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Comment Only 0.24%? 0.7%? (Score 1) 109

Avast didn't store the data they collected, but they did report statistics on which sites were accessed most frequently. "5.1 percent played Pokemon Go, while 0.7 percent used dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, Match and Meetup, and 0.24 percent visited pornography sites like Pornhub."

I'm impressed, I would have put those numbers much higher.

Comment Re:BREAKING NEWS (Score 1) 109

Right, because only a moron has their wireless device set to automatically re-connect to SSIDs they have previously connected to - if you read the excerpt above you'll see they used SSIDs identical to popular hotels, coffee shops, etc.

And of course, by moron I mean everyone that accepts the defaults on their iPhone, Android, other device.

Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 382

And as he will soon discover, if he manages to become President, for all this talk of how bad illegal Mexican immigrants are, the agriculture industry of the border states would collapse without them.

Do the immigrants have to be illegal to work in agriculture? Why can't the positions be filled with the tens of thousands of legal immigrants we take in every year?

The reason Americans don't want those jobs is they don't pay what most Americans consider "living wages" (though, oddly millions of immigrants manage to live off them...), if you remove the low-wage illegal workers farmers will raise wages, legal immigrants will take the positions, and while your food may get more expensive, every worker will be legal. The availability of low-wage workers keep wages depressed, remove the low-wage worker and wages go up.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 3, Interesting) 421

"Unlimited" to Verizon means "unlimited as long as you use less than 300 kilobits per second continuously". Which just happens to be almost exactly the minimum bandwidth for a Skype video call. Ponder that for a moment.

Sure, I'll ponder that for a moment, then point out that you seem to think there are people that literally Skype 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months every year, never stopping to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, etc. I suspect many/most customers lead more balanced lives then that.

Comment Re: Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

Wiring every home in America is a slightly larger exercise than accomplishing the same in New Zealand. Oh, and the the last thing I want is the US politicians owning the last mile of every cable tv/internet/phone system - it would quickly turn into a means to gouge the haves to fund ever more free stuff for the have-nots.

Comment Re: Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

bye you tax evading piece of shit. why contribute to the state that's services enabled you to have a nice retirement fund in the first place, right?

WTF is wrong with you? Pretty sure he paid taxes every year he drew a paycheck n California, and if he's lucky enough Trl his house in CA I'll bet you the next owner will draw a paycheck and pay more in gross payroll taxes than he would as a retiree.

So, his moving from the state more than likely increases California's tax even use, but sure, call him names for wanting to have a better retirement.

It's people like you that make so much easier for people to leave California.

Comment Odd.. (Score 2, Insightful) 245

This capability has existed in certain CPU/chipsets since the Intel Core processors were released yet to date no one has successfully 'hacked' into this well-advertised feature...

Did this boing-boing blogger check with anyone that, you know, is fairly current on the Intel platform before exposing this 'incredible' security issue?

Comment Re: What's wrong with using COBOL? (Score 4, Interesting) 217

Ibm makes a ton of their money selling brand new supported systems that can run code compiled decades ago without modification.

Microsoft has the same business model - it's called "upward compatibility" and was introduced in the computer industry by IBM in 1964 when the IBM System 360 was released - prior to that every computer model was a snowflake unique and unlike any that preceded it or were to follow it.

Now you could independently worry this also implies aging hardware, but isn't that old.

COBOL programs running under MVS operating systems on MAINFRAME hardware doesn't imply old hardware - IBM is still releasing new mainframes every few years.

Comment So what? (Score 5, Insightful) 217

Your bank, your insurance company, and any large corporation likely has COBOL programs running in their environment.

What it the issue with using COBOL? Is it the age of the language or the fact that all your professors in college choose not to teach it?

Using a proven tool to solve a problem is called being practical.

Comment Re:Paranoia strikes deep (Score 1) 512

Someone said she was from Wales. (I cannot check TFA as it's page is so broken that I cannot read the left half of it). I live in Wales myself and can vouch for the fact that we don't get Fox News here.

That doesn't mean she doesn't represent everything that is wrong with education in America!

Oh, wait... /sarcasm

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