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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: still early days

Game developers switching to OpenGL will benefit you even if you're determined to stick with Windows as your OS.

With OpenGL, the only thing that limits graphic features is the hardware support. If a game ships with the latest OpenGL 4.x graphical bells and whistles then you can use them so long as your hardware supports them. It doesn't matter if you're using Windows XP or Windows 8.1.

With DirectX, it doesn't matter if your hardware supports the DX12 features that the game ships with. If Microsoft won't release DX12 for your version of Windows then you're stuffed.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Jurisdiction..?

Because that's not how copyright law works?

Every country signed up to the Berne convention has to give automatic copyright to the creator of a work. However, it's up to each individual country to determine who the creator is and how long their copyright can be enforced (though newer signatories must provide a minimum period of 50 years for most types of work).

If you want an example; 3D objects in the UK are only subject to a 15 year copyright, unlike most other countries. This means that in the US and elsewhere George Lucas still owns the copyright to the Stormtrooper helmet design, whilst in the UK it is now public domain.

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Re: Almost, not quite

I am not aware that paying someone NI or being responsible for paying their tax in any way impinges on the employees personal rights unless they specifically signed away those rights in the employee contract they signed when joining the company.

If you're not an contractor then the copyright belongs to your employer unless you've signed something that specifically states otherwise.

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy/c-ownership/c-employer.htm

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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Re: The internet is shit

To prove that, imagine an infinite sequence of numbers, each one formed by adding the digit '1' to the previous one. So that'd be 1, 11, 111, 1111 etc.

That infinity will never have the number 2 in it, not if you bash away at that infinity for ever

It will if your integer overflows.

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Revealed ... GCHQ's incredible hacking tool to sweep net for vulnerabilities: Nmap

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Re: Misdirection

nmapping the internet is a fast way of attracting attention, no matter how stealthy you might think you are.

If you scan everyone then your actual target becomes obfuscated.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: So, how much energy was wasted...

Exercise bikes are considerably less portable than these patches. If we're not concerned with portability why not use a nuclear power-station...

A fair point about gyms though. They should be using their punters to power the lights.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: OED is trolling you

The dictionary reflects the language as it is currently used, so additions and deletions are just a natural part of that. Only the aspies demand that it stay static, like some sort of standard specification for the language.

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I was somewhat bemused to discover 'neckbeard' is attributed the mouthbreathers from TOWIE. I'm a geordie and have been using it for at least a decade. I suspect it's been around considerably longer than that.

Also, I thought mansplain was something coined by the "social justice" / feminism lot?

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Re: YOLO

YOLO!

lol, j/k idgaf

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: Professor??

Professor is a title awarded because based on level of education and occupation. Generally it's someone with a PhD in a teaching position (though the exact definition varies from country to country). Age doesn't even come into it.

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Apparently the winners have to be under 40 because Fields wanted the award to encourage the recipients to strive for further achievement (something he presumably thought was less likely amongst those reaching retirement age).

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Is there a branch of mathematics which describes the hyperlink paths that are followed by someone reading mathematical articles on Wikipedia? If not, there ought to be.

Back at uni there was a game we'd play when bored after hours of 'studying' in the library. Basically, you pick a random topic on Wikipedia and see how many articles you have to go through before reaching Adolf Hitler's. The person with the least number of pages between their random topic and Hitler is the winner.

I've always been tempted to write a program that would work out the optimal paths to Hitler from any given Wikipedia article (possibly using Dijkstra's algorithm or something similar).

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Re: Noooooooooooooooooooooooo

Just bill the owner for repairs. Their animal, their responsibility.

If they refuse to pay up they can look forward to paying for repairs plus your fees in the small claims court.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Re: Are golfers...

I suppose if we're getting technical, only people who compete in one of the athletic sports are athletes. Though in the US the term athlete seems to apply to participants of any sport.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Jolly good work.

The simple truth is that a good number of movies are crap and I'm bugger if I'm going to pay 15-20 squid on a new release to find that out. The crap ones get deleted and usually not-fully-watched.

Well if they're crap, I guess that makes your actions acceptable then?

The actions of pirates don't suddenly become morally justified just because the big corps going after people for copyright violations act like complete bellends.

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Re: even if he did...

I've never understood why the US constitution is held up a shining example of immutable rights. The thing has been amended, appended and reinterpreted more times than I care to count.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: stepped foot

Stepped foot is perfectly cromulent, even if it's not common usage. As is tread foot.

