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Comment And the best part is (Score 1) 255

The best part of all those free apps is all the crap-ware which gets installed with them. I swear every time I get a free app for M$ windows, it tries to hi-jack my browser with some POS add-on.
Everytime some friend/relative asks me to help him with his MS windows computer I feel like poking myself in the eye. I feel so dirty.

Comment You are wrong. Elon is right. (Score 5, Insightful) 270

I hope Elon continues to take the press to task for this.
The news media is deplorable for their reporting. Virtually nothing you see in the media has any chance of killing you.
The news media reports on home invasions and shootings, but the chance of you being shot in your home by a stranger is incredibly low.
The news media reports on terrorist attacks, but the probability that you will die in a terrorist attack is less than 1 in a million.
The news media does not report on the 1.2 million people who die in car accidents, nor the tens of millions who die from cancer, nor the tens of millions who die of heart disease.
IF YOU SEE IT ON THE NEWS IT WILL NOT HAPPEN TO YOU. Unfortunately most people do not understand this.

Comment even worse (Score 3, Interesting) 342

I seldom go to theaters any more.
The food mediocre and overpriced.
There are no intermissions or breaks on 3 hour long movies. Old movies had intermissions. Live theater has intermissions. When do I get rid of all this soda that has made its way to my bladder? I can pause a movie at home any time I want.

Comment UNFORTUNATELY Everything under the sun at Amazon (Score 2) 141

I still use search engines to look for retailers other than Amazon to buy stuff, because I like to give the little guy some business.
But nowadays it seems like Amazon is ALL there is for many products that I want. Either Amazon is driving many businesses out of business, or it is doing a great job completely dominating search engine results for several different search engines.

Comment Excellent question with no answer! (Score 4, Informative) 279

I have often wondered the answer to this question myself: how can I tell if a machine on my network is compromised?
So I set up a Linux box as my primary router, and monitored all the traffic going through the box, and holy crap, there is a lot of stuff.
Every time you hit a facebook web page, the javascript in there directs your browser to hit literally dozens of other web sites, and this is true of EVERY device in your house: your wife's laptop, your son's smartphone, your dog's water bowl. When you watch a video on Netflix video, the video player hits a dozen different servers at once, and those connections come and go constantly, old ones are closed, new ones opened to different servers throughout the world with all kinds of different names. And, of course a modern computer or smartphone uses all kinds of services: time services, location services, software updates, on and on and on.

It would be very difficult for a person to notice a low level bot doing something amiss. I have all the data, and I don't know how to do it.

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