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Comment Re:Sad In A Way (Score 1) 348

Get on Putin's bad side and you could find yourself being thrown in jail for (no pun intended) trumped up charges, your company nationalized, and all of your assets seized by the government.

Except that Putin doesn't do that to US citizens in the US. Since I'm a US citizen and resident, I'm not personally worried about what Putin will do to his enemies. (I deplore it, of course, but I don't see that I can do much about it.). Similarly, ISIS is far more evil than typical US criminals, but I'm still more worried about getting mugged by a US citizen with no particular ideology than I am about getting personally harmed by ISIS.

Comment Re:Third red scare (Score 1) 348

Historically, Stalin was an ally. We needed Nazi Germany taken down, and we needed the Red Army to do it without nukes. Nazi Germany was considerably worse than the Soviet Union, which is why the Nazis had to go while we could live with the Communists.

One significant breakdown was the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Stalin called for the Poles to try to take Warsaw from within while his armies joined up, to keep a faltering offensive moving. When the Germans stopped his forces well short of Warsaw, he apparently preferred people to believe that he deliberately provoked Germany to kill Poles than that the German army could stop him.

Comment Re:How to make any antivirus software safer? (Score 1) 348

There is a potential danger with using the same password for everything: some sites have idiotic administrators. Beware the ones who offer to mail you your password if you forget it, because those bungling idiots are storing it in at least a decrypable form, rather than salting and hashing. If one of those sites has a data leak, the bad guys now know your password for sites that are competently run.

Comment Re:Is Kaspersky Software on Voting machines? (Score 1) 348

What you are saying is that the US government and many US businesses shouldn't use Kaspersky, and I fully agree with that. What I'm saying is that I'm not an agent of the US government and I don't have secret business information on my laptop, so your arguments don't apply to my personal use.

Comment Re:Is Kaspersky Software on Voting machines? (Score 1) 348

If he moved to Russia, then the Russian government would be taking his tax money to do what he considers evil things. Since he lives in the US, the US government is taking his tax money to do what he considers evil things. Therefore, Russia is not his personal adversary as long as he lives in the US.

This isn't an endorsement of what Russia does to Russian citizens and residents, which is considerably worse than what the US does to US citizens and residents. Similarly, if I say I'm in more danger from muggers than from ISIS, it isn't because I think ISIS is harmless; it's because ISIS is distant and there are muggers in my city.

Comment Re:All together? (Score 1) 348

I take it that you trust the Russians and the FSB/KGB much more than you trust anyone in the USA?

Trust is a many-faceted thing. What we're asking, really, is if we evaluate the risk that Russia and the FSB are spying on us as greater than the risk of US agencies spying on us. For a lot of people, the answer is obvious: don't use Kaspersky.

For others, it's a more complicated situation. I happen to hold opinions strongly opposed to the current US administration, and that administration doesn't seem to care about privacy and seems to be vindictive. Putin and the FSB, on the other hand, have no obvious reason to hassle me. I could be wrong about this, but using Kaspersky seems safer to me than using US-based antivirus software.

In any case, uninstalling Kaspersky is probably useless. It's got hooks deep into your system. If it's designed as spyware, uninstalling it is not going to eliminate the spyware. The only safe way is to get a new computer and not install Kaspersky.

Comment Re: This explains a lot (Score 1) 268

Hey, you're the one who compared Myers-Briggs to sun signs. I'm pointing out that a full 25% of the Myers-Briggs score is normally considered useful, and telling you I'm a definite I on the first letter tells you more about me than an astrologer could tell you accurately given my time, date, and place of birth. And, yes, most people can tell on their own whether they're extroverted or introverted, but it's still a significant piece of knowledge about someone's personality.

Comment Re:Maybe / Maybe Not (Score 1) 268

IQ tests aren't designed arbitrarily. They're designed to measure the best approximation to intelligence they can. We find that high IQ people tend to be unusually intelligent, and low IQ people tend to be not very intelligent. There's lots of things they don't measure, but what they do measure is significant.

Comment Re:We all know this is comming (Score 1) 178

What strikes me is people talking about Bitcoins being useful to send money to people in other countries.

Suppose I want to send a thousand dollars in euros to someone in Germany. I can have my bank send it to the German's bank. Alternatively, I can buy $1K worth of Bitcoin, transfer it to the German, and the German then converts the Bitcoin into euros. Considering that the first is just sending some information around, and the second requires three transactions deliberately designed to take serious computation and two currency conversions instead of one, it would seem that banks can transfer money internationally easier than Bitcoin users.

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