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Comment Re:X also has stuff! (Score 1) 226

And yet you've still failed to provide any arguments! I can find stuff from maintainers, including some extremely fuddy stuff from people who ought to know better. Your argument is that I should believe you because if I go and operate Google and then sort out the FUD and bullshit from the truth, then I'll come to the same conclusion.

Given that you lack the basic comprehension to even understand my original post, it seems unlikely.

Now put up or shut up. Actually put forth an argument of your own or admit you have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 2) 72

Do you really think environmental scientists trying to protect the reef won't bother to check that?

Yes, but only because the range of coral survivability is high enough that if they manage to spray enough to matter then I would question how much global warming we would be causing by burning kerosene to get the stuff in the air in the first place.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 72

Do you know why Australia has the largest invasive camel population in the world?

Australia has the only wild camel population in the world, and they are neither invasive nor a problem anyone really cares about.

If you're looking for an example of silly human meddling causing grief in Australia, you've just managed to pick about the only thing that isn't one.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 72

but turns out the local increase in salinity

It's funny. A number one claim of climate science deniers is that a tiny increase in ppm in CO2 concentration can't make a difference, but now when a small change in salinity actually would be immeasurable (where do you think the salt comes from in the first place?) and even if it was measurable wouldn't make a difference given the wide variety of salinity in which coral thrives, ... now suddenly it's a problem.

I get it. Scientists never have a clue about anything. Everyone else is smarter.

Comment Re:Couldn't Apple remove the Uber App as a respons (Score 1) 88

This is what should have happened when Cook met with him.

Actually, what should have happened is that Cook said: Look, not only did you break our app store rules, but you actively added code to keep is from detecting it. So your app is rejected, will be removed from everyone's phone, your developer account is closed, and you won't be allowed to create a new one.

Comment Re:They simply remember your UDID (Score 1) 88

Then there's IDFA, the Identifier for Advertisers, which the user can reset at any time via system settings, and which Apple will reject your app for if they catch you using it for anything other than ad-tracking.

And every time I submit an app, they threaten me personally with all kinds of nastiness if the app does anything with the IDFA that it shouldn't. I'd say they take this seriously. And I'd say that if I worked for Uber (which I probably wouldn't), I would _not_ be the one submitting apps.

Comment Re:Confirmation Bias (Score 1) 182

I can think of two people I know on social media. One is very academic/intelligent (specialty pediatrician) and very left wing, one is very practical/intelligent but extremely right wing.

But I find myself turned off by both. Despite the former's reasonableness, they come off snide and elitist. The latter just comes off dumbed-down, parroting a lot of right wing nonsense.

What's kind of fascinating to me is that it's less their *ideas* that bother me. I agree with the pediatrician some of the time. I agree (conceptually, at least) with some of the right wing ideas.

It's the *presentation* and tone of both that turn me off, and neither person comes off that way in person. I think that's what contributes to the corrosiveness of social media, it's less about the ideas than their presentation and tone.

Comment Re:They simply remember your UDID (Score 1) 88

And for many years now, long before 2005, Apple removed the ability to request the UDID of a phone, and didn't allow anyone on the app store who would try to identify your iPhone. So very clearly against the app store rules. And they knew that, so this wouldn't happen if the app was run near Cupertino, where presumably the testers were located who checked for this.

There is a new thing - a device specific identifier for a vendor. That is a unique code identifying your phone _to one application_. And this identifier is destroyed when you delete the application. So various vendors cannot identify whether you used two or three of their applications, because the vender identifiers are different, and they can't keep track of anything when you delete the app.

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