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5384 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post

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Re: Just a thought....

A church that disowns you for being gay doesn't understand what it is supposed to be preaching. It is quite possible to be gay, in a church which doesn't condone gay relationships, without being disowned or despised.

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>>How come these things are conveniently forgotten by people saying that the bible says that 'homosexuality is wrong'?

There are 2 answers.

1)Those were specific laws to the Jews, which were outmoded under the new covenant thanks to Jesus... Levitical laws in particular are normally considered to fall into this category

2)It is correct that the bible does not say one type of sin is worse than another, so in away you're right... gay sex is not worse than thieving or adultery or lustful thoughts.

You should note though that the claim shouldn't be "homosexuality is wrong", but "acting on homosexuality is wrong"... in the same way that sex with someone you're not married to is not right, but sex itself is not bad or wrong in any way.

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Re: The conclusion being ....

If they fired him for breaking their policies on equality, I could buy that. But docking his salary while keeping him employed makes no sense.

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These comments are crap

I guess people just can't decide who to hate on with so many options... Facebook, Christians, corporate idiots, interfering busybodies... and they're worried having a go at one might in some way seem like implicit support the others.

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Re: Polygamy

No, it WAS permitted early on in the bible, and was then forbidden.

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Re: Interesting this one...

I've read the bible and while it seems on a superficial level to be anti-gay, a deeper study makes this seem less clear-cut. Nowhere does it seem to be pro-gay but it can be argued it doesn't tackle the issue - it can further be argued that the very notion of sexuality as we understand it now simply didn't exist back then.

I've recently watched a 1-hour in depth lecture on this and 'hazy' is a reasonable description of how he made it appear.

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Facebook: Give us your credit card and pals' addresses as GIFTS

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Could actually be quite handy

I don't know the addresses of ANY of my friends off-hand. A lazy way to buy a gift for someone without even having to look up their address could be quite cool... e.g if I could go to play.com or Amazon and just pick a FB friend as the recipient, or even automatically see their wish-list without having to find which "John Smith" wish-list I need.

It sounds a lot more a sensible way to monetise the site than paying to promote your posts, that's for sure. A Facebook integration that actually solves a problem.

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Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready

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Re: MSE

Yes I know. It was part of W7 too. But that wasn't my question - on W7 MSE is pretty good but is that still the case in W8?

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How have MS' own security tools (Firewall and MSE) fared in W8/2012? Presumably they also needed rewriting?

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Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job

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Windows to make own phone

Will that be called the Windows Phone Phone?

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Re: Here are some suggestions that would surely get Ballmer mad...

They'd release a Linux version if people would buy it - they have Mac Office but that's as far down the unpopular OS route as they want to go. Why bother writing Office for Linux when hardly anybody uses it as their primary desktop OS and Linux users are all freeloaders anyway.

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Hello Lawyers

Hmmm... using a desktop monopoly to push your own office software. If MS aren't allowed to give me a free browser, this seems pretty unlikely.

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Opera site served Blackhole malvertising, says antivirus firm

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Which country is Opera popular in then?

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simply by firing up the popular alternative browser software

Since when is Opera popular outside of mobile? Opera is about as popular as Windows Phone 7.

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Except when the browser itself has a vulnerability.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

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Re: What the internet is about

I tried Jane: clothing stores

I tried Sarah: a wikipedia article about a bible character

I tried Jenny: a Flight of the Conchords video

Nothing dodgy even in image search that I could see.

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Fart-buster underpants selling well among Japanese salarymen

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If you stick them up your arse? I guess I can see how the close-woven grid could act as a filter...

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Re: Reminds me of an odd australianism

Down under?

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Nazi Enigma encoding machine sells in London for over £80k

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Re: Nothing too wrong with the security of the code

The version in general production pre-war (used for banks, etc) was significantly simpler than the versions (they had several variations) used by the Nazis. They added extra wheels and various electronic doodads.

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Facebook stock plunge halts - despite insiders being freed to sell

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Re: Alternatively

Many dotcoms have gone massive. Besides nobody is criticising FB because they're a dotcom, but simply because they're FB. THAT is putting personal taste before business.

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Re: Alternatively

Blah blah blah Facebook users are stupid, therefore Facebook investors are stupid because it's linked to Facebook.

You must clearly be stupid too because your post contained the word Facebook. Oh no, now I am too.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: Contempt for users = destined to fail

People have been saying that since FB had about 1 million users. They said the same about eBay too.

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@TRT

So you're upset because they assume you're normal?

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Re: What if . . .

But IIRC you can only select one person to have an open relationship with? Not sure what happens if two people try to indicate they have an open relationship with you.

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Re: @JDX

I can see you guys wouldn't like the feature, because

a)you can count your friends on one hand

b)neither you or your equally nerdy few friends are in relationships

Still, let's mature and say a feature we don't like is stupid, and anyone who doesn't agree with you is also stupid. Doesn't make you look like the dumb-ass in this situation. Nope, not one bit.

