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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Surely the problem started in the 80's when greed was good

""I think as we have seen in recent years capitalism without regulation produces few winners and many losers. Somethings cannot be left to the market."""

I suggest that you read a bit more about what regulation is in place for what, you will quickly come to the realization that a huge part of the modern problems we face is the over-abundance of useless regulation.

Note: I do not propose any form of complete de-regulation at all, I propose that the regulations are made smaller, simpler and enforced accordingly.

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Re: Reform focused on a high-rise London and discouraging foreign speculator

"""But I think the solution needs to be more London focused, as that is the really where the problem is in the UK"""

A pint for you sir!

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Re: Solution

Less people is incredibly short-sighted.

What you want is not less people, but fewer people all living in the same crowded spot.

The world is not ending, we're not running out of anything and we're not overpopulated, not popular thinking I know, but the truth.

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Re: Relax rules about what you can rent

I suggest you read more into what a "Free market is" I insist that a free market is not one with no rules.

Most people confuse government intervention with regulation.

For example a free market for food should include regulation to protect consumers from people selling food which is not appropriate for consumption.

An intervened market is one where the government (or any other entity with sufficient power) says that some can sell, some can not, how much quantity and fixes the price of the food. Obviously with all the best intentions in the world, leading to the typical Marxist failure, IE: Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, etc.

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Re: Relax rules about what you can rent

"""It makes the assumption that the so-called market will find the ideal situation for all concerned. First, let's begin with the fact that there is no such thing as a perfect market."""

A completely free market does not mean an unregulated "Survival of the fittest" kind of market.

Never ever has a completely free market been allowed to exist in modern times, except with the exception (for a short while) of the Internet (Because politicians did not understand it) And check how it has influenced the overall economy.

No market is/can be perfect because humans are not perfect, any system will have people who will get a bad deal, the key is in choosing a system in which the least amount of people get a bad deal.

Note the current system is shit and does make the majority of the people get a bad deal.

More free market fixes things but does not so in a couple of nights, takes time until the system re-balances.

People who wants solutions now in the form of more government intervention should look at Venezuela, a country which produces oil, where there is a drought for which people can not buy bottled water because they lack plastic bottles.

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"""But the author's analysis is really, really, simple minded."""

No it is not, it goes strictly to the point, artificial scarcity of a good over time produces a distorted market.

Remove the cause of the distortion and the market fixes itself over time, It will not happen the next day obviously in the same way it took a few decades for the prices of the houses to sky-rocket.

And I have to say that you're mixing things, what purpose do the people who pay high prices for the house have (being it investment or not) has nothing to do with the cause for the conditions which propitiate the price increase of a good.

The high prices of any good reflect the market reality, this is the perceived value of the good by the person/s who want to acquire such good.

There are no dark forces at play here, overseas investors consider the London house market to be a good investment value because they consider that the price of the houses will not go down in the short/medium term, their prices high as they are, are quite stable.

And that is because houses are scarce thus price rises.

It is the same with anything really.

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Re: Economists solving the problems the last one caused

"""There is no reason for a house to cost more than the materials used to make it / cost of the land / cost of building it."""

Yes, there is a reason and it is the same reason for every market imbalance in which the price is completely inflated: "Artificial Scarcity"

One of the 'politicos' speciality.

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Re: People can be silly

Free market doesn't mean lack of regulation.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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MS is and will never be an open source company

MS has never (even recently) made anything of relevance open source, in the definition of using the GPL2/3,BSD Licenses to publish it.

Stop with the whitewash lies that MS is somehow a good citizen now which wants to contribute to the world's well being because they want to use open standards and they have published the source of little things no one cares or knows about.

Because it is not, they are the same arrogant, anti-competitive, monopolistic twisted crooks they have been since they were founded. And have no doubt that they will kill anything, anything that they can.

Just a recent example: Where you were people when they screwed Nokia??? Wasn't anybody paying attention on how does MS do business or what?

Once MS releases the source code of any of their mayor products (Windows/IE/Office/Exchange/SQL you name it) and I'm talking buildable versions under true open licenses like LGPL/GPL/BSD they are not an open source company.

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Re: Embrace ...

"""But the people working on IE >= 9 are a different bunch to those who worked on the earlier versions. The ones I've met know that they have to play nicely, even if they're sometimes restrained by corporate policy."""

LET ME LAUGH AT YOUR NAIVETY YOUNG MAN!

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Exactly

It is never late for Microsoft to screw with yet another open standard, and bury it in the sand.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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Re: He can STAY there for all I care

I agree that he's a traitor, I doubt he's a communist.

Why is he a traitor?

He could have disclosed all the information openly over the Internet, then facing the consequences of what he did at home. I would have been the first to jump in his defense.

But he did not, he fled to Russia.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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People do not like to hear this but here it goes...

Western whistle-blowers just leak "mostly benign" information from "mostly benign" countries.

It is very easy to leak from a western country, they can imprison you, but the likelihood of a western country putting a bullet in your head after having being tortured for weeks is low.

I would like to see the Snowdens of the world leak information from less benign countries.

It is very easy to ask for peace and freedom from the middle of Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom, but try to do the same from Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square in N. Korea. Or from Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China, or from Havaba's Plaza de la revolucion, Cuba.

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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

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Cloud = A form of managed hosting

"""The public cloud is attractive because it is – for the time being at least – a shortcut around bureaucracy. It may seem illogical or even irrational to many of us, but it will continue to sell."""

I will add it is attractive because to some people cloud="switch brain off"

Most people prefer to pay rather than think.

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

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Re: A glimmer of hope

I tend to follow that simple in appearance (but very useful piece of advice) rather than just buy things that "Look nice".

""If you do not like a certain aspect of a product, or the product contains draconian measures to prevent you using it in any way you see fit, do not buy it.""

I know it is a new concept, and takes a while to sink in, but hey we're IT people, we can cope with complexity.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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In my experience...

The problem with web development is not the language used, being it PHP, or Java or Perl.

The problem seems to be that a majority (not all) of web developers are very bad developers who barely know the language and have a poor understanding of how to write good code that scales well. Not to mention an appalling lack of knowledge of the underlying platform they are programing for.

One can either write indecipherable crashy crap or write a good/decent piece of code, but 'good/decent' only comes with the programmer's.

Note that I'm not defending PHP's flaws.

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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

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Re: Whenever toast be a croissant and one be loving the COFFEE.*

I salute you sir.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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New batteries...

Are like the new River Thames crossing in East London, I will believe it once I see them building it.

Or in the case of the batteries; I will believe it the day I can buy them off the store.

On both of those things (The crossing and the batteries) news of a better improved one come every now and then.

But until then it will continue to be the classic battle of educating the wife to buy the original rabbit batteries instead of the cheap Chinese generic ones they sell at the super market.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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I'm scared...

Of what they could have removed this time... they always remove something.

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

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And that's why...

Everybody who can its movig to postgresql.

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Re: hmmm

"""Firefox on KitKat isn't as good as chrome."""

Obviously you meant to say that -Firefox on Android is a piece of shit-

It is an UI nightmare tied to an incomprehensible font scaling algorithm.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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""""When I met him he seemed to have his head glued on and understood the plight of his customers. But this apparently all changed when he took the CEO's seat."""

Just like any other politician these days.

MS's problems have always been the same:

1) They can not win, or compete, they have to dominate and crush the competition.

2) They are immensely greedy.

3) They resort to dirty tricks at every single opportunity.

4) They have an over inflated sense of importance.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Mozilla is as stupid as any big company.

Big companies think that because they made the software, and they spend a lot of time and money in changing things around to reflect the latest fad, they know much more than their customers on how the product should be used.

WRONG!

Functional changes to GUI interfaces (and more so big changes) should only be done when they fix severe deficiencies, and should always allow to revert back to the old behaviour when their purpose is merely aestetic.

