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Comment Re:Well, then... (Score 3, Insightful) 194

So who can we trust, then? Symantec? McAfee? Windows Defender? Please. It looks like we either have to swallow the fact we're going to be entertaining uninvited guests or we'll have to try to live without our security blankets.

You can't trust Microsoft to start with, so stop using their products. Linux or one of the BSDs are far more trustworthy.

Windows is your "security blanket", not the AV product.

Comment Re:The problem isn't Russian ads influencing elect (Score 2) 345

The problem is lazy, disengaged, stupid voters who vote the way Facebook tells them to. Banning Russian ads (or corporate ads, or any other kind of political ads) won't change this.

No, the problem is that the current US voting system mathematically favors only having two candidates on the ballot. Another problem is that campaign financing gives a significant amount of influence to the rich on who will be the party candidate which allows them to only have representatives that favor their interests.

And the sore loser Democrats know this. They don't want to change how it all works.

Actually, neither side wants this to change because the current system gives them a stranglehold on power.

They just want to change who gets to manipulate the voter.

The Kremlin has an opposing interest, isn't this the lesser evil?

If we want to actually change how things work on the state and federal level then we need to start demanding change at the local level.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 2) 345

I bet the "tens of thousands" of dollars spent was really successful, considering that Clinton and surrogates spent 1.5 Billion influencing her electoral failures.

But yeah, keep on blaming the Russians for her loss, because that totally happened!

This isn't about who won or lost, it's about another country interfering with our nation. The goal of Russia has been to destabilize other nations for their own gain. You are either being disingenuous or just ignorant if you refuse to or do not realize these were highly targeted advertisements.

This is about information warfare.

Comment Re:What other OS can we use instead? (Score 2) 255

Linux isn't really an option, especially with so many distros including systemd. I hate to say this, but I've found Windows 10 to boot more reliably for me than the versions of Debian and Ubuntu that use systemd!

Umm... you do know there are distros that don't use Systemd, right? Hell, some were created specifically to NOT use Systemd. https://devuan.org/

Comment Re:Kaspersky may well be innocent (Score 3, Informative) 155

The problem is that open source projects can be contributed to by anyone, including state sponsored bad actors.

You're not even wrong! However, it requires someone accept the contribution and never have someone notice the flaw. In the closed source model, nobody will ever have the chance to notice the flaw. Also, with a bit of pressure, a business will insert whatever blatantly evil code a state-sponsored actor insists on.

Heartbleed. Tell me that the Heartbleed bug, the heartbeat function it fucked up the security on, and the RFC the heartbeat function was based on weren't all state sponsored.

I can tell you for a certainty that shitty code occurs in the wild without the help of any state-sponsorship. OpenSSL was neglected but hey, thanks for the conspiracy theory!

Comment Re:Fueled by gov't subsidies.. (Score 1) 206

Today? No change in USA numbers. Where's the production of Electric Cars that could supply the need?

Supply and demand. When there is a demand there will be a supply. When it's $17/gal for gasoline then there will be a massive demand.

When will the cost of Electric Cars reach the cost of Used cars in the USA?

When it costs $250 to fill the tank of an ICE car, used cars won't be attractive in the least.

Where's the range to permit the driving range of an ICE Used car?

Most cars are commuter cars so they do already.

When's the cost of a battery recharge going to match the cost of an ICE Used car's fillup?

It's currently a few bucks to fully recharge an EV's battery. So, they do already.

When are electric charging stations going to be able to handle the numbers and flows of ICE Used cars.

EVs are mostly charged at home but again, it's supply and demand.

Where are all the petro fueled electric plants necessary for electric cars going to be built?

That wouldn't be cost effective. Remember the part about having to pay to capture all the CO2? It's more likely things would move to wind/solar/nuclear really fast.

"Rome wasn't built in a day" but so many people seem to think a switch to Electric/Renewable/Magical can be accomplished by the end of the year. It will take decades -- just like the ICE cars displacing the animal drawn "cars" and "trucks" of the past.

Off course it will take decades... unless there is a substantial monetary incentive to switch in which case everything would radically change very fast.

Comment Re:Fueled by gov't subsidies.. (Score 4, Insightful) 206

I've always wondered how many people would be driving electric cars if it wasn't for the state/Fed subsidies (rebates) or other benefits like Leaf's free charging.

I've always wondered how many people would be driving ICE cars if they had to pay to remove the CO2 that they are pumping into the atmosphere.

Comment Re:It's time to consider god's plan (Score 0) 119

It is time to get with God, my friends. He has made His feelings abundantly clear.

If we're going with divine attribution, I would say it's morely likely their rejection of the truth that is climate change. Now if they get hit by a hurricane "Nigel" or "Fernando", then we'll know it's because of the gays. ;)

Comment Re:Still no global warming (Score 0, Redundant) 119

Climate change is real, disputing that is stupid (especially without data). However, be weary of what you point to as an effect of climate change. Hurricanes have existed long before humans and will continue long after humans.

scientific report

It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).

However, if we're going by the basis of what Fox News considers the truth then every hurricane is a direct result of global warming and somehow taxes. ;)

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