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Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 346

You've never been on mass transit and been forced to be near people who (1) stink to high heaven, (2) are drunk, or (3) loud and threatening? If you haven't, then now you know why a lot of people avoid the bus. Your car might sit in traffic but at least you're not sweating, listening to obnoxious music. etc.

Oh, and by the way, the classicism(sic) is all on your side, buddy. Who's looking down their nose at the rest of us for failing to uphold moral standards he himself has set? Yeah, that's the pot calling the kettle black, pal.

Comment We have to redefine "malicious" (Score 5, Informative) 90

From the post on Avast's blog, the ones who started this whole thing, the scam is evidently to put out software with the same name as 50 different major companies, wait for people to mistakenly download, and pay $1.99 for the app. That's not much of a major criminal scheme, it's pretty pathetic and it is well within the powers of a major corporation like Microsoft to shut this down.

The really eye-opening part is when one of the "malicious" apps is defined as the following:

"Claiming to âoeprotect your phone from malware and theftâ, this malicious app runs in the background of victimsâ(TM) devices once downloaded and collects their data and location."

This is what Windows 10 does by design. I think we need to redefine what "malicious" means. In both softwares you clicked "I agree" to the T&C before continuing.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 683

You want some harsh criticism? And some direct, blunt communication?

People don't scare quote "hetero", because it's the antonym of "homo-". So why the hell are you scare quoting "cis-" when it's the antonym of "trans-"? This is basic Latin, and if you didn't take Latin, then it's basic Chem, and if you didn't take basic Chem, then GET OFF MY INTERNET.

Unless you're going to argue that transgendered/transsexual people don't exist, then stop scare quoting "cis-" like it's some sort of boogie word. It's the natural choice for referring to individuals who are not "trans-". And if "trans" is a word, then "cis" is a word. Just like "hetero" and "homo".

Don't like it? TOUGH! That's how language works.

Comment Re:Ugly Americanism (Score 1) 135

English is indeed the international language of the travel industry. In fact, it's the world's second language. People who have never been to any English-speaking countries use it as a common language to talk to each other. I think you need to get out more, your views are provincial and blinkered.

Comment What can I use instead? (Score 1) 410

After my computer slowing to a crawl, inspecting the task manager, discovering FF was using 1.5G memory, restarting FF, and seeing that it only used 500M memory with the exact same windows open, what realistic alternatives are there?

Chrome, no. There's a new Opera coming out, but not anytime soon. IE, not in this lifetime. I've been out of the loop for a long time, what does the alternative browser market look like these days?

And throw in a replacement for Thunderbird as well, I'm tired of waiting 30 seconds for a "create a new message" window to appear on my system.

Comment Re:Obligatory Reagan Worship! (Score -1, Troll) 211

LOL slashdot doesn't have an overwhelming conservative majority. It's just that for once in your life you're venturing outside the left-wing echo chamber, where contrary opinions are deleted and troublesome posters banned. It's a shock to see opinions that differ from your own and the whole experience seems quite hostile. You're not alone, your people during the Cold War felt the same way. Why don't you ask the peoples of the former Soviet Union who lost and who won? The phrase "former Soviet Union" should give you a hint. Your side? Hell yeah they were your side.

"When Communist U.S.S.R. was a superpower, the world was better off."
-- Janeane Garofalo

He's dead, Jim.