In addition to Male or Female, Facebook now lets US users choose among some 50 additional options such as "transgender," "cisgender," "gender fluid," "intersex" and "neither."
Users also now have the ability to choose the pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or the gender-neutral they/their.
"When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self," Facebook said in a post on its Diversity page.
"An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just 'male' or 'female,' " the post continued. "So today, we're proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook.""
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If this were to become popular, metro authorities would just raise fares to compensate.
Who wins then?
Boycott the site Feb 10-17th
If the beat is still here on 18th Feb do not return.
Do not fix that which is not broken."
Law enforcement agencies do 'illegal' things all the time, from a cop speeding to a crime, to shooting an armed suspect, to kidnapping and interrogating suspected terrorists.
Yes, they can do this shit and you can't. Get over it.
Australia has exit border control. You have to contact immigration even if you leave by boat. They will ask you your itinerary, residences overseas, and contacts overseas.
You can be prevented from leaving if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the authorities think you'll be negatively affecting Australia's international interests while abroad.
You can also be arrested and placed in detention if you don't have a valid visa (even if you're leaving!)
So no, the idea of a western country keeping people in, or tabs on them when they leave, is not unheard of.
For those who don't know, you can cruise through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River via Street (River) view... but who the hell is the guy in the sunglasses?
...if you were to loosely identify video game cabinets and consoles as computers (which of course they are.)
After all, Radio Shack introduced its first line of PCs in 1977. Sure, they stopped making their own clones in the mid-90s, but they still kept on selling them.
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My local chemist pre-orders my medication in anticipation that I will continue to buy it from them. However, there is no guarantee of this. I could go somewhere else, wait for that chemist to order the medication (it's not common) and then buy it from them. Still, since I have established a pattern of going to one particular chemist for said medication, that chemist regularly re-orders it after I collect it.
Is this prior art?
This is why the push by major ad companies like Google for ubiquitous broadband.
Whole web pages could (and will, I'm sure) be rendered this way. Just leave spaces for the browser to insert widgets and video and you're done.
Of course, more sophisticated ways of detecting and blanking out ads in the image data will probably be developed, but it will make the ad-removal process much more difficult. On the bright side, ads delivered this way will be exclusively still images (unless animated PNG catches on), which are at least less annoying than animated ads or video clips.
Maybe the average adblock user will find this 'balance' acceptable, and see no need to block still image advertising when it appears in this fashion?
Well, except the 'ability' isnt programming per se, but programming in Java or Ruby. Let's be clear about that. People who have difficulty speaking English don't typically have a problem with language in general.
The biggest barrier to minorities becoming programmers is that modern languages have been designed to be efficient and understandable for white males.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting a conspiracy, only noting that as languages have evolved, they've become less intuitive for non-core users. Women, for example, typically have no problem learning procedural programming. Pascal was a very popular training language in the 80s and 90s well understood by female students.
So while I can agree with other commenters that modern languages require a certain aptitude, this is more by design than some inherent nature. The solution is to stop a one-sized-fits-all approach and consider different programming styles for different demographics.
Segregation? Sure. But modern apps can already have various chunks written in different languages. There's scope there to use procedural (for example) where feasible.
Why, you ask? Diverse voices make a better product.
Customers don't generally report casual breakdowns, for example. Also, habit trends can help with designing newer models. You'll always get a better picture of your customers' habits with transparent metrics.