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Comment Re:Why shouldn't this be public anyway? (Score 3, Insightful) 65

Because people are stupid.

HIV is pretty much non-contagious as long as you don't exchange some sort of body fluid. Now, I don't know how you go about in your everyday life, but I don't routinely have people spill blood, semen or other stuff coming out of their body into mine.

But people are stupid.

Remember the H1N1 craze? Swine flu? Or any other of the sky-is-falling pandemics? SARS anyone? Yes, they are contagious. How many cases did we have around the US and Europe? Was it more than a dozen combined? People went apeshit over that crap. Mostly because they didn't have the first clue about it other than "oh it's killing people, watch out!"

And now imagine these people should interact with people who actually carry a deadly disease. No matter that there is no sensible way they could get infected, they WILL go bananas over it.

HIV is already a disease that puts a terrible weight on your psyche. Making these people outcasts for no reason whatsoever doesn't really help it.

Comment A relevant programmer koan (Score 1) 573

(shamelessly copied from the jargon file)

Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine

A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”
Knight turned the machine off and on.
The machine worked.

Comment Yes you do. (Score 1) 573

Sorry, but the line "or it has been done by someone else" alone is enough to dismiss what is said as rubbish.

There is a lot of things this world needs desperately. Another batch of cargo cult programmers is not among them. You needn't invent the wheel twice but you should know what makes it turn so you don't install it sideways. If you do not understand WHY you do the things you do, at the very least you will end up with very inefficient code. At worst with very insecure code.

Comment Re:Windows 10 (Score 1) 224

The final straw was when they wanted to essentially remove my local account on the machine and replace it with me using a Microsoft account for my local login.

Apple actually it too.

And in both cases, you can simply say No. It's not as obvious as it should be, but its also pretty trivial to say no, and since saying no, it hasn't bugged me about it again.

Perhaps I'm being overly negative, but it's just too much

I tend to think so too. But some people actually seem to like it.

I may just have to bite the bullet and do my PC gaming on Linux

Or you could just run a local account on your PC as you've always done. And not use Bing, edge, and outlook, and turn off Cortana.

Windows 10 is a product of the times, so anticipate stuff with cloud integration shit to be all over the place... everyone else is doing it. Apple. Google. even Canonical (Ubuntu)...

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 1) 213

I think that Annalee thinks that her target audience is politicians.

I'd expect it's people that read a lot of gizmodo ... which sort of says all that needs to be said.

The most genius part of this entire scam is that the men will never go to the authorities if they figure it out.


getting a real insider peak at how a dating site actually operates,

Also agreed. I almost think this 'reveal' should prompt some regulation of dating sites. They should be obligated to provide the services people think they are buying. Sites like OK Cupid and eHarmony etc... I'm sure they are better... we all know people who have met someone there... but is it really all on the up and up or is there a lot of shady going on there too?

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 1) 213

There's actually an update to the Gizmodo article since I'd last read it. I'm reading the new article now.

Its quite interesting.

You're looking at a single metric or two (inbox opened, messages replied to) and trying to extrapolate additional information that is simply not there.

You are right. I conflated "replied to" with "sent". That changes things significantly. But the debate is somewhat mooted by the new article.


Comment on the upside... (Score 3, Insightful) 148

Most birds have trouble passing large bits of plastic, and they build up in the stomach, sometimes taking up so much room that the birds canâ(TM)t consume enough food to stay healthy.

We can start harvesting bird carcasses for plastic, taking it out of the environment, and acting as a source of plastic. Win-win. /sarcasm (that shouldn't be needed here... but...)

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