* Posts by Craigness

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Inconsistent

Or if you want to force a muslim publisher to print pictures of Mohammed...

(that would be interesting because unlike christians they're a "protected group" so might already have religious freedom)

We can't all have rights when government is expected to decide them. The fight is to decide who should be allowed them, and christians are losing. It's one set of bigots against another.

<waiting for downvotes from both sets of bigots>

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Do you need me to write it slower?

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Re: So what about the other nineteen states and the U.S. Government

@gnasher it turns out they all offer the same protections. The controversy is not what they want you to think it is.

"four federal courts of appeals and the Obama Justice Department have all taken the position that RFRA can be used as a defense in private suits involving the enforcement of laws that substantially burden free exercise of religion"

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416160/indiana-protecting-discrimination-josh-blackman

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Ellen would still be on TV if religious people were not compelled to work for her or to watch her.

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Inconsistent

"America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,"

That's why Apple doesn't discriminate against Saudi Arabia, which religiously uses its freedom to act like ****s towards anyone they want.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Just adblock them.

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Google turns creepy, predictive search tech up to 11 in Chrome OS beta

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Re: Good to see Google offering a choice as always

One does not simply return information from the database.

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The concierge talks about you with other hotel staff. He tells the cleaners that you're a bad tipper, they tell him you leave hair on the soap. You walk through the lobby and can't look people in the eye because you know they know you know they know your secrets. But when a computer knows where you live all it does is realise you're in a hotel and might be interested in some local attractions. When the Value Judgement engine goes live, THAT'S when you need to feel creeped out.

Sent from my Chromebook

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Citing Kotaku...

...is instant fail.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: Torn

"So why not someone promoting rights?"

The law does promote rights. It's just that it's rights some people don't want us to have.

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Re: It's never black or white.

The state hasn't banned gay people, they've allowed private business to decide who they do business with. This is more freedom, not less, and less government, not more. This leaves business to operate as they see fit, and to succeed or fail depending on the will of the people who transact with them. That's more democratic than having a government tell us what we can and can't do, and far more democratic than having a CEO tell a government what they can and can't tell people to do. Are you sure it's a good thing when CEOs use their influence over government, rather than over the public?

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

@AC the Hobby Lobby case you allude to was not about contraception. They never excluded (female) contraception and never asked to be able to exclude (female) contraception. It was "abortifacients" they objected to, which is post-conception birth control. There was a lot of hot air generated by the fact what they objected to were not technically abortifacients, and they were alternatively labelled "contraceptives" by the left-wing media despite not being contraceptives.

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

They're not banning gays, they're banning the ban on freedom. Freedom does go away if you ban it.

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There are usually loud voices arguing against corporate influence of government. They must have taken the week off.

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Re: Cook ... came out publicly as gay late last year And Cakes ...

@Mage the guest house couple were only refused after they had turned up in the evening expecting to be able to sleep in a bed. There are gay-only hotels and a gay resort, I've been refused entry to a club for being straight, refused a taxi ride and been excluded from parts of gyms for being male, so I support the general principal (it would be homophobic and misogynistic not to support discrimination!) but nobody should support them refusing service at such a late stage.

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Hypocrisy or stupidity?

Apple say they can't support a law which leaves people free to run their business as they like and face public censure rather than state sanctions if they offend common decency, but Apple is free to run their business in such a way that an entire state faces censure for offending common decency. They have proved the new law (which is really the overturning of laws restricting freedom) makes sense. If Indiana had banned boycotts then that would definitely be worth complaining about.

If you're gay and want to buy a wedding cake with a plastic man and woman on the top I'm sure a christian bakery would sell to you. They're not anti-gay. If you're straight and wanted a wedding cake with pentagrams and a goat's skull depicted on it, they'd probably refuse. But not because they're heterophobic.

The solution to the gay marriage "problem": get government out of marriage. Get it out of as much as possible, including telling us who we can trade with. Am I correct in my understanding that the US marriage license was introduced to prevent interracial marriages and was not intended to serve any useful purpose?

