And it make sense during wartime. It's an evil thing to do, certainly, but when you're at war you find yourself needing to do a lot of evil things. When we're not at war (like now, despite the stupid rhetoric), it's just senseless evil.
"just that I understand why people pay for multiplayer games - the "prestige" of being seen at the top of the leaderboards."
Ahh, I understand. What you said. I'll never understand why peple pay for the "prestige" of leaderboards. Personally, I hate leaderboards and consider them a "feature" that makes the game less desirable (unless you can opt out of them).
Re: Re: Re: So you're still okay with Google spying and tracking everyone all over the web for targeted advertising and giving NSA "direct access"?
I have to admit I am stunned. The reference, by the way, doesn't come from the TV show but from their most famous movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". If you haven't seen this, you really should. Unless you hate laughing, of course.
There's no such thing as an internet connected device you can't firewall. My firewall block them by default. I have to specifically change configuration to allow a new device to connect to the internet, and I have total control over who it gets to talk to.
"there ARE lots of cases where inaccurate or outdated information, by virtue of being on the Internet, continues to cause real damage for individuals for decades after the fact."
I don't think anyone is saying otherwise. What I'm saying is that the RTBF is a terrible "solution" to the problem. It does harm to people and society at large while not actually doing much to solve the situation.
This hasn't been true for at least two years (I don't think it was ever true). Anyone can use the hotspots, but if you aren't an AT&T customer, you are limited to a certain number of hours per week for your total hotspot usage.
"Comparing taxi service in NYC (or any modern city) to ebay and Etsy is just ridiculous."
Maybe it's ridiculous in New York, but not in any of the major cities I've been to. In all of those, cabs are not even close to being essential infrastructure.
"how do you guarantee you'll have sufficient service available?"
The existing cab regulations don't do a very good job of this (probably because that's not the goal of the regulations). Every time I've used a cab, it's been a crapshoot as to whether one will show up, and nearly always it takes about an hour for one to show up.
You're doing one of the two, or else you're just wrong. It is 100% possible to write secure code in C, and is commonly done. The use of C all by itself means nothing, except that you be more confident in the security of properly written C code because of the reduced attack surface involved.