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Microsoft switches their OS to a rolling release...

... everyone who has never stepped foot outside of the Windows ecosystem loses their minds.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: Hashing...

Tweak one pixel and you're in the clear again?

If they're only using hashes then yes. However, if Google have access to a copy of the offending image they could employ their reverse image search technology which can identify matches even when they've been scaled or saved to an alternate file format producing different compression artefacts.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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Re: The Soviet Propaganda Department

Which part do you assume is Russian propaganda? That Israel regularly launches attacks on Palestine or that the US provides tacit support?

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

As soon as you can't make out the individual pixels, any further increase in resolution has no benefit;

Just because you can't see the individual pixels doesn't mean they have no benefit. If you are too far away to see an individual pixel on a screen or dot in a print, you end up perceiving the average result of those pixels/dots. A higher resolution results in an average that is more accurate to the original source.

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

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Re: A glimmer of hope

Now, if the US could simply pass legislation making it illegal to produce non-user-serviceable products. As it currently stands, it seems that Apple is turning MacBook Pro laptops into non-upgradeable devices and that's a bad precedent.

Some things really shouldn't be user serviceable because most users are completely clueless. Capacitors in PSUs spring to mind; anyone who doesn't know what they're doing could give themselves a nasty injury. I realise that some people here may have adequate skills to service a power supply but if you can do that safely you can also probably figure out how to get past funny shaped proprietary screws.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Re: Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty

See those giant empty bands on either side of your widescreen display? Those are there because web designers are too stupid to make the content pane dynamically resize to fit the screen.

No, the whitespace was there in the early days of the web because everyone used tables with fixed sizes for layout. This meant that regardless of what sized screen the content was viewed on, the size of the content remained static.

Content on modern websites does scale appropriately with the size of the viewport. However you're unlikely to find many websites that are wider than they are tall, just like you won't find any magazines or newspapers with that layout either. Magazine editors developed what's known as the grid layout and it has been almost universally adopted by web designers. It's a system that helps maintain proportions that are pleasing to the eye. If you have lines of text that are too long, they become unreadable. Likewise, if you have too many separate images horizontally the eye has trouble keeping the rows separate and it appears as a cluttered mess.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

As I said, prepare to be constantly disappointed. Also, your melodrama is ridiculous.

Bam. Problem solved. Users have choice. They can shift from old to new at their leisure, or not at all. There's no plugin. There's no cursing at the fucking thing because it gets part of the way towards the old UI but never quite all the way. You are asked if you want the new UI, and if not, you are given the old UI with zero fucking around.

Yeh, problem solved... Apart from it means Mozilla now have to maintain two UI's. Much like you'd have to support two UIs. Why on earth are you offering a choice and doubling your support workload? Presumably you're employed to manage your business's IT efficiently, not offer pointless choice everywhere and ramp up the costs. Unless of course the users you're going on about are your cats and Mittens is so precious he must have his right to choice respected at all times...

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

You're going to be consistently disappointed if you're expecting to be consulted before every major design change. All software companies (besides those making bespoke stuff,) make changes that they think users will like / attract more users, it's always been mostly speculative. If you were that desperate to make your opinion known to Mozilla you could have joined the public beta test and given feedback.

I have no moral obligation to continue supporting any company that refuses to meet my needs.

Nobody suggested otherwise. If the software doesn't meet your needs, go use something else. Just stop over-blowing how difficult it is to revert the UI changes; it'll take ten minutes of your time if you're even semi competent. I'm also at a loss as to how you think distributing one file to a standard location on each user's computer and then forcing a restart of the browser is going to require a mass of scripting.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

No home button. I only see a back button, not a back and a forward. No "star" button for enabling bookmarks. Buttons for common apps like lastpass, ghostery and refcontrol aren't visible, so I am unsure if you just don't have them installed, or you UI doesn't show them.

There's no home button because I don't use a home page. Adding it to the toolbar is a couple of menu clicks though, as is the bookmarks button and any addon buttons (I don't use the ones you listed). There is a forward button but it only appears when there's a page to actually go forward to.

There doesn't appear to be a bottom status bar, so I'm unsure how integration of things like TrackMeNot works, and it gives the impression that it will be one of those ADD nightmare "appears when it wants to, disappears when it wants to" sort of things. No idea where NoScript shows up in your config.