Incidentally, it's legal for a gay baker to refuse to sell to christians.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

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It's not about STEM

He doesn't care about STEM, he cares about "diversity". But he doesn't care about diversity in street sweeping because you don't win votes by encouraging women to do dirty work in unsafe or uncomfortable environments. And he doesn't care about diversity in rap or social work, because there are no votes in making black culture "inclusive" or in challenging women's dominance in any area. What he really cares about is being sexist and racist towards men and white people, because that's what the influencers call for and anyone else is a "troll".

Degree courses where women are >70%: Health, Public administration, Education, Psychology.

Degree courses where men are > 70%: Computer science, Engineering.

Degree courses which are being made "diverse": Computer science, Engineering.

Which countries have "diversity" in STEM? Those where women have fewer options. If you let women choose not to be scientists, they do so. Be fine with that, like we're fine with men choosing not to be psychologists.

http://imgur.com/5XqyNwz,avzUR7V,wASaasz,eKsY7ik,2djbM1S,cQ7wlgB,bwJxZ4E,EoziThx,VLAzpE6#8

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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TaylorSwift.porn

Glad she got that one. I'd hate to go to TaylorSwift.porn and see anything but the real thing.

I'm pretty sure KelisTaughtTaylorSwiftToGiveHead.com. But she had to charge.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Rape!

Did you read every word, or just every other word? The guy was raped (by feminist standards) but he'll see no justice because our gynocentric laws allow women to rape with impunity. In reality (not the feminist fantasy world the law reflects), there is no justice to be served here because there was consent, but in the Ched Evans case consent didn't matter...because he's a man.

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Rape!

Ched Evans had his life ruined because he had sex with someone who was drunk and therefore unable to consent. This woman was unable to consent to being filmed and the man she was raping* could not give consent to being "pleasured". Don't put her on TV, put her in jail! And tell us her name.

Technically it's not rape, but it would be if our laws were not sexist. She enveloped him, he penetrated her. Only penetration is rape. Because she was unable to consent to penetration it's actually him that's the criminal, and being drunk is no excuse (for a man).

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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"lock if it suddenly moves more than a metre or so"

That makes a lot of sense.

Coincidentally I had the "unlock if walking" idea myself a few days ago but quickly realised all it would take to unlock a stolen phone would be...to walk. For the article to make sense the phone would have to be unlocked when you put it in your pocket, but that would mean the screen would have to be on. If it could detect walking shortly after being turned off, that might be useful, though insecure, but it would lock when you stop to cross a road so is not a lot of use.

As for setting an alarm off when you grab your bag, I assume the phone would be locked in the bag and therefore not considered stolen when it moves.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: @Craigness "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

@Tapeador

Markets are not entirely free but the major characteristics exist in many markets. Namely, price determined by supply and demand, and no external barriers to entry. Moore's law exists in free markets and a state contract does not absolve a producer of the need to compete for other contracts. If they stagnated they would not have any private customers after their contract ended, and would not get another state contract either. There is always an imperative to improve.

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

"Moore's law is a product of technological advancement."

...which is a product of free market capitalism. If you don't have to compete you don't have to get better. If you're not allowed to compete, you can't make something better.

Explain the adoption of the steam engine without reference to the profit motive!

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

"...owes as much to Moore's law as it does to free market capitalism."

Moore's law is a product of free market capitalism.

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There may be snake oil

Read (or listen to) people like Nicole Foss who make a good point about how credit and resources (energy in particular) are the drivers of economic growth. With credit we have effectively built capital and bought products with money we've not yet earned, and we rely on growth to enable us to earn that money in the future. But declining returns on energy make that growth more difficult to achieve. For example, a Texas "nodding donkey" well can extract about 100 barrels of oil using only the energy from a single barrel to power the well. In a growing world economy we need to turn to Alberta tar sands for our energy needs, but for the same barrel of oil input the energy you can extract from that environment is far lower. The growth of energy has to slow, and efficiency gains might not be enough to counter it, meaning economic growth has to slow, meaning we can't pay off the credit.

