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Comment: Only one way... (Score 1) 279

by drankr (#42937645) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

to resolve this situation: make it opt-in. I know they're trying to finally make some money, but this will hurt them in the long run on that level as well. This type of thing, intrusive internet advertising on the desktop, it's what they call "untenable". People who want that much integration with the internet will surely buy a Chromebook and run Linux, *and* still not have ads on their desktops.

Comment: Re:thats what happens when (Score 1, Insightful) 75

by drankr (#42921849) Attached to: Facebook Employees' Laptops Compromised; User Data Believed Safe

How was it trolling? Why doesn't the article state what OS those laptops were running? Hmm? Because it's the most insecure OS known to mankind, Windows, and it doesn't even have to be said any longer? Or because the writers are pathetically unprofessional and are deliberately withholding the facts here? Either way, I don't know.

Comment: Re:Benefits are a given but which flag flies over (Score 1) 266

by drankr (#42870799) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

In your comment I detect touching faith in American government’s care for American lives and security. But let’s not go as far as China is search of expendable human beings to be sent to Mars. Let’s scoop up those south Asian families that have been dying in their dozens, and in their sleep, in American drone strikes. I think they would prefer a trip to Mars anyway.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 2) 266

by drankr (#42869909) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

But what would be the benefit of "bases on the Moon"? That kind of effort has to be motivated by something greater than Cold War bragging. Unless natural resources can be pillaged and slave labor secured there is no real incentive for anyone who can to go to space., and as we know, there is sadly no evidence of slave labor, aka aliens, despite some claims. As for natural resources well Google seems to be on to something, minerals something..?
Anyway, Americans need to watch less bad television and put more faith in Google and less in NASA.

Comment: nah and meh (Score 1) 266

by drankr (#42869875) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

First of all, the U.S. will be sending (uniformed) humans to Africa, Middle East, and such places. There are wars to be fought there, forget about space exploration.
And then, what's on Mars? For what reason would any country "send humans" to Mars specifically?
Finally, as a species we are clearly intellectually and consequently technologically unable to become what they call "space-faring".
On the bright side, at any second of any day we might be contacted by aliens who will be generous and kind to share their knowledge with us. Like in a movie.
Yeah I think that's our best bet for a bright future.

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke