* Posts by Irk

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

Irk

This is obviously true because pimps don't exist.

Oh, wait...

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Irk

Re: binders full of women?

That's funny, because it's obvious you haven't read the full resolution.

It's a page long, come on now.

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Stop

Or you could read the full text of the resolution instead of cherry-picking one bit of it to represent the entire thing.

Here's some other excerpts:

"women in the United States and around the world are the linchpin of families and communities and are often the first to feel the immediate and adverse effects of social, environmental, and economic stresses on their families and communities"

"climate change exacerbates issues of scarcity and lack of accessibility to primary natural resources, forest resources, and arable land for food production, thereby contributing to increased conflict and instability, as well as the workload and stresses on women farmers, who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries"

"women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change, particularly in poor and developing nations where women regularly assume increased responsibility for growing the family's food and collecting water, fuel, and other resources"

There's plenty else there, right up front, and it's a short document. You had to read past everything I just quoted there to reach the bit about sex workers. But you were looking for that, weren't you? Because taking climate change or women seriously just isn't something the Reg likes to do.

But hey, let's ignore all that and just have a laugh over prostitutes, because it's easier to ignore these problems by using slut-shaming to bypass every other argument. You're helping the world a lot! Really!

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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

Irk

Re: Har Har

Don't stick a maybe on; do some research before quoting.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bill_Gates#Misattributed

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Budweiser's bonkable Buddy Cup brings Facebook to the pub

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Re: What a great idea!

Sounds like a good way to get names/stalk people as well. With no "bonk consent" there's no real way to be selective about who you get requests from. And how are these disabled? They're cheap enough to hand out - will people be throwing them into the trash or remembering to take them home?

Adding cups to the Internet of Things...

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

Irk

Re: disappointment

I was accessing the internet via a VAX terminal as late as 1999 - my (boarding) high school wouldn't supply anything else for personal internet usage. (For schoolwork there were Windows boxes available.)

Was interesting navigating Geocities pages via Lynx text interface. Frames didn't work so well!

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars

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Coat

Appropriate for the planet Mars

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

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Holmes

Re: Grey Squirrel

I should also add that goldfish have fairly good memories and the 3 second goldfish memory thing is a myth.

"The Discovery Channel's show Mythbusters tested the contemporary legend that goldfish only had a memory span of 3 seconds and were able to prove that goldfish had a longer memory span than commonly believed. The experiment involved training the fish to navigate a maze. It was evident that they were able to remember the correct path of the maze after more than a month."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfish#cite_note-24

You'll notice fish gathering to the front of a tank when a person stands there if they're usually fed by that person.

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Holmes

Re: Grey Squirrel

Squirrels don't remember where they buried specific nuts. They just bury. When looking for nuts they find them with sense of smell, not memory.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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Stop

Blame vigilante justice if you want, but when a nation's authorities repeat "if you see something, say something" over and over again, and police offices express hopes that people from the crowd will come forward with photo/video evidence from their phones, how can this result be unexpected? The US's authorities encourage this sort of behavior and egg citizens to snoop on each other 24/7. Reddit only did what any "good Americans" would.

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Crypto guru: Don't blame users, get coders security training instead

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Pint

"Behaviour modification training is not full proof"

But is it at least 8 proof, like this pint?

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White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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FAIL

I live in Oregon. We have no sales tax. That money is made up for by state income tax/property tax. Often if you drive up to Washington state, you can flash your ID and the stores don't charge you sales tax up there either. Lack of sales tax is a big thing for tourists, and also Washington citizens living near the Oregon border - Washington has no state income tax, so Washingtonians come down to Oregon to buy things where they pay no sales tax. So we get a lot of tourists/Washingtonian freeloaders who all want to buy things here because no tax.

So what stops all these internet stores from buying "office space" in Oregon?

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Google shakes up US utility with green power tariff

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Holmes

Re: So what prevents Google from load balancing to power budget???

Translation:

"What prevents Google from implementing load balancing to balance out their peak uses of energy and make the most use of renewables?"

At least, I think that's what was meant. And I don't know the answer if it is what was meant.

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US House of Representatives passes CISPA by 288-127

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Joke

Re: What I don't understand...

Gun nuts keep tossing around the figure that more people in the US are murdered by hammers than by guns. If that's the case, they should rest easy that if the government takes our guns away, we'll still have the hammers.

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

Irk

Re: Sorry Kobo, I would like a Kindle version please

Does read.amazon.com work on the Kobo? If so you should be fine with no conversion necessary.

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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Childcatcher

Re: You don't have small kids do you?

My 7 year old beat Minecraft and installs mods. Children are naturally clever as they are reality's QA department. And they never tire out, but their attention spans are ludicrously short unless they're doing something you want them to stop doing.

Passing your kid your phone has a tremendous amount of convenience, and they might as well learn technology as early as possible. Life as a kid isn't like it was thirty years ago. Life as a parent isn't either. Most mothers are full-time workers so either parent is usually getting home stuff done when they're not at their job. There's less errand downtime, even more things to do, more things to keep track of, and you drag your kids everywhere with you because you moved to wherever you could find a job, which means the kids' grandparents and other family can't just watch them for you. You're on the run, you're keeping track of Reality's Hyperproductive QA and Drooling Machine, you've only got so many arms, you don't want to lug ten gadgets and toys and stuffed animals with you. Let's be serious, if you don't pass the kid your phone it's because you've already gotten the tyke a tablet.

I remember when the NES was going to be what made society fall apart. We're still ticking...

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Megaphone

Re: The welsh lobby

@skelband

Sounds like the same hogwash bandied about in the US by opponents of any sort of bilingual/spanish-oriented instruction in public schools. In the end, it's a culture war.

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Cutting CO2 too difficult? Try these 4 simple tricks instead

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Holmes

Re: I keep coming back to the same thing....

The US has a poor history of toxic waste disposal, and that was widely publicized and mitigated against in the 80s. We call them superfund sites now due to the large federal project to clean up all that. Many private waste dumps were abandoned/not kept up right, and often placed near schools or buried and then built on, so now they're underneath actual communities. The lower 9th ward in New Orleans was one such site - when Katrina flooded it, the waste got into that water too, exacerbating hurricane cleanup. All low-income areas of course, we wouldn't make our rich people live on toxic land. There are some very interesting forms of cancer that come from New Orleans and surrounding areas that you just don't see in other places.

One of those superfund sites was right next to my primary school before it was cleaned up. It was an abandoned field. Kids were just playing in it until something was done.

All that to say: the sordid history of waste cleanup and regulations in the US is burned into memory. Anytime someone brings up nuclear, everyone worries about the waste. Whether or not that worrying is warranted is beside the point when an entire generation got forced to live in a prior generation's industrial sewage until the federal government had to step in. You remember that stuff happening when you were six, and then you get surrounded by a pro-eco movement in the late 80s/early 90s as you're developing most of your hard-set beliefs. The pro-eco movement was and still is a sort of religious fervor at times. In the face of all that it's hard to accept the hard science and embrace nuclear. The whipped cream on top is the news coverage on Fukushima.

To be honest, this is a problem psychology/sociology could answer more easily than the safety numbers on nuclear reactors. Populations remember fear for a long time. As much as the Reg likes to call social scientists trick-cyclists, they're the ones best informed on how to change the attitudes of an entire populace when those attitudes are based more on feelings and deep-ingrained memories from old propaganda. Combine that with some work in the media and maybe we'll get attitudes changed.

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Flame

Ocean level rising isn't the only harm we need to mitigate

Crops react to the temperature changes we're talking about as well. The types of grapes you can grow in the NW USA have shifted due to climate shift here - grapes that used to not grow in the climate due to cold are now able to be grown, but varieties that prefer the cold are now unable to flourish. So grape varieties for making wine are slowly shifting north as the temperature rises. This causes a shift in the wine industry. That's just one example, but climate change means many other things change accordingly, and perhaps faster than some are prepared for.

There was an article last year about this causing coffee-growing areas to be depleted due to poor growing conditions in the future, and going on to suggest this might spell the end of coffee. Perhaps if we took the focus off of how much the ocean will rise, and shifted that focus onto no more coffee in the future, more people would prioritize the climate instead of writing off 2-10 degree temperature shifts as the cost of "progress".

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Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks

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Terminator

Re: But I like real books!

