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Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 69

Why would I use Telegram if I were concerned about security? It has a closed-source, roll your own crypto system. WhatsApp and Signal use OpenWhisper.

Anyway, WhatsApp might have security vulnerabilities or backdoors but the reported "backdoor" isn't a backdoor. It's a design choice, and there is an option for security-conscious people to see when a new crypto key is generated.

Comment Re:One additional symptom (Score 1) 297

Well, he's referring to medical evidence that loneliness has been associated with a 30% raise in mortality, and posters in this thread are saying, "Yeah, but who benefits from this study" or "I feel great without friends." It's like saying, "Yeah, my grandfather smoked two packs a day and he lived to 100 so smoking is fine." A normal reaction to anecdotal evidence would be "that's bullshit."

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1, Informative) 324

Trump's Taiwan excursion was heavily planned after months of lobbying by Bob Dole and other registered foreign agents of Taiwan. Oh, and the Trump Organization sent someone to investigate a potential billion dollar deal to develop land in Taiwan while this was going on. But no conflict of interest there!

Comment Can't Use Google Allo As Default SMS App (Score 1) 98

What is Google thinking? Google Allo cannot be used as a default SMS app. If a text message is sent from Allo to a non-Allo user, the recipient would get a relay message asking him or her to join Allo. Google now has Hangouts (which can be used as a default SMS app), Allo (?), Duo (video messaging), Voice (?), and Messenger. What is the need for these apps?!

Comment Re: Curse(d) (Score 1) 25

I quit when pandas started roaming Azeroth. What was Bliz even thinking?

But after that I went to a private server to try older expansions and it was a lot of fun at first but the experience became altogether corrosive.

These days I really enjoy Path of Exile, but it would have no use for Curse apart from the wiki for reading content about the game.

Having a company thrive from curating game information frees up game developers to put their time in the game itself and leave the understanding of mechanics to a third party.

This is a double edged sword I think. It would be better for games companies to do it themselves, however the promotion of the game then also gets spearheaded by the third parties to drive their interests further.

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