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Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 3, Informative) 62

It's hard to say if he was working to undermine Nokia from the inside, or if he was merely incompetent, or if he was simply out to enrich himself. Or a combination of all three.

Whatever it was, his tenure was an unmitigated disaster. Not just for Nokia as it turns out but for Microsoft too.

Comment It needs codes for free-from those things too (Score 1) 191

It would be as useful (possibly more so) to have icons to say something does NOT contain allergens. i.e. gluten free, lactose free etc. People buying gluten free food often look for a gluten free symbol (e.g. this one) and only then scan the ingredients to look in more detail. So for every code they reserve for an allergen, there should be another code for the opposite - free from that allergen.

Comment Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 378

Same for Ireland. It should be an opt-in requirement not opt-out. I was blocked out of a site tagged "adult" despite it being a humour / discussion board. Meanwhile I'd have no problem viewing any number of seriously disturbing things on YouTube, Facebook or other sites because DNS filtering is no use for those.

Comment Here's a better idea (Score 2) 378

The ISP is required to be offered child web filter for free as part of the service. A new applicant may choose to enable it or disable it as their circumstances dictate. The default should not be on. There should be a simple web interface controlled by the account holder to modify the settings at any time. That's the end of the matter.

Comment Steam machine is pointless already (Score 1) 170

Sell a USB steam stick which works with the controller and allows remote / cloud play (i.e. from another PC in the house or Valve's own servers) and some other stuff like Netflix, Youtube etc. MSRP, maybe $80. Very few people are going to buy a full blown PC running a custom Linux in order to play a subset of games.

Comment Re: Now I won't feel guilty about using Adblock (Score 3, Insightful) 380

The problem with the "Unobtrusive ads aren't being blocked in order to support websites" is that it's complete horseshit. To ABP unobtrusive means "paid us money". For example Taboola ads are some of the most disgusting clickbait "social" ads around that ABP allows through by default despite them failing any reasonable definition of unobtrusive.

At least there's a checkbox to fix this brain damage but ABP has seriously undermined itself by taking payments from the very source that it exists to block.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

I don't see it changing any time soon. NFC chips in phones have pretty limited application at this time. The main application would be to contactless payment but then you could pay with stuff with as much convenience using an NFC embedded in a credit card, or key fob (as happens in the UK).

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