* Posts by Paper

28 posts • joined 24 Jul 2009

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Castrated whilst afixing a vagina and two breasts? Certainly an odd "castration" if I ever did hear of one!

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Re: Just move

I live in Canada now. It's not that bad, just use the gap to go make coffee...

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Be fair

I think it should just be included in our taxes as a small percentage. How is it fair that someone earning close to nothing pays the same television licence fees as someone who is on a comfortable or better wage?

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Re: found no evidence to suggest that activity is unfairly and intentionally targeted at women

I would be interested to see the age range of women prosecuted. I wonder if they're all retiree pensioner widows who probably have no money to spare...

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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I too ran into driver and software installation issues and quickly switched back to gnome shell Ubuntu.

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

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FAIL

Re: rofl

@Coward: Have you been to an office full of geek men? 80% of guys probably have a beer belly, virtually no muscle tone, moobs. They're emotional wrecks if you criticise them too harshly. Kinda like the stereotypical woman I'm sure you're thinking of. ;)

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Joke

Re: Oh goody!!

I'M TRIGGERED!!! *spasms on the floor*

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

"What do all these careers have in common? Excellent opportunities for flexible working and/or holidays during school holidays."

Don't you feel men should be helping out a bit more around the house and with the kids? Then women wouldn't be forced to choose between career or kids. I'm a man BTW.

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Mushroom

Unhelpfully inflammatory article with a good point

Articles like this don't help women at all, because to your average white guy they come over as blame mongering, angry and unfair. What humanity needs more of is stories of experiences from women themselves. We are a story telling being, yet we seem to have just stopped telling/listening.

The last team I worked for was all white "brogrammers", apart from: ME the gay guy, a chinese guy and a muslim. The chinese guy got slack from my boss, because he seemed lazy, and eventually he quit. Suddenly, after years of nothing but goodness, I found myself the target of most of my boss' frustrations. No matter how hard I tried, whatever I did to improve, how ever many meetings I had with him - he always found negative exception with my work. Spent a couple of years getting depressed, no longer fitting into the culture that had crept in, and questioning my ability. Eventually I "checked out", became that lazy guy in the team, and then I, too, quit. Last I heard from the muslim guy, he's not enjoying it too much anymore.

I don't think my ex-boss is a bad human or has any bad intent. But when you're entire team is made up of ONLY a particular type of person, you see no other types (no women either), all the misfits seem to be quitting one-by-one, and then the other dev team that is completely mixed - you begin to think "Hang on a minute, I see a pattern here!"

All us "non-brogrammer" folk are asking is to be let in. It's not the first time someone in the tech world has found out I'm gay and given me an awkward reaction, and then I can "sense" I've been sidelined forever. I KNOW people don't deliberately do it, we all feel most comfortable with our own ilk - even women, even black people, even gays. What seems like a comfort to one person is career ruining when it's endemic. Please, I beg you, just open your hearts to different kinds of people if you realise you haven't already. ^_^

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

"We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

That doesn't sound like equality to me. Why don't we also promote People of Colour, LGBTQ+ persons, older persons, indigenous persons, disabled persons, etc? I'm a gay guy, but even I don't really see the benefit of preferencing oppressed people over the majority. What we want is equal oppertunities and equal access to the same wages and perks that are assumed to our white straight male counterparts. Equal treatement, not special treatment!

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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Pfft globalism

Globalism so far has turned out to be the biggest threat to humanity, with more death in the wars of the last century than probably the whole of humanity before.

I envision the world like a town. Just because I live in the same town. It's about being good neighbours, not room mates. Half of you urinate on the toilet seat, and I therefore don't want you in my home. I have a habit of keeping my shoes on which I'm sure doesn't gel with half of you either. We don't all have to live in the same house, however if I live in your house, I expect to play by your rules, and vice versa. Besides, I hardly like my current room mates anyway...

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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I was a veggie for a while. Personally I wasn't against eating animals, just the crappy conditions they're kept in, and the effect on the environment yada yada yada. But alas, I got fat on my veggie diet and picked up meat eating again. I guess I could just buy more free range organic if I wanna care.

