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Comment Re:I have to say it (Score 1) 129

I have to admit, I really don't get that particular scandal. When you have a notification, the X has always just been a dismiss button. When the notification is informing a user about a scheduled operation, why on earth would anyone think that simply dismissing the notification would magically un-schedule the operation? Now, if there were a button inside the dialog box that said "Don't Install" and it did anyway, now we'd have a legitimate scandal.

Comment Re:Stupid people (Score 1) 129

Because there's more to Office than just Word, and having the ability to add custom code actually has a large benefit to programs like Excel and Access. And maybe someone wants Excel to generate an email in Outlook or a Word document as a report, or update a PowerPoint presentation? Just because you don't use a feature doesn't mean that someone else doesn't have a very legitimate use for it. There's a reason why macro support is often cited as a weakness of competing suites like LibreOffice.

Comment Re:Always browse torrent sites with Javascript off (Score 1) 202

The problem is more one of inconvenience, because it throws up the same warning page not just entering the site, but also for every link you click on the site as well.

If anything, it's encouraging unsafe behavior, because most users will be so put off by this annoying behavior that they'll just disable the feature entirely.

Comment Re:Theory? (Score 1) 185

I'm glad to see someone else already made this comment. It's precisely this type of misappropriated use of the word "theory" in a scientific setting that leads so many people to ignorantly denounce legitimate scientific theories, confusing them for scientific guesswork.

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