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Comment Re:Turing Test (Score 1) 244

Same reason the advertising industry relies heavily on attractive females: it overrides some higher function of the male brain.

"Same reason the advertising industry relies heavily on attractive females: it overrides all higher functions of the male brain in the vast majority of cases."

FTFY.

Comment Trying to meet someone, how? (Score 1) 244

...because in my experience 80-90% of the women on the paid site were working, self-sufficient adults...

So... that's like, what, eight or nine women?

Or are you counting law enforcement trolls, male impostors, and corporate shills, too? That'd probably get you up to 40% or so of these site's supposedly "female" accounts, the rest being bots pretending to be women, which don't count as "working, self-sufficient adults."

I'm truly glad you met someone you found worthwhile, but in the vast majority of situations, these sites are not good hunting grounds for an actual reasonable partner.

The old standbys are still by far the best, assuming one can pull their head out of their phone or laptop or ipad long enough to actually look around them and actually speak to people. Laundromats, grocery stores, libraries, classes of various types, museums, music stores (what few are left.) You know, places where reasonable, normal people tend to go and can be engaged in the creaky old technique of face-to-face, physically-present conversation. Where you can smell each other, sense each others body language, see how the other person moves, how they do at/with eye contact, make physical contact, engage in courting and other courteous behaviors...

I truly think the current crop of young people have gone and shot themselves in the foot with their overwhelmingly present "everything is online all the time" mentality. Not that you can't find someone online, of course you can, but the real world is still a much better place to try. If, of course, you have at least basic social skills and at least a few desirable characteristics. If not, then things haven't changed one whit -- you're screwed, and not in the "OMG I scored" way. Online won't help such a situation either.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 244

How many people do you think read all of the T&Cs? How many people do you know who have read the Facebook T&Cs, for example (I know two, but I don't know anyone who has both read them and agreed to them)?

I read them and didn't agree with them, hence have zero facebook presence. Does that count? :)

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 4, Interesting) 78

Well, think of this example: you run a nice little restaurant in town. Along comes Yelp and Google reviews, so people can post reviews of your restaurant online. Some customers are just assholes, and you happen to get one who is completely unreasonable, says racist stuff to one of your staff, whatever. Anyway they go away angry and write a nasty and completely false review of your restaurant on Yelp.

One way you can deal with that is to make sure you have lots of positive reviews to drown out the nasty ones. And you get lots of positive reviews by doing positive things, like serving great food and having great service, not by hiring a bunch of people who have never been to your restaurant to write good reviews.

But you raise a good point.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 3, Informative) 78

Yes. Quite a few of them actually. Reputation management is something we all do to some degree. I don't know how you would exist in a complex society without some amount of effort directed towards maintaining your reputation in the community.

Yes, but most of us do our "reputation management" by, you know, behaving properly rather than going around trying to erase any record of our misdeeds.

Reputation management, the way it's practiced by the "New Media Strategies" type of outfits, is basically organized lying.

Comment Re: Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 556

There are some problems with your Flavian theory.

There were certainly Christians in Rome by the time Tacitus was writing (probably the late 70's or 80s). Assigning blame to them may be more political than historical. Just a thought.

I'm not that heavily invested in whether or not Joseph Atwill's theories about Titus are true. I don't believe the historicity of the Christ really makes a difference to the value of Christian teachings. It's all a matter of faith, for those that have faith.

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msm1267 writes: Google, Microsoft and Mozilla today announced they’ve settled on an early 2016 timeframe to permanently deprecate the shaky RC4 encryption algorithm in their respective browsers.

Mozilla said Firefox's shut-off date will coincide with the release of Firefox 44 on Jan. 26. Google and Microsoft said that Chrome and Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge respectively will also do so in the January-February timeframe.

Practical attacks against RC4 are growing increasingly practical, rendering the algorithm more untrustworthy by the day.

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Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 801

In no particular order... I don't think one needs to experience something to opine accurately on it. I can generally assume that getting shot sucks. So, thank you for your thoughts - I appreciate them. It's always good to get someone else's perspective.

I've pondered writing something of value but I can't get much further than the title. I do have an idea of consolidating a bunch of my online posts to tell a story. I'm not entirely sure what the value would be. It does seem like an interesting project though I'd probably just give it away as an ebook.

No, but I tell the insurance company that I just might get hammered and wrap my BMW around a tree. (Yes, I know the porcupine joke. But I did just recently allow myself to splurge on my first "bespoke" vehicle and it was a 640Li. I hope you understand.) I am not sure how they would take it and I'm not sure how I would express it - should I actually opt to go through with something like that.

What a strange conversation to be having on the internet... Ah well... There are surely pictures of my penis online somewhere, this is hardly more revealing.

I really don't know where to even begin to bring up a subject like that. I think the 'sugar daddy' is apt when not using it as a pejorative. It's an amicable situation. I'd almost be willing to just move one of them in and give them a set allowance but that really skirts on prostitution in my eyes and, to be honest, I do desire something more meaningful than that. I mean, yeah, I may be a bit shallow by some folks standards but I prefer to think of myself as a realist and not entirely a prick.

I think it may be time to hit the road again for a while. I've a decent RV that I take out for months at a time when I get wanderlust. I've been known to just do it in a car as well. Sometimes I think I can meet just the right girl and whisk her away to a new life but picking up teenage runaway girls is probably against the law. Wireless is ubiquitous now and I'm always just using RDP/VNC to go through a home computer anyhow. I can live in an RV pretty comfortably actually but I hate driving it in a city so I usually tow a car on a dolly behind it - for every dinosaur you don't burn, I will burn two.

*shrugs* I can see where the guy would get depressed. He'll get over it. Drugs and alcohol don't help - not even if you're extracting Fentanyl (80 times more potent than heroin) and ingesting it via IV. I do keep my occasional weed usage but that's really not a method of coping, that's just to enjoy some introspection or whatnot. Boredom is important to avoid. It's easy to be bored. I'm a car lover to the point where I have a mechanic that comes in and works on my cars every Saturday - I've taken to helping him out and doing a bit more of the work myself as I keep him busy.

Maybe he should find something and start coding again. I'd write something useful if, say, I could think of something that we actually needed that I was interested in. Ah well... It is nice to be able to invest in others and to see where that goes but I'm not one to be a controlling interest so there's little to do but watch. I do see a therapist just to have someone tell me if I'm being an idiot. So far so good. They tell me that I'm a full research paper's worth of material. Yay?

Anyhow, yeah... I'm not averse to advice or criticism. I'll take any more insights you've got and are willing to throw out there. ;-) I can't guarantee I'll listen or anything but I will read and apply logic and my own personal concerns. I just can't seem to think of a way to find "Miss Right" without being dishonest. I'm kind of liking the rambling around the country at random though I should broaden my horizons a bit but I really don't think I want to drive around the entire planet.

Comment Re:Move to Canada (Score 1) 135

I always figure that if I get fined I'll preemptively pay for the next offense and then use their cashing of the check to be an agreement that I can pirate at will until they catch me again and, at that point, I've already paid for it. I can almost guarantee that they'll cash that check... Try as I might, nobody has sent me even a single letter.

You might have mail.

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