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Comment Re:Vector animation is smaller than video (Score 1) 94

I don't want to see animated ads. When I do, I tend to go post something nasty about the company using it on G+. But thanks to AdBlock and NoScript, I usually don't actually see such travesties.

People who make singing, dancing ads should be slapped across the face with my cock.

Comment Re:Yeah but... (Score 1) 94

Nothing we say is going to change a thing. It's best to just block them and move on. Let it be their problem.

Actually, what would be best would be to make websites criminally liable if they deliver a malicious ad to your PC. That'll get people working on securing their networks, and make most ad networks dry up in a hurry after serving as a source of revenue.

Comment Re: We knew this going in (Score 1) 201

If you're asking why someone supported Trump, then "because he was better than the alternative" (in the opinion of the person you're asking) is a perfectly legitimate response.

It perfectly shows that a person is a flaming idiot, but that's about it. Sure, Hillary is bad. All the evidence shows that Trump is worse. Ignoring evidence is how we got where we are now. You know, things like what we knew about CO2 over a hundred years ago.

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 201

I'm completely happy taking steps to curb global warming, but a) I want to be safe doing it,

Safety is an illusion.

and b) I want to eat first.

If you want to continue to eat, you're going to do something about it.

Get some perspective. Not everything Trump is going to do will be bad,

Literally the only good thing I think might happen is that he might can the TPP. But I'm not even sure that's going to happen. He's hiring the people from the bottom of the swamp so fast that I can believe he will backpedal on literally anything.

Comment Re:#1TermDonald (Score 1) 201

Electors not following the voters' will would set a very ugly precedent. Or, did this happen before? Was a winning president ever rejected by electors?

Not following the voters' will is the entire purpose of the electoral college. They have disagreed with the popular vote five times in history. The last time was this last time. Before that, the last time gave us a Dubya presidency. Tell us again what the EC should do, please.

Comment Re:Nuance is the key (Score 1) 201

Global warming is basically a misnomer. The concept of global temperatures rising in the past hundred years or so has been debunked many times now.

[citation needed]

However, climate change - other than that caused naturally - is a fact, especially with global weather patterns becoming more and more erratic and local weather patterns becoming more and more extreme as a result of that.

What do you think brings more chaos to a chaotic system? Yes, that's correct, more energy. What kind of energy is involved in global weather? Yes, right again, kinetic and heat. Where does the kinetic energy come from? Oh yeah, thermal differentials. Again, heat. If you've got an alternate explanation for where the energy driving the climate is coming from, we're all interested in hearing about it.

Comment Re:I like how this is just now a problem (Score 1) 201

Death panels are real. They are called insurance companies. They decide whether or not you will receive treatment on a cost basis. And the insurance companies are written right into the ACA. So yes Virginia, there are death panels. But they were not created by the ACA, only protected by it.

Comment Re:Once truth gasps its last breath... (Score 1) 201

any government that relies on propaganda to gain and hold power is the opposite of a democracy, and that is the road we are traveling toward.

The USA has never been a democracy, by design. Like Athens, they originally gave the vote to landed white males like themselves, and the vote does not elect the president. This was rich white men's means of protecting their oligarchy. It's written right into the constitution.

Comment Re:Let me guess... (Score 1) 27

Google's an easy target; this is hardly the first time. Anyone here seen Ex Machina? Plot summary: "Sergey Brin's home pet project is to put Google's neural nets into robots, what could go wrong?". They don't call him Sergey Brin and they don't call the company Google, but they don't exactly hide their basis either.

Comment Re:Honestly (Score 1) 93

"Here is a little thought experiment for those who don't "get it". Would you accept someone sitting in a parked car in the morning waiting for you to leave your house then following you to work. When you walk across the street they are right behind you following your every move and recording everything you do?"

I actually rather think you've missed his point, his point is that Microsoft is sending anonymous data back - i.e. data that can't be tracked to you. Someone following you to work by very definition can be traced back to you because it's you they're following and tracking.

I think there's a fair discussion to be had about how anonymous the data is, and something still irks me to this day about paying for a product and using my CPU power, storage, and bandwidth for their commercial gain, but I do agree with the GP somewhat that there's unreasonable paranoia about telemetry sent in this way in general. Personally I think there should be something more obvious in it for me if they want to collect this data - i.e. give me a free copy of your software if I'm a test subject and let me explicitly agree to that. Don't make me pay hundreds of pounds for software only to use my computing resources to profit off me even further without my knowledge or explicit consent.

A large part the reason I think that is because people seem to not care that every search they make, every site they visit, every service they use nowadays typically involves anonymous telemetry being connected (even if you block tracking cookies, your actions are still being tracked and measured server-side). People still use these services, yet when the same thing happens from an OS, or piece of installed software on a desktop, or phone, they suddenly take bigger issue with it, yet the data collected may be no less anonymous than the data they're handing over on a daily basis elsewhere.

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