Also stop thinking a customer is wrong because he's using the product not the way you envisioned, all you do is alienate them.

The GUI in the browser is a solved problem, stop fucking with it, of all the changes people ask of Mozilla, I have never ever seen: "Pleaze change the GUI completely to make it more like Chrome a coz chrome is cool and you're not"

Most of what people ask for is: Make it stable, make it use less memory.

One last thought if you plan to implement a massive change to the UI of a program for the sake of it (not because the program is impaired if you don't do it) Be sensible and add an option somewhere to select either New Interface or Classic interface. Your userbase will not be alienated and you will not lose them.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Microsoft certifications will never be taken seriously

Because to reflect real life scenarios in the exams, they would have to acknowledge that there are other products in the market that people use, products which are not based on MS technologies, and are not sold by MS.

This including not lying outright about the capabilities of those products.

Also in those exams MS should stop talking about a heterogeneous network as a network running different versions of MS products.

And of course stop behaving as if MS products are the only thing in life that you will ever need.

But MS we're talking about.

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It will never work.

You're asking too much of point & click engineers.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Empire was the first one I watched...

Same here, Empire was the first one I watched in the cinema, to this day I have never been more impressed with a movie. I was terrorized when Luke fought Vader in Vespin... and lost.

The first one (A new hope) seemed quite bland in comparison. Half of Jedi is decent, the rest in line with the new trilogy.

Lens flares? NUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Re: on slogans...

Spot on my friend, spot on, you just missed some strategic flexibilities (who doesn't like those) but otherwise spot on.

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Re: on slogans...

Yeah thumbs down because the message is so clear:

"We do know what we want, just do not know exactly how to get there, we know mobile and cloud (managed services) seems where the revenue growth is these days, so we say mobile and cloud like everybody investing any money in this market expect these days."

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Re: on slogans...

You are imagining things, the "Slogan" is quite ambiguous and can be used to mean anything.

It looks ambiguous, sound ambiguous, and quacks quite ambiguously.

Stop looking for meaning where there isn't any.

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Microsoft can only win...

Microsoft can only win on a market by incompetence or abandonment of the rivals.

Only if the competition fails miserably or if the competition goes bankrupt can Microsoft ever get hold of a market.

And once they do get hold of a market they do not let anybody else make money on it thus starving any possible future competition.

Why is Microsoft not successful at Phones, well because there is plenty of competent people making phones.

Why can not MS dominate the server market? There is a competent contender there. (Linux)

Why did the XBOX get some market? Sony's incompetence with the PS3's price and development environments being too complex.

Why is exchange dominant on the enterprise? one of the least efficient email contraptions ever being devised by humans?: Because no one has produced a decent alternative in decades albeit it has been perfectly possible for years.

And so on.

Nadella and the board will not change the culture of a behemoth that doesn't know well how to compete unless they have the upper hand.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: The ship has sailed, for me and mine

"""Ditto here... I have to say that in all likelihood Windows 7 will be the last MicroSoft OS I'll ever use. Given MicroSoft's insistence on Live Tiles..."""

LOL, If only the only thing wrong with Microsoft were the Live Tiles.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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If only they had sent another couple of spacecrafts.

An orbiter to Neptune. (A lifelong dream of mine)

And a probe to Uranus. (A lifelong dream for airport & border security)

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

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News at 11

Breaking news cloud stuff made by Microsoft not so fluffy.

We told you so, said nice witnesses.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Less confused...

I read it again, so it goes like this:

Script uses shell expansion to execute/source an indeterminate number of scripts in a directory.

If the script is owned by root, a rogue script could be run/sourced by the "evil" expansion and that will mean that the rogue script could be used to escalate privileges or do bad things.

As I see it is not a vulnerability per se but as someone taking advantage of a retarded use of shell expansion in a script I guess.

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Confused...

