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Comment Secure Boot may lock PC owners into Windows 10 (Score 1) 224 224

Yeah, but no-one can be forced to use Windows any more. There are far too many alternatives.

Which alternatives do not require buying hardware? OS X requires a Mac, iOS requires an iPhone or iPad, and Android with Google Play requires an Android device manufactured by an OHA member. GNU/Linux requires a PC with supported hardware and whose BIOS or UEFI isn't locked into a Microsoft-only Secure Boot. All x86 and x86-64 PCs that ship with Windows 8 let the PC's owner turn Secure Boot off per Microsoft's Windows logo requirements. But as of Windows 10, Microsoft is leaving Secure Boot lock-in up to the PC manufacturer.

Comment UNIX is certified; *n?x is not (Score 1) 224 224

If a system implementing a useful subset of the Single UNIX Specification hasn't been certified, I'm more likely to call it "*n?x". This shell glob pattern matches Unix, Xenix, Minix, and Linux, among other things. (Xenix became SCO UNIX which became Xinuos OpenServer.)

Comment Re:Steam machine was already useless (Score 1) 167 167

why would I buy a SteamBox instead of a PS4? To play a bunch of low-budget indie games? Those are fun, but I can already play those on my PC.

But can you fit two to four players holding gamepads around your PC's existing monitor? You can if your PC is hooked up to your TV. But if not, you'll need a streaming solution such as this or the Steam Link.

Comment For when the primary PC is in use (Score 1) 167 167

I don't really understand why you'd by a Steam Machine for streaming from another PC instead of the cheaper Steam Link

For people who live alone, I agree. But if you buy a Steam Machine, you can play Linux-compatible games while the primary PC is in use for non-Steam applications by another member of the household, and you can stream Windows-only games while the PC is available. A Steam Link allows only the latter use case.

Comment Sex prior to independence (Score 1) 296 296

How sad is your world view when you think see two people do something entirely natural and REQUIRED FOR THE SURVIVAL OF OUR SPECIES and it offends you.

Sex prior to the age when a mother can support herself and her child is not required. Are children exposed to porn more sexually active?

Comment Life Peerages Act 1958 and Peerage Act 1963 (Score 1) 296 296

I mean, when members of the House of Lords make selfies in womens underwear

Women have held peerages in the House of Lords for over half a century. So I don't see the problem unless there is some other reason making it improper for members of the House of Lords to model underwear.

Comment Re:Tell the govt what!!!!!! (Score 1) 296 296

I gather from the article that it's anonymized such that the government can see only that some licensed business requested at X date and time that citizen 123456789's age be compared to 18, and that business 987654321 made X requests during a given month.

Comment Does your bank have your DOB on file? (Score 1) 296 296

Aren't banks required to store each account holder's date of birth and taxpayer identification number for tax purposes? The payment processor could start returning an age class field in the authorization result, grouped into bins for 13-17, 18-20, 21-64, and 65+.

Comment Chargeback (Score 1) 296 296

[Credit card payment is] a form of age verification that can be charged.

And a customer on the site's free tier can have his bank apply a chargeback against a site that fails to uphold its written promise to release the authorization after a few days. Chargebacks are very expensive to process, and too many could cost a site its merchant account.

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