The status bar appears when it needs to. I prefer it that way since it just takes up screen real-estate otherwise but I can see how some would find it annoying. If I hover over a link it appears to show the url, if something important needs my attention it pops up a message. I don't let NoScript use it though since it's a whitelist. I don't need to know about all the things it's blocking by default. If a page isn't working I use the button on the toolbar to unblock stuff.

Your config may look superficially like a usable browser, but it's missing a lot of the critical elements.

It's incredibly useable for me, but that's because I catered the UI to my own needs. That was my original point really. It's not difficult to hack up a bit of CSS so that you've got a UI exactly as you want it. You could then distribute that userChrome.css to your users.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

It's not too hard to get Firefox looking like a decent web browser again.

Here's my Firefox UI.

And here's my userChrome.css if you want to use it as a base.

You need to enable the oldschool Menu Bar (File, Edit, etc) by rightclicking on the menu area and selecting that option, it's not part of the CSS (it probably could be but I was too lazy to figure it out). You'll probably also want to change the hex colour codes in the file since they were selected to blend in with my desktop theme.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

I sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $450 last year. Try that with ANY pc. I also sold a two year old MacMini for 85% of purchase price. Again, try that with any PC.

If anything, that just shows that Apple users will always pay over the odds for average and/or old tech because it has their favourite logo on it.

Is this supposed to show Apple users in a good light?

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

Complex AI requires a lot of CPU power. PC games could have quite interesting AI but unfortunately most games a hobbled to run on consoles which have relatively weak CPUs. That's not something that's likely to change any time soon since console makers will always favour the GPU over the CPU when costing parts (because better graphics are an easy sell).

Complaining that there's no innovation in the games industry because of tipple As like Halo is rather unfair though. It's like saying that no interesting films are made any more because of Jason Statham. You're just looking in the wrong places.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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I've no doubt that tech firms charge us more (because the market will bear it etc) but if you've ever tried to import something into the UK you'll know that HMRC takes a ridiculous amount of tax.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Could be for the best

They would probably say that 1024 x 768 monitors are obsolete - but that gives a text size I can read easily.

You know the size of text rendered on your screen is not dependant on your resolution, right? You could change the DPI setting in your OS. Alternatively, if you only want to alter web pages you could either set you web browser to render all pages zoomed or you could set it to override default font sizes.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: What century are these guys in?

Presumably there are admins out there who want to vet every patch before it is applied to make sure it won't bork their system. I'm not a sys admin but if I was I'd rather have to explain to the boss that the server is down because the distro provider arsed up one of their security patches than have to explain that it is down because I hadn't gotten around to applying the latest security patches.

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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No matter how many of these sort of articles I read, I never cease to be amazed that I'm looking at photos taken on another f-ing planet!

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: What is the solution?

Whilst we should always be locking up people who commit actual assaults, it seems to me that we should be offering psychological help to the rest. If someone is showing paedophilic tendencies (viewing child pornography for example,) it seems better for society as a whole to offer them help with dealing with their problem whilst taking steps to keep them away from temptation such as barring them from certain jobs. Publicly shaming paedophiles when there's been no actual victim just drives them underground, causing them to form social connections with other underground paedophiles leading to the reinforcement of undesirable behaviours.

The above probably isn't going to be a popular opinion any time soon. Look at it this way though; sometimes schizophrenics freak out and kill people but when we identify somebody with the condition who hasn't actually committed a crime we offer them help, we don't drag them through the courts whilst naming and shaming them in the news.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "it's okay to buy it because I am not directly killing the animals". The fact is that if you stop the demand the supply will dry up.

AFAIK most child pornography is produced by paedophiles. Most active paedophiles are related to their victims. As unfortunate as it is, there's always going to be a supply of this material, regardless of any external demand.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Manco

New Reg reader challenge:

Using English as the grammatical framework whilst selecting words from any other language construct a mundane, inoffensive and coherent sentence where each word is also the name of genitalia in an another language.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Re: to quote Douglas Adams

There are many legitimate problems with Facebook. There is also a sizeable section of the Reg readership that never grew out of that teenage mindset where everything mainstream is bad. Facebook is the punching-bag du jour, eventually it'll be something else.

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In other news...

Crack dealer screws over users. Users get mad but keep buying crack.

