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Comment: Re:One person's definition of "troll" ... (Score 1) 457

by sideslash (#47677555) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
Even that is problematic. When people debate the most contentious issues, they tend to talk past each other and just repeat their side's talking points -- which are meaningless to the other side, due to lacking a common frame of reference in the debate. Bottom line, it would be way too easy to say that someone you disagree with is "unwilling to debate or defend that opinion" even though the other person thinks they are doing exactly that. It's almost like certain abstract topics themselves are the trolls, and both of the people are along for the ride in such a conversation.

Comment: Re:Well I guess it's time (Score 2) 99

For me to bite the bullet and get an android phone. No way am I going to get a windows phone again and risk it going out of support within a year or two.

Yeah, I definitely believe that this AC uses an old WP7 phone. They just exude credibility, and there's nothing fake or phony about their outrage whatsoever. Given that you can pick up an Android off Ebay for peanuts that will run circles around an old WP7 device and support a lot more apps to boot...

Comment: Re:WP7 was a limited platform (Score 4, Funny) 99

It's easy to forget the WP7 is a 1.0 product, but I do feel sorry for the people who have phones running that OS.

Remember, a lot of non-savvy people opted for WP7 based on the name of Microsoft. They will be shocked to find Skype missing.

Eh, WP7 is old. I don't think people will be that shocked. They should feel guilty for being so far behind the times, and give all their money to a smartphone manufacturer right away. /sarc

Comment: WP7 was a limited platform (Score 1) 99

I'm sure somebody at Microsoft is annoyed at this, but the Skype devs are probably relieved to stop supporting it. It's easy to forget that WP7 was essentially a 1.0 product. It was a restart from Windows Mobile 6.5, and very limited versus concurrent Android and iOS. With WP8 and 8.1 they've been getting up to speed nicely. I still want to see better third party Bluetooth support for devs, though.

Comment: So many problems (Score 4, Insightful) 118

by sideslash (#47631345) Attached to: Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits
1. Exploit sellers will turn around and secretly sell the same goods to other parties regardless of any agreement they signed with the US government.

2. This will inflate the sale price and create perverse incentives to inject defects to "discover" and sell them later.

3. The government is really bad at pretty much everything it does. Some of it is necessary stuff so we tolerate it, but c'mon, this isn't!

4. Everybody is mad at the NSA for its misbehavior and spying on Americans/the world right now -- is this really the best time to remind people that the US government wants to collect tools to hack everybody?

Comment: Re:Oh, god (Score 4, Informative) 175

by sideslash (#47629383) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email
Yahoo mail improved dramatically after Marissa Mayer became CEO. It seems to me that they are actually trying to be more like Gmail, and it shows in a positive way. They still fall short, but as a longtime Yahoo mail user I'll take what I can get. At least their recent improvements are much better than your characterization, for sure.

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