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Comment Re: idiots (Score 1) 120

A Windows phone just doesn't give a good enough reward to exploit or find exploits for, it's not that there aren't vulnerabilities.

It is nice to see we've come full circle. That has been the Microsoft defense for years for Windows and everybody is quick to downplay it.

I've yet to see lag or stutter on an Android device, though I suspect that has to do more with buying crap phones than the OS

My HTC One M8 lags and stutters and I have to reboot it. Granted, not all the time, but it certainly does. You might want proof, but I'm too lazy for that, so you'll have to take it from me or ignore it. Plus, Windows pones are rumored to perform well even on low end HW, but hey, that's only what I've heard.

...and the UI looks like the garbage 8 interface.

Personal opinion. So, I really like the interface on both Windows 8.1 PRO and Windows 8.1 Phone, so there, that should balance it.

Comment Re:skating on the edge of legal? (Score 1) 302

I simply refuse to use a service where the employees are checked for a criminal background. We need rapists driving uber vehicles...

I thought Uber criminal-background checked their drivers. Also, I didn't know government mandated background checks were fail-safe, and prevented people from becoming rapists.

Comment Re: I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 599

You can call bullshit on me, I'm too lazy to go look for the reference, but once I read somewhere (probably here on /.) that before the 80's, enrollment for maths and CS majors were growing more or less equally for men and women. Then, in the 80's, around the time the movie industry created this idea that computer experts and hackers were all-male and toy computer manufacturers followed suit, enrollment for women plunged and has never recovered ever since. According to that, the idea that computer science is for boys was a social artifact of gender differentiation for toys in the 80's.

Comment Re: wont last (Score 1) 287

Of course not. But every single other woman that wants to go out at night and have fun do carry a mace can already. If this particular woman does not then she deserves it. If she's too naïve, then yes, she deserves it.
No one deserves to be raped, but this is not the ideal world you fantasize about in your head. Take measures to prevent getting raped or mugged. People can't be trusted.

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 496

I never undrstood why, at least for technical people, this was such a big issue. Really, it isn't that different from what used to be. It's been years since I only use start menu for typing what I'm looking for... if ever, and that's exactly what I keep doing with Windows 8. If anything, I find it to be faster, Windows 7 sometimes lags for long before showing up results, Windows 8 almost always shows results immediately (Sure, MS could have fixed the performance issue without changing the looks, but then again, I don't think that's such a big deal). On the other hand I think there are bigger issues to be talking about - both positive and negative. Like start-up time, I find it dazzling that now I have a computer ready to work in like 10 seconds, where before I got to get a coffee before the computer was usable... But NOOOO people are really annoyed about the stupid start button, go figure. And what about privacy issues with the new Windows 8.1 search? I know it has been talked about, but why are people still complaining about the stupid start button? I believe that every start button discussion should be turned into the privacy issue of Windows search.

Comment Re:Giving? (Score 1) 689

That's right, the poster got it ALL WRONG, Did anyone opened the PDF he referred at 'actually billions'? According to the study its 'actually billions' what foreigners pay in the US to educate themselves, around 21 in fact:

NAFSA: Association of International Educators estimates that international students and their dependents contributed approximately $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2011-2012 academic year. This conservative figure is based on tuition figures from Wintergreen Orchard House, enrollment figures from the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2012 report, living expenses calculated from Wintergreen Orchard House figures, and overall analysis of the data by Jason Baumgartner, Director for Information Services at Indiana University – Bloomington’s Office of International Services.

(Emphasis mine)

This whole discussion has no reason to exist. The US owing the world an education is not an issue because nobody is being educated on US pennies. Even more, this discussion is border lining on xenophobic suggesting that education should be denied to paying students based on nationality.

Comment Re:Non Sequitir (Score 1) 178

Yet this particular version of Windows is not intended for Win32 apps; it is intended for Metro apps. There are probably other reasons to keep Win32 cruft, Windows internal dependency is nightmarish.

You can compare Microsoft not allowing ISVs to write Win32 apps for WinRT (Which is WinNT underneath) to Apple not allowing ISVs to write OSX apps for iOS (Which is OSX underneath).

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.