Anytime somebody wants bad enough to accomplish something, they will. The real thing protecting Apple and Linux... lack of market share. The pros don't target bums for the big heist. If you you are going to put effort into something, you do it for the returns, and writing a devastating linux/mac malware (when linux varieties are far less standardized than MS OS's, and mac has 80%+ less market share) just isn't going to get you the attention/money etc. that tampering with the market share leader will accomplish.
Many people who doubted AGW (humans causing the hockey stick graph, or the graph itself) are claiming this is some sort of smoking gun. I claim it's scientists being scientists, and failing at being politicians.
The very fact that this reveals some scientists are doubting some results is exactly what should happen in science. This is why there is a consensus among scientists. Doubting is a part of science and skeptics alike, but discovering the reasons for the doubt and changing a viewpoint when good, conflicting data are found are hallmarks of the scientist. Skeptics will cling to disproved data, hoping it somehow becomes true if they believe it hard enough.
There is no doubt that the earth is warmer, but mark my words: some idiot media personality will make claims to the contrary due to this. They thrive on confusion, and there's nothing more confusing (and humorous) than watching scientists wrestle with politics.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Things that stir the soul of one culture need not make any sense to any other culture.
Other than having a professional demeanor while at work, I see no reason that a person would need to be a social chameleon. Sure you may dress up when you go to a costume party, or quiet down when attending church, but in general, one should be able to be oneself at all times.
My friends, family, and coworkers could all easily distinguish activities I probably have engaged in from ones I probably would not engage in if given a list, and those will generally all match up very well(not counting the lists from a current or former girlfriend, but those things are private between the participants and need not be shared)
Then again, I suppose not everyone has the foresight to select and train for a career they actually enjoy, and so must put on a mask every day lest their coworkers see the quiet desperation in their eyes as they try to 'make do'
And I suppose that many are not confident in and of themselves so that they feel they must wear a mask to get people to like them, a mask that they must then wear any time they are around their 'friends' who are not really their friends, but friends of the mask that they wear.
Just considering those two situations is depressing enough, I don't even want to consider a person that feels a need to wear a mask around their own family.
How do you think stars are formed? Do giant space storks bring them?
Yes. Yes they do.
It certainly wouldn't be completely effective but it would seem to fit our model of transactions better. More of a shopkeeper telling a regular customer, "We both know you purchased that item for a price that was obviously a mistake, essentially free. And now I'm asking you to make it right by agreeing to pay what the advertised price was, the price that you saw it was supposed to be when you put it in your cart. You have the right to say no, to not pay, but if you take that path you are no longer welcome to shop in my establishment. Please take your future business elsewhere."
And to those that would argue that they believed Amazon was actually giving away boxed DVD sets for $.01 I shake my head wearily.
God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein