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Comment Re:Ignorance shouldn't be an excuse. (Score 1) 37

claim ignorance

Security is mostly / always at the cost of convenience, and often costs money budgets don't have (until it is too late).

I know that in our organization, security is always an afterthought, even though we in IT try to make it a priority. Decisions made by people who are ignorant are almost always wrong (broken clocks being right twice a day), because they are almost always based on convenience over security.

And when the inevitable security problems come up, they expect IT to fix them, without compromising all their stupid decisions along the way.

When ever someone makes a REALLY stupid suggestion (easily guessed passwords), I try to put it into terms they can understand ... "Why not set everyone's password to the exact same thing, that way when someone forgets their password, their neighbor can tell it to them! CONVENIENT!!!"

Comment Re: Hardly news.. (Score 1) 85

One race instills systematic impediments that create an uneven playing field holding back other races from equitably participating in the riches of our society. This is just wrong!

You mean like the SF quarterback who is among the %01, raised by white parents when his black parents abandoned him, complaining about being "oppressed"?

IF there are systemic impediments that create an uneven playing field, it is by those who keep insisting that there are impediments even in the face of all the proof in the world that such things do not exist, because the belief is what is holding these people back.

Or, think of it this way, the whole DNC "you can't make it because rich white people are keeping you down and you need our (DNC) help" is patently offensive and racist. Partly because it is run by "rich white people" telling poor black people they need rich white people's help. If that isn't fucking racist, I don't know what is.

Comment Re: Hardly news.. (Score 0) 85

Tribalism is based on Evolutionary group behavior. Humans cannot really survive well as individuals in an evolutionary setting.

You cannot nullify millions of years of evolution by simply willing it away. So, while you "struggle to understand", I don't struggle to understand, because it is easy to understand. It isn't an "irrational emotional response", it is bred into us, and is pure instinct, just like breading itself is.

The other option to this is that we are not millions of years old evolutionary creatures, but are a creation of a deity, much much younger. And as a creation, then we must argue over which creation story is correct, and thus begins the "tribalism" that occurs over such arguments.

Personally, I like to think that tribalism is neither good nor bad, but how things "are". My tribe (aka Family) exists, my choice of friends (alliances) extends my tribe. I get along with some other tribes, and I don't get along with some other tribes. It isn't binary, but often appears that way.

My particular view is also one of the reasons why I am a Libertarian. Because, as long as your tribe leaves my tribe alone, to live as we see fit, and I do the same, I really don't care what god you believe in, what OS you use, what race you are. The problem are those people who DO care what others believe, and do ... and demand that I follow their rules.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 2) 289

Oh yeah! Mid 40's here and have been skydiving since 2012, and really gearing up on flying a wingsuit out of the plane for the last couple of years. Funnily enough life's been pretty awesome since then, so I'm in no hurry to rush into BASE, much less Wingsuit base, which seems like it has a ridiculously high fatality rate. I know three amazing wingsuit pilots, one who was my AFF instructor back in 2012, who have gone in this year. I think they were all trying to fly that ridiculous run in Charmonix. Cave diving and surfing the waves from collapsing glaciers in Alaska are similarly hazardous and awesome. There is no shortage of potentially deadly hobbies to get into!

Comment Thieves, Eh? (Score 1) 453

Given the blatantly false hype on the game right up to the day before the launch, I'd say the refunds are preventing a much more expensive class action lawsuit that could very easily be won by the players by just running the trailer footage alongside the actual gameplay footage. What was promised was not delivered, and the only reason you had as many preorders as you did was due to the promises of the developers. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it and pissed off again, maybe I'll pen a letter to the FTC asking them to look into it!

Comment Re:Not totally true (Score 3, Interesting) 108

many people actually let google "know" who they are during their surfing, so if they google for the porn their google account has a record of it. Instead of doing the easier/better bit of opening a "private" tab or whatnot, they subject themselves to bing. That would be my guess for such a thing being true, if it is.

Comment Re:Guilty by omission? (Score 1) 218

what is it you think defines the words "social" and "media," for starters, and why is it you seem to be incapable of looking up "social media" online to see that it most certainly includes places like this? We're interacting. That's a form of socialization. Forums aren't direct private messages, sure, but we're certainly communicating somewhat interactively. "Media" doesn't just mean videos and music, either. Oddly though, combining "social" and "media" doesn't really match what "social media" means, since it is restricted to online activities...one can be social via media without it being online, but this here - Slashdot - is certainly a website for users to post information, communicate, share ideas, etc. The exact definition of "social media." It was started with that exact purpose, and retains that exact purpose. It's not the same website as facebook, but neither is twitter.

Comment Re:Guilty by omission? (Score 1) 218

Well here's how Webster defines it: "forms of electronic communication (such as Web sites) through which people create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, etc." What of that do you not think is the core purpose of this website? Users post news bits, we all get on to discuss news bits, we have friends and foes, we rate each other...where in that are you getting lost? Propose a better definition for the term, otherwise. Explain how yours is more correct than what a google for "define: social media" turns up.

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