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Comment: Re:One sided. (Score 1) 203 203

Granted the BBB has used the same AL business model for a century and is still un-sued. I expect they get away with it by never having any money, that can't be AL's method.

The BBB has been sued plenty of times. My understanding is that Angie's List has never turned a profit. They're both scams in my opinion.

Comment: Re:Beware 'appliances' (Score 2) 112 112

This is a *security* focused appliance that made this goof from one of the more well regarded vendors in the market.

"Goof?" I'm not convinced. It's just as likely that this was engineered into the products intentionally.

News broke last year that NSA was intercepting Cisco equipment enroute to customers and making a few tweaks. Cisco made a big production a few months ago about how they were suddenly willing to ship to random addresses to avoid NSA interdiction. Perhaps that's because whatever NSA needs is already built in, and always has been, and the whole story about NSA physically yanking packages from carriers was misdirection. Put that story out there and people who are able to control the delivery chain will have a strong, but very false, sense of security.

Comment: Re:"Curses! Foiled again!" says NSA. (Score 2) 117 117

Why in the heck aren't they doing this research again?

They are, but when they find something, they add it to their arsenal and use it themselves instead of alerting anyone to the vulnerability. This fact was the subject of some hand-waving from the White House earlier in the year. There's a good chance NSA has known about several of these for a long time, which is a little disconcerting since the Adobe Type Manager exploit may date back to 1998.

Comment: Re:Simpler fix: uninstall (Score 3, Informative) 71 71

Youtube uses HTML5 now. Why does anyone still have a reason to use flash?

Most functionally useful weather radars, including NOAA's, require Flash. My state's Department of Transportation uses Flash for their traffic cameras., which hosts my local TV news broadcasts along with other stuff like SpaceX launches, is still Flash. And if I want to view any cable TV programming on the computer, Comcast's player is Flash based.

I'd love to have uninstalled Flash a long time ago; for the time being I have to keep it around and use Flashblock.

Comment: What happened to the front page? (Score 2, Insightful) 28 28

I see a "Share" menu has replaced what used to be the link to read each story's comments. I clicked "Share" by accident, intending to click through and load the discussion. You fooled me and my muscle memory one time. In exchange, you've pissed me off and guaranteed that I won't ever use that feature. What's the point?

I think it's funny, there's a story just down the front page titled "Are There Any Search Engines Left That Don't Try To Think For Me?" I might ask the same about Slashdot, lately!

Comment: Re:Of course not. (Score 5, Insightful) 307 307

Not only that, but at the time of the Moon landing, the Russians themselves were rather heavily involved in that arena. Had the landing been faked, Russia absolutely would have known; they would have distributed the proof far and wide to humiliate and one-up the Americans. It's just a tad late for a Russian to start asking questions.

Comment: No one wins (Score 1, Troll) 124 124

Announcing to the world that you've been infiltrated by Mossad is a decision that must be weighed by some enormous number of calculated steps.

If you're correct, you will be accused of being anti-Semitic.

If you're wrong, you will be accused of being anti-Semitic.

The only winning move is not to play.

Comment: But what do the users want? (Score 3, Insightful) 91 91

Mozilla's VR research team is hard at work making virtual reality native to the web. The group wants more than a few experimental VR-only websites, they want responsive VR websites that can adapt seamlessly between VR and non-VR, from mobile to desktop, built with HTML and CSS .

I'm not really concerned with what Mozilla's VR research team wants, I want to know why Mozilla doesn't care what their users want. I want to know why the slick, responsive, optionally extensible browser with a low memory footprint that millions of people switched to because it was a slick, responsive, optionally extensible browser with a low memory footprint has turned into a bloated behemoth that now includes such essentials as a built-in video chat client. The list of things I have to manually disable on a fresh Firefox install is bordering on inexcusable these days. Just filtering on about:config for enabled, there are 24 options I've changed from their defaults.

If I wanted Firefox to be my fucking operating system, I would buy a device that runs Firefox OS. I don't, and I haven't. I, as a user, want a browser.

Mozilla's continued race to become Chrome makes me question more and more with each Firefox update why I don't just give in and run Chrome itself. At this point I really have to wonder if the Firefox project isn't being intentionally torpedoed by some Google plants on Mozilla's payroll. There seem to be few explanations left.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.