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Comment Re:Privacy (Score 3, Insightful) 176 176

Yes, definitely. Facebook IS a social media site. That's ALL it is. When I post things or pictures on there, it's stuff I'm explicitly putting out there for public consumption.

Google on the other hand, has a TON of services that contain private data. GMail, the search engine, and Drive. Heck even Picasa - it's a photo album program but many people were using it before it was "social". I'd upload pictures to link to in various forums and such. Took me by great surprise when I uploaded one right after Google+ went live and started getting comments on it. Granted, it was nothing embarrassing as I was linking it in a public discussion elsewhere, but what had been a gallery I had to provide a link to earlier was now just open for people in my "circles" to view. It's not the situation that's bad - it's that it STARTED as something else and then morphed into that.

Put simply - I don't have any issue with social media existing, but I don't want every single thing I use to be "socially connected".

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 478 478

If he was using buckshot, he'd have nine (or fewer) pellets to work with.

Well, not necessarily. The "standard" 00 load for 2.75" shells is 9 pellets, but you can increase the pellet count by either going with longer shells or smaller pellets.

Most 3.5" 00 12 ga loads have 18 pellets. I've also seen 12 ga 3.5" loads with #4 buckshot pellets rather than 00 that have 33 pellets.

I will say that PERSONALLY, when I shoot buckshot (mostly when deer hunting - it's legal at certain times here), my most common load is a 3" 12ga 00 load with 15 pellets.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 377 377

Once you know that, you can look up or download the algorithm and generate valud numbers all day.

And so can a kid. It's been a long time ago (33 years) but when I was 11-12 I had a VERY good concept of programming and how to tinker. The internet wasn't really a thing in most households yet but I still knew computers, and most kids these days do too - even moreso.

And even though internet porn wasn't around back then - guess what - we still had porn as kids. Typically it was in the form of a magazine that some kid smuggled out of his dad's collection, so it certainly wasn't in the same volume, but every kid in the neighborhood seen it and almost all grew up to be perfectly normal adults.

This is all focused on nothing - by the time someone is aware enough about sex to try and access a website, they're GOING to be able to get that content.

Comment Re:I never "install" OS'es on existing machines (Score 1) 259 259

While its not terrible, I've Windows 10 to run slower than Vista on my hardware. Granted, its older (3ghz Xeon quad-core with 4GB of DDR2), but the machine was quite responsive under Vista. Under 10 it runs fine, but will start to slow down with far fewer apps open compared to Vista.

Still, I like the system better and will likely continue to use it until I upgrade that machine (which won't be that long anyways).

Comment Re:I never "install" OS'es on existing machines (Score 1) 259 259

You're living in a fantasy world. An in-place upgrade might not work out well (though honestly, that's mostly something that was true back in the Windows 98 days that people just still cling to), but if you get a machine with a Windows OS already on it the FIRST thing you should do if you have media is to wipe it clean and reinstall it. Manufacturer's bloatware is terrible.

A clean MS Windows install from scratch typically works about as well as the the OS is ever going to - it's pretty much downhill from there.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1176 1176

No, it wouldn't. Birdshot is INTENDED to be fired into the air - at - you guessed it: birds. Completely different situation versus a bullet. Anybody who has hunted upland birds or waterfowl in an area with many hunters has been pelted by falling shot before. By the time it comes back down its not going fast enough to hurt anything.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1176 1176

It says he shot it down with a shotgun. Unlike a bullet from a rifle or handgun, most small-diameter shotgun loads (ie, "birdshot") are designed to be fired into the air at flying targets - either birds or clay pigeons (skeet). Their mass is low enough that it doesn't hurt anything when it comes back down. I've been pelted by shot from other hunters while out hunting and while a bit disconcerting, it doesn't even sting.

Comment Re:The irony (Score 1) 294 294

What is considered "fit" isn't so simple as a longer neck or stronger muscles.

Technology and social structure are PART of evolution. As a matter of fact it seems that such things outweigh almost any of the other "natural" advantages a species might have.

At the end of the day, we squabble, and we can be short sighted, but the human race is the most evolved and complex species to ever walk this planet. From an evolutionary standpoint we're crowding everything else out. Honestly I don't think most species will survive long-term unless they are of use to us - either as pets, food, or work animals.

Comment Re:and the beer is really good (Score 2) 528 528

There's no shortage of pretty good beer in the US (heck I make my own). The problem is that only a small percentage of people actually want it. Anything beyond Budweiser or Coors Light is considered "weird tasting". That's changing, but for the most part people are drinking that "mass marketed barley water" by choice, not out of lack of options.

Comment Re:The kneejerk anti-Stallman guys are out in forc (Score 1) 216 216

That doesn't mean they are all literate on the command line or that they understand a lot of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, but I daresay most of them understand the difference between open source vs. proprietary.

Don't confuse knowing the difference with caring about it. I've using Linux since the late 1990's. I have a CS degree and am a programmer for a living. I understand very well the "free in beer vs free as in speech" argument.

HOWEVER, most people really only care about the "zero cost" definition of free. And when it comes to open source most only care about the source actually being available, not whether its under the GPL or not.

"Libre" as it is applied by the zealots is a concept that only a very small subset of computer users care about - even if they understand it. You're not going to get them outraged by explaining it.

Consider the opposite: lets say Ubuntu listed software as "Free", but when you clicked install it prompted you for payment credentials for $5, with the justification being that you're free to modify the source and do as you wish, but the software has a monetary cost. THEN you'd see outrage because it'd be stepping on the definition of free that people actually care about.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.