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Comment Re:Not your father's Microsoft (Score 2) 200

I have seen many attempts in public forums suggesting that Microsoft "has changed" and to otherwise rehabilitate its image.

"Seemingly doing everything right [except] for Windows 10 spying." Oh, is that all? Forcibly installing surveillance software on its users' hardware, and unsetting explicitly set privacy settings in the process? Is that all?

Yes, Microsoft has great respect for its user base, and is seemingly doing everything right.

Comment Re:The Most Shocking Thing About the France Attack (Score 2) 259

> MORELL: So, I think what we're going to learn, we don't know for sure yet, but I think what we're going to learn is that these guys are communicating via these encrypted apps, right, the commercial encryption, which is very difficult, if not impossible, for governments to break, and the producers of which don't produce the keys necessary for law enforcement to read the encrypted messages.

Christ, you can hear in the transcript the internal discomfort that must come with the awareness that you are being a mouthpiece.

Comment Re:The Most Shocking Thing About the France Attack (Score 1) 259

> If these asshats are smart, and they are, they are using one-time pads

Or communicate in person. How much electronic coordination is required to gather some small arms, and to agree on a time and place?

> there are thousands of them streaming into Europe

Not controlling immigration will be looked back upon as a profound strategic blunder, even though (as I disagree with you) there is no conscious invasion motivation on the part of the immigrants.

Comment Re:The Most Shocking Thing About the France Attack (Score 1) 259

> The most shocking thing to me is that our (the US) security agencies seemed to be completely unaware that anything was being planned.

Why does this shock you? Do you expect security agencies to be aware of every single time a handful of nut-jobs decide to shoot up a public place?

Comment Re:Why not eat meat? (Score 1) 317

> The fact that your senses crave the smells, taste, and texture of meat means... your body wants meat.

Or that you have been acculturated and acclimated to meat.

Until my mid-20s, I ate meat, lots of it, all the time.

After quite some time as vegetarian, I not only do not want real meat, the taste of real meat (or traces of it in my food) is quite unpleasant.

That said, I eat the fake meat replacements all the time. They are functionally the same, and vaguely similar in taste, without the greasy gaminess of real meat.

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