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Comment Steam machine is pointless already (Score 1) 105 105

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) 363 363

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) 148 148

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).

Comment Re:Export of contacts is their prodict (Score 1) 42 42

Yeah but they want the recruiters to pay them for the privilege of spamming. If the agent can scrape / export stuff away from LinkedIn then they can potentially sidestep any restrictions or limits on what their subscription allows spamwise.

Comment LinkedIn is not a social network (Score 1) 42 42

It might have been promoted as such but these days it's basically a cattle market.

Woe betide you if you link with a recruitment agent because they will indiscriminately spam everyone who matches a keyword search. Repeatedly and often. These days I simple ignore all invites from agents and unlinked those that I made previously. If an agent is desperate to speak with me they can use one of their precious in-mails. That said, I've had these dummies send me an inmail telling me of "a role I may be interested in" without saying what the role is, whether it is permanent / contract, where it is, how much it pays, or anything else. I ignore those too.

Comment A variation on this (Score 2) 364 364

Another commonplace annoyance is sites of no consequence that ask for an email address and for some unknown reason require it to be entered twice. And to stop people working around this fuck wittery they block copy & paste. I might understand the need to enter an email twice if it were a tax form or suchlike, but many sites are simply doing it for no meaningful purpose at all.

Some sites and wifi hotspots double down on this annoyance by inflicting it on their mobile pages too. So you have to enter an email twice from a handset. And just in case that wasn't enough, they fail to specify the field is for email so the phone browser's autocorrect fucks it up as you type it.

Comment Re:Harry Shearer wanted more money (Score 1) 100 100

Not just Bugs, but Mickey Mouse (Goofy, Donald, Minnie, etc.) Shaggy & Scooby Doo, the muppets, Elmo, animated Batman / The Joker, King Julien / Puss in Boots etc.

Either the original actor dies, or wants to do other things, or is too expensive (especially for TV / videogame spinoffs), or takes the whole tickle-me-elmo a little too far. So sound-a-likes are hired.

Comment Re:Harry Shearer wanted more money (Score 3) 100 100

YouTube is filled with talented impressionists who can do these voices. I'm sure that if Shearer hadn't been persuaded (with $$$) to stay that Fox could easily have hired replacements whose voices were indistinguishable. It might have resulted in a fan backlash or rancour from the other actors but the voices would be the least of their troubles.

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde