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Comment It needs codes for free-from those things too (Score 1) 187 187

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) 377 377

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) 377 377

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) 170 170

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) 380 380

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) 154 154

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).

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) 365 365

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.

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