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(o) Yes (o) no.
At least that'd explain Clippy's pervert-on-the-playground look...
Major data encryption software like TrueCrypt, Microsoft BitLocker, FileVault, BestCrypt etc have backdoors which allows access to data without the key.
This was disclosed as per a presentation leaked @ http://cryptome.org/ which was given by Detective Michael Smith. Computer Crimes & Computer Forensics, Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Although NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) says that they use it for detecting child pornography but the discloser itself is sufficient to raise doubts on NSA-corporate bond again
ensuring any photos they post of themselves are as representative as possible
So they should use their drivers license photo?
At the end of the day I think we can boil this down to people letting (perceived perfection) be the enemy of good enough. Not that you'd marry "good enough", but if you met "good enough" in person you'd be more inclined to go on a date or two with them, after a few minutes of conversation, and who knows what will happen from there? When it's online though people see one flaw, real or perceived, and click "next" without another thought.
You can see this to an extent with the user generated match questions on OkCupid. I swear that half of those questions were people taking their biggest pet peeve about their ex and making it into a question. "Does [random character trait shared by half the population] PISS YOU THE FUCK OFF?"
To the West, please wake the fuck up
That won't happen until the Chinese do something we haven't done before, preferably something with implications for national-defense. When that happens there will be a massive panic, followed by determined efforts to rectify the situation. What you're looking for is another Sputnik, and it will be a few decades before the Chinese are there.
For some reason this quote comes to mind: "Americans will always do the right thing, after they've exhausted all other possibilities."
I'm a civilized person, and I say "let them die in the streets" - there is no "right to health care" in the constitution, nor should there be.
Repeat after me: The Constitution does not grant us rights. One more time: The Constitution does not grant us rights.
We had all of the rights recognized by the Constitution. That's why they're called inalienable rights. The only point to listing them is to make it harder for the Government to try and trample upon them.
What's harsh about it? It actually makes sense.
Selecting for attraction is just as valid as selecting for ideals and interests
My point was you can't properly judge attraction from still photos. You lose sound, smell, motion, etc. I've found very attractable women that take horrible photographs, and vice versa. Meeting someone for the first time in meat space gives a better indication of whether or not there is physical attraction between two people. Online they're just as liable to click 'next' without even bothering to find out if it's there.
What attracted me and Mrs. Esophagus was our shared values and interests.
I don't think we need to know about your oral sex life.
Dude! That's not the right Werner Brandes quote to use in a discussion about online dating.
"Shall I phone you, or nudge you?" <--- That's the one you want to reference.
Most females on dating sites get spammed
One of my female friends was on OkCupid (she put me onto it, actually) and showed me her inbox once upon a time. *shudder* She averaged 20-25 messages per day, this in a small city (Ithaca, New York), not a major metropolitan area. Over half of them were cheesey one-liners that were dismissed out of hand, most of the rest were outright disgusting, and a small handful were good enough to get a reply from her. Of course, of those, she ruled out the people that she didn't see a physical connection with, which sounds harsh, but that's another of the pitfalls of online dating (there's more to attractiveness than even the best photograph can ever convey)
Bottom line, out of ~150 messages per week she might have found three or four that got a reply.
I spent almost a year of my life on OkCupid, managed to get a decent number of dates for my effort, but I doubt I will never try it again. Online dating poses two particular challenges over meat-space dating:
- The people who are inclined to engage in online dating seem to be shier than average. Combine this is the fact that there are a lot of "colorful" characters on online dating, and they are hesitant to meet in person even if there seems to be a connection. Consequently, you end up talking forever before you finally meet them. The problem with this is twofold, one you find out too much about them, and lose out on a lot of the mystery that keeps the first few meatspace dates interesting. You also build a relationship of sorts, it's impossible not to with several weeks of writing letters and engaging in chats. Now when you meet them and it doesn't click you've got a much harsher let-down than you otherwise would for a first or second date.
- There seems to be an above average percentage of people who misrepresent themselves. This is hardly unique to online dating, but it's easier to filter a lot of it out when you can meet in person, look someone in their eyes, watch their vocal inflictions, etc.
I think I landed eight or nine dates on OKC in the time I was there. Probably half of them were normal, just didn't click, the rest had issues ranging from "completely misrepresented herself" to "was lining up dozens of guys for dates" to "thought we were married after two dates". I tried it for all the usual reasons, not really into the bar scene, don't have a whole lot of free time, and so on. If I were to try it again I would insist on a meat-space dates after a few good conversations. I do understand the safety issue, particularly from the female perspective, but someone who isn't willing to meet in a busy public place for lunch is likely too shy/introverted for me, or is trying to play games.
Incidentally, the last woman I went out with I met while on a run. She's out walking her dog, I'm doing road work, we wind up talking and the rest is history. Thinking back on it, I had my most successful relationships with those that I met in situations where neither of us was looking for dates. It's just easier to be yourself in that kind of situation, I think, and you're more likely to sustain a relationship with someone if you were yourself from the beginning.
I would love to have a full featured PC with a 7-8" screen that I can carry with me that I can use with a USB serial port for diagnosing router issues.
A lot of them are made by a company in China called Hiton (sometimes anglicised to Highton) and resold with vendor branding. You can still get a variety of size and spec XP/7/Linux machines from 5 to 11" from them. Googling should bring up a few places to buy them on, or just look in Alibaba.
Asus have also just released the 1015E, which is a faily capable little 10" laptop available with Linux for $199 or Windows for $250.
we shall treat them like the bad guys. I learned French history in school.
Did you cover the part where the glorious revolution elevated a dictator that that united the whole of Europe against France, got hundreds of thousands of French soldiers killed, and cost France her self-determination for two or three generations? It might be satisfying to root for revolutions where the former powers-that-be get lined up and shot (or guillotined), but they never seem to end real well for the peoples involved.
Actually the idea is readily demonstrable in the real world. Take the right to keep and bear arms, which society still hasn't figured out how to effectively take away even in the most controlled of environments, as evidenced by the plastic shank sticking out of some poor bastard in the prison shower. It is the quintessential 'natural right', one that all human beings are born with, and one that is impossible to completely deprive them of. Free speech is the same, you can punish someone after the fact if you're an oppressive regime that doesn't recognize it, but you can't actually stop them from exercising it in the first place.