I like physical books, so I can loan them to people. But I also like hitting "buy" and getting a book I can read anywhere my phone goes with me, which is to say everywhere, regardless of whether a local shop has a paper version in stock. (If I want to buy ebooks local, I can find an indie author I know or go to powells.com .) For collector's items I go physical, for voracious reading appetite satiation it's been digital more and more often. Sometimes instant is worth it.

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: My hypothesis

Form factor's a thing all around - most people toting around tablets are holding them like clipboards. The portrait angle definitely helps for that. You can't really stand up and hold a netbook and still work with it, it's still forcing you into desk mode even if you don't have a desk. Someone in the elevator this morning pulled a tablet right out of his jacket pocket and tapped away. That's not really convenient with a netbook.

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Irk
Pint

They were good airplane companions

Have an old Asus Eee PC with flash drive, ended up disused due to Ubuntu doing some weird things with partitions after several installs and me not wanting to fuss with it. I should probably do something with the thing, it's nice and sturdy and still a good machine for writing on airplanes with. I'll take this article as a reminder to give the install another go.

I had a lot of hope for the netbook market but the best models were stripped-down travel companions that weren't really focused on bells and whistles. Manufacturers seemed to be chasing the higher margins with larger screens and higher functionality that ate up battery, which sort of defeated the point. Also the weird custom flavors of Linux that came installed were a bit of a turnoff. When you make someone have to install a different OS right after purchase, you turn your product into a niche hobbyist market.

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Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

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Go

Re: Dear Microsoft

Any studios making Windows 8 apps right now could make a killing. The market's wide open and there's very little competition. Most apps in the Win8 store are free "I learned to make an app with a tutorial in 3 hours" apps that you wouldn't even bother downloading. I recall it being that way early in Android/iOS's lives too, though. So anyone who wants to make something right now that's not just a port of a guaranteed seller or something useless like Unofficial Facebook Like App #58 could easily turn a profit.

Shame I don't develop apps or I would have already gone in and done it.

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Irk
Angel

I have two Surfaces and here you go.

It's actually pretty great, I have a Pro and I use it to draw with because of the stylus. Win8 actually performs really well in tablet form and it's fun to use. The apps are sparse but there are some real gems there and the ecosystem grows quickly. Without Win8 I wouldn't have found Game Dev Tycoon which was a whole lot of fun and very cheap.

Also the parental controls are great and since it can be used as a skateboard we got an RT for the kids. They don't need an entire OS, just the Netflix app and some games/productivity stuff. Parental controls allow us to see where they've been, what they've used, and set time limits. Works flawlessly.

There, you asked for it.

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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Devil

Re: Suggestions

I like Google RIP. Then it can be known as DeathGRIP.

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Playboy submits to Apple with nudity-free 'Pornography 2.0' app

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Paris Hilton

Shel Silverstein used to write stories for Playboy

Stephen King's had a few too. Not sure about nowadays but it used to be a very attractive literary market.

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Gartner forecasts pro 3D printer prices below $2,000 by 2016

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Pint

"Print My Ride"

A pint for the author for that one. Happy Friday.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Irk
Stop

Re: Apparently, we are special

I draw a lot, especially in cafes, around friends, at family get togethers, in meetings, etc. Mostly to avoid social awkwardness, I get fidgety if I'm around a lot of people and have nothing to do. I've done pro illustration work but all my sketches are fanart in ballpoint pen; hardly mindblowing stuff.

I can't count how many times I've been asked to design people tattoos.

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WTF is... the Quantified Self?

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Thumb Up

Creepy and banal as some of the prospects here are, there could be real benefit for people with less-understood chronic illnesses who are trying to track cause and effect between when they're healthy and when they're well. I'm thinking of Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease and such. I know people who are trying to remember cause and effect between a small dietary change, the weather, how hydrated they are, a spike in exercise, and why they feel like they've been steamrolled the next morning.

Especially for people who seem to have a new mysterious trouble every other morning (fibro/metabolic disorder is pretty terrifying to witness), having data to analyze and empower yourself with ("Looks like that takeout place doesn't separate out ingredients like they promised" / "Looks like I need to space out my big shopping trips between kids' sporting events or it flattens me" / "Looks like my androgen sensitivity skyrockets in early spring") would be a triumph. The notes about liberating the info from only the doctors' hands are pretty important for people who have illnesses that still aren't fully explained. (Also, when every other day you experience a horrible yet survivable new symptom, going to the doctor gets old, especially when you work full-time.) Chronic illnesses make it hard to remember every minute detail yourself, and some things people never think to track themselves.

