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Comment Re:Secure Boot (Score 1) 628

I didn't say programming was easy or hard. I said writing a complex application for more than one platform wasn't simple. You said it was, and that's the only thing I responded to.

You are also assuming too much: I am not a professional software developer, but I have years of programming experience on different platforms. I didn't say anything about my profession.

Try reading what is written instead of warping simple statements into a personal attack and responding to that. I wasn't trying to be insulting when I said you needed to learn more about programming to understand, it's the truth: people who have a basic -- or even intermediate -- understanding of a subject can often underestimate aspects of it that they have not experienced themselves. Again, not an insult, it's just reality.

Comment Re:If you want me to see ads (Score 1) 286

Nowhere did I say anything about malware, abuse, or severe annoyance: you are taking a simple hypothetical and using an unstated extreme possibility to suit an unyielding position.

If a website uses one or two small, innocuous ads that aren't animated, I'd see no problem with it. You seem to be taking the extreme stance that any advertising at all is a personal affront to you. If that's the case, you are being unreasonable and such an opinion shouldn't matter to most people.

Now, it may be difficult to find an ad host that doesn't push giant, screaming, in-your-face ads, but that wasn't the point.

Comment Re:If you want me to see ads (Score 1) 286

Because newspapers have the resources to get companies to advertise on their pages, it is part of their business model. A small open source project website, for example, can't afford to go out and find people to advertise on their website. But they can get help with hosting costs by using a company whose focus -- and business model -- DOES include finding people to advertise with them.

Most normal website owners are not comparable to newspaper publishers in any meaningful way.

Comment Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (Score 1) 168

If a person discusses their own medical history with someone else, HIPAA does not apply. If they talk about it in public and someone overhears it and somehow uses that information, including a marketer, somehow, HIPAA has nothing to do with that.

Now, there may be an expectation of a certain amount of privacy when discussing something over email, but if that information is somehow obtained -- even by a breach of the email servers, and assuming neither server/individual is a hospital/doctor/insurer/etc or an employee of such -- HIPAA does not somehow magically apply. Just because it is medical information, it is not immediately protected by HIPAA.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly