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Comment Re:It is Their Site (Score 2) 293

So what? Because they're a business acting in their self-interest that makes it proper and ethical and we're not supposed to discuss or criticize them?

Sure you are. And he is doing just that. His statement that they can do whatever they want does not imply that you can't discuss it. That's just his position on the matter. Don't like it? Offer an alternative viewpoint.

Comment Re:Based on past experiences (Score 1) 220

Dead-on. We've owned Fords since 1989. Sync hasn't ruined it that completely for us, but I will most certainly be looking for alternatives to the media component of our next Ford.

Now...if Microsoft digs deeper into the power or drive train management of things, we're screwed. It'll be off to Chevy we go. :)

Comment Re:What I think? (Score 1) 1052

Often with disincentives to people bettering themselves because then they could end up off one system or another, and almost always with huge bureaucratic overhead costs.

I'm confused on this point. What are the huge bureaucratic overhead costs associated with someone leaving the unemployment/welfare system? Honestly, I don't know. It seems simpler to me in terms of overhead for someone to simply take up a job and stop the requests for welfare payments. The overhead would seem to be in their continuing to submit requests for payments at ever renewal stage, providing documentation that they've been out looking, etc., etc.

you probably want something extra for each dependent a family has

Everybody sees the problem with this, right? We all know full well what happens when you incentivize having dependents.

Comment Re:Based on past experiences (Score 1) 220

Anyone who has been stuck with a Ford Sync (sadly I am in that group) or MyFord Touch radio running the crap software MS built knows how bad of an idea this is.

This. Exactly this.

I've posted my frustrations with Sync before. In fact, the very first words out of my mouth when we got into that F150 for our first test drive was "Oh, wait, why does that say Microsoft next to my radio? That's going to be nothing but trouble." And guess what? I have to routinely stop the engine, remove the key and open the door to give that lovely Microsoft Sync product a second chance at connecting to my phone that it was just happily connected only a few minutes prior. It's probably not even a 50/50 chance that it'll work! The $15 bluetooth-to-FM transmitter I bought off Amazon, however, works like a freaking charm. I NEVER have failed connections with that thing. Ever.

If I get into another car for a test drive and I see a Microsoft logo anywhere on it, I will exit said vehicle immediately and demand a credit for the 5 minutes of my time they just wasted.

Comment Re:Login is hard to understand (Score 1) 260

Because as stated in another thread, MS/W devs do `char path[MAX_PATH];` So if MS removes the limit most programs will stack overflow.

You may mean buffer overflow here.

The declaration you've quoted would be resolved at compile time, not run time. So if MAX_PATH was 260 at compile time and then run on a system where the runtime behavior allowed for longer paths, I could certainly see a buffer overflow condition happening. But the program will only ever allocated 260 bytes off the stack in that case, so stack usage would remain the same.

And I assume if MAX_PATH were _UI64_MAX (or whatever) at compile time, the compiler would complain.

Comment What's fake about it? (Score 2) 51

Sounds real to me.

Lame, perhaps, but certainly real to the extent that someone is (at least temporarily) locked out of their system and has to take steps to restore it or pay the ransom.

From the fine article, it didn't bother encrypting anything so that certainly bumps it way up on the lame scale. But it's not like people received notices in their inbox demanding ransom for something that never got installed.

Comment Re:Archive its DNA (Score 3, Funny) 287

For the love of Dog, compress it! tar cvfz / tar xvfz, how hard can it be ?

I've found the bzip2 algorithm far more effective in compressing DNA-based tarballs. And I find the verbose option to be particularly annoying while creating or restoring jigawatt-sized tarballs.

So allow me to suggest tar cjf / tar xjf as an alternative.

Comment Re: Truly Epically Dumb to Destroy It (Score 1) 287

Any recurrence of the virus, whether natural or artificial, would either be different from the known smallpox strains in meaningful ways or it wouldn't. If it is different, then the current smallpox virus probably won't be of any real benefit in developing a vaccine for the new variant; they would need samples of the new virus instead. If it isn't different, then the existing vaccine will "just work", and we don't need the current smallpox virus.

Right. Exactly right. I don't get why this isn't blatantly obvious to the author. I had a hard time even reading the article. I couldn't parse the poor logical constructs. "We might need this old smallpox sample for which we already have an effective vaccine just in case someone creates a new, incompatible strain we don't know about." Say what now!?

Comment Re:14 points, dammit! (Score 1) 879

I guess if you're heading down the correction path, here are a couple more that jumped out and slapped me in the face while reading your otherwise rather insightful comment.

without him realizing it

Should be "without his realizing it". Possessive case (his) for the noun (realizing [gerund form of realize]) that follows.

Who'd of think it?

And for god's sake, man, if you're going to use a phrase like, make sure it has the right ring to it. This should clearly have been "Who'd of thunk it?".

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