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Re: Couples.

Could cause some confusion when applying for a job and the company checks up on them. "So do you want to bring your boyfriend to the Xmas party?"

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Re: Divorce

Maybe it only does it for certain relationship types?

FB doesn't let you list past relationships does it, it would be fun if you could see a list of past girlfriends/boyfriends/divorces.

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Re: What if . . .

Mormons don't have multiple spouses, certainly not legally. That was rather a long time ago.

Romney certainly only has one wife; to suggest otherwise is simply ignorant AND stupid because polygamy is illegal in the USA and nobody would get to run for president without their party running very thorough background checks due to the uproar if something like this was found.

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Re: Repeat after me ...

To turn off seeing data which is already available, and simply presented in a different format? Who cares. If you don't want that data on FB, don't tell them about your relationship. But sine the entire point of a social network is to build connections, you've probably missed the point and shouldn't use the service.

If you don't use the service, then your commentary on what FB should or shouldn't do is fairly pointless. It'd be like someone who can't drive talking about what's wrong with the new Ferrari.

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What exactly is wrong with a page aggregating data relevant to two connections in a social network? This seems like a perfectly sensible use of their graph to me... if you find it cheesy don't look at the page, but I'm sure lots will like it.

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I don't really see a problem

It's a bit saccharin but sure, why not.

I read the title and thought FB was figuring out who you were in a couple with from photos/activity, now THAT would be creepy.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Re: Bendy??

yeah struggling to see the point... reflections off a curved screen sound annoying and what exactly am I supposed to curve the screen for - what shapes are useful?

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Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime

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Freesat VS YouView?

I'm a bit confused by this, mainly since I don't know much about YouView... is YouView not compatible with FreeSat then, only with FreeView?

I've got an older Humax (FoxSat) FreeSat PVR which is pretty good, upgrading to this newer version might be cool but is the idea it just has individual iPlayer, 4OD, etc, players installed as Apps? I don't think I can stand using the 4OD player,

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

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Re: If you encrypt it seven times ...

THis is true. It's similar to how you can keep ZIPping the same file and it will eventually reach a single byte in size.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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Re: Touch

I'm surprised we're not seeing laptops start to come with touchscreens as standard. Not to replace mouse+keyboard, but to supplement it.

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re:Certainly for XP it is well known that the OS needs re-installing every 18 months or so

Oh dear. Just because people say something it doesn't mean it's true.

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Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

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Re: Microsoft still making money off Android?

They don't have to run MS' browser to use MS' search engine. Both MS and Google try to negotiate the default search engine on other peoples' browsers.

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Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch

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Re: Consoles are losing their lustre for me

>>Back to the PC for archaic and un-involving Keyboard/Mouse gaming, or for touch screen gaming with Windows 8?

Or buy a gamepad/joystick/steering wheel. With W8, having a PC in the living room used for playing games might finally become less silly.

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Re: No must buys here

Motion controllers were a silly gimmick once too. Then Wii made them mainstream.

Maybe the same will happen with touch, there's no fundamental reason it can't be a decent input device.

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Re: Gossip

I never understood that, it was like in I Robot :)

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Re: Gossip

Surely they can very easily refresh the hardware to fix that... Sony do it every few months on PS3 it feels like.

The Wii remains a brilliant little console in my view, regardless how it is so wimpy in terms of hardware.

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Coders grill Herb Sutter on future of C++ at Microsoft

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Re: @asdf (again)

mono is open-source, it doesn't matter what MS do to silverlight.

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Re: oops

asdf maybe stick to topics you know something about in future; game development clearly isn't one of them. Big fancy 3D titles have been written in managed languages for years.

I guess you're either a coding dinosaur or you read an article on "Java is slow because it's not compiled" in the 90's once.

http://unity3d.com/gallery/

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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I find battery makes a difference. Sure, my iPad is wonderful compared to a laptop - I can watch Netflix on it for ages - but you still have to keep an eye on the battery and remember to charge it.

When you're talking weeks between charges, I find it changes the way you treat the device... you leave it in your bag rather than thinking to take it out and recharge, etc.

Mine lives by the bath.

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Re: So...

It's not a debate whether a dedicated e-reader makes sense alongside tablets because Amazon continue to sell truck-loads of them. You can say you don't want both but the sales figures show this is a non-story.

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Re: Back to the topic

e-readers aren't meant for browsing. That they do it at all is a bonus only.

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Re: Shameless Amazon advert?

It is free, it's a bonus gift for Prime subscribers.

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Supersymmetry takes an arrow to the knee

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Didn't they find it pretty much exactly where they thought it would be, and we simply had to wait for the LHC to test that?

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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

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Re: "Mystery stuff is now 73 per cent of EVERYTHING"!!!!!!

Unless the Americans can save us with an implausible plot, soon dark matter will take over THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

It's still a better plot than The Core.

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It strikes me that if our theory of the universe relies on 73% of the universe being something we cannot observe or understand, it's perhaps not a very good theory.

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