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Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 2) 798

Trump: "Oh yeah, let's just support the terrorists by pretending they don't exist."

Headline on CNN 20 minutes later: "Trump Supports Ignoring Terrorism"

The stupid part is that ignoring terrorists is what we actually should be doing! Freaking out about terrorism is the only thing that makes it effective.

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 2) 147

This adds no additional security to a system secured with a password

Sure it does - It means you have two passwords, rather than a password and a piece of publicly-available information... Though the GP already gets that, I basically just rephrased his "type garbage, and save a copy" as something a bit more user-friendly. :)

That said, I otherwise agree with you completely - Though, I also don't really see the problem here. Biometrics would solve some of the usability issues with passwords, but at the cost of introducing entirely new ones.

Really, I think a lot of this comes down to "how much security is enough"? Sending an SMS for two-factor counts as far, far more than adequate 99% of the time; and that even counts as massive overkill 99% of the time. For virtually all uses, just using something like your favorite porn star's name is good enough.

Comment Re:You made the bed. Now sleep in it. (Score 4, Informative) 349

The problem is that areas had record cold this past winter, and "deniers" get slammed for correlating a weather event to global climate change

Record cold can be evidence for global warming. The key is to understand what "warming" actually is: adding energy to the system. Consider a glass of water. What happens when you add energy to it by shaking it? The answer is, it sloshes around -- the maximum height of the water surface gets higher, and the minimum height gets lower. Or consider the refrigeration thermodynamic cycle: one part of the system gets colder even though the total energy of the system is increasing.

That's not to say that record cold is always evidence of global warming, or indeed that it could never be evidence of an oncoming ice age. I'm just pointing out that the issue is more complicated than "record cold = cooling" or "record heat = heating" considered in isolation. We only know that record heat actually is evidence for heating because it's been observed as part of a larger pattern and was predicted by climate models and such (i.e., all the actual science that climatologists do that a Fox News sound bite is inadequate to explain).

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 1) 147

Also, security questions are a joke. Where was I born? The whole world knows by now. Why would I provide yet another vector for compromising my account?

You realize that you don't need to give a meaningful (nevermind "true") answer to those security questions?

"Mother's maiden name?" "#10 dual-window envelopes".

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 137

The only 'negative' things I can see about it are the Microsoft connection..and that it'll eventually RROD on me.

It's also violating your privacy (especially if instead of a 360 it were an Xbone, as this topic is actually about). By using it, you are also tacitly signalling your support for Microsoft's continuing assault on property rights (by attempting to subordinate them to copyright law run amok). Those costs may not be measured in dollars, yet they are real.

Comment Re:If they didn't want unlimited use (Score 2) 420

Verizon has ZERO obligation to do anything for you if you're off plan, not thing one.

Verizon has lots of obligations, including some to society in general (i.e., people who aren't even Verizon customers at all). Operating with good faith and fair dealing is one of those obligations.

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