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Comment Sexting can harm children (Score 1, Interesting) 242

It's nice that the police said:

"'Sexting' may seem like a harmless or normal activity but there are many risks involved. Once circulated, the sender loses all control of that image and can cause significant distress when it gets into wider hands. It is essential that we work, alone and alongside partners such as schools and families, to intervene early and prevent young people from becoming both the victims and perpetrators of crime."

How nice of the police to recognize that sexting has risks, and then they demonstrate that the police response is the biggest risk by filing a police report that will follow him for the next 10 years.

Comment Why didn't the old logo work? (Score 1) 132

As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).

Since people already were using Google across an endless number of devices with the old logo, why was this new logo needed? I could see the old logo just fine, why is this new logo needed?

I get that they wanted to refresh the look of the logo, but their claim that it's because users use Google on mobile devices seems specious.

As an aside, why has the Slashdor "quote bar" that delineates quoted text faded away to such a light grey that it's barely visible against the white background? Maybe it's just my browser.

Comment That really narrows it down (Score 4, Funny) 213

There must only be a handful of people that could match such a specific description: listens to AC/DC, uses twitter, and denies any culpability. AC/DC has only sold around 200 million albums, so that alone dramatically restricts the possible culprits. The intersection between AC/DC aficionados and Twittter's 300M active users must be minuscule, maybe only one or two possible people.

Comment Re:Ubuntu _is_ primarily a desktop OS... (Score 1) 167

The same as MS Windows. It is just the one people know. That does not make it a good choice for the cloud, just a familiar one.

Uh, I would assume that cloud servers are running Ubuntu Server. You know, the one which isn't a desktop OS.

And I'd bet that most windows cloud servers are running some Windows Server variant, which also is a Server OS.

Comment Re:No Interest in me, either (Score 3, Insightful) 182

Since most of my queries regarding coding are Perl or Bash related. Sorry, Google, I'm old school. Perl and Bash are still my bread and butter, and Perl developers are still getting heaps of job offers. Some amazing stuff is being done with Perl (Fastmail and others), but it's no longer the flavour of the month for the kids, so it gets ignored. Perl, though, does not suffer the internal split that Python has with 2.x vs 3.x development. Python devs still overwhelmingly use 2.x. Perl just works.

Perl would suffer the same split problem if Perl6 were ever released. 15 years in the making and it might (finally) be released by the end of this year.

Comment Re:Sounds helpful (Score 1) 84

If there's anything that starving, homeless people need in a disaster, it's someone to listen in on their phone calls...which they can't make because they have no way to charge phones and no working cell towers to connect to.

Katrina was August 2005. This purchase request was made in July 2006. I'm pretty sure people found a way to charge their phones in 11 months.

Since they didn't include a time travel device in their request, I'm pretty sure that the FBI used their experience at Katrina to justify purchases for the *next* large scale Katrina-like disaster.... which will suffer from similar problems, including lack of coordinated response from the government since there are too many levels of government involved in disaster relief.

Comment Sounds helpful (Score 4, Funny) 84

If there's anything that starving, homeless people need in a disaster, it's someone to listen in on their phone calls...which they can't make because they have no way to charge phones and no working cell towers to connect to.

The FBI would be better off buying banks of phones with a built-in recording device connected to a wireless tower. At least that way they could help people while conducting their surveillance.

Comment Re:gee I wonder why all the need for secrecy here? (Score 1) 284

I don't want my employer to know that I usually vote for Democrats.

Don't the audit tapes just have anonymous ballot numbers? if you don't share your ballot receipt with your employer, you should be safe, especially if your employer is not the researching seeking the tapes since he, presumably, is doing statistical analysis and is not posting them online.

Though if your employer cares enough about how you vote that it actually worries you if they found out, perhaps you ought to get a new job

Comment Re:So then the question becomes (Score 1) 449

Who wants a check from Ashely Madison sent to their home or work?

Before this hack, I had never heard of Ashely Madison, and I suspect that many people hadn't heard of it either. Especially when the hack was first made public all of the news sites described what Ashely Madison was. So I would be surprised if that was discouragement.

If your spouse received a $200+ check from Ashley Madison, wouldn't you be a little curious about where it came from? Especially when you likely are already having marital problems since he posted a profile there. It's not like it'd be hard to research.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 4, Insightful) 449

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

Even if there are huge numbers of women interested in having affairs, that doesn't mean that they want to have random internet hookups from a cheating website. All online dating sites are the same -- the men far outnumber the women.

Comment Re:So then the question becomes (Score 5, Informative) 449

Simply put: you could get your subscription fee back in some circumstances, but you never got refunds on the money you had to spend to message people, to buy virtual gifts, chat sessions etc.

I think this is what keeps most people from applying for a refund:

if it is determined that you have complied with the above requirements, we will mail you a REFUND CHECK for the original purchase (plus any applicable taxes) within 6-8 weeks of receiving your application. Please note that your refund check will state that it is from "Ashley Madison."

Who wants a check from Ashely Madison sent to their home or work?

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 449

" That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women"

So does that mean there were 2583 men for every woman?

Can someone put this into football fields for me?

Be happy to. Imagine that a woman is a regulation sized 11" long football. And imagine that a men are 100 yard long football fields. There would be one football for every 8 football fields. That football is going to have an awfully rough time trying to service all of those football fields.