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Comment Re:Shift from offering products to exploiting user (Score 1) 127

Go shopping for a TV - see if you can easily find one that doesn't spy on you. Go shop for a mobile phone, I don't think you could find one that doesn't spy on you. Try to sign up for an online social group or communication tool, good luck finding one that doesn't stalk you across internet and sells your information to the highest bidder. Now tell me that ANY of this is driven by consumer demand.

Comment Re:Here's the answer (Score 1) 127

I might agree that we reached diminishing return within existing computing silicon transistor technology. However, we have not reached limits of physics. Limits will be along Computronium lines, and clearly, we are nowhere near that.
Work on 3D layouts, 10nm die, quantum computing are all very promising. Don't confuse with lack of competition allowing Intel to stop (or likely hoard) innovation with actual stagnation. Once AMD gets back into the game, we will see return of 90s-era progress.

Comment Re:pushing things underground (Score 1) 173

This is evident in how many Republicans have submitted themselves to Trump, who is hardly a model of a good Christian.

Who cares how much time Trump spends praying so long as he appoints conservative Supreme Court justices and doesn't shove trannies into your bathrooms or force Christians to bake gay wedding cakes?

Comment Shift from offering products to exploiting users (Score 5, Insightful) 127

This can be easily explained by a corporate shift from offering innovative products that fulfill consumer needs to offering products that exploit consumers in innovative ways. 20 years ago what we consider mundane "information sharing" would cause congressional hearings and indictments of CEOs.

80 and 90s we get a great deal of consumer electronics and computing products that were sold on merits. Late 2000s and into 2010s we have dominance of software that spies and manipulates user behavior for profit. Mid 2010s and we started to see "spies and manipulates" getting pushed into hardware under ruse of IoT.

Negative tone is a result of "You can't fool everyone all the time" playing out.

Comment Re:pushing things underground (Score 1) 173

I don't understand why the only answer to Nazism is censorship/no platform/violence, etc. Are their arguments so incredibly powerful and persuasive that anyone who hears them becomes a Nazi? If you're unable to argue with them, is it because you're terrible at debate, or is it because they're right?

Comment Re:Donald Trump? (Score 1) 173

Doesn't even have to be "unpopular." "I support Trump" and "I support Hillary" were both widely held, popular opinions. But you damn well know people are moderating those comments based on their own political bent and not on "toxicity."

This is why reddit is such garbage. Yes, the rules explicitly state that up votes and down votes mean "contributes" or "doesn't contribute" and not "agree" or "disagree." So on any controversial topic what you should find at the top should be the very best, most well thought-out arguments for each side. That would be useful! Instead whatever supports the group think, no matter how trite or retarded goes up and well thought out counter arguments are downboated to oblivion.

"Toxicity" is just a way of maintaining the status quo, whatever it happens to be. 70 years ago a comment that "blacks should go to school with whites" would be toxic and unproductive.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 5, Interesting) 265

One thing you're forgetting is that these stars have very low gravity, so when they throw flares they get a lot further out into space than they do on the sun. Typically the incident radiation will be low for the reasons you described, but when a planet orbits through a flare it gets zapped really hard. Meanwhile, orbiting the sun, we are so unaffected by flares that when we saw one, we thought it was the Russians jamming our radar.

People who get excited about aliens living on planets orbiting dwarf stars are kidding themselves. These stars are a dime a dozen and make up more than 90% of all stars, their light is more strongly affected by planetary transits, and they tend not to gobble up their innermost planets when forming. It's no wonder we find exoplanets around them all the time. But there is nobody interesting living on any of them. You can really only trust type F and G stars with life. Larger stars explode so fast their planets haven't even had time to solidify, and smaller stars have to be hugged so closely that the planet is affected by the star's fickle weather patterns.

Comment Re:Enablers shift expectations (Score 1) 125

None of the people in this discussion have mentioned the real evil destroying our world.

Books. Newspapers. Written language. When Gutenberg's press came into existence, there was a Swedish psychologist warning everyone that we'd all experience information overload, social withdrawal, and all manner of ills becoming addicted to the vast mountains of text sent our way. The family is destroyed as the father now reads the paper at breakfast instead of interacting with his household, and the children read their books instead of playing with other children.

When will we destroy this great tool of Satan which has corrupted the hearts of good men?

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 199

More ridiculous is the claim that including crypto will force WordPress to implement better security. WordPress can just ignore this; and getting hacked by shitty REST API authentication verification isn't fixed by pouring on more crypto sauce.

This guy is a crypto nerd who thinks crypto solves all problems. It doesn't. He probably has databases with columns (UserID, UserName, CryptedPassword, AESKey) so the password is AES-encrypted with an individual key per-user.

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