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Comment: Re:digital natives (Score 1) 677

by tsqr (#49536539) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Young people are fleeing FB in droves.

Half of the world's Internet users are active users of Facebook (where 'active' is defined as using at least once a month).,

84% of Facebook users are aged 18 - 29, while nearly half of teen Facebook users say they're using it more than last year.

That doesn't look much like "fleeing in droves".

Comment: Re:Property taxes? (Score 1) 536

by tsqr (#49514225) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

The only problem I can see with this "affordable" housing scheme is that, because of the location, it is pretty likely that property taxes will be comparatively high for people living in these homes.

It's California. Property tax is initially set at 1% of the purchase price, regardless of location. Prop 13 limits annual increases to 3% (of current tax) OR change in assessed valuation, whichever is less. My property taxes actually went down for several years in a row when values dropped a few years ago.

Comment: Re:Hurrah for sex-segregation! (Score 1) 599

Plus, in what universe is "computer science" substantially equal to "english language arts"?

"Substantially" means "Considerable in importance, value, degree, amount, or extent". So, "substantially equal" means "Equal in importance, value, degree, amount, or extent." It doesn't mean equal in subject matter. So, what universe? Maybe the universe where girls underperform in computer science and boys underperform in english language arts. Sort of like the one we're in, for example.

Comment: Re:I hope this is a april fools. (Score 1) 187

by tsqr (#49391141) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

you may not have your smartphone with you

C'mon, it's the 21st century, no one lives like that anymore, do they?

I can't tell whether you're kidding, but I'll bite. Lots of people aren't chained to a smartphone 24/7. I know quite a few people who only have their phones on their persons when they're out of the house. I usually put my phone in airplane mode and plug it into the charger when I get home from work; it doesn't wake up until I leave for work the next morning. It's not unusual for the phone to go untouched from Friday night until Monday morning unless I go someplace where it might be handy to have it with me.

Comment: Re:As if SMTP were ever secure... (Score 4, Insightful) 609

by tsqr (#49232835) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

When you read science fiction, does the character with the smart phone carry two of them so that she can have access to her secure stuff and her regular stuff? Hell no.

Science fiction != real life. But that aside, what's up with the whole lame "two phones" argument? Most people who have smartphones know you can have two email clients connecting to two different accounts on two different services on a single device.

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