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Comment Why the hell... (Score 1) 105

...does it need carrier support? What the hell does Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or whomever the fuck sells the data plan (or the phone, or both) have to agree on? Is it not enough that MasterCard, Visa and the banks and retailers have to agree on supporting (yet another fucking) phone payment system, that the damn carrier wants in too? Fuck! Are these people idiots?

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 Really? (Score 1) 387

So, the fact that YOU didn't operate a Microsoft OS is evidence enough that Microsoft wasn't making strides to position itself as a monopoly in the PC market? Being at the time partnered with IBM, and for whatever reason, fair or not, actually gaining market share.

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.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.