* Posts by Bucky 2

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

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This reminds me of a time I had to sit on a jury.

During the selection process, the prosecuting attorney made a big deal about how even despicable people could be harmed by others, and entitled to legal remedies.

While this is of course true in theory, we found it wasn't true in reality.

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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It all depends on WHEN he was told. IANAL, but it is my understanding that contractual obligations can't be added after a purchase. Only before.

The dispute will probably hinge on the fact that the app was not bundled with the headphones.

He'll probably argue that he purchased the headphones based on the availability of the app, and the headphone case didn't say "conditions apply" or something.

If the app was free, he's probably SOL.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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You're never going to be able to save the unwise from themselves. But there are some things you can do.

Your browser already knows what languages you speak (because you can tell it). So:

If you have a domain that uses glyphs from a language you do not speak, it could appear differently (color, font, or accompanying icon).

If you have a domain that uses glyphs from a mixture of different languages, it could appear differently (different color again, different font again, another accompanying icon).

In neither case do you actually need to break punycode.

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Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies

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Re: Neurons, to me

A giant computer, actually. Looking for the question. The answer to which is 42.

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Re: Exhaust trails perhaps?

They're tunnels of inertialess space, suitable for superluminal transportation. Some are natural. Some are artificial.

Like the natural subspace corridors Voyager was using in the episode, "Dragon's Teeth."

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Filing a lawsuit is essentially free for the plaintiff, and very, very expensive for the defendant. At least in the US.

Apple files nuisance suits all the time. All they need is for the press to pick one of the suits up and report on it. If that happens, it's just like running the "Think Different" campaign all over again, but for free. It's the sweetest plum.

The only possible downside would be if their customers avoided their products because of such sleazy tactics. But they haven't so far.

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Intelligent robots can walk the walk – but if they can't talk the talk, we can't get along

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Moral Panic?

Are you sure that's an apt word choice?

Morality should apply to the decision maker who has so steadfastly refused to do his own homework that an expert has had to supply him the answers as "cheap talk." That's the moral breakdown. The moral leader would step down in favor of someone with the intellectual resources to actually do the job properly.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Carrot and Stick

I think cell calls should be allowed on planes. But if the caller can't keep his voice down, any passenger should be legally allowed to take the phone away, and beat the guy unconscious.

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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"abandoning his base"

His base consists of plutocrats and xenophobes. I don't see how the Syrian action abandons either. Neither one is going to lose any sleep about bombing brown people.

As far as stopping Assad, well, "Team America: World Police" was supposed to be a joke about overreach. I'd be in favor of assisting the UN or Europe or something. But if Europe doesn't give a shit, we should stay out of it. It's their back yard, not ours.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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I know hit is off topic, but I'm kind of impressed by how, in the featured photo, the taggers have left the mural of Ganesha alone.

I know it's impossible, but it's almost like they have a spark of humanity left.

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Facebook's going to block revenge smut with AI. Or humans. Or both

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Not sure I get revenge porn

Let's say I hook up with a dude. We exchange photos or video ourselves or something.

Then, okay, let's say it turns out he's a crazy person, and it ends up badly.

I'm trying to get my head around what could possibly motivate me to post a photo of his wang as an act of revenge. Because he's not attractive? That would kind of reflect more on me than him, wouldn't it? Because he is attractive? Then I'm just advertising on his behalf.

Maybe if he's a politician and trying to put on airs like he doesn't even have a dick, and even if he did, he'd only use it to pee with....?

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Highly available? Of course you are. But did you download DRBD?

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I used it ages ago with just a pair of servers.

It worked fine, but when I had to take extended sick leave, work decided that "high availability" also meant that we wanted to outsource server management to "the cloud."

It wasn't a wrong decision, but I miss it, because I thought the whole setup was pretty cool.

AS

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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It's the nature of the beast, though

If a client is outsourcing something, then it frequently means that they want a particular solution, but don't have deep expertise in that solution.

Which means their understanding of the solution they've chosen is limited.

Which means that if something goes wrong, they are limited in evaluating HOW it went wrong. The unscrupulous will just blame the contractor for doing what he was told to do.

After all, the usual story a contractor will tell you is making a support call, looking at the client's equipment, and saying to himself, "Holy mother of fuck, what have these people been up to?"

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Terminator

Couldn't be worse than drivers around here

I live near a resort town and several retirement communities. Human-piloted vehicles around here are completely unpredictable. They make right turns from left lanes, and vice-versa. Hit the brakes approaching green lights. Camp out in the passing lane, going 10 miles under the speed limit. Make U-turns anywhere and everywhere. Signaling for any purpose is completely out of the question.

Autonomous vehicles couldn't be any more dangerous than that.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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If I got a sex toy with a camera in it, I would be buying it so that my activities could be viewed.

The fact that it's hackable gives me plausible deniability. "Gee, officer, I didn't KNOW that all my neighbors could see me putting that thing up my behind at exactly 7:00, 6, Central and Mountain time."

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Re: Android - bit of a toy OS, really.

I'm not surprised that saying "thank you" to cancel doesn't work for you.

What I *am* surprised at, is that you managed to get "OK Google" to work in a car in the first place. I've long since given up on that.

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I'd have more sympathy for OEMs if they didn't made such a big deal about typing "make" every few months when there's a new Android update.

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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In order to be worried, I'd have to believe that there is an entire class of human beings who are so worthless, that they would be easily replaced by robots. Then the middle class would become the lower class, and the lower class would become -- what -- homeless, I guess.

That would make me a snob and a misanthrope.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Some consider it insecure

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/18/net_boffin_ipv6_needs_hardening_against_fragmentation_attacks/

If Virgin read pieces like the above, it may have concluded that it would be better to let other folks shake out the problems first, rather than expose themselves to lawsuits. If people could prove that Virgin knew or should have known about potential trouble, they could be out big bucks.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Netflix too

I used to watch Netflix with Firefox and Pipelight. It was pretty much the same deal. Rather than identifying what your browser could or could not do introspectively, it just gave you the "unsupported" page unless you changed your user agent string.

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Re: What hardware Intel and ARM?

Netflix worked on Linux before, but only via Chrome. Now it continues to be available on Linux, but via Chrome and Firefox, now that Firefox/Linux ships with DRM.

So, I guess the next question is why you haven't been getting up to your exciting criminal activity already. I guess living under a bridge and antagonizing goats takes up a lot of time.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Presuming inequality to prove inequality

He's trolling us, you know.

He's presuming that men out-compete women because misogyny is a competitive advantage.

I mean, there's a lot of blah, blah, blah, but that's what it all boils down to.

If you think he's right, then there is not, nor can there be a solution.

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

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Re: How many Time Crystals are required...

2 sides on a line

4 sides on a square

6 sides on a cube

I'd say 8 sides on a time crystal.

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WTF?

Another stupid question

Okay. I get that they've added energy to a system. The doped crystal produces a beautiful interference pattern in the ground states of the dopant. It sounds extremely cool.

I don't get how "time crystal" describes the oscillation, though. It had an initial condition that wasn't in oscillation. So it is not permanent in time in the minus-t direction.

I'm pretty sure these scientists are a whole lot smarter than me, so what am I missing?

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Instagram phishing apps pulled from Google Play

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W.C. Fields

This sounds like it fits into the "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" category.

Under the few circumstances where you might legitimately be interested in complete strangers looking at your Instagram photos, how would an app help?

It sounds like scammers targeting spammers to me. And I have no problem with that.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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Re: Looking at the results...

If you start with the presumption that being out of work is largely a moral failure, everything else is easy.

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

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This is porn?

So... it's a bunch of pictures of women who are merely nude?

Big friggin' deal. I'd call that a picture of a beach.

But if you generate some kind of hubbub about how these are genuine marines, you can probably make a little cash. If you can make it appear as though the pictures are illicitly obtained, you can probably make a whole lot of cash.

Without the media attention, that collection of photos would be mostly worthless. It all seems very convenient that this is all over the newspapers everywhere.

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America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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Re: Not always rude and arrogant

I find dealing with people from India similar to dealing with people from China or Europe in general. They're not rude per se, but they are often quite abrupt. The rhythm of the spoken word is just way too fast, way too direct, or both.

I frequently have to remind myself that it's probably not poorly-hidden animosity -- just a cultural difference -- and to focus on what's being said rather than how it's being said.

And if that doesn't work, then I remind myself that it couldn't possibly be me, a total stranger, they're angry at. And for me, it will all be over when the transaction is complete.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

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Marvelous

Something feels off here.

You might name yourself "Marvelous" if you are a professional magician.

Otherwise, I think I'm safe in assuming a tendency toward self-aggrandizing hyperbole. That doesn't mean such a person is not ALSO being screwed by a large organization. But my first impulse is to look for independent verification of anything he says.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Re: Java is absolutely crap for web applications

I actually know why you say that.

Java PROGRAMMERS are crap at web applications, led by the first and worst of the category: WebSphere developers.

If you want to see what bloat does to a PHP application, you need look no farther than Drupal. It needs a cache not for high availability, but just to make the thing run in finite time under a normal load.

It's the Java programmers that give the language a bad rap. In my experience, they're mostly business majors who play Lego with Beans. They can't write HTML or CSS to save their lives. But if you actually PROGRAM in the damn language, you can get pretty decent results.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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No good faith

What we have now is a situation where neither the patent office, nor patent holders are operating in good faith.

Making the patent office document a good faith effort to investigate a filing is simple enough, but it has to be in tandem with the ability to exert an effective punishment against organizations that would try to game the system.

How? I have no clue. I'm here to bitch, not solve problems.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: FFS since when is a GSM to VOIP gateway...

I find the "Fake News" term boils down to sloppy reporting combined with indifferent editing. I just hate to validate a term popularized by You Know Who.

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Confirmed: Facebook shifts away from AI… and like a miracle, the bots start working

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In my day

...we didn't call it a "chatbot." We called it "listserv." You'd send it a message to request information, and you'd get the appropriate document if it had it. It went over email, because that was the quickest and most ubiquitous thing we had.

The only difference I see is a little more vocabulary, and a little looser syntax.

It was also primarily forum software, of course, but it did the other thing, too.

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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

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OAuth vs Kerberos

At a high level, both OAuth and Kerberos are authentication protocols.

The devil is in the details, as usual. OAuth hashes the authentication data. Kerberos encrypts it. OAuth optionally may use a realm. Kerberos requires one. Blah, blah, blah.

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Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote

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Re: Alternative test?

apparently yanks can't tell what a Russian flag looks like.

This was a hilarious prank. "Americans Take Action" handed out the Russian flags with "Trump" on them.

It was supposed to point out the odd relationship between Trump and Putin. It worked because--as you observed--Trump supporters are intensely parochial.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Only English?

Well, the drivers should be able to read road signs and communicate with the passengers.

If the passengers only speak, say, Swahili, and the driver knows his way around, can read road signs, and speaks Swahili, then I'd say you have a salable service, English or no English.

I do see the benefit of knowing the local language, but in the case of Uber, they actually could have enough information to match driver and passenger without it. So I don't see it as an ABSOLUTE requirement.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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If I were on the jury

I'd still find him guilty. But I'd reduce the monetary damages.

The company obviously failed in their fiduciary responsibility to him as an employee. That nullifies his fiduciary responsibility to them. Perhaps not as a matter of law, but as a matter of principle.

Yeah. He did an illegal thing. He spent time in jail already. I'd leave it on his record for being a dick, and a criminal. Good luck finding another job, asshole. But I wouldn't reward the company 130,000 for their part in this mess, either. $1 is more like it.

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Re: Simple Solution

Americans have to return incumbents to Congress or lose Federal spending in their area

It would be nice to be able to believe that there's some kind of rationality in how Americans vote. Even this kind of craven, self-absorbed, "well, I'll burn the rest of the country down if it will get my potholes fixed" logic.

People vote for names they recognize. If they recognize more than one, they don't vote based on a considered evaluation of their positions, they vote for the person they hate less (to be contrasted with the person they like more).

Consequently, we have the government we deserve. It's a shitty, thoughtless, mean-spirited leadership. And we have it because those are the criteria we use to make decisions.

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Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?!

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Just...wow

It's actually pretty difficult to find a news source (like El Reg) that doesn't barf out marketing half-truths directly from tech companies.

I remember actually writing to the SF Chronicle in the 90's complaining about simplistic tech "articles" that were just press releases with some cub reporter's byline on it.

I guess the point is, it's not difficult enough.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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Re: Pi=3

tl;dr Change is an objective evil. Wanting something to be true makes it true.

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Pi=3

As long as we're making scientific arguments based solely on emotion, let's redefine pi as 3. 3 gives me happy feelings. My understanding of the Pluto argument is that "feel good" and "comfortable" are the primary requirements for a scientific definition.

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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"...robots would soon take middle class jobs"

And soon after, dingos will take all our babies.

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Drop the F-bomb, get your coding typos auto-corrected

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Lakovlev describes the app as “magnificent”

If a developer speaks of his own work this way, it either means:

1) It's been done before, but better, or

2) It hasn't been done before, and there's a good reason for it

...and it ALWAYS means he's impossible to work with.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: I have the solution for this

That's why I secretly hope someone is watching me through my laptop's webcam. I like to imagine the horror and inevitable vomiting.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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I like the maglev idea

We've got plenty of cockroaches in the subway anyway. Might as well use them for something good.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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One day, that will be me

I have this recurring nightmare, that one day I will deploy something that will fail in some ignominious fashion like this. Something more to be scorned than pitied.

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THE SCHMIDT HITS THE BAN: Keep your gloves off AI, military top brass

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Stop

IF countries lock down their borders? IF?

Last time I checked, I couldn't view a missed Dr. Who episode because I don't live in Great Britain.

Isn't that a locked-down border? It's already happened. At this point, we're talking more or less, not either/or.

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Remote unauthenticated OS re-install is a feature, not a bug, says Cisco

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Fork it

This sounds a lot like some open source projects. Don't like what we're doing? Fork it. Or submit a patch. Otherwise, screw you.

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Gamers

The real problem is that women don't game in any real numbers. If it's a gaming rig, you've lost the women anyway. You can say it's the macho imagery in gaming software, as an industry. But women code, too. If there's money to be made, somebody would back it financially--who cares about traditional gender roles?

There's no pending avalanche of women gamers just waiting for the right game with the right imagery to appear so they can all pounce on it.

Besides, isn't passively waiting in the wings a sexist view of women in the first place?

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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Lost golden ages can't be recaptured

It just doesn't happen.

I'm into Baker reprising his role from time to time, but unlike a Time Lord, I think it's better to look forward than back.

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