.

The war, though, is certainly winnable. The idea of certified manifests is getting close to the solution - there is certainly more work and thought to be applied to that though.

End user expectation management is in order too. The days of downloading software are coming to a close. I really don't see the need for most devices to have this functionality. Downloading from a known trusted source is one thing. Downloading from user configurable sources is mostly stupid - since the vast majority of users are simply too stupid to make good decisions.

Comment: Most degrees from India... (Score 5, Insightful) 264 264

... are bogus as far as I can tell.

I've worked with plenty of Indian engineers (mechanical, electronic, and software) over the past 30+ years, and my general impression is that at least 50% have no knowledge of the subject matter at all. As far as I could tell they simply purchased a document claiming they had a degree. So, this appears to be just another example.

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