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Re: Emails and Announcements

This is really no different to setting up an email address, not checking your email and then getting mad at people who sent you emails. Though I will admit with a situation such as a close family member inviting you to an important event they should have had the sense to phone you when you didn't respond.

Footnote: You can set up Facebook so that it emails you when you receive a message or invite on the service. Send it to its own folder if you don't want it clogging up your regular inbox.

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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It's really not that hard to build a UI that adapts to different form factors. See Responsive Web Design for details.

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Down-with-the-kidz Apple stuffs up with wild 'funness' claims

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I didn't think I'd end up feeling old in my twenties but I've never heard anyone use this word and it makes me cringe reading it...

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Manhattan drone pair cuffed for NYPD chopper near miss

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Re: Thought Crime

By the sounds of it though the pilot didn't actually start to feel endangered until he flew his helicopter near the drone in order to observe it.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Re: This forum isn't for kids.

Some of these fucking cunts are reading this god-damn bullshit at work though...

Bollocks.

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: Upgrade time :D

As a long time user of AMD CPUs I think the FX 8350 is incredibly good value but I also think it's completely disingenuous to compare its performance to that of a top-of-the-range i7. The Vishera chips are cheaper, easier to overclock, offer better multi-tasking performance and come with hardware virtualisation support as standard but when it comes to overall performance they're only really equivalent to the faster i5 processors.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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So a law allows the US courts to seize domain names en masse based on somewhat spurious evidence. I don't agree with it in its current form but I realise that the courts have to make their judgements on how the law is written rather than how they'd like it to be written.

What I really don't understand is why the custody of the domains is handed over to Microsoft. No other law that I'm aware of works this way. If, for example, I report someone for dealing in criminalized drugs the police won't confiscate them and then hand them over to me for safe keeping.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Sad

In the UK the legal length of the warranty can be up 6 years. As best as I can remember it scales with price, the more you pay for an item the longer you can expect the warranty to be. So you could expect a full 6 years on a car for example but a considerably shorter warranty on the twenty quid dumbphone you bought from Tesco. It also gets a bit complicated because after 6 months the burden of proof switches to the consumer to prove that they didn't cause damage to the product and that it is a manufacturing fault / component failure.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Encouragement?

"Some modern so-called libertarians have very illiberal beliefs such as anti-socialism and stronger property rights. I can't think of anything as antithetical to liberty."

Cheers for the laugh. Also, John Locke would like to have a word.

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Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

That article shows everything that is wrong with affirmative action. Creating a new form of discrimination in order to mitigate the effects of a previous discrimination does nothing to help equality. You still end up with a group of people being unfairly discriminated against. All it actually achieves is the illusion of equality.

People need to accept that after millennia of discriminating against people based on their race / sex / religion that our societies are going to take time to rebalance themselves. An average 50/50 gender balance in workplaces would be a nice thing to have, but it's unrealistic to expect in the short term. Constructing policies to force this 50/50 balance to appear more quickly than it otherwise would creates unfair discrimination and is only done so people such as politicians can congratulate each other on having 'fixed the problem'.

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Firefox's unstoppable zombie Google cookie

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I'd forgotten about this thread. Anyway, NoScript does not block the Google PREF cookie, in fact as far as I can see NoScript has no cookie blocking capabilities whatsoever. I did eventually find a solution after hours of searching. To be honest the method seems utterly bizarre but it has actually stopped the cookie from reappearing.

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(1) Open Firefox / Preferences / Content / Languages / Choose to open the list of languages.

(2) Select each language in the list. Remove each language from the list including English/United States [en-us]. Remove them all. Click OK

(3) Open Firefox / Preferences / Security. Uncheck Block reported attack sites. Uncheck Block reported web forgeries.

(4) Open Firefox / Preferences / Privacy / Exceptions to open the Exceptions – Cookies list. Enter google.com and click Block. Close the Exceptions – Cookies window.

(5) Open Firefox / Preferences / Privacy / Show Cookies to open the Cookies list. Remove all google.com cookies including the google PREF cookie. Close the Cookies list window.

(6) No google.com cookies or google PREF cookie will install in your browser again.

(7) You can return to Firefox / Preferences / Content / Languages / Choose / Select a language to add... and add as many languages as you want to add to the language list, but now the google PREF cookie will not install because you previously unchecked the / Security options as in the preceding paragraph (3) and you blocked google.com cookies as in the preceding paragraph (4).

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