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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 395

... So does that mean there were 2583 men for every woman? ...

So yeah, 2583:1 -- or some other ways to put it*...
- approximately 0.22% of the "female" accounts were real, (0.03% of the total user base) or
- roughly the same odds as winning $100 in the lottery, on a $5 ticket.

I've occasionally wondered how on earth sites such as these could possibly attract enough females to genuinely support any kind of a userbase, without hiring prostitutes or the like... I guess now we know the answer: They can't.

* That is, not involving football fields, as that's already been nicely covered by Tom.

Submission + - Continued Cord Cutting Hits the Pay TV Business Hard 1

An anonymous reader writes: Customers cord cutting is not a new concern for the pay TV business but a recent massive sell-off in media stocks has many in the industry worried. Cable, satellite and TV companies suffered their worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines losing more than half a million accounts, sending stocks tumbling. Researchers say this may be the beginning of the end for the pay TV business. According to analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson: “A year ago, the Pay TV sector was shrinking at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. A year later, the rate at which the Pay TV sector is declining has quickened to 0.7 percent year-over-year. That may not seem like a mass exodus, but it is a big change in a short period of time. And the rate of decline is still accelerating.”

Comment Re:I'm torn.... (Score 1) 663

... as a fat man, if you can come up with a legitimate way for me to lose weight without diet and exercise, I will love you forever

Really? Your requirement is that both means of losing weight be unnecessary? Most people would argue that both are necessary for a truly healthy lifestyle, no matter what you do... but I really think that at an absolute minimum, you need at least one of those...

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 2) 663

Yesterday on a radio I heard a DJ saying that there was a study showing that diet drinks didn't help people loose weight. ...

That snippet is old news, and I'm pretty sure it stems from psychology more then from the actual affect of diet drinks, metabolically. People think to themselves, "Oh, I'm drinking fewer calories anyway... so super-duper-size it!"

The bottom line is pretty simple, actually: people almost universally like sweets. You take away their favorite soft drink or candy, and they're going to find a substitute. I'd imagine this is one of the issues that the Coca-cola study will examine... and they're probably going to come to the very obvious conclusion, that what's actually necessary to be more healthy, is to burn off the calories that you take in.

(Of course, the best advice is and always has been, "everything in moderation" ... even exercise. My knees can attest to that.)

Submission + - Verizon ends smartphone subisides->

JoeyRox writes: Verizon has discontinued service plans that include subsidies for upgrading a smartphone every two years. The new plans require customers to pay full price for their smartphones, either up front with a single one-time purchase or by monthly payments with interest-free financing provided by Verizon. Unlike their previous subsidized plans, Verizon's new plans don't require a long-term contract.
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Submission + - How To Make Money As An Independent Developer->

itwbennett writes: A new survey of 13,000 developers in 149 countries by U.K.-based research company VisionMobile compared, among other things, the most popular versus the most lucrative revenue models for four groups of developers: those focusing on mobile apps, cloud services, the Internet of Things, and desktop apps. Among their findings for mobile developers: While advertising is by far the most popular revenue model, only 17% of developers who rely primarily on advertising make more than $10,000 per month from their apps. By comparison, 37% of those who make their money by e-commerce (selling real-world goods and services) make $10k per month or more.
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Comment And late night television has new fodder... (Score 1) 236

A half-hour off from an international standard, that was supposedly "imposed" upon them specifically by the Japanese? Really? And other then yet another baffling head-shaker of a headline, how exactly do the North Korean people benefit from this change?

From his incredible over-the-top reaction to "The Interview" forcing an otherwise crappy movie into an international limelight courtesy of the Streisand Effect, to his perpetual posturing on the international stage... to this. Does Kim Jong-un not comprehend that it's through moves like these that he makes himself (and by proxy, his entire nation) into such exceptionally easy fodder for jokes?

I mean seriously... why on earth would anyone intentionally take actions which cause them to be the butt of jokes, worldwide? Surely there are better things he could be doing with his time and energies...

Submission + - Upgrade to Windows 10 and your kids may no longer be safe->

Mark Wilson writes: Parents who are upgrading their computers to Windows 10 are warned that the move from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will obliterate the safety features used to protect children. You may have spent time putting restrictions in place in a bid to keep your offspring safe when using your computer, but Windows 10 will change these child-friendly accounts into standard accounts with no limitations whatsoever.

The upgrade process wipes out website restrictions, game and app age ratings, time limits, and other parental controls and monitoring options. Unless a parent goes to the trouble of reinstating each of these settings individuals, their children will have unfettered computer access. The discovery, revealed by The Register, will come as a surprise to many, but the worry is that many parents will simply be unaware that their children are not protected. And this is far from being the first time Windows 10 has been criticized.

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Submission + - Lexus Unveils Back To The Future Style Hoverboard

An anonymous reader writes: Lexus, yes luxury the car manufacturer, has finally unveiled its Back To the Future hoverboard in a new video it released. The video footage shows regular skate boarders testing the new hoverboard which seems to magically float a few inches off of the ground in a specialty designed magnetic skate park in Barcelona Spain. The floating hoverboard has to be cooled with liquid nitrogen to make it work and you’ll see the cooling effect or what looks like smoke around the board as its hovering.

Comment Re:"Forever"? (Score 1) 74

... say the power supply, ceases to function, the hard drive or flash chip is still technically infected. Rather than making a more accurate statement, what you have done is make a different but also accurate statement that we don't care if it's infected but not in use currently.

I stand by my previous statement: the hard drive (or flash drive) will eventually fail. That said... I agree with your conclusion, even if I'm inclined to nitpick the details: an infection which is contained -- ergo, can no longer spread nor do anything harmful -- is really not worth worrying about.

Comment "Forever"? (Score 1) 74

... they might remain infected forever ...

Nothing lasts forever: The infected computers will eventually cease to function. It would have been more accurate (and less of an inflammatory panic reaction) to suggest that the infected computers might remain infected for the remainder of their active life.

Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 4, Informative) 203

... the heaploads of cell phone manufacturers who use Google's code and who may or may not have the ability to distribute the fix...

Faulty premise: The issue isn't that they do not have the ability to distribute fixes; it's that they each have different levels of corporate red tape, preventing the expeditious distribution of these fixes. That's been an ongoing problem in the Android market for years, now. Thus, the benefit of this reveal is that, when an exploit hits the wild (and it would have with or without this announcement) these researchers (and Google) can all respond to outraged customers by saying, "Don't blame me! I did my part!" and point their fingers out to the carriers.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso