* Posts by h4rm0ny

4545 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008

These are not just job cuts, these are M&S job cuts

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Re: Horrible company

Someone once described M&S as the modern version of the potlach in that it's just a visible way of throwing away your money. Their quality is not very good for food, imo. Waitrose are the ones that actually do good quality food and ingredients in fancy boxes. M&S just do mediocre quality food and ingredients in fancy boxes.

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Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser

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Re: Why Bitcoin ?

It's only one extra party having access to your credit card details. The idea is that you make a single macro payment to the plugin maker (or browser maker in this instance), and then they make a payment to the website owners representing a bundle of micropayments from many visitors.

I've wanted something like this for ages, though I want it to be a general protocol / plugin across browsers rather than a dedicated browser - that is a mistake.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Re: @kraggy

I take it you have never downloaded a GNU/Linux distribution via BitTorrent, then?

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How much does your kid hate exams? This lad hacked his government to skip them

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I kind of feel that like in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, any student of the Assassin's Guild who managed to kill their examiner got an automatic pass, that this student has demonstrated their aptitude already.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: So, to sum up...

>>No - just above them should be "Project Managers". They are overpaid worthless parasites. They are the wasps of the engineering world - they have no reason to exist."

Yes, because you do developers really want to spend all your time in meetings with upper management discussing timescales and explaining features, organizing project plans and coordinating releases with Operations and a dozen other things rather than focus on your coding. What's that - you don't? Then who do you think will do all that?

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: Really?

I don't know, lets test it.

Q. What do people go on about most in Windows articles?

A. Linux.

Hmmm, seems it is.

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Re: Indeed both pointless.

Windows RT ran on ARM, and ran very well too. I have a Surface 2 and it's an excellent device.

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Re: We should use neither

>>"I completely disagree with this assessment..."

you begin. And then backup everything they said. VRH didn't say the Pi was rubbish, they said you wouldn't want to use it for Serious Business. You then with respond with an example of using it as a mostly idle backup gateway for a "small office". How small exactly?

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FBI: Look out – hackers are breaking into US election board systems

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Re: "It was a real eye opener ..."

They're probably the only people in the world that it IS a surprise to seeing as everyone in the IT world had been shouting that this is a bad idea since its inception.

Put the voting results in a database and rigging an election immediately becomes staggeringly more viable by its very nature. Whether by outside independent hackers as this sheriff seems concerned with, or by corrupt officials which all the rest of us are actually more scared of. If there's a paper trail then theoretically you can at least verify. But you have to establish a pretty high level of suspicion to get the state to undertake that level of effort - especially given the partisan nature of US politics where one winning party will be fighting tooth and nail to block it (there were actually Republican supporters physically breaking into places to stop the recount in the W. Bush election) and the possibility the incumbent may be complicit.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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Re: The protophobic X boson

No, but it's a pretty negative trait.

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Re: Oh come on, we know that other force..

>>"There are different sizes of infinity I'm afraid - for instance there are more real numbers than positive whole numbers, but both sets are infinite."

I was expecting some such reply and don't truly disagree. But I'll observe that any attempt to measure them will find them functionally indistinguishable. Can a real quality (in this case stupidity) be classed as one of the larger infinities? Surely by definition it is of the smallest class of infinity there is.

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Re: Oh come on, we know that other force..

You can't have one form of stupidity (human) be more infinite than others. Something is infinite or it ain't.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Where are all the MS apologists?

Serious answer to a humorous question, many of us who got labelled "MS apologists" such as myself - I had endless arguments with people on these forums - simply aren't as inclined to defend Windows 10 because it has alienated us for one reason or another. For example, I despise the way it has become so hard to prevent your system reporting your behaviour back to Microsoft (I had to edit the registry to turn off the sending of how I was using my computer to them). So whilst there's still a lot I greatly like about Windows - such as the ACLs and Powershell, I'm just not really inclined to leap to MS's defence against all those who attack it. I used to - because I was a systems programmer and I know how much work and talent goes into an OS like Linux or Windows. But really, after basically receiving a big Up Yours from MS over the past year with privacy and control of my own computer, I just don't find it in me to argue in its defence anymore.

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Re: Never this bad before

My Windows 10 machine has been crashing (followed by forcing me to wait several minutes whilst it "collects information"). It went through the entire lifespan of Windows 8/8.1 without crashing once that I recall.

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Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Re: If One-Time Pads could self-regenerate...

And if I had a pound for every time someone sent me the PRIVATE key for their entire organizations authentication servers instead of the public key, I'd have £1.00.

But it was a good one pound.

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Christians Against Poverty pleads for forgiveness over data breach

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Scum

You have to be a special kind of scum to attack a charity for the poverty-stricken.

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Post-Silk Road, Feds bust chaps for 'dealing heroin, coke' on world's largest dark web souk

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Re: meh.

It's worse than Prohibition. Firstly, Prohibition did actually have SOME positive effects, e.g. incidents of domestic violence fell sharply when alcohol was banned. Secondly, it was introduced in an era of severe depression when people turned to alcohol out of desperation and alcoholism was rampant. Like with drugs such as heroin, the problem isn't just the physical effect, but that the addicts / alcoholics life sucks so badly that there seems little gain from coming off it. I.e. it's an escape as much as it's an addiction.

So like I say, flawed though it was, Prohibition did have some supportable rationale behind it. This? I think closing them down is actively harmful. On Silk Road you had Amazon-style ratings, buyer-feedback and you also didn't have to go and seek out contact with some people you might rather avoid in some cases. In short, safety was markedly increased.

Plus it allows better market-feedback. Sick of roller-coaster skunk and want something mellower and more traditional? On Silk Road you can not only find it, but it can be demonstrated that it's actually preferred by many and the market adapts to meet that need.

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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

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I'm safe on Windows 10

Every time it updates itself it re-enables Hyper-V against my wishes and breaks my Virtualbox installation. They can't hack my VMs if they can't run them. Thanks Nadella!

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Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader

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A podcast is just too slow for me. Voice is for friends and socializing. Written form is something I can blast through far more quickly than someone can verbalize.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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There's a logic to what you say, but I would take someone to small claims even if the money they were fined was given to a charity for lonely nazis. If someone tries to get away with cheating you, there's a pleasure to be had in watching them pay that goes beyond money.

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Re: er....

Whether saving up to get a mortgage or trying to pay one off, mortgages are the chains that keep modern Western society working. If ever a sizable proportion of the population begins to consider a paid off mortgage beyond their reach (and we're getting close to that), or even worse - a general attitude of fuck it, owning my own house isn't that important catches on, then British and American society will collapse faster than a soufflé in an ice-bucket.

Medieval peasants used to believe if they worked hard and were well-behaved, they'd go to Heaven where they could finally rest. We're more modern these days. We believe that if we work hard and are well-behaved, then by the time we're sixty we can own our own home and finally rest.

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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

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Re: Huh?

It's an article on a Microsoft technology. And you're damning it for using the word Microsoft?

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Lewis Page

I couldn't have put any of that better myself. Great points. Airships and nuclear power are too of the technologies I would ardently love to see more of.

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Re: Lewis Page

Less left for greener pastures and more given his marching orders. He's legally forbidden from telling anyone why he left (not sure how they managed to swing that) so we don't know the specifics but a fair guess would be that either (a) his not towing the line on climate change offended the powers that be, (b) new ownership / directors wanted to put their own person in the top-slot or (c) major disagreement on direction with the owners. Whatever the reason, it was less pasture and more stun-gun to the head from what I gather.

Shame. His long tenure at El Reg were a good period for the site and we lost their best writer on all things military and one of the few remaining editors that would run a piece that contested parts of AGW. I've noticed a subtle shift in tone since he left. You get a few more Kieran-style click-baity polemnics for example.

Beer icon for Lewis wherever he is now.

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Re: Wait until you see the next generation fighter...

>>"The next gen fighter jet wont have a meat sack inside, so it will be significantly cheaper, faster, and better."

I agree it's now time to replace pilots in military aircraft, but I don't think it will be cheaper. I mean pilots are certainly expensive but as a part of the TCO (R&D, manufacture, maintenance, profit margin), they're a small part. Where automation will make a difference is the willingness of our politicians to engage in war against non-equal parties given the reduced political fallout from lesser risk of bodybags returning home to be photographed by the media. But reduced cost...? Not unless a war with an equivalent power forces the government to lower profits for the manufacturing companies.

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Re: Ditch the American Crap Planes...

Indeed. It's articles like this that make me miss Lewis Page. We'd have had a nice angry article frothing with such details in his day.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: Download Only From Sources You Can Trust

Software doesn't need to be from the MS Store to be signed. As this story shows, Classic Shell normally is signed and a different and quite clear warning was displayed for the pirated version.

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

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I am sick and tired of this shit!

The determined greed to have the cake and eat it is losing me as a customer. I avoided Google services for years because they market me as a product and get from me every drop of data they can in exchange for free stuff. I am happy to pay for what I use and so I went with Microsoft.

Now MS want to have Google's business model on top of their own. Well no, you can't. You can ask me to pay for your product or you can ask me for my usage data in exchange for it. But you can't ask me for money and then take my data as well. I wont tolerate such double-dipping.

And don't ever contact my friends or colleagues on my behalf using my image or name.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Well done for trying to find the good points of Win10 @h4rm0ny

Thanks for the response. I didn't know that. But can I use Edge without being signed into Bing with any account? Because the issue is that I don't want Bing/MS building a running profile of me in my online activity and whether I am signed in with one account or another, that profile is still being built and is easily attachable to me as a real person at any point they feel the desire to do so, given the wealth of personal details, account settings, IP addresses, locations and times included in such a profile. The browser is only acceptable to me if I'm not signed into Bing / MS at all.

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Re: You missed a lot

You're getting the thumbs down because there are a lot of partisan posters here and your post is extolling the good things about Edge.

I personally like Edge a lot bar two things - firstly, no full screen like I had with Metro IE (which was absolutely great and is sorely missed) and no way to stop it from signing me into Microsoft when I start it, which is a pretty major deal to me and the reason I had switched from it to IE11.

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Re: 'Nix is good when it works but damn hard work when it doesn't.

>>"When I ventured onto the 'Linux scene, I actually had to spend £200 on a pcmcia card to get an internet connection, as the winmodem on my laptop was not likely to ever work in the near future."

Good grief - I had forgotten about WinModems. I remember I was lucky in that I managed to get some GNU/Linux driver working with mine. I expect there are still a few angry diatribes from Younger Me out there on the subject somewhere.

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>>"They're trying to hit the 'shiny shiny' consumer tablet market, while maintaining support for corporates with legacy applications (or, as it is otherwise known, 'technical debt')."

That's not what "Technical Debt" means. Technical Debt is a software development term referring to the accumulation of future troubles by shortcuts taken today. I.e. you could properly re-code the API to account for the changed requirements but instead you put a nasty little re-write rule into the Apache config so that it works again, knowing full well that at some unspecified future date, this is going to come back and bite you. That is what Technical Debt refers to. It's not referring to legacy support.

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Re: Sounds like Chrome needlessly hijacked the 'tel:' URL protocol

No, I think most people have largely woken up to the fact that Google are now a "Bad Guy". The key task that still needs to be accomplished is to get people to realize that this doesn't make anyone else a "Good Guy". People love their vendor vs. vendor arguments... They need to realise - it can be neither.

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Re: re: Where's the innovation in promising to provide useful updates.....

The chief difference between offering new versions of the OS and just having continuous evolution in Windows 10, is that in the former case the customer can refuse to update. In the latter, it just happens whether they wish it or not. In a technical sense, there's not much difference between how updates are done.

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Re: Web much?

>>"Used to get very long delays with this sort of functionality when Ubuntu Unity had it's web search activated (at least you could always turn this off on Ubuntu)."

You can turn it off in Windows 10 as well. The things you can't turn off are things like sending of telemetry data back to Microsoft (which by default includes things like when you're using the system, what programs you're running and for how long).

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Re: Web much?

>>"Thing is: I've read too much "success" stories already about Office 365 users being completely unable to work (at one point this even lasted a whole day) while my old-fashioned-but-still-working Office 2010 just started without any hassle (and without any Internet)."

That doesn't ring true to me. Office 365 is the subscription model. You can still have downloadable versions of the software included in that (and I do). They work fine without an Internet connection just as with Office 2010. You might be confusing Office 365 with the online web-based Office software in which case, yes, they obviously don't work when you're not online.

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Re: Well done for trying to find the good points of Win10.

I think there are plenty of good points in Windows 10. It's just that the flaws are critical ones. I.e. the Edge browser you cannot separate from your Windows log in if you're using an MS account. The closest you can get is to enter private mode every time you start it and then it can't remember anything between sessions. Basically MS saying: if you want normal browsing experience with this, you WILL tell us who you are so we can track which websites you visit. Other things are reversible but only against MS's wishes - e.g. the lowest you can switch the "diagnostic" feedback to is "Basic", but you can actually turn it off by hacking around with the registry and disabling standard services. But that's neither reliable nor suitable for most users, so I class it as a critical flaw. I have gone back to GNU/Linux after years of using Windows (switched to it part way through 7 when I found it had actually become a decent OS).

I think Windows 10 is good if you don't care about controlling your own computer or your privacy. But for many of us, those are non-negotiable.

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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Re: An On-Purpose

You're suggesting that Kapersky did this ad for the exposure resulting from the "controversy". I find it far more likely that to the Russians this was just good natured humour.

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Re: I'm mortally offended!

Are you sure? The third back looks definitely Chinese to me and others are not exactly clear-cut.

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Re: Small end of the wedge

Seriously, you think a humorous ad suggesting people take a date to the cybersecurity conference has "destroyed their credibility"? This is a company that has consistently scored almost higher than any other anti-malware vendor for percentage of issues caught (Trend Micro matches them) and which exposed the Equation Group's work (NSA) - some of, if not the most, sophisticated malware we've ever seen? You think this ad "destroys their credibility"? I don't know what you're assessing Kapersky on that you think this, but it's certainly not the quality of their researchers or their product.

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Re: The Puritans called

I find the Lynx commercials far worse than what Kapersky has done here. Honestly, I didn't have any negative reaction to the picture at all. Yes, it happens to be a guy surrounded by women who want to meet him but I didn't get any impression at all that the message was "women can't fix a computer" and more "women will be impressed if you're smart and go to Cybersecurity conferences". Which honestly, I found amusing. None of the women depicted are swooning damsels spilling their tits everywhere whilst an heroic male swoops in and undeletes their selfies for them. They look pretty smart, various and, well, depicted as people. Not as desperate sex-objects like in a Lynx (Axe to Americans) advert.

Seriously, I'm usually pretty sensitive to how women are depicted and viewed in the IT world, and all this ad says to me is "take a date to the cybersecurity conference - you'll attract smart, capable women". The ad is fine.

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

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Re: I only read this article...

Shame to see you being modded down for what is an accurate comment. Probably about one in a hundred people is homosexual. No one group, no matter how vocal in the media, represents all those people. Or even, quite frankly, a majority of them. As you say, sexual orientation is an arbitrary thing. Why should a small affiliation of advocacy groups get to control who can and cannot register a domain under .gay. If another gay person wants to register a name, why does a group get to declare they represent him or her and decide on that because they happen to share a particular biological quirk together? And what if someone who isn't gay wants to register a domain under such a name, Why again should their not having a particular sexual orientation mean they're subject to another group's policies on that?

You can make cases for restriction of domain selling based on clearly defined groups and meaning and ICANN does in such scenarios. But being Gay, as you point out, is not like being a registered company or a member of a political party. Nobody gets to tell you they represent you because you both fancy the same sex, nor are there absolute hard boundaries to what lets you count as one orientation or another. The only fair way to handle this is to treat .gay like any other open TLD and allow people to register what they want as they want. Not to hand it over to some non-elected group with an agenda and say "you get to decide for everyone now. All yours." I mean ICANN are a non-elected group but at least they have had some reasonable strictures and pressures applied to them during their tenure.

What is being asked here is wrong on principle, and it's a shame to see you get voted down for pointing out that sexual orientation is an arbitrary thing that doesn't define who you are or give others the right to decide things for you.

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: Pah!

A BOFH wouldn't have got worked up in the first place - they'd just be slacking in the server room and blinding any manager who tried to call them on it with a barrage of technobabble and excuses the manager wasn't qualified to refute.

To do something like this person did, you actually have to care about your job.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Re: Journalism?

>>"it's a weekly column in which I talk bollocks in order to provoke readers into commenting. It seems to be working."

If the aim is to provoke people into commenting, why did we have to lose Lewis Page? :(

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Re: The whole thing

>>"Because you don't understand how people can spend money on a hobby that boggles anyone who doesn't engage in that hobby?"

That's not what the OP said nor what they were getting at. Playing a game - understandable for a variety of reasons, surprise, challenge, humour, story, whatever. Paying money to do so, therefore likewise understandable. What was questioned was where someone pays real money for achievements. You can earn coins or equipment etc. in game but many games will also let you buy those things with real world currencies. That short-circuits the entire process and is basically just a way to fire the synapse in your brain that says "achievement".

Such a game model (often the game itself is free) is basically providing the minimum necessary to define success for the player (I've got X weapon, I own 20 pigs, etc.) and then getting people to pay money to get that success without doing the necessary playing / developing the relevant skill level.

And THAT is what is wrong with it. If the achievement is detached from any entertainment the game itself delivers in getting it, then it is utterly arbitrary. You're paying someone real money to have a message on screen saying "you have 20 pigs". Or again, whatever you collect in that game.

If a purchasable extra to a game delivers additional "game", like a DLC expansion pack for a role-playing game, then that makes sense - it's essentially gradiating the price of the game according to how much you play. But paying to avoid having to play - that's deeply flawed and basically just manipulation of the brain's reward modelling.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Enough

>>"You forgot to mention that the cop wasn't white, but is a Hispanic officer named Jeronimo Yanez."

Only in the USA are Spanish people not White. :/

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Re: Sell your soul and then complain about how it is used?

What we need then, is an Open Source equivalent to Facebook.

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Porn is a very subjective thing. A picture of a naked person might not be porn, but another person might view it and think it is. A baby breast-feeding shouldn't be porn, but some people freak out if they see it as some offensive thing. I wouldn't be the slightest surprised if some people viewed food in a sexual manner and created a "porn" website dedicated to sushi or somesuch.

So what determines whether or not something is "pornographic" or "offensive". The person doing it / sharing it, or the person viewing it? Or a third party (Theresa May) deciding that both parties should think it is even if they haven't seen it themself?

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Re: I dumped Facebook

>>"Personally I'm waiting for the announcement of the formation of GooFaceMicroTwApple which will then be followed immediately by "The Singularity"."

I think in that eventuality, we might as well just use the more traditional "Black Hole".

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