So yes, I can see a clear use case for this sort of automatic data gathering, though i don't know how automated it would get, and the data security would have to be very good.

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It's a BYO-slingshot party in the Silicon Valley of Elah

Irk
Paris Hilton

For the true king of Israel, David looks rather blond.

Paris cuz she's blond too, probably a candidate for Princess of Israel.

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Cyberwar playbook says Stuxnet may have been 'armed attack'

Irk
Headmaster

Re: Eff them all and let God sort it out

You could care less? A lot less? Then that means you might care a great deal!

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

Irk
Terminator

You could already get two apps on a screen at once before, the refinement in Blue is that you can have them share the screen equally vis a 75/25 split. On a tablet it's very nice and stable, certainly helps for concentration and focus. But I'm not sure I could ever use Win8's App UI for development/actual work. It does seem sort of tempting, though... might cut down on my ADD, and with a multiple-monitor setup it could probably work out. To be honest it's a bit tempting.

Most people's complaints seem to be that Microsoft's choices mean that users will have to change how they work to suit the OS. Fair complaint, but that happens with progress and is fairly inevitable. Switch to desktop if you want desktop-style functionality, use apps if you want to - the OS has plenty of choice built in, but until Blue there hasn't been much attempt by Microsoft to teach users how to exploit the full potential of the OS. 30 minutes of blog articles and tutorials is well spent, though, and that's not much work for learning to use a new tool.

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RSA roundup: Big trouble in not-so little China

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Thumb Up

Thanks for the Booth Babes votedown in the article.

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Thumb Up

Re: Who let the dogs out?

The Final Cut reference is much appreciated.

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Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5

Irk
Holmes

Re: Bill Gates, Microsoft, 1981

Misattributed.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bill_Gates#Misattributed

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Irk
Joke

Re: Cookie Size

Indeed, most cookies take two or three bites. Ten bites is a pretty big cookie. 10 mega-bites must be those cake-sized cookies that really shouldn't count as cookies at all.

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Trollface

How adorably heteronormative.

Send up two men or two women and you wouldn't have a risk of children at all.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Angel

Re: Scientology is an obvious scam

You'll find that Islam oppresses no one, but that people using what they claim is in Islam as a means of gaining power over others is the real problem.

Replace "Islam" with any other major religion, such as, oh, Catholicism, especially a few hundred years ago in Europe. Religion harms no one, but those who manipulate to keep power will use any tool they can.

For bonus points, try actually reading up on Islam. Free first lesson: it's not synonymous with Arab.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam

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Apple accounts for 20% of all US consumer electronics cash

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Holmes

The Classic has a potential 160GB of dedicated music space that fits in a pocket and holds a battery charge all day, for the person who needs a device to be able to survive 24 hours without being constantly connected to a charger while working. No internet needed, no games needed, no phone calls needed - and all that stuff drains down the battery and is good for what, in the end? Other devices do all that stuff better.

In the 90's I had a cassette Walkman with a belt clip that pretty much traveled with me 24/7 - all I wanted then was for it to be able to play any song I owned at will instead of having to rely only on the (squeaky) tapes. Now I have that. If I could get 160GB of storage (no flashy stuff, just music playing for headphones and AUX jacks) from another brand, I'd switch. But graphics and internet and games have flooded the market, and when it's not the bonus features crowding out battery life and driving up price, it's the storage cutting off at a paltry 16GB. For a dedicated music lover that wants to listen to that one song RIGHT NOW, none of those other devices serve the right purpose. (Cloud storage is a cute alternative but once I'm on the go, I'm getting charged data rates for sucking all that data down to my phone, and that eats up battery as well. Also drive through a tunnel or between some hills and see how reliable data connections can be.)

Unless by now there is a non-Apple mp3 player available at 160GB with a music-playing battery life of 8-10 hours. If there is then I'll gladly switch. Only problem with the iPod Classic is I can't get music I lost the backup for OFF of this thing without a lot of trouble.

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

Irk
Black Helicopters

Re: From the article ....

The only time I've filled my car up not to full was when I was a college student and couldn't afford more than a few gallons of gas a week. Filling up the most when you're already stopped makes more sense than having to stop off earlier further down the journey when you won't be sure of where a safe place to refuel will be.