Credit has enabled us to bring forward consumption from a future that might not exist! The $30 phone may be a mirage rather than a miracle.

On the other hand, it's just Malthus' theory with some finance mixed in.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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Re: OK, I think I've got it...

How does "not covered in shit" fit into that explanation?

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Re: Ha

"I wonder which side the feminist lands on- womans freedom vs objectification."

Demonisation of male sexuality, every time.

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Here's the same model, in the same pose, in 2012. When, presumably, she looked "under 13".

http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/wooooah-now-since-when-does-american-apparel-sell-lingerie-pics-inside.250138226/

"We considered that readers were likely to interpret the model's expression and pose as being sexual in nature."

I consider it necessary to show people what the clothes look like.

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

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Re: would that be @adnim

"unless you like these things in real life you are not going to like them in porn"

6 people disagree!

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: re: re:oh lord...

Download updates from other users, download checksum from Microsoft secure site. Simples!

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FYI

Chrome OS already does this.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Stop the Chrome hate

@cambsukguy I always have my laptop nearby. I have a desktop in the study because it's cheaper than a laptop and a Chromebook for "around the house" because it's better than Windows. All in, I spent less than the cost of a Windows laptop with Chromebook-like performance.

My phone and tablet are always nearby but they're not as good as a laptop for many tasks.

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Re: Stop the Chrome hate

@Yugguy 30 seconds is a long time when you want to do a search relevant to what someone has just said, or look up info on the TV show you're watching or some music you're listening to. It's long enough that you might just continue the conversation instead, or keep watching the TV show... So it might not be a problem, but it's great to have instant access to the web all the same.

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Re: Whatever happened to code optimisation?

"the tenements of optimisation"

Sounds like a Dickens satire on economics and inequality.

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Re: Modular design

Like Chrome OS?

The "bring Windows devices back to a pristine state" equivalent on a Chromebook is the Powerwash function, which removes all users and software and brings the computer back to a clean install of the latest OS version in about a minute. Try that on Windows and it takes you far longer than that just to get to the point where you need to start applying years' worth of updates.

So selling or buying a second hand Chromebook is as easy and secure as can be, and when you log on to a new one all your settings and software are downloaded for you.

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Stop the Chrome hate

"I can't say I'm bothered about using sleep mode at this point in my life."

As a Chromebook user I ONLY bother with sleep mode. It's so reliable I never reboot unless the OS gets updated.

"My wife's Linux box comes in and out of sleep mode in seconds"

I know that feeling! After using my Chromebook, with its instant resume from sleep, it feels like an eternity waiting for Linux to come back to life.

"My Win 10 PC boots from cold to login in something near 30 seconds - and thats without SSD. I can't say I'm bothered about using sleep mode at this point in my life."

When you have a laptop which can resume instantly it's a great addition to your living room, kitchen or anywhere! If you want to find out about a movie, do a quick bit of shopping, write an email or start a flame war in the comments section, you'll appreciate having a keyboard and multiple windows instead of using your tablet. If you had to wait 30 seconds to boot, or you couldn't rely on the PC waking up properly then you'd reach for the tablet instead, which is a poorer experience for certain use cases.

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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Re: Tell your stories to the millions of workers...

"influence/bribe our government twats to make the balance even worse"

If you want to have a government that has the power to make your life worse, and you know it will be beholden to corporations (as proven by all of history) then I can't help you. Has any corporation ever made anyone's life worse without the help of a government? On balance, have corporations made people's lives worse?

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Re: Tell your stories to the millions of workers...

The economic policies of the rich and those in power did not decide that it should be cheaper to make stuff in China. They are as beholden to global shifts as anyone else. If you try to ignore economics you'll make everyone poor, not rich - see Venezuela.

