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What profession gets paid the most to do the least amount of work?

comment by skalpelis in AskReddit

2 years, 2 months ago

Googling is a large part of it. It's not that you have to know everything but you have to know how to find information and how to filter it. E.g., if the average user searched for "clicky no worky," they'd end up with two new IE toolbars and five new malware infestations, being nowhere closer to solving their problem.

Microsoft faces off in court with US Government who seek to access anyone's email in any country. Tech Giants stand behind Microsoft for protection of world's privacy from US federal eyeballs.

comment by AllUltima in news

2 years, 2 months ago

If you're opted out, I think the only advantage to removing them is to free some disk space. Maybe still worth removing, but it's not like the average user has to do that to achieve privacy.

Something like this is what you should do if you missed it on the setup: here. I guess it's a crappy control panel... the 10 one makes more sense.

ELI5: Why do most websites have character limits for passwords while at the same time they force you to have an upper/lowercase letter, and a number to make your password more secure. Wouldn't removing the character limit and allowing much longer passwords make them more secure than 16 characters?

comment by TactlessCactus in explainlikeimfive

2 years, 2 months ago

Yes, removing the character limit could allow people to make more secure passwords. There are a couple problems, though. First, you probably want to have some sort of character limit to avoid problems with your system. Also, it's nice if you can predict how many characters a field can be when creating a database. On top of that, there is still debate over what method makes the best password (that can still be remembered, at least) between the character jumble method and the "corect horse battery staple" method. Regardless of that debate, most average users likely have just a couple passwords following the typical 8 character, one symbol, etc. rule set, which makes sticking with that ruleset familiar and easy to plan for. It's not necessarily the best way to go, but it persists.

the difference between ios and android products

comment by Yogurt_God in pics

2 years, 2 months ago

Well if it's unhelpful to the average user....

I will agree with you that it is easier for things to go wrong with Windows computers due to the level of control the user has. The vendor issue will exist until Microsoft create their own line of desktops and laptops, so that is going to be there for a while. Again, the virus thing is because Windows has something like ~90% of the market. I just feel like people feel like Windows is inherently worse than OS X when it clearly isn't. People gonna brain dead.

I just don't like the same old http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/apple/os-x-update-fixes-major-yosemite-security-flaw-1301912 http://www.tomsguide.com/us/os-x-zero-day-flaws,news-21476.html

the difference between ios and android products

comment by ShezaEU in pics

2 years, 2 months ago

How about this which is a personal screenshot. There is a fix for this, but for the average user? They have clearly set their region and language to UK English, and the Help message talking about Cortana not working suggests you ask Cortana for more help.

What brand can you never trust?

comment by olivias_bulge in AskReddit

2 years, 2 months ago

>you have to realise that they satisfy the average user's needs

I have said nothing to the contrary.

My point is: Good enough =/= not getting skimped on.

TIL after discovering a bug in video poker machines, two men used it in order to win half a million dollars. When sued on federal hacking charges, their lawyer argued, "All these guys did is simply push a sequence of buttons that they were legally entitled to push." They kept all the money.

comment by FrozenInferno in todayilearned

2 years, 2 months ago

You wouldn't be altering the code any more than if you'd used any other query parameter. SQL statements are often constructed dynamically based on user input, so that's a false distinction. Both scenarios are nothing more than the exploitation of a vulnerability utilizing knowledge of which the average user is unaware.

What brand can you never trust?

comment by jphilly11 in AskReddit

2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah man, definitely in the minority here. I'd wager to guess that the average user doesn't care about this, aka me, and that's why I have Apple products. Absolutely no issues and amazing customer service.

What brand can you never trust?

comment by Kunik0s in AskReddit

2 years, 2 months ago

Not talking about me, I use android (nexus 5 and recently got a G4) but those issues aren't there for the average user. Most people aren't massive power users, people I know with iphones get good enough battery life, they don't need expandable memory. most people are fine with the os they don't know how or want to know how to install custom roms and tinker with their phone. While I accept they are obscenely priced you have to realise that they satisfy the average user's needs

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