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Comment Here's an idea... (Score 1) 271

How about every news network be forced to use a twitter-like formatting? That way they're required to cut the BS and over-dramatization of the media and get right to the specifics of the issue. I for one don't care to hear about how 'This food ingredient may be found to kill you.' and then the actual broadcast that goes into detail on the matter says 'No, it doesn't.' The summary is I just wasted an hour of my time on nothing but scare tactics. This is why I don't even watch the news or read newspapers anymore.

The reason people use the internet at all to get news is because then they have several places to get the news so they can acquire the facts and filter out the opinions, lies, and BS for themselves. Which wouldn't have to happen if the news distributors were honest and forthright to begin with.

Comment The More You Know (Score 1) 95

Just a heads-up to the naysayers, TFA says first off that this is only being used for people applying for credit cards, not opening their existing accounts or accessing funds. It also says that it is a system using the combined efforts of a polygraph and the collected history of police reports where criminals have been exposed as lying in past polygraph tests. The machine is also programmed to detect that the user is attempting to acquire more information about the account or its holder while interacting with the machine. The questions asked also pertain to the individual supposedly opening the account, which adds more security to the polygraph test itself.

It's not as cut and dry as 'Just a polygraph test', so give it a little more merit than that, please.

Comment Yes. (Score 1) 330

Now all they need is for any of these webcam pictures taken to contain an undressed minor. It's already very possible, since they have no idea what will be on the other end when they enable it. They should be held just as accountable for 'child porn' if any such images do exist in their stored data.

Comment Re:Cameras make sense in some cases (Score 1) 80

Unfortunately as soon as this became an option, every time elections were up for anything from town sheriff to president, campaign reps will be spamming Freedom of Information for any reports and videos on the opposition and their entire party to use it against them in the campaign. Not to mention Paparazzi magazines would do it for any video footage of celebrities.

Comment Hmm... (Score 1) 91

I wonder if it'll ever happen where companies abduct the starving, diseased children in Africa or India (again), drop them in a hidden or secured and un-visitable facility (E.g. no press), and farm their own population of slaves to 'solve the problem of world hunger' and still make a disgusting amount of profit off of the end-buyer.

Comment Wow, really? (Score 1) 216

I think the 'balance of usability' would be perfectly easily defined by the end-user more than the programmer.

How about making the OS scalably responsive based on how it's used? "Gee, this guy only seems to use notepad and Firefox, and he has a hard time reading the text because he keeps enlarging it. Let's do that for him, and keep Notepad at the ready. Maybe even in a few weeks archive some of his least-used programs and data files to save system space. But make sure he knows we'd like to do it, and give him the option to decide not to."

"It looks like this guy really likes to play DX games and surf the web, and tweak his configurations. Let's give him the option of enabling administrative mode more easily and seeing hidden files, but allow him to disable it if he ever wants. And while we're at it, let's prioritize DirectX applications when they're running fullscreen so he gets the best experience out of it. In fact, he's so good at using this thing, let's let him have the option to modify his resolution, UI features, button sizes, text and color formatting, refresh rate, even tinker with his registry. He obviously knows how to handle it."

"This person thinks they know what they're doing, but they changed something that we had to adjust to make the system functional again. If he tries it again, we can just give him a polite reminder of what happened last time and offer that he seek support on the subject on our forums before he continue enforcing the same changes as before."

And most importantly...

"This person really doesn't seem to like it when we augment the OS's actions based on what they do, so let's just disable it and let him change his ability to access things manually."

All you have to do is make sure that the OS lets the end-user know 'Yes, we did this, and no, it wasn't a virus. Do you want us to put it back the way it was?' Give the end-user all the options but also the protections for the people who think they know what they're doing or the ones who DO want to minimize it for their use to a handful of actions.

I'd even be happy with after two months it goes 'You have a bunch of programs you never ever use. They're components of the OS, but if you never expect to use them we could remove them for you. Would you like to see a list and take out things you don't want to improve disk space and possibly even system performance?'

And last but not least, have all these annoying questions and thoughts in a convenient little place that doesn't get in the way. Popups on the taskbar? Maybe. But better yet, how about a scrolling ticker on the desktop? It floats behind other objects/windows, asks questions about your system use, and can also be configured to constantly inform you of important things. From RSS feeds to the weather, if you have new email, or occasionally mention your system performance.

Comment Riiight.. (Score 0) 281

Anyone arguing that MS might make Skype better or at least not screw it up? They just announced removal from one system and it's been less than a week. They're going to confine Skype in an attempt to Microsoft-only products to keep their products on top of Mac and Linux. Bet you good they're going to integrate it right into Windows 8 with a nifty API for third-parties and maybe even make it so you get special phoning discounts if you use it from a Windows OS.

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