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Comment: They do things differently in the UK (Score 4, Informative) 271

by shilly (#48991933) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

From a British perspective, this all seems.... odd. Barclays and First Direct both use one-time time-limited two-factor authentication with the codes sent to special devices, and have done for quite a while, and the other components of their security are thoughtfully designed as well. They feel pretty secure to me -- not foolproof, but definitely good enough.

Comment: Re:Child Autonomy (Score 1) 784

by shilly (#48832441) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Well, what also matters is how much one cares about the number of people harmed in the process of growing up (both physically and psychologically). It might be that actually children given lots of freedom are hurt no more often than children who aren't, or it might not. And it might be that a society considers those harms to be a price worth paying.

Comment: Re: Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by shilly (#48764849) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I'm sure you and Charlton are having a lovely time together, but if you could just lift your head up from his lap a moment, and put your hands on the keyboard instead of his nether regions, you could the search for the UK's murder statistics. If you did that, you would learn (I know, you wouldn't really, as learning require openness to data, but bear with my figure of speech anyway) that fewer than 700 UK citizens were murdered last year, which rather gives the lie to your excitable little notion that we are being butchered in our thousands.
The British population is about 60m, so about a fifth of the U.S. population. But the U.S. has about 14,000 murders annually. Now, maths may not be your strong point, but let me give you a hint: that's slightly more than five times the UK murder number. In fact, would you know it, it's actually more than twenty times the UK murder number.

Ok, you can carry on fondling now. Enjoy!

Comment: Jeezus, percentage share cannot indicate a collaps (Score 4, Insightful) 328

by shilly (#48699285) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Nerval apparently doesn't understand the difference between relative and absolute, or they'd know it's possible to shrink as a percentage while growing in absolute terms. This isn't what's happening here, but iPad sales are certainly not collapsing, and iPads are really quite an important component of the market

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