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Comment Re:What is going one here? (Score 1) 236

What I don't understand is why Google has to follow robots.txt at all. Is this part of their "do no evil" slogan?

Imagine Bing does get all the exclusivity deals in the world and Google is left with nothing. What would stop them, from just indexing the site anyway? I can't think of anything as it should be up to the website to block/prevent access.

Comment Re:British English (Score 1) 239

Actually it's only if you watch TV signals that have been broadcast in the past 3 seconds. That means if you can watch it through your computer (TV card, streaming) you would still need a licence. Also, if you have a TV and there is no cable connected to it (or near it) or a fork in the back so it can't pick up signals you can say you use it exclusively for gaming (which is often the case).

Source: the twenty or so a year TV licence reminders/warnings/death-imminent any student moving into a new house will undoubtedly get. (Don't get me started on those "reminders"... carefully worded scare tactics)

Comment Re:Stick it in Wolfram Alpha (Score 1) 109

I think it's very good description for frothy-mouthed free software types.

Who is a "frothy-mouthed free software type"? Someone who uses it? Someone who releases software under a free license? Someone who advocates the use of free software? Someone who advocates that all software should be free?

Comment Re:Work Experience (Score 1) 834

I agree that experience will trump all, but it has to be relevant, useful and challenging. Doing the same thing over and over for a few years won't put you in the same position if you're constantly challenged.

Other than that, the advice I was given was: if you want to do a PhD, don't do a masters; otherwise do a masters.

I figured that I'd rather do a PhD as it is at a higher level and would be something I'd rather achieve and can start in a few years.

Comment Re:Gameplay mechanics (Score 1) 129

I have a really big problem with low ammo games: I never end up using the high-end weapons until I'm at the very last fight scene; I'm usually walking through the majority of the game with a pistol, or whatever the worst weapon happens to be.

How does this contribute to the fun or value in games? I can see it fitting a title like Resident Evil quite well though, it's normal to not have to fire off your grenade launcher at an average zombie.

Comment Re:flippant American answer (Score 1) 449

Why do you feel that one individual with a gun should have so much power as to decide whether he wants to remove a single politician person of his choosing permanently from society?

Living fear is something I choose not to do, and I would prefer to extend that to everyone, including politicians.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923