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Totally agree. Thanks mods. You can put someone on an ignore list, but their posts are commonly quoted and hashed about. And as you aptly say, it sucks the oxygen out of the conversations. This said, can a moderator comment as to the reason for the ban? We may have been hoping for this for quite some time, but I didn't see anything that I would have expected to be a "last straw" post. Was it just a slow build-up until you couldn't stand it any longer? Also, speaking...
I totally agree with your worries about this, and I'm surprised it's not brought up more often. Flash is unnecessary in most cases, CPU intensive, battery-sucking, and more often than not the ads are frustratingly distracting. So Click-to-Flash is a savior. I couldn't live without it. So you can count me in the "I Hate Flash Fanclub". But I'm scared of the alternative, which may very well be even worse: flashing, scrolling, annoying HTML5 ads that we can no longer...
What you meant to type was "the obsessive security fears of older generation users *because*they*actually*do* understand how this sort of thing works." There, I fixed it for you. ;-)
What?!!! I haven't heard of this, can you point to information substantiating this claim? If this is true, it sets a terrible, terrible precedent. No company, including (especially) the OS-maker should be "phoning home", i.e. sending private information back to the company without the user's explicit acknowledgement. Ever. I will never run Windows on an unprotected (non-VM) machine because of this kind of crap, especially their so-called "activation". Why are people...
Interestingly, the above is pretty irrefutable proof that you are FAR from a typical consumer. You're a smart guy, and you "get" technology. But it appears you don't understand consumers (referring to the iPhone/fragmentation conversation). It doesn't matter if stores sold a completely pre-canned kit that contained exact matches for boards, processor, case, etc. 99% of consumers will NEVER purchase something like that. Ever. This is why Linux has such a hard time...
** Best Post I've Read In Months! ** Nice job. Unfortunately, there will still be people who just don't get it. But that's okay, it just proves that there are very different mindsets when it comes to purchasing and using technology.
Nah, think about it a bit more. Why do networks have to be so ruthless about killing programs? What is their scarce resource? Time slots! One network can only broadcast one show at 8pm on Thursday night, so they NEED to be ruthless about killing stuff that doesn't get a lot of viewers. That's a motivation to acquire cable channels, as a venue to broadcast more content. But with Apple's internet-on-demand delivery, anyone can watch (or download and wait) any show at...
Good catch, and no, I responded before reading that. It does look like a pretty good policy, as far as it goes. Just to play devil's advocate a bit though, what happens over the long run when Google gains a large enough foothold in this arena. As individual ISPs have less need to manage robust DNS services, they will likely put even less resources into it than they are, which is already pretty bad in some cases. At that point there will be no separate infrastructure...
I'm afraid you're not really thinking this through.Unless you don't subscribe to anything online, don't use web email, don't use cookies, etc., your IP address is you. Use gmail at all? And most ISPs, even with DHCP keep their subscribers on a consistent IP for some time before it changes. So while all the dotted lines may not be connected directly at any given point in time, all the pieces can be put together readily by anyone with enough data and the interest to do...
Thank goodness people are starting to pay attention to this! Google is not an inherently evil company, but there's no way any company should be allowed to have so much cross-domain knowledge about so many people. They know more about you than the Feds, and probably more than many of your relatives. At some point at least some of their data WILL be hacked, there's no doubt about that at all. And just because they are "good guys" right now, it doesn't mean squat down the...
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