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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

As a Unity (is the best thing about Ubuntu) user I understand how ignorant your comment is. As a Xubuntu user you will never know.

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Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

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They can provide their own web view because it's open source and there is no lock in. They have their own browser, don't they?

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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Are you a slave?

Taxes on income don't seem to be a human rights issue. Do you own yourself and everything you create, or do "they" own your output? Freedom to work is a human right, I assume.

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Three words: that's four words

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Not such a bad idea

A Land Value Tax is the only economically efficient tax because it encourages more efficient use of land and can prevent speculators buying up land in the hope someone will build infrastructure near it. It's hard to evade because land is easy to track, and the tax take is closely related to the GDP so government "investment" and benefits should rise along with the nation's wealth. That's fine in a mostly agrarian economy where economic value is derived from the land (Adam Smith was a fan) but when value is created in cyberspace it would put a disproportionate burden on farmers relative to Amazon and the like. Taxing each gigabyte is a bit like taxing each acre, so this is something of a Land Tax for the modern age.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: So in theory

You forgot treason.

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Re: And right on queue...

5 years, because it's easier than unsubscribing. You imply this law will be used to silence people people don't like so have you considered whether people dislike you?

For the record I read those messages without phoning the police.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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The norm

It is the norm, but this time it's happened to a woman! When David Moyes got less than Alex Ferguson despite being less experienced and less successful, he was a man so it was ok. If Davina Moyes got the same deal as David then it would have been sexism.

The gender wage gap is not a colleague-to-colleague comparison, it is the average wage of full time workers. A female secretary with GCSEs working 35 hours is compared to a male executive with an MBA working 50 hours and the only factors which matter for the comparison are their pay and gender. When other factors are accounted for the difference goes away, so they tend not to be accounted for.

And if those two happen to be married, she will spend more of his money than he does, so who cares where it comes from?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Price

As a N7 owner I thought the same, until I saw the price of the 9!

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Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

@JDX it's about a month old. And it's much more of a pain to install and set up than it needs to be >-(

@Richard they don't have Prime on Chromecast either, so it's probably a control thing. But I wouldn't rule out incompetence as it took them years to get it to Android.

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Nexus 6 availability

Preorders at the end of the month, available in November.

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Chromecast is great for HD streaming over wifi. I doubt the new thing will be worse.

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As a former Asus Transformer owner I prefer to do actual work on an actual computer. Adding a keyboard is great but isn't enough.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Alternatives

If it bothers her she could stick to things made by women, such as...

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: Just catching up with Android

On ios8 using a 3rd party keyboard makes the device freeze. Android certainly didn't have that in 2012.

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Facebook scammers punt fake 'sexy vid' of Emma Watson

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That talk

She didn't stand up against sexism, she asked men to get involved in women's fight for "equality". She didn't mention men's equality, ergo she is not anti-sexism. And because women cannot be equal without men also being equal, she is not for equality either.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?

"We have to work at creating the right conditions until females coding is normalised."

No we don't. Just like we don't need to have more men in female-dominated professions, we don't need to have more women in male-dominated professions. The only difference is that there is no effort and no money to get more men into teaching, health, etc. If "strength through diversity" were truly the goal, we would want to advance the interests of boys as well as girls and give everyone the same opportunities. We don't, because the goal is to have women dominant everywhere. Is there anyone in the mainstream who thinks it is in any way a bad thing that women are 60% of graduates, 70% of medical students, out-earning men in their 20s etc. Female dominance is seen as a triumph, male dominance is seen as problematic.

For homework, compare the gender-based grants available for male teachers and female engineers.

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Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?

It's because women already dominate most other professions.

Via google translate: http://www.dn.se/debatt/feminiserade-storstader-dominerar-snart-varlden/

"Of the 15 occupations expected to grow the most over the next decade in the United States dominated all but two of the women"

Ironically, in more egalitarian countries, women are more likely to take on "traditional" jobs like healthcare. When the choose, that's what they choose.

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Dress corporate

As a man I feel there are far more options for women to "dress corporate" whilst not looking like they're necessarily trying to stand above the crowd. For guys there's the suit. You might get away with taking off your jacket (but you still need to arrive in one) or rolling up your sleeves, but when you take your tie off you don't look like potential management material, and chinos send the same message. With a tie on, you don't fit the part of the IT guy. Women can be sleeveless, open-collared, jacket on or off and fit in pretty much anywhere on the hierarchy.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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"Apple's way is to have a UI that is suited to the hardware it is running on." And Ubuntu's was Ubuntu Netbook Remix, not Unity.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Reverse racism

Conversely, what response do you think you'd get if you complained about the "lack" of white people in hip-hop and blamed it on black people creating a hostile culture?

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Re: This is the pot calling the kettle black.

Who is the bad guy? Is it the dictator who comes down hard on people who screw up, and gives the world a secure, versatile OS for free, or is it the one who thinks women and black people are not capable of succeeding in such an environment?

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Re: Bias

White people are an underrepresented demographic at those US offices and the new goal of "diversity" instead of "equality" means they will become even more so. They have to go somewhere, and if the OS community doesn't discriminate against them, that's where they will go.

It does seem quite sexist and racist to assume women and non-whites cannot cope in a high pressure environment. But if you frame your bigotry as anti-white, anti-male then you'll get a lot of coverage.

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: Straight rights?

That's basically the response I gave to the commenter who brought up the issue. Why can't drag queens do the same though?

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Straight rights?

Someone commented here recently about their friend who wanted to use her stage name on Facebook to connect with her fans. She could be gay, but it's something a straight person might want to do as well, so will Facebook extend its apology to the straight community and allow them to choose their own names too?

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It's actually harming facebook's revenues. If I support ideas which I don't want my boss to know about (she's a racist homophobic vegan Norfolk separatist in case you were wondering) then I'll use something other than facebook for those discussions, and to post pictures of my barbecue parties. So facebook will know less about me and not be able to show the most appropriate adverts.

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Re: No printer and scanners support, does it support graphic tablets?

Whaaaa I can't use my crayons with this! Whaaa they're forcing me to use this and automatically uninstalling the real photoshop! Whaaa I'm not allowed to attach a monitor to a chromebook! Whaaaa chromebooks don't let you install offline apps and even though they do I'll still complain they don't! Whaaa software has been done before so this is nothing new!

Calm down, dears. I suspect this is something of an experiment to see what can be done with streamed apps and what needs to be improved in order to make the rest work. Chrome OS is improving all the time - native apps, mkv playback, MTS support, cloud storage API etc - and some day you'll all want one! Why do this with Photoshop instead of Pixlr? Heck, why not? Maybe it's another indication of what their pricing strategy will be in the future.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: Men should not have rights...

@vociferous I didn't "forget" that, I didn't mention it because it's not true, and MRAs do not think it's true. However some good research has shown that 40% is a far better estimate than 2%, which anti-men's-rights people use. The 2% figure was an anecdote from an area of New York, and is not statistically significant. Much higher figures have been reported by the military and certain police jurisdictions in studies where false claims were positively identified (not just where the truth was not established, as anti-men's-rights people claim).

Men are not persecuted in every area of life, and nor are women. But for both sexes there are areas where we suffer. Men in the west have more such areas than women, but everyone (including Emma Watson) ignores them (which is a type of oppression in itself). Anti-men's-rights people want to paint a picture of a society where everyone is either in the oppressor class or the oppressed class (inherited from Marxism and based on gender to create a permanent state of revolution), and a beautiful young woman worth £30 million who has a global podium at UN Women is in their "oppressed" class whereas a homeless man is privileged. So she gets attention and he gets nothing. If you want to call that matriarchy, fine. But let's just agree that it's a bad way of looking at the world if your goal is "equality" (we both know you have no interest in equality).

Why deny men equal rights? And when will Daniel Radcliffe speak up for men's rights at UN Men? Not for a long time, because men don't have representation at the UN.

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Re: Who cares about Emma Watson?

@anon. No, the threat was fake and was made with the intention of getting 4chan shut down. Does anyone care about that victim?

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Men should not have rights...

...say the anti-MRA crowd.

Shut up about women being nearly 60% of graduates. Shut up about there not actually being a wage gap (different pay for the same work). Shut up about the gender bias in conviction rates (more convictions for the same crime) and in sentencing (longer sentences for the same crime). Shut up about MGM and the UN's programme of genital mutilation. Just shut up about it all, because women are oppressed and men are privileged.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Streaming wins

@alistair my parents are a bit older than that. There was an Otis Redding LP and the early Beatles ones, but it all got lost or stolen so even if I did want to listen, I couldn't (and I don't have a turntable). But I don't miss it, so I believe there is no shortcoming of streaming from that point of view. In fact, if I did want to listen to any of it then it would be easier to stream it than to play each record!

My kids will inherit a taste for great music via my shared playlists. Or not.

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Re: Like your mom said ...

@vlad you don't own the music even if you strip the DRM. You can listen to stuff you buy without asking permission, but you have permission to hear a very small amount of music whereas I have permission to listen to millions of songs whenever I want. For example, I found there was a new album by an artist I used to like many years ago, so I listened to it for free immediately. I didn't have to wait, and I did't have to worry that it might not be very good. And I didn't need to ask permission because I already had it.

Owning is limiting - it's like owning a brewery versus buying any type of beer you want from a pub. I do own a lot of CDs etc but I've not touched them since I joined the modern world of streaming, and I was bored by the limited selection before that. When something is free you use more of it, and with music (as with beer) that's an amazing thing. You can get so much more pleasure for £10/month streaming than you can buying CDs.

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Re: Streaming wins

Rental is not communist and renting music means I have no desire to own plastic data storage products (you never own the music itself). Possessions weigh you down man!