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Re: Trickle down?

"No it isn't. That's companies seeking to sell goods to a wider consumer market"

It's people being allowed to keep more of the money they made from selling goods, and investing that money into making the goods better and cheaper.

People complaining about trickle down "not working" often are complaining that there are still rich people making evil profits. The fact there is a "wider consumer market" (more people able to buy more stuff, because they're more wealthy) is known but somehow not full acknowledged.

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QE inflationary?

When the QE "money printing experiment" began there was understandably a lot of talk about it being inflationary. Some at the time considered the expectations to be the goal, rather than creating inflation itself. But now there are economists who believe QE actually has a deflationary effect, whereas we can see inflation is not happening and bonds worth trillions have below-zero interest rates.

Could the lack of a hedonic adjustment be part of a ruse to make inflation seem higher than it really is?

Overstating inflation is likely to have the same negative consequences as QE: if people think their pay has gone up by less than inflation they will think they're poorer, so will try to spend less. Governments desperately want us to spend more.

Milk, bread and sardines are down again.

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Re: The answer is Hollywood...

Google "control fraud"

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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RE: if davtom had been onboard

there is nothing to stop any whiner from starting their own distro (Hugbox Linux, anyone?), or even forking the kernel. If there is a supply of thin-skinned developers desperate to give their considerable talents to Linux, they would have found a way.

I've not contributed, because the learning curve is too steep, and I suspect this is true for those who claim it's the environment that puts them off. When I read the mailing lists I see an environment where good code matters and people are passionate about what they do. I've worked in places like that, and it's only the bad coders who can't hack it (pun not intended).

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Re: From Experience

In my experience codes of conduct lead to the group being led by the most fragile personalities with the thinnest skins and no backbone. Linux is more important than an atheist convention and shouldn't give in to the bullying of the "oppressed".

Actual, credible threats are never tolerated, even when there is no code of conduct. They're illegal for a reason, nomatter what the law says about "free speech". Far more common is that people cry "harassment" when a lot of people simply disagree with them.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Network Neutrality

In the comments on (Inter)net Neutrality nearly everyone was in favour of government controlling the way businesses operate. All of a sudden the consensus is that government can do no good and we should let the customer choose. Weird.

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Re: Capita cost increases

Most organizations you sign contracts with have something to lose if you didn't keep your side. When a civil servant makes a contract on your behalf they can only gain, so don't be surprised if there is a "feet and fire" clause protecting capita from any such situation.

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Re: It will tell me how much power an appliance is using...

Tom, you'll have an "in home display" (IHD) which is a smartphone-like device which shows your usage and the current cost. No need to go under the stairs.

On the other hand, you'll never use the IHD after the first day you get it, because you won't be bothered about saving 5p by delaying your dishwasher by an hour, but you'll be given one anyway.

And when I say "given" I mean that the cost will be factored into your bill.

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Re: Tall buildings?

Do you know why height makes a difference?

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Re: UK market specifics

"This is additionally complicated by the fact that most retail is also utterly incompetent in the metering area because it has outsourced the meters to a lease company"

The meters are not owned, rented or controlled by the retailers. Think what it would mean when you switch supplier, if the ownership or rental contract for the meter had to be transferred as well! And if you wanted to move your meter you'd have to get permission from both National Grid and the retailer, both of whom would have to check the work was done to standard. Most of retail doesn't do the metering either, they outsource it to competent parties. So, contrary to your opinion, they are not even in the metering area and are not in a position to outsource meters.

Cutting people off is already possible, and not difficult. They make you use a pre-pay meter and it takes care of itself.

"property of transco"

http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/assets/images/gas-electricity/guides/prepayment-meter/prepayment-meter.jpg

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Re: In other news...

@tony I think they were referring to the per-capita cost.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: Cue...

I'm gonna join the Cool Kidz and rage quit to Linux Mint

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