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Comment Re:Curiously... (Score 1) 612

...none of them had an agenda to support Trump.

Supporting Trump is obvious, attacking his opponents is almost as obvious, supporting his opponents in ways that make them look like assholes is far less obvious.

The notion that they put $80k into this just suggests how little they expected of it.

It shows just how fucked America is right now economically that a mere $80k will buy you that much agitation.

Comment Re: The x86 PC and security. (Score 1) 215

Windows 98 was not appreciably more stable than Windows 95. I bluescreened it plenty. Windows 2000 is dramatically more stable than Windows 9x or NT4, which let's face it was a bit of a crapfest. 3.51 was much much better than 4 in terms of reliability, though I will concede that its 2GB filesystem limit meant that there was really no choice but to upgrade.

Comment Re: The x86 PC and security. (Score 1) 215

"Then came the Win95 era", and the Pentiums, and id Software, and 3DFX, and Sound Blaster.
And then it was all about what could run Windows the fastest.

I'd suggest that the watershed moment wasn't actually until Windows 2000 in the enterprise, or Windows XP on the consumer desktop. Before that, it still seemed like there was a point to [classic] MacOS, for example, and the Unix workstations were still more powerful than a PC.

Comment Re:wtf? (Score 1) 338

These people apparently only considered the possibility that large people would be discriminated against. It never occurred to their prejudiced little minds that some people are interested in seeking bigger people to date.

They know damned well that some people are interested in that. However, the feature is way more likely to be used first to exclude fat people, second to find fat people to fetishize and treat like a fat fuck doll, and only third because someone just happens to prefer fat people.

However, it's also a truth in advertising feature, and if nobody is forcing you to accurately select your body type, no one is being harmed against their will. So waaaaah. Which, frankly, is how most of these discussions should go.

Comment Re:How do you stop them? (Score 1) 105

There really should be big fines on this sort of irresponsible collection of sensitive data.

This would have an unintended consequence of giving companies an even greater incentive to cover up security breaches. They only have to pay the fine if they get caught.

Make the fine ten times larger if they don't come forth in a timely fashion and admit it themselves. Hand 1/10 of the fine to the whistleblower.

Comment Re:The x86 PC and security. (Score 2) 215

People never liked the x86 PC

No. Back in the day a few hackers and engineers didn't like the x86 PC. I wasn't a big fan of it back then ether. I liked the 68K line.
Then and now most people didn't give a shit what processor their PC was running as long as it did the job.

I don't think they mentioned x86 because they thought people didn't like the x86. I think they mentioned it because all those other things were also personal computers, and they wanted to differentiate. It was true, too; until about the Windows 95 era, a PC was considered by many if not most people both inside and outside of the industry to be the lame but affordable option. If you were in the industry, you were comparing it to "real" computers like ones from Sun, or even other machines from IBM; if you weren't, you compared it to a Mac, or even an Amiga or Atari (both of which offered much more functionality for less money.) Remember, while the dominant word processor on the PC was still WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, everyone else was using WYSIWYG with onscreen graphics and scalable fonts. People would drop right back into DOS out of Windows 3.1 to run WP, making Windows a glorified task launcher.

Anyway, until it sprouted a PCI bus, the x86 PC was a pathetic joke to almost everyone. Before that there were only occasional efforts to build "real" machines around x86 chips, all of which were economic failures. There was an 8-way 486 which would run SunOS, for example, and Sun's own 386-based i86pc. There was the brief flirtation with the EISA bus, and the less brief but more restricted to IBM MCA bus, but these were both crap without even the style of other personal computer buses like Zorro (Amiga) or NuBus (Macintosh) which offered autoconfiguration without floppy disks. VLB was also garbage; in theory you could use two bus-mastering, DMA-transferring devices on the same PC, but in practice this was usually problematic and required extensive troubleshooting to make work if it would in fact work at all.

Comment Re:But they're doomed! (Score 1) 67

But Netflix better scramble for content. It probably could have outright bought backcatalogues of old movies and such a decade ago far cheaper than today.

When I see Netflix add more old bad shit, I say "look, Netflix is adding more old bad shit", not "hey look, Netflix has all the content!" They already do that about as quickly as they can get that crap at the price it's actually worth. But they have chosen to spend their money developing new content, which is a far wiser decision than spending much on a bunch of bad old content that is cheap because nobody wants to watch it.

Meanwhile, Netflix still has bar none the best client, which is admittedly saying next to nothing. The Youtube client is kind of OK, but most of the others are horribly incompetent — notably HBO, holy crap. This is true on every platform I've tried it on so far. That it occasionally mungs its cache and you have to log in again is annoying, but minor compared to the other clients just sucking all the time.

I watch more and more Youtube, but Netflix is still my main goto for content longer than about twenty minutes.

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