Journo could have easily waited longer to recharge the vehicle to full, then reported "Supercharger stations take longer than an hour to recharge car". It would have looked better than "Instead of being cautious, I tried to rely exactly on a trip meter estimation in a day and age when computer phones still can't reliably tell us whether their batteries are at 100%."

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Asian political activists whacked in Mac backdoor hack attack

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Facepalm

"But the latest spear-phishing campaign attempts to exploit a Microsoft Office vulnerability that was fixed more than three years ago."

So no fearmongering necessary for those who've updated their systems since 2009 or so.

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Windows

Forget the warnings on Coke, why don't they post warnings on the cigarettes she was puffing away at every day?

What do you mean they already have warning labels on those? Are you telling me that warning labels don't do a thing to dissuade crazy addicts from consuming to their bitter ends? Nonsense.

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Clash of the Titans: Which of you has the GREATEST HOME LAB?

Irk
Terminator

Last night we counted how many computers were on one floor of the house. We reached ten and gave up. Our house has 2 more floors and a basement; no telling what else lurks in it. We really ought to get motivated and make it all into something, because having a "lab" would at least make it sound fancy instead of a case of hoarding.

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Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'

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Black Helicopters

It's quite possible to reach all of the goals men's rights activists claim to be striving toward by working within feminism to strengthen and support the reasonable voices within the movement. Starting a movement to oppose a pre-existing movement doesn't really convince anyone that you're not trying to oppress the people that pre-existing movement is trying to empower. Feminism is for the equality of women and men, not the superiority of women over men.

Feminism isn't a fight anybody 'won'. It's an ongoing movement - the biases towards women as being more capable of childcare and more preferred towards motherly roles is a patriarchal bias that persists from the past, not a step forward. Feminism, when applied to such a bias, would err towards equality. When men face a society-wide level of oppression that drives down their pay rate in the majority of jobs and does not consider them part of the default the majority of times, and don't have a conversation onscreen unless it's about a woman, or don't have roles in videogames unless they're for the sexual tittilation of women, then we can talk about how societal oppression of men is a real thing. Until then, the evidence for overwhelming societal-level misandry is just not there and it is more like listening to the wailing of a class group that is longing for the level of power it used to have as opposed to actually being close to on equal footing in some areas with some oppressed classes.

The quote at the end implying that racial discrimination is 'over' is quite laughable as well. Said representative might want to reexamine today's society and the obviously-still-existing biases against people of color.

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Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February

Irk
Megaphone

Re: Car stereo

Aren't we already at this point? My car's stereo might as well just be an AUX jack for my mp3 player or phone.

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Senators propose permanent ban on internet sales and access tax

Irk
Black Helicopters

Re: I hope this bill becomes law...

Not really, state taxes aren't dictated by the federal government, hence California and New York's taxes remaining in place. Some states such as Oregon have no sales tax at all so it won't really be an issue there. This policy is all about the federal level of taxation. Republicans are eager to put more weight on states' rights than federal rights so this legislation is no surprise to anyone.

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Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

Irk

Re: I'm wondering ...

@Paul Crawford: A lot of schools use ID cards to pay for lunches instead of cash. Even my primary schoolers are doing it. Then again they have their own debit cards (accounts and cards controlled by their mom) so the kids are used to the idea of paying with cards. The meal account thing also helps parents track what the kids bought and how much they spend, it can automatically be reloaded with funds, etc. That part's modern convenience.

I have no idea what the ID does for BATHROOM breaks though, do they have card swipe locks on the bathroom doors or something?

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Irk

Re: I'm wondering ...

Probably IDs her so she can get lunch and such/have a general campus ID without actually being physically tracked.

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Irk
Facepalm

She doesn't have to wear the RFID

Taking it all the way to court to fight the RFID requirement seems like a waste of a court case when the school waved the requirement.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

Irk

If you're going to eschew Amanda Palmer's identity to her husband's in the article's title, how about changing your writer's credit to "husband of ____ _____"? Or does your identity matter more than a woman's?

Yet again a writer can't bother giving a lick of any credit to a woman who's worked to make a career on her own with no help from her husband. They married very recently and his fortune or lack thereof has nothing to do with her business. But there's no inherent sexism in the males of the IT industry, not at all.

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