You even might be able to find Congress' popularity down there....
If I want to do stuff that doesn't involve deep thought, I play some mindless video game (like an old NES game with an emulator, or an old arcade game like Pac-Man), or I go hiking or biking, or maybe watch some silly TV show like Big Bang Theory.
You also seem to know an awful lot about Duck Dynasty; are you a closeted fan? I've never seen an episode myself -- no CATV in the Shakrai household -- the little bit I know about it comes from those people that get offended over it, which amuses me because nobody is forcing them to watch it.
BTW, you may think Robertson is an idiot, but he's made millions of dollars while you tilt at windmills on Slashdot.
I guess I can believe one of two things:
1) You're a smug elitist.
2) You're clairvoyant enough to know what every single viewer of Duck Dynasty believes.
I used to watch 24; if we apply your logic that means I condone torture. Funny that, I always found the show appealing because it had lots of gunfights, explosions, the occasional set of tits, and didn't require me to think very hard.
Aha, I think I see the problem. You're operating from the assumption that those that disagree with you ideologically are inherently stupid. Does it get lonely on that pedestal you've erected for yourself?
If they have interests such as following the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty, and you have interests which include baroque music and classical literature, then it's safe to say that you're more intelligent than them.
An interest in Duck Dynasty is not mutually exclusive with an interest in classical literature. I don't much care for the former but we've all got our own outlets for those times when we just want to turn our brains off for a little while. Is watching Duck Dynasty any worse than playing GTA?
Most of them can't follow me in a real conversation, nor do they care to. The topics that interest them seem vain and insipid to me, and the topics that interest me seem boring or pretentious to them (based on their direct feedback).
So your argument is that because they have different interests you're smarter than them? That's not sexist, that's fucking stupid....
Fact: Putting the word "fact" before your sentence does not absolve you of the need to back it up with actual evidence.
The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.
That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.
Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.
I think it's a rich person who has nothing better to do with his money.
Niagara Falls is in Ontario. You're not making it to Quebec unless you swim across Lake Ontario, into the St. Lawrence River, and downriver for 50 miles or so. If you can do that learning French should be easy.....
The problem is that it isn't the easiest or most obvious thing to do.
Yeah, it's like three or four whole mouse clicks to make it happen....
C'Mon people, Microsoft does enough shit wrong, we don't need to make crap up.
No autoplay (which was the core attack vector) and you'd hope the SCADA software would run as it's own user under Linux which isn't possible with Windows.
Really, who would be surprised by a blue screen from a Windows 95 box?
The giveaway was probably when the blue screen was replaced with CIA's logo and the text "All your base are belong to us."
Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?
Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.