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Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 591

Did you know ISIS was born of intervention policies from the U.S. government?

But not their brutal ways. I don't care who you are but when you start broadcasting the beheading of civilians and the mass killing of "non Suni" people you are in serious need of a spanking. Maybe you're ok with watching the injustice while sipping on your coffee but FORTUNATELY not everybody feels that way.

I would be of a different opinion if they were just an occupying army trying to create stability but they are the exact opposite of that..

Comment Re:Does it come with an RA? (Score 1) 412

It's interesting to hear stories like that. I live in residence. I found the residence to be self cleansing. What I mean is that year after year there was only about 20% tenants turn over since most were in residence for 3 - 5 years depending on their field of study. Often those not compliant with the residence lifestyle would end up getting an apartment instead. The rest go along very well.

There was supervision at night but it was limited to keeping hallways quiet after 11pm and emptying the trash to avoid food smells.

Comment Re:Not very ethical (Score 1) 367

If those people were smart,

I'm not sure smart is the word here. Naïve, sold, sheep, lacking wisdom...
There's plenty of smart people that succumb to the hype of getting or experiencing "something".

The hype is what motivates people to line up for products and events. It's the price they are willing to pay for a moment of glory or fun.

Comment Re:Logic (Score 1) 279

It is well documented and has been nicely charted by a few (there's a nice TED talk about it too) that increased education and increased economy reduces the birth rate. That may be the best solution for birth control. Educate you damn people and give them a decent world to live in.

Comment Re:Or put another way... (Score 1) 398

Marketing 101 states otherwise. The ones you remember are the ones you lookup when you need something quick. No all users are the same but the strategy works for the masses. The fact that there's a show called "The Kardashian" is living proof that poor quality content and presentation doesn't make it unpopular.

Comment Re:Thanks, Scott! (Score 1) 398

There are 3 real ways to pay for your efforts:
- Subscription
- Donations
- Advertising

Some service don't cater to subscription or donations. That leaves advertising. It's a valid approach to getting paid for the efforts and cost of operations.

and I'm not prepared to put something on my site if I don't know what it is,

That's perfectly reasonable depending on what your objectives and target audience are.

particularly since ads are frequently a vector for malware

Sure it is but so is just going on any web site. As you said, make sure you pick the right ad provider. There are plenty with a solid reputation.

but there don't seem to be many of those that pay well

That is true. The good agencies that keep malware issues under control and content clean don't pay as much. At least it's a good choice for getting some revenue. If the services you provide aren't worth a full time salary, chances are you won't make a full time salary out if it anyway.

Comment Re:$15k? (Score 2) 43

I don't think the intent is to motivate full time bug hunting but rather allow those who suspect a bug to have the motivation to dig deeper. This is especially true of those in the enterprise level security consulting where they have a responsibility of testing for vulnerabilities or understanding the source of a security failure at their customer's.

I know people who have monetized exploitation of a bug. The reward is often limited unless you are willing to go the next level of exploitation which has higher rewards but is also riskier and out of range for most (intellectual property theft, email spamming, and general financial theft). Legitimate money for the same findings will deter some from exploiting quietly.

Comment Re:That, Detective, is not the right question (Score 1) 225

Because apparently most Americans now accept this crap as perfectly normal, and have fully embraced that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

That's because they either don't care enough or they don't understand the issue. Most tech savvy people understand what power comes with access information. I'm willing to trust the authorities within reason but I will protect my data just in case.

I've said this before and I still stand by this belief that the user should have the right to protect his data. Should this person be in a position where access to the data can prove him innocent OR guilty, he should have to provide access to the data with the risk of being proven guilty should he not. I understand this is tricky but I think the current system would allow for the possibility to discard the request if the defendant has grounds to prove it is not required.

My 2 cents.

Comment Re:Sounds like (Score 2) 225

Either that or they're just trying to sell you a new phone

Among the list of items most users seek to get when upgrading their phone, I doubt being "NSA Proof" is in the top 10. After all, these are the same morons that wait for days in line hoping to be first to brag about getting the newest iPhone.

Comment Re:Is it me or Ad blockers BS (Score 1) 85

So many people think they should attach ads to websites, sit back and rake in the cash

That isn't your decision to make. If you don't want the ads, pay for the premium service and if it's not available don't use the service. It's really that simple.

Ads are the singlemost easy way to get infected with malware in 2015.

I'm sure you're right (for users with outdated browsers) but you need to back you claims with numbers from a reputable source.

The adverse effect of ad blocking is poor browsing experience for those who have it (when countermeasures are in place) AND the reduced value of ad prints. The results of reduced ad value is that more are published to accomplish the same level of revenue (in some cases sufficient and other cases abundant). At the end of the day, resources and labour for the work done must be paid out and if revenues come from ads, it just means the quality of the services you use will go down as revenues diminish OR you will be forced to pay to gain access to the service.
Fortunately people like you will have a harder time making use of these ad blocking tools as many of the ad providers are shifting efforts towards making sure their ads make it to the viewer.

Comment Re:Is it me or Ad blockers BS (Score 1) 85

Well you're not listening very hard. The big issue today is that ad networks are spreading malware. It's now necessary to block ads *as a security measure* (my company blocks them at our gateway for precisely that reason). If you want to be part of a botnet that's your choice.

Yes, because that's the reason people use ad blockers... SURE....

Whatever floats you boat!

Comment Re:Is it me or Ad blockers BS (Score 1) 85

Alternatively, they could get a real job, producing real products that real people are really willing to pay for.

Ahhh, so you fall in the category of "sense of entitlement".

And why don't you defined real product for me because last I checked, apps are real products and so are online services.

The fact that you are using the application and are blocking ads is sign that you are interested in the product but aren't willing to pay (sense of entitlement). That's where you way of thinking falls flat on it's face.

Comment Is it me or Ad blockers BS (Score 1) 85

I'm a firm believer that advertising should not be blocked or redirected to another advertisement service. I believe this because the application developers depend on this to obtain some reward for an application they developed at no "direct" cost to the users.

The argument I keep hearing is: Well the advertisements are annoying.
My answer back is: You don't have to use their application or service. In many cases the ad free apps are available at a small cost.

IMO developers and broadcasters are allowed to monetize their efforts.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."