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Re: Edible?

So you eat money?

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Use roadkill.

Just use roadkill / euthanised shelter animals.

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Scared of mobile banking

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Re: The real problem is why it's only 36%

And if my phone is stolen...

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Block the message

I usually use the ad blocker to block the "we notice you're using an ad blocker" modal that stops me from getting to the content. 95% of the time I can block that anti-block crap.

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No need to panic, says SwiftKey, as email addresses, phone numbers appear on strangers' screens

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Re: I'm glad I unplug more (a new class of Sheeple inhabit the internet)

I was an idiot and did not unplug. Not sure what I was thinking. As soon as they re-enable sync, I'm zapping all my remote data and deleting my sync-account.

*must think what else I was stupid enough to plug into*

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Paris Hilton

So correct me if I'm wrong...

From what little I get of science, is this experiment like putting a cup of hot water at one end of the bath, measuring the other end and then claiming that adding hot water actually decreased the temperature?

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Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

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Umm...

Isn't the whole point of facebook that at least your name, photo and a few details are exposed, so that others can find you? Otherwise it wouldn't be a very sociable site now would it!

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Sex in the Noughties: How was it for you?

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@Anonymous Coward

"every successful species, such as ours, has to have majority of its population straight"

Then you agree, if gay people want to correct an "informed" assumption, they've got to say something. And I suppose many gay people come up to you and say "Hello, I'm gay and my name is..."

I have no idea why you feel gay people coming out to be overbearing. Do you feel the presence of black skinned, blond haired or female people to be overbearing?

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Ummm no

Anonymous Coward: "If someone outs themselves as gay, that is basically pushing their sexuality in your face"

No it's not. Gay people are a minority and being straight is the initial assumption, that's society's own ignorance. It makes no difference to you whether they say they're gay or not, so why do you care?

I'm not sure which is worse...that you think all gay people are activists come to rub your face in it, or that you think no one should ever express their uniqueness for the purposes of equality. You criticise PC people - but that's the pot calling the kettle black

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Abigail's Windows 7 Party

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WGA

Of course, it's only a true windows 7 party if you let Microsoft perform a Windows Genuine Party check at the event

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Warning: Showers can seriously damage your health

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Yeah well

Who the hell let's slime build up to visible levels in their bathroom? Yuck!

Solution: Take off the shower head, just use the water running out of the nozzle end.

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Intel to EU watchdogs: 'It's AMD's fault'

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FAIL

Tut!

If a person tries to murder someone, we don't just let that person back on to the streets. Why does Intel think it is an exception?

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Bug exposes eight years of Linux kernel

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Linux

There's no such thing as 100% security

There's no such thing as 100% security and serious bugs are still going to turn up. Still, it's the most secure OS of them all.

Still perhaps it's time to look at what can be done to minimise the damage of potential exploits similar to this one, if possible.

And I agree with Anonymous Coward, a higher level programming language managed OS might avoid some of these obvious but unseen bugs. That said, as Linus Torvalds seemed to suggest, the advantage of using C is that everyone can understand it, otherwise you get people making rubbish.

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Government rubbishes ID card hack report

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Big Brother

No, no and more no

As soon as I am forced to get an ID card I plan to take a hammer to every inch of it - good bye RFID chip...

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BT's giant new faster broadband boxes blocked

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uhh?

Yes 1.8 m is too tall to have in the middle of a street. Can't we just lie them on their sides against fences? Otherwise couldn't they just bury 0.8 m of the box?

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Apple nabs 90% of all 'premium PC' dollars

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Linux

Ha!

Macs do look and preform very well, but for the price of £1000 I could buy three PC's, each with a large screen. I just can't warrant spending that much for one single computer.

I can just as easily get a PC for a third of the price and install Linux. I've got stability, much better security than mac OSX or windows, and all the same flashy effects and more on a less powerful graphics processor. If I need I can also dual boot windows for the rare occasion that I might need it. Macs really are just for those who are too lazy to read documentation.

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