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Comment Re:Battery cases prove market for fatter phone (Score 1) 278

It doesn't make it awkward at all. The external batteries are easily pocketable, and a short bit of cable isn't a problem. I have a MiFi with a battery you can swap, but I've never swapped the battery - it's easier and simpler just to plug it into an external battery when the charge gets low.

Comment Re:Cognitive Load (Score 1) 171

1) Remembering 15-20 complex passwords is impossible. Not just "not easy", but impossible. You'd have to write them down.

2) You have no idea how many businesses have a black binder with a few pages of passwords in it. If the passwords are written down, they can be stolen, and they can't easily be changed without making consistent changes to your binder of passwords.

3) Shared passwords are not easily managed using a password manager "keychain service"

4) Some computers cannot have the password manager installed on it, ruling out its use (my biggest problem - I have a locked down computer that it is completely impossible to install 3rd party software on)

5) In the event that (4) applies, you could use the manager but then have a bunch of random passwords to remember, compelling you to do (2).

6) Sync between password managers. Not that it's impossible, but it has issues similar to any other networked application. Firewalling, filtering, proxies...

I'm not against the password manager as a concept, but we're a long way away from the common user being able to use it easily.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 264

Yeah, it's my fault I lost 40% of my 401K because I made bad choices and invested in the stock market like a moron.

If all your options are bad, your only option is to make a bad choice.
cf the dumpster fire falling off a cliff and sliding into the sea that is the 2016 election.

Comment No, your argument is unadulterated BS (Score 1) 206

Public health is something you need to get familiar with. This debate was settled, at least in the US, back in the early 1900s. You do NOT have an unfettered right to decide what goes into your body and what you do with it. You CAN be compelled to take medications and be vaccinated. Have you ever heard of quarantine, or Typhoid Mary?

In a similar fashion, the state can kill you if the collective polity sees it as necessary.

The fact that you BELIEVE, against the evidence, that you have this right - that makes you unreasonable.

Comment Re:Ancient Aliens (Score 1) 240

If you treat religion as a collection of metaphysics and resultant supernatural phenomena, then sure. It's worse than ancient alien theorists. But religion satisfies a very human need to "know" what happens postmortem. Regardless of it being a pack of lies. Mainly because the people who believe in religion would not permit its falsification by any conventional means. You'd literally have to have a voice from on high - "the voice of God" tell them that it's all bullshit, therefore proving their beliefs out.

Even given my attitudes towards all that, I recognize the comfort that religious beliefs can offer a person and I refuse to give people a hard time about it. The example that comes to mind is the old woman who lost her husband and her whole family and wants to meet them again in an afterlife. Religion - at least the monotheistic forms of same - gives her this. It's what their minds crave and they give in to it without much resistance.

Coming to terms with people being irrational and stupid has been nearly fifty years work for me. I think i've done pretty well at trying to have some self-awareness on this issue.

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