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Comment Re: Now I won't feel guilty about using Adblock (Score 3, Insightful) 357 357

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:the most moronic subject matter on slashdot (Score 1) 331 331

it means they introduce programming to younger kids. you imagine kids chained in a classroom with their eyes propped open forced to watch bubble sort algorithms?

is learning music "forcing culturally objectionable content on our children"?

is learning math "forced march into the voodoo underlying antireligious science and anti free market economics?"

so i repeat: where the fuck do you low iq conspiracy theory morons come from?

it's actually a serious question. i have a serious difficulty understanding how a functioning human being can arrive at the deranged socially retarded concept you put forth in your comment. i'm 100% serious

Comment the most moronic subject matter on slashdot (Score 2) 331 331

can we stop with this nonsense please? it is similar to idiots who oppose teaching all kids programming

restricting access to developing a skillset which just builds on abstract reasoning is a joke, nothing more. it's as if lots of people making lots of programs somehow hurts good programs and good programmers. how? can someone define me how that works? there has to be a formal logical fallacy for what this low iq idea suggests. it's like saying gays getting married somehow hurts heterosexual marriage. and we see how well that mental diarrhea has persuaded

lots of people trying programming only hurts mediocre programmers. the only kind of people who take this nonissue seriously. it's popularity on slashdot therefore does not bode very well for the readership of this website

meanwhile, i welcome anyone who wants to try programming and i wish them well. it can be fun, it can be infuriating. and if in your quest you wind up being more skilled and hired to replaced than the kind of weak mouth breather who wants to somehow magically limit the pursuit of programming to some of kind of bullshit guild, this a surefire win

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 147 147

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:if people got to South America (Score 1) 97 97

the pacific has a north and a south cyclone of prevailing wind (and also an oceanic gyre if you're just floating with no wind). it's just a matter of what latitude you use for the prevailing direction

thor's journey is awesome, and we do find native american dna at easter island, but the vast majority of the south pacific is austromelanesian. easter island's people came from the west, not from the east

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