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Comment: Re:Just say "No". (Score 1) 140

by gsslay (#49493809) Attached to: Google Helps Homeless Street Vendors Get Paid By Cashless Consumers

You are making the mistake of allowing them to dictate the direction of the conversation. The reply for any and all opening questions is "No thanks". Doesn't matter what the question is, doesn't matter if your reply on the surface makes no sense. Your reply is "No thanks (I do not wish to talk with you)" I don't count being this abrupt as rudeness. When you are replying to a devious and manipulative question, or a flat out lie, it's all good.

"Can I interest you in..." (Straight to the point.)
"No thanks."

"How has your day been?" (Hi, I want you to think I'm just being friendly.)
"No thanks."

"Do you want to save money?" (Particularly devious, who's going to say no to that?)
"No thanks."

"I'm doing a survey, I'm not selling.. " (Liar)
"No thanks."

You can add a "goodbye" at the end of any of the above, to suit the situation or taste.

Comment: Rank Amateurs (Score 2) 104

by gsslay (#49484599) Attached to: The Voting Machine Anyone Can Hack

This is about as bad as software development can get, never mind software that's supposed to have basic security. It all points really to a package written by rank amateurs who had no idea what they were doing designing software, far less having the beginnings of a clue about hardening their software to attack.

I mean, hard coded passwords? Really? Hard coded passwords that are this obvious? It's staggering incompetence. Was this written by a self-taught hobbyist over the course of a weekend?

Comment: Re:still ? (Score 2) 298

by gsslay (#49437823) Attached to: Did Natural Selection Make the Dutch the Tallest People On the Planet?

If modern technology, medicine, government and religion all "somehow interfere" then they simply become part of the evolutionary process. They don't put an end to it.

Evolution just doesn't pack its suitcase and go home because it's no longer applicable. It's always applicable as long as there's life.

Comment: Missing the point (Score 1) 140

Isn't everyone missing the real issue here? It's not that someone mis-addressed an email. It's not that Outlook helped them mess up. It's not that it was leaders' information.

It's the fact that they were sending this kind of information about anyone in clear text, on an email, at all, to anyone.

Comment: More of the same (Score 5, Insightful) 155

by gsslay (#49377777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

No-one will "win", and it's not helpful to represent the issue as if it's "winnable" by either side.

Malware, viruses, trojans and other malicious behaviour of yet unheard methods will always be around, and we'll always be inventing new ways of counteracting them. Which will in turn be circumvented, and so it goes on.

Comment: Re:BBC is a payed for service (Score 1) 137

Dear amaurea,

This is the BBC. Our hearts are warmed by your love for our broadcasts, and your wish to gift it to the rest of the world. You are both gracious and generous.

Now that we no longer sell it abroad, but provide it for free, you will have two options next year;

- Pay a 20% increase in your licence fee to replace this lost revenue.
- Not get another series.

Thanking you.

Comment: Re:First principle - who pays? (Score 1) 137

But technically you could argue that they are double dipping, since it should be payed though UK TV licenses.

Why should it?

If I produce something for a customer, and can then also sell it to another, does my second customer have an expectation that it should be free for them? Or would my first customer not expect that profit from subsequent sales be factored into the price they pay?

The BBC is public funded by UK residents. Those who fund it have every right to demand that the BBC squeeze every penny they can out of foreign sales. This money goes back into the BBC and supplements the public funding.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by gsslay (#49292623) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

If only taxi companies had access to this new fangled gizmos!

Do you really think it's beyond a taxi driver to own a GPS Navigator? Do you really think no taxi companies have systems that track their drivers and can notify their clients?

Uber is not what is making things better here. Technology is.

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