So you need access to the box, and need sufficiently high-privileges to be able to alter other's people processes.

So... the root user is a hardcoded vulnerability then?

Sorry I'm confused... I'm I the only one who's wondering why is there such a pletora of articles lately highlighting "problems/defects" in non-microsoft products?

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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I actually prefer to work at the office...

Than to do it from home.

I find the office more conductive to work. At home I'm constantly tripping to the kitchen to eat/drink something and I'm under the impression that I get distracted more easily.

I do appreciate the option to work from home when the need arises though, like when not feeling well, but otherwise I prefer to come to the office.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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Re: Can you use the words "hoist" and "petard" in a sentence?

Problem is Amazon is like the publisher but on steroids once they have their go on the market and it is all under their control.

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Re: Grow a pair

Somehow "the internet" makes people's brains to stop functioning.

What the FCUK is what companies do not get about the internet that let them to think they need shops like Amazon to sell online?

Aaaah they do not want the complication of having to do the marketing & on-line work themselves...

Then learn that there is no such free lunch.

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Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product

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Please...

Use our services and disconnect your brain sir.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: ..service disruption..staff being unable or unwilling to adapt..

I know the best way to motivate employees to change.

a) Warn them they will get fired if they do not adapt

b) give them some bonus with some of the savings to those who adapt.

Suddenly motivation goes of the charts.

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

""That would be your printer vendor's crappy drivers then. Not a Microsoft issue.""

Yes, the very same drives that underwent the Microsoft certification process.

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Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

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Re: So,...

Do as grant 5 said and install cyanogenmod, you will get 4.4.4 in your phone.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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The opensource stuff keeps getting better and better

Gimp

Inkscape

Scribus

At some point they will be good enough for larger and larger portions of potential Adobe's customers.

True Adobe may have the upper hand when it comes to high-end features, but that is not the point.

Also most big companies are moving to work-flow tools where they need very few Adobe licenses, thanks in part because of stupid limitations Adobe imposes on automation tools.

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

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I agree with you, but at the same time I wish there were orbiter missions to Uranus and Neptune.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: Not surprised

Until one good day you apply an official patch to one of the components of your server stack, and it breaks the entire thing, and MS's answer is for you to migrate the entire stack to Windows 20XX (whatever the last version is) where you discover that some component you rely on has been deprecated.

Exchange 2003/2007 comes to mind somehow.

People here talk about having difficulty about tracking fixes on Linux, as if in Linux is not the norm that the distribution (specially RH and Debian) is the one that publishes the patches for you, and being able to patch even without having to restart services wasn't common.

While in Windows the norm is not only having to reboot the entire server, but also the fact that functionality may break with updates.

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Re: Richard Plinston Levent Zillyboy Chris Wareham

@Matt Bryant

I doubt you have much experience with Unix/Linux beyond looking after a couple of servers for which you from time to time used to login into the terminal and type a few commands, praying that something strange does not happen so it doesn't ruin your weekend, due to your very limited knowledge of the subject.

That is the feeling most Windows users and occasional Unix administrators have when they deal with Unix/Linux servers.

At some point in time in the distant past SWAT used to be part of the Samba download, but it was never enabled by default, and certainly not without a password unless the user configured it manually that way.

SWAT and Samba although related have been separated as individual components by most distros since I can remember.

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Re: "Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache"

"""it's just so much effort to evaluate all the security patches and keep them updated for a LAMP based solution. The Microsoft stack has had far fewer holes to patch in recent years - and it's much easier to do so."""

Bull****!

Bull****! of the highest magnitude.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Reg's standard for this?

Instant Classic!

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: Even with all that GPU power

You just described a female relative of mine playing any game that offers customization.

She spends more time drawing skins and changing dresses for her characters than playing the games.

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Re: A dev's p.o.v

"""That skeleton has different pivot points for narrower shoulders etc without which your female characters would look like a bad tranny."""

Discrimination against "transexuals" alert!

Sorry I could not avoid it!

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