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Comment Re:Yeah, great (Score 1) 183

"but bringing up child porn in this context is a red herring because the creation of child porn victimizes actual children"

You make a great point. There is a glaring difference in that child porn victimizes actual children, whereas adult porn never victimizes actual adults, only imaginary ones!

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against porn by any stretch of the imagination (excuse the pun), but lets not pretend that the adult film industry is sans exploitation.

Comment Re:Agreed (Score 1) 259

Amazingly, you managed to fail to learn the correct lesson from each of your gaffs. I can only imagine the fun that would ensue if I tried to explain to my boss that I wasn't going to make changes to any system configuration files because I was once a moron and overwrote my autoexec.bat file.

Comment Re:awkward! (Score 1) 181

That is because most of us understand software. We know that things often "work" in Windows only, because Windows often ignores failures or they have internal workarounds based on inside knowledge of the hardware and firmware, as well as the flaws in its implementation. It is actually quite common that something "works" in Windows and fails with Linux because Linux is following the standard / functioning properly while Windows is not, and the actual fault is with the hardware and/or Windows.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 484

Are you on drugs. I regularly read here on Slashdot how Microsoft is a horrible company who is all about profit and doesn't actually care about security or usability except as regards to the effect it has on their bottom line. I also regularly read that Windows is a clusterfuck OS. Given that these are all facts, I would say Slashdot is one of the few places you can go on the internet to read anything sensible about Windows.

Comment 6 billion or "hundreds of billions"? (Score 1) 143

Last time I took a maths class, 6 was not "hundreds". If 6 billion isn't a typo, then the article is way out of whack, and the economics are actually heavily stacked in the hyperloop's favour, as 2 airports with terminals and a dozen 747s to shuttle between them would end up costing more than 6 billion.

Comment Re:Focused advertising based on detected trends (Score 1) 233

> It's a chicken and egg situation. Do they advertise to women less because fewer women click ads for high paying jobs, or do fewer women click ads for high paying jobs because they advertise them to women less? Let's assume google is not completely retarded, surely they measure the effectiveness of an add by looking at how often it was clicked compared to how often the add was shown (click-through rate). Or do you really believe they only count the absolute numbers?

Comment Re:In short? (Score 1) 318

That was a very well thought out, informative and insightful post. Indeed there are benefits and drawbacks to each approach, and clearly a mixture of the two is better than either separately, at least for you and people such as yourself (a category in which I include myself.) I think any anecdotal argument will favor the presenter in this case, as there as are many people who function well independently, and many otehrs who benefit from structure and don't function well without it being imposed from external sources. Or in terms of a car analogy: YMMV ! :-)

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun