* Posts by Craigness

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: re: Bootnote, in fairness to Google

downvoted because you didn't read the "best practice"

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Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows

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It's not about the storage

"It does seem that a chromebook is a laptop with a pathetic-sized SSD."

I'd file this under "someone who doesn't know what Chrome OS is about" but there's no room left in my cloud.

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Re: Fail

"However, I am using Google Docs for Business and Chromebooks for a charity, "

"You are describing a home use scenario."

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Re: WTF?

"Or even - it's ridiculous, I know! - guilty as fuck and has successfully eluded justice?"

This is why he's unhappy about not being able to have these trumped up charges put before a court.

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Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

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Racist hiring...

"1,119 whites, 1,257 Asians"

Why is the "pale" people that get the blame for being too populous and interested in tech when it's actually the yellow people that are taking too many of the black people's jobs?

And why does the register use racist terms like "pale" but not "yellow"? There is nothing wrong with my skin, and are you worried about offending those with yellow privilege? Let's have some equal opportunity racism from el reg please?

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Meh!

There are people who sell aluminium cases for fanless NUCs. You have to remove the fan yourself...

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Re: Celeron?

Eggsnow has a range of fanless Haswell mini PCs (some barebones, some fitted out) on Amazon with.....SIX ports. 4xUSB3, 2xUSB2.

And they look nice too.

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Re: Linux?

@Neil it's not barebones but you can get the same form factor with your choice of (better) internals for less by going barebones, and you don't need to pay for the Windows license. Look for "Gigabyte Brix" and "Intel NUC" to get started. I clicked on a Celeron N2820 model and Amazon offered me that with a 4gb memory stick and 60gb SSD for a combined £167 in its "Frequently Bought Together" section. Wifi is apparently built-in.

So if you want a Linux box, you wouldn't buy the Windows one ;-)

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Chrome OS Apps

"Google's OS doesn't store apps on its SSD"

Yes it does.

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Re: Linux?

Fair enough if you want to dual boot (is there enough space for that?), but there is enough choice in the mini barebones market that you simply wouldn't buy this to put Linux on. There are cheaper options.

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

My old Dell netbook had a 8Gb SSD and ran Ubuntu no problem. I had to manage my backups and remove non-essential downloads of course. Now I have Chrome OS using about 4Gb.

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Re: Footprint

A DVD player for one, which is excluded from Windows 10 but you can buy at extra cost (and more disk space).

It is definitely Asus' fault that the hardware they make and load with an OS of their choice is not big enough for that OS. I tried swapping my HDD for a small SSD and loading Windows 7 from the recovery USB. IT told me it needed 100Gb to install Windows! So if I made Windows 7 machines I would use a larger drive.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: The rise

"But society doesn't just say, "you must work a job or you'll starve, you lazy bastard." It says, "you must do work that adds to GDP and thus is worth paying you for, or you'll starve.""

Reality says if you don't gather fruit you can't eat fruit. And you can't eat more fruit than you gather. Reality doesn't care about your value as a person, but society actually does. And you can get free fruit from food banks and free money from the government.

You might have great skills as a typesetter or a Klingon translator, but if nobody wants what you make then you have to gather your own fruit. You can't expect others to do it for you and trade their effort for yours. You need to do something for me or I am not obligated to do anything for you. If I am obligated by force to give you the product of my labour but there is no obligation put on you, then why would I work? I can quit my job and join the privileged class instead.

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Re: The rise

"what do we do with..."

Let them decide for themselves. They might have more knowledge about their own skills and desires than "we" do about them, and they might have more of an imagination than elected politicians who would otherwise decide "our" policy for them.

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Re: Nice parable Tim

Some countries force fast cars to slow down, others encourage slow cars to speed up.

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Liberty

> prevent your Libertarian utopia from falling into dystopian anarchy

The problem with libertarian utopias is that they become statist monsters, not "dystopian" anarchies.

“A Republic, if you can keep it.” - Benjamin Franklin

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Re: A few things

2. You'd have to be stupid* to drive for 34 hours to dodge tax

You'd have to be stupid to think this! To normal people, it depends on how much tax you'd be liable for if you didn't drive. Everybody does things to save time, effort or money, and to achieve a balance between the three, and that's universally accepted as a good thing. So to call out someone because they money they're saving is imposed by a government is stupid.

As a hypothetical, what if there were 2 roads and one had a compulsory vehicle check which took 1 hour. The trip would be 2 hours on this road, because of the check, and 1.5 hours on the other road. You would save time by dodging the vehicle check, and it's only the vehicle check that makes the slow road the better option. This is the same decision as before, but it's about time rather than money, and the state benefits from having compliant vehicles rather than having money to spend. The logical extension of your belief is that it would be stupid to save time.

This is why people support Jeremy Corbyn.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Good for Brad!

It's good to see Mr Wardell getting some success after being targeted by some from the uglier side of video game "journalism". #gamergate

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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"overly pale, male and stale"

If you look at the statistics you'll see it's actually "overly yellow, male and stale". But you wouldn't print anything racist against people unless they're white, would you, and what makes you think it's stale?

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Re: Hypocritical

The good men project is anti-masculinity, not pro-men. I've spent quite a bit of time in the men's rights community and the impression I get from looking at what they do, versus the impression you would get by reading what feminists media wants you believe they do, is very different. They are the true egalitarians.

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Re: Reverse Discrimination

The media and academia are of the left; they perpetuate the myth.

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Re: Questions

It's not Intel's fault the people are not there, but it IS their fault that they are discriminating against the people most likely to want to work for them.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Put some clothes on

I saw some misandrist articles on this subject recently, so I assume it's the latest feminist battlefront. The gist was that women with bare arms are feeling oppressed by the temperature being suited to men who have to wear long sleeves and ties. If the temperature was turned up to suit the women they would be oppressed by the smell of the men's sweaty armpits instead. Just put some clothes on, ladies - that's the only way we can all be comfortable whilst retaining some dignity. Not that dignity is high on the agenda for the women pushing this as an issue...

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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I think that's about it...

...and < input type="submit" > if you want anyone to know your thoughts

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...and bookmark sync

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: "At which point, believe it or not, the government will get less tax, not more"

"and sell off the NHS even faster"

They're committed to making it free at the point of delivery, so what does it matter that the doctor you see is on the government payroll or not? Businesses can save money and cut risk by hiring consultants, why not let the government do the same?

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Re: I will be worse off

"Once more the Tories looking after their mates and shitting on the hard working middle."

I give a lot of money to Tesco, but they're not my mate. Just because the government pays consultants doesn't mean they are friends with them. Same goes for government and its own employees.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Re: Shock findings

"And I wouldn't call it that useless given that there is still a gender pay gap in most western countries."

Which ones? In the UK women under 40 earn more for part time work and women under 40 earn more for full time work. But there is a "gender wage gap" because men earn more over all. The problem in this country is that women have the privilege of being able to work part time and spend their partner's income (women spend more of a family's disposable income than men do). Until that changes, there will be a "gender wage gap" but the only policy that will be implemented is attempts to raise women's wages, which only serves to exacerbate the 2 wage gaps which are in women's favour.

So when you are told there is a gender wage gap in any country, take a second to think about how the statistics are compiled and which gender is actually the privileged one.

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"blocks losing get frustrated and lash out at anything different to them"

"people losing get frustrated and lash out at anything different to them"

FTFY

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The study was not designed to test hypotheses, it was designed to give fuel to the feminists who want to remove from games anything which appeals to men.

A study which did what this one claims to do would have measured reactions by both sexes to both sexes. "Social justice" academics are not interested in finding out how the world works, they just want to say "men are sexist to women" without having to explain how they are actually worse to each other.

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This is what adblock is for. Apologies to the Reg's ethical journalists.

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Re: Depends...on when people noticed the debate...

1. The journalist never wrote a review of the game;

The journalist gave positive coverage to the game on numerous occasions. That was the claim, and it is true.

3...gamergaters' vitriol was directed at ZQ and other women involved in the games industry;

Simply false. The conversation was about the ethical issues stemming from the ZQ revelations. It was re-cast as harassment by an unethical media afraid of losing its power. Talking *about* someone is not harassment.

4 I've got no idea whether ZQ and NG ever did have a relationship...

Then you don't know what you're talking about. The relationship is well documented.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Hosted Web Apps

I like that "Hosted Web App" idea. It sounds familiar, but I can't quite place it.

Sent from my Chromebook.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Re: Don't fix what's not broken

"it will throw you to Google search every freakin' possible time"

...unless you select a different default search engine

"Firefox has super-powerful address bar that allows to find any page you visited before using any part of title or URL"

So does Chrome. The omnibox includes history and bookmarks, can directly search sites like youtube and imdb, and can be extended to search installed apps, dictionaries or anything developers can think of.

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Re: Don't worry, be happy.

He doesn't have to do everything people ask him to, and the brand is his own. If the MPL didn't give him control over the binaries which constitute his branded product, he would have the option, as per Q21 in the FAQ, to rewrite the MPL in order to allow him to do what he wants, and release the changed MPL with the name "MPL" and with Mozilla branding. So basically you can't win!

Is this really so bad...

"I don't want you to build my browser yourself and then distribute the resulting binaries with official branding"

"If you want to distribute a Pale Moon based browser through F-Droid, you're free to build your own binaries from source as per the concept of Open Source software, just don't build anything with official branding."

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Oh well

Redditors don't have to be your audience.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Being large is important. There is a correlation between large companies and "diversity" because the laws enforcing diversity focus on large companies, and they are better able to absorb the extra costs. It actually helps them when these laws are extended to smaller companies because the bureaucratic cost of compliance and loss of productivity are harder to absorb in smaller companies. All FTSE 100 companies are on board with the "women on boards" programme despite the research showing it harms company valuations (when the requirement to appoint a woman is forced on the company - hiring women is not in itself a value-losing proposition).

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Re: SJW employee review

@hollerith our local labour party had their preferred election candidate kicked out for being male. The whole point of diversity is to have fewer white men doing things white men have traditionally done. They can't achieve that without discriminating against white men.

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Re: Shock, surprise .. NOT!

Women have been encouraged by a decades long campaign to get them more interested. Now they're at 20% and retention is a problem, because when it comes down to it, they're not that interested. I don't know if you've noticed lately, but women get praise heaped upon them just for turning up, whereas men get told they're awful when women _don't_ turn up. The sexism in IT is towards men.

When teaching decides to call itself sexist and seek more men, I'll reconsider my opinion that the campaign to get more women in STEM is simply anti-male bigotry masquerading as some form of equality.

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Re: Why is...

"Diversity can lead to more diverse ideas."

They're not aiming for a diversity of ideas, they want diversity in skin tone, genitalia and who people sleep with. They're fine with everyone thinking exactly the same way. If you think diversity of skin tone is irrelevant then you're diverse. And they'll sack you for it.

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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Tame hardware driver

Think of it this way: you pay extra for a laptop with a fancy array of speakers and "Beats" licensed technology built in. Then Microsoft removes the software that controls the speakers and instead of "Beats deep bass 7.1 virtual surround" or whatever they call it, you have "Microsoft stereo audio".

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Re: That's why we need to split up the market into hard- and software

Why not get rid of the software market and make OEMs put their own software on? It works well for Apple. Samnix, anyone?

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: serves you right

This wasn't in Chrome, it was in spy-less Chromium.

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Re: Please correct me if I'm wrong...

Apparently it's opt-in and downloaded after the browser is installed. So you have as much right to the software as you would to any other binaries you opt to download after installing your browser.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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"There, fixed it for you."

It wasn't broken, just incomplete. You completed it. But who can deny the wage gap myth, and the meddling which politicians can do in response to it, is anything but a leftist agenda.

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Re: for the benefit of women

@corinne I'm just pointing out the bias in the system. Can you imagine a situation where a politician proposes something on the basis that it will be good for men?

Of course women need time off, but the point is that men only have time off because it helps women. And women have time off because it helps women. Sure, women prefer to marry a man who earns more than them, and this means they get to be the one who gives up work. So what's your point? Are you suggesting this represents men having a choice to leave work?

@Doctor Syntax "What part of the words "open" and "rare" did you not understand?"

What part of "choice" do you not understand? If only one person can have something, the person who has first choice has an actual choice. The next person in line does not really have a choice. And it is usually the man who is second in line for the "choice" to leave work.

When a man (braver than me) says to his wife "no, dear! I will not let you stay at home, I choose to do that and you will have to go to work and support me", his wife still has the choice to stay home and have him support her, because the family courts and social conventions are on her side.

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Re: Statistics, etc.

"In terms of hourly pay, yes. In terms of effective income for work performed, on the other hand..."

If someone does more unpaid work because their spouse does more paid work then the comparison is meaningless. It would make more sense to take the family as an economic unit with work divided according to the skills and desires of the family members, and measure inequality by measuring how much each member spends on themselves. For example, if women earn 80% of what men earn but spend 150% of what men spend, where should government focus its policies in order to achieve equality?

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Re: Statistics, etc.

Corinne,

Yes, women spend more of a family's disposable income than men do. That's why advertising is aimed at women and most of the men in adverts are idiots whereas the women are calm and in control almost every time. It's also why a shop's women's section is near the front door.

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