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Comment: Re:There are quite a few haters on this thread but (Score 1) 214

Further, if this was in existence a few decades ago, perhaps we would have nipped Scientology in the bud before it landed in the UK.

If it were in existence ~1400 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Islam in the bud.

If it were in existence ~2000 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Christianity in the bud.

And I wonder how many readers agreed with my first line, then threw a shit-fit when they got to my second line.

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Comment: Re:Avoid even-number OS major releases (Score 1) 221

That's a good rule of thumb for Windows and Linux. Not sure about Apple :)

On the Apple side, the rule seems to be an iOS-only thing (and even then only recently... thanks iOS 8!)

On the OSX side? 10.0 sucked pretty hard, and (IIRC) 10.2 had some problems, but it's been rather rock-stable since then (at least from my POV - I've used OSX from the ill-fated 10.0 all the way up to Yosemite, but YMMV).

Comment: Re:Or they're just proxying their connections (Score 4, Insightful) 219

You do know the internet started as a government funded initiative right?

If anything, the powerful interests are losing control... not gaining it.

I disagree, and one need look no further than Facebook. Most of the political distraction/messaging being passed around positively reeks of being astroturfed by competing mega-interests. Also, consider that the proletariat is too easily distracted, ignorant, and tribal, so getting them to ask the wrong questions means you never have to worry about the answers.

The control is still there and stronger than ever - just that they're now using new methods to do it.

Comment: Re:Or they're just proxying their connections (Score 1) 219

Agreed.

I also find it interesting that they discount the growth of Pandora, Spotify, etc... and the fact that you can more easily pass around music via a digital version of sneakernet these days (long ago it was blank cassettes and hanging out at a buddy's house. Now it's "what's your dropbox addy? I can snag 'em that way." Then again, I know for fact that for quite awhile the smarter kids --and not just a few adults-- were passing around USB hard drives / geek-sticks full of music to each other as well...)

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