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Comment Increase the scope of the question (Score 1) 306

I would ask has there ever been a time that a majority of the working population displayed critical thinking skills? Old timers will likely say, "Back in the day..." but I wager that when they were the young-uns, the older timers likely said the same thing about their skill set. I think the vast majority of people indentured to a wage from top to bottom of the workplace hierarchy are lacking in the ability. But as noted in above comments, I'm just another hater too, or so they say.

Comment One minor part in a bigger problem. (Score 1) 118

While anything to prevent any intrusion into peoples private conversations is laudable, it's just treating a symptom of the greater problem. Just my opinion, but I would also like to see efforts made so governments and any other authorities don't spy on their people as well as these kinds of efforts which make it so they can't spy on their people.

Comment Cultural competition ala Civilization. (Score 1) 254

RT, or Russia Today, is an admission ticket for Russia into the global competition of culture. Much akin to a game of Civilization (thank god for Sid Meier) where a civ goes for a cultural victory. Also, the comparison's to Fox News in the US are a bit off. Fox News' focus of 'us vs. them' is the intra-national infighting of the dis-United States while Russia Today's 'us vs. them' is clearly international.

Comment I enjoyed it for what it is, a Superman story. (Score 1) 364

I'm watching a pirated copy on a stream right now, but did see it over the weekend at a 3D theater. My opinion is that it's the most enjoyable summer action movie this year so far, at least in comparison to Star Trek: Into Darkness, which was also very good, Fast Furious 6, which delivered on action even though it made little sense, and much more enjoyable than the Tony Stark movie, Iron Man 3, which I didn't particularly enjoy as a whole, even if it had some entertaining parts. I don't get the general disdain on 'reboots' here, but I think people should be able to retell the stories they want. I'm happy to compare and opine on what I like and don't like afterwards.

Comment Torchlight (Score 1) 540

Torchlight had everything that was fun in Diablo and Diablo 2 minus multiplayer. Torchlight 2 intends to remedy that issue and will not likely require always on, an authenticator, or a lot of the other nagging issues that are required to be endured when playing Diablo 3. Torchlight 2 is also 1/3 the price of Diablo 3 and if pre-purchased on Steam gives a copy of the original Torchlight game. By value and ease, my opinion is that Torchlight 2 is a better product. Still, I have no real hate for Diablo 3 if that is what other people choose to spend their money on and play. Hopefully everyone enjoys their click fests.

Comment Grado Labs iGrado (Score 1) 448

Some posts have already mentioned the more expensive Grado headphones, but I had not seen any mention the iGrado. The iGrado is priced right at the $50 mark the OP asked for and use the drivers from the slightly more expensive SR60i model. I personally own an SR80, before they came out with the i designation, and still think they sound better than anything else I have tried, as I prefer the greater bass they put out than the SR60 and iGrado models. The OP did want a flat sound level, and I think the iGrado model seems to hit the mark.

Comment join the pirates? take over! (Score 1) 300

why not pull a hostile takeover on the somali pirates and make a real enterprise out of it? startup costs are not prohibitive assuming you can find some willing participants to join you in the endeavor. insurance and legal costs are minimal. the world is awash in small arms and un/underemployed. there is a lot of profit there for someone.

Comment Re:None... (Score 1) 896

Note that I'm a smart computer user who keeps everything patched and up to do, as well as knows how to configure a hardware router/firewall.

I see a lot of people claim things like this. The question I ask every one of them, especially if they run XP (an outdated OS missing a number of modern security features, like application sandboxing and ASLR), is whether they run as Administrator or not. 95% still say Yes (beats the approximately 99.9% otherwise, but... still too high). Running as Admin is a *terrible* idea - you might as well be running Windows ME, in terms of security - yet far too many people do so anyhow.

I'll grant you that running as a non-admin on XP or older is a pain - it was that pain which drove me to Linux in the first place. Now I dual-boot Win7 and Linux (Vista and Linux on my older machine) and things have worked out very well. I don't have any continuous monitoring AV running (I keep a copy of ClamAV for on-demand scans), I don't disable UAC or Protected Mode (in fact, I tweak the UAC settings and remove FlashPlayer's exemption regarding Protect Mode). A few UAC or sudo prompts a month is easily worth the extra protection that not running as Admin provides. Security is all about defense in depth, and relying solely on anti-intrusion methods is stupid.

Yes, there's still a lot of harm that can be done with standard user permissions. However, most malware authors, especially for Windows, assume that their code will run as Admin/root, and therefore it would fail on my system anyhow. Furthermore, without Admin, malware can't make itself un-removable. It might send spam or DDOS attempts, but it couldn't edit my firewall settings, hide itself from task manager, install kernel-mode code, or prevent me from deleting it.

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