While I am certain that it is very hard to build a fair and equitable system of taxation, particularly against multinationals, I am sure there are certain things governments could do to make it very odious to avoid tax and thereby encourage companies to pay their fair dues.
Anyway I have no problem with that. More insidious however are the constant revisions which render them worthless after a year or two, or even worse "work books". Work books are the kind where the child writes answer into the page in thereby making it impossible to reuse.
Here in Ireland almost all the primary school books are like this and the cost of books could be 100 per annum per child. The state could ban the practice in an instant and save parents a lot of money but for some reason they won't.
Your computer is broken.
It's not my computer, it's a work one, but yeah, you're right, it's running Windows and IE.
If IBTimes wants to piss people off with autoplay videos, why link to them?
Here's El Reg's version of the same story:
People are dicks. Get over it. I've been called a thousand different offensive names in my life. We're all different and it's in our evolutionary behavior to exclude those that seem "Different" in any way we can to keep dominance over the group/tribe whatever... They key is realizing this, and letting the dumb be dumb. Words really can't hurt you, only your own insecurities can.
I don't think you get what White Privilege and Heterosexual Privilege are, but you should maybe* look into that.
Google+ hasnt had a lot of traction with me, so I am not really sure if this is just going to be one less google product that I will be using now.
It's going to be a lot more interesting, and presumably compelling when it's completed. Hangouts isn't intended as a simple chat client replacement.
Google dropping XMPP support is only mildly interesting, but the reason behind it is far more ambitious than TFA discusses. The Verge has a better article, but TLDR is that It's part of a long-term plan to change the way communication works on phones and computers.
XMPP obviously won't be suitable for unifying so many different communication paths. Given Google's efforts with WebRTC, I suspect that'll be the underlying standard for their new platform, though it hasn't been stated as such anywhere I'm aware of.
Or walk around an IKEA. There's plenty of existing furniture that does the job.
While all the news and discussion on Slashdot revolves around Apple, there actually IS a fork of Android for DoD and business.
I expect most of the security improvements will also be available for standard Android before too long.
The only problem with that scenario is that it was Yahoo that bought it.
Which means Tumblr will go the way of Flickr. It will be milked and ignored until it's about as dated as black and white TV.
Just like Flickr!
Maybe half a decade ago. Now, for anything that's supported, Linux is far easier than Windows.
Buy a device for windows, (screen, printer, wifi key, whatever), plug it in, works.
Sometimes, but most times you ahve to track down and install a driver along with a gigabyte or two of annoying bloatware to get a device which works, but constantly nags you with crap you don't want to have to deal with.