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Comment Re:given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow (Score 1) 95

... 9 years after the fact.

Yes, but that misses the point. It was fixed as soon as it was pointed out. No denial, no delay, just fixed. And, at least it was found and reported, even if it did take a very long time.

Of course, with closed source we'll never know what's been lurking for many years, but I suspect there will be things there too, as there are in all complex systems.

Comment Re:Horrible Advice (Score -1, Troll) 258

Horrible advice? More like a horrible post from an AC.

Phishing is one of the biggest security concerns and what system you're on has no impact on its ability to damage your personal files.

What are you talking about? How does phishing damage the personal files on your computer? Agreed, phishing is system independent, but it tricks you into revealing information, and doesn't attack your file system.

Sure, it's harder to gain admin rights on a Linux system than Windows, but no home users care about that. A screwed up OS is the easiest thing to fix, 'just' reinstall it. The users' data files are what's important and they are equally exposed on all systems unless you've taken the steps to setup advanced security measures which no home users do.

"Just" reinstall Windows, right. And that type of user likely doesn't have a backup, so what then? And user data files are NOT equally exposed on all systems.

No home user cares if their computers are part of a bot net, they still function fine for them.

Come to think of it, I can see why you post as an AC; you don't want to embarrass yourself.

Comment Re:I use linux because (Score 1) 258

So what you need to offer is some disruptive innovation, some great feature that draws people to Linux, something so good that they would be willing to temporarily forgo the lack of applications

Although I'm a rabid Linux fan I have to say that your post made a lot of sense. But I'd add to the above, in view of Windows 10 integrated spyware, "Or Windows has to become so bad that people will be driven away."

Comment Re:really (Score 1) 145

the rate we purchase new phones, when the ones we have already are more than adequate, is a bigger travesty. so the note 7 had an accelerated eol, i think if people should be more concerned with the motto we learned when we were young, reduce/reuse/recycle, and actually do that instead of "oh new shiny, must get" fucking people

Now there's the answer, it seems: Use the things longer. You don't need a new phone every year. Oooh ... iPhone 7 .... gotta have it .... until the iPhone 8 comes out 12 months later.

Keep them until they wear out. Yes, there's an issue with limited recharging cycles ... but replaceable batteries should be the norm. Yes, there's an issue with software updates .... vendors need to be more responsible about that.

Comment Re:Right (Score 1) 326

Millenials ar ethe hardest working most selfless generation ever put on earth.

As pointed out somewhere above, oldsters have been complaining about "these kids today" for millennia. But equally so and for equally long, kids have regarded oldsters as no better than idiots. "Ayn chadash tachat hashemesh" --- there is nothing new under the sun.

Comment Re: Oh No! Trump opened his mouth again! (Score 1) 756

Talmudic discourse recognizes, in varying ways, indeterminate gender, incapacity to reproduce, etc. I would have to review to be sure but I believe there is a category for someone born with physical characteristics of both genders.

But all of you miss my point.

Someone can be straight, gay, male, female, trans, identify with a certain gender, and all the variations that there may be. They all deserve to be treated with the respect and dignity due any human being. They deserve to be free from discrimination and intimidation. I never intended to imply anything else, and in my personal life I try very hard to live by these principles.

None of this negates biology. We are nearly all of us born either male or female. Yes, we can change that. Yes, we can identify differently or have different orientations. And none of this should be a problem.

Comment Re:not all men do it, but ALL MEN SHOULD CALL IT O (Score 1) 756

YOU may never say sh*t like that, but do you stand up when others do?

As a matter of fact, I do.

Are you not aware that many important allies in the world are directed by a female leader?

There have been great and honorable female leaders. Golda Meir, for instance. Margaret Thatcher, even if you didn't agree with her politics. And many others. (Hillary won't be one of them but that's a different discussion.)

Comment Re:Mass appeal (Score 2) 252

Critics of literature and the guys who nominate books for literary awards probably don't read a lot of SF either

They also, as far as I can tell, generally don't have much of a clue about science and math either. This works into why they rave over Jonathan Franzen publishing a novel every ten years or so and praising it to the heavens, rather than even considering sci-fi which may have concepts well beyond the critics' understanding.

I remember once seeing a complaint from an author about the New York Times weekly book review section, to the effect: "The New York Times likes young women poets who killed themselves."

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