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I hated streaming until I used it

I'm one of the lucky ones. As a human I can't tell the difference between an mp3 and a cd so I can use the more convenient format with no loss of quality. Also, my streaming service lets me control the bitrate, has no adverts and suggests new artists based on the data they gather.

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Re: Like your mom said ...

@Ivan Google Play Music has that.

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Re: Like your mom said ...

@matama "a download" is usually a transferrable mp3 file. Cached music from a streaming service is in their own format, non-transferrable. The conversation should be about renting versus owning, because you can download rented music and stream owned music.

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Re: Like your mom said ...

Use a streaming service which lets you cache music. Pick the album you want to listen to, download it at home and play it at work with wifi turned off. Or take a charging cable to work.

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Re: CDs for me

Those are downloads, not streaming. Sign up to a streaming service and those albums will be available to you again. Move between services and they will still be available.

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Streaming wins

The money I spent on CDs, tapes, vinyl and even minidiscs in the '90s is less than my current subscription service will cost me for my entire life. So what does it matter that I can't pass anything on to my children, when they can access the same stuff for less money than it would cost them to buy physical formats? Of my parent's collections I listen to precisely nothing. Sleeve notes and lyrics can be found online, so no problem there. The age restrictions and lack of family options are definitely a problem though.

When you will be away from internet connections, you have to download, obviously, but streaming is also a form of downloading and streaming services offer caching specifically for that. You're getting arsey about terms there in an attempt to make streaming look ridiculous. CDs, books, DVDs and board games make up the majority of the clutter in my house by volume. I envy the digital generations who have none of that.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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Re: It's not about the ads

Easy solution: get a Facebook Page and give it any name you want.

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Lies about data

Scroll down the home page and there is a commentary on social networks with which visitors are asked to agree or disagree. The commentary contains the sentence "Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads," which is undeniably false. When you click "I disagree" (which is the only option available to the informed visitor) you are redirected to a page on Facebook where you can "See how ads are served without sharing your information with advertisers".

Ello should have read that page before writing theirs.

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Re: what else lurks

"and probably are never going to find out about"

That's a bad thing?

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Feminist math

"because girls obviously need yet another reason to get paid less than men for doing the same work"

It's been debunked many many times over decades, but this myth persists. For the same work, men and women get paid about the same on average. Men work more hours on average so get paid more on average than women. Men are more likely to take "harder" degrees (science, engineering etc) which lead to higher paying jobs, are more likely to travel and work late etc. But women spend more, which is ultimately all that matters.

This will all change in the coming decades because men are almost 50% less likely to go to university. That's as big a problem as fat people face, but it's men so it gets ignored.

http://www.randalolson.com/2014/06/25/average-iq-of-students-by-college-major-and-gender-ratio/

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: It's easy guys

Feminism is easy: don't expect anything of women, make men a utility gender, ignore men's issues, use a sexually discriminatory term of abuse.

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Re: "Positive" decrimination and feminist conditioned men are oppressing men.

@h4rm0ny why focus on areas where women are under-represented? Doing so will only lead to a sexist outcome, which is what we've got.

Equality of opportunity is where there are no quotas for women MPs, CEOs etc but everyone is allowed to try. Unfortunately we do have those quotas, but we don't have anything for male teachers and social workers because such quotas would not benefit women. And there is nothing to get equal representation of women fixing power lines at night in December in a snowstorm because those quotas would not give women safe, well-paid, high-profile jobs. There is nothing to enforce equal disposable income between the sexes (where women spend more than men), or to correlate benefits paid to each sex (women get more) with taxes paid by each sex (men pay more). There is nothing done to address the difference in hours worked by each sex (because that would benefit men, who put in longer hours and miss out on family time) but there are efforts to fix the difference in pay which those shorter hours lead to (because that would benefit women, who work less than men). Nobody will address what you might call the obvious sexism in university admissions (more women than men) because "we" as a society only want equality when it puts women above men. If you want equality of opportunity you are an MRA, not a feminist. Try for yourself and see what responses you get when you talk to feminists about equality rather than special privileges for women!

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Re: Yay

If you never listen you'll never learn. #womenagainstfeminism

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Another false flag attack on #gamergate?

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Re: No ugly feminists

Credit default swaps were created by a woman (Blythe Masters), Hillary Clinton is in favour of bombing everything, and DV is NOT mostly men. However, feminists definitely are interested in only the male side of it, which is why the female half is ignored, or even considered empowering. Did you know the highest incidence of DV is in lesbian relationships? It's lowest among gay men.

The Brontes didn't need noms de plume, nor did Beatrix Potter. One paranoid authoress is not evidence of a conspiracy.

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Re: Rude

8chan is the future now that 4chan has gone SJW.

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She wasn't moderated, got worldwide media coverage and more than a million views on Youtube. But what she said was sexist, completely ignoring men's issues whilst claiming to be for equality. People need to expect some comeback for that, but not this.

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