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Comment Re:Cashless adoption! AH! (Score 2) 294 294

In my experience (limited mainly to Germany i confess) cash is still very common for daily transactions, far more so than the UK.

Most staff in a European restaurant/small shop/kiosk will give you an annoyed look if you mention "credit card", and often i have had to make my way to the one till in the establishment with a card reader connected to pay without cash.

It's pretty much the opposite in the UK. If you don't have a wireless card reader expect lost sales.

Comment Re:Pick one (Score 1) 446 446

I agree the primary reason for gender inequality in a profession like programming is that broadly it appeals to men more that women. There will be other factors, for some a male dominated field will be a barrier, others may have been biased by their parents. But really, apart from actually forcing women into a job they haven't chosen to meet some quota I dont see a solution there.

I believe a women should have the same potential as a man to succeed in the profession SHE chooses HERSELF. It maybe a harder task becoming a coder than going into nursing or teaching, but I think that would be clear to anyone seriously considering it.

Personally i have seen women fit well into roles that require more people and management skills than pure coding. For example the "Scrum Master" role for any agile team (sorry for the buzzwords) bridges the coding-people skills gap.

However i think there is a major factor that seems to be overlooked in these discussions -- gender equality in politics. If there is any area where women should be encouraged to participate it is here. After all they are 50% of the electorate and more representation here would give the real instances of inequality a stronger voice.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

Germany gets to run their manufacturing and exports hot while Greece cools the fuck out of everything. The only reason Germany does so well in comparison is because they had the existing manufacturing base, which is now benefiting from permanent cheap exports.

Comment Re:What's the value proposition? (Score 1) 342 342

I see nothing foolish, my taxes provide, a police force, heath care, education, public transport and roads, energy, water, etc. all of which contribute to a stable society where were business can flourish.

Google takes advantage of the police force, health care (by default fair enough), education, public transport and roads, energy, water and a society that enables enough wealth for people to have a disposable income.

They are quite welcome to move their operation to the Congo or Syria and see how well their corporate HQ runs. I'm sure they will get a great tax rate. Here they can pay tax the same as me.

Comment Re:An election's coming, apparently (Score 1) 342 342

It's quite simple, the money is made at the point the product is consumed, we are living in a consumer society after all.

Everything else falls apart when the consumer stops buying (or looking), if Starbucks or Google want the favourable tax agreement from Luxembourg to stand, then that counts only for profit on sales made to the people of Luxembourg.

Comment Re:I love my Oculus Rift DK2 (Score 1) 164 164

I'm not so sure, you can reduce travel sickness to almost zero by gradual exposure. For instance, many years ago I went without watching TV or even looking at an electronic screen for 2 weeks or more. When I returned TV made me feel distinctly travel sick for about 1 hour. I expect the VR effect will be worse, but with enough exposure i believe you can train your brain to stop the sickness.

Comment Re:Quite (Score 1) 280 280

Except that the internet was an unregulated wild west at that time, and pretty much still is. The worst that would happen on Napster is you downloaded a NIN track over your 56k, and it turned out it was renamed Nickelback song.

The worst that happens if you use Uber or any service that interfaces the digital with real world -- and tries to apply the rules of the digital one -- is that you get raped or murdered. Hence the reason the "stuffy" regulations Uber want rid of.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 1) 699 699

It is possible to do advertising well, the reason people use adblock are all the obnoxious "pop-over" adverts, or adverts that destroy the flow of a site.

Youtube does adverts pretty well, the 5 second skip works perfectly as you can skip almost instantly if you have no interest or just don't want to be hassled at that moment. But if someone looks interesting to me or funny then often i will let it play by CHOICE.

Contrast that with channel4.com in the UK who have been fighting a war with adblock for a few years to stop it working. They have 2 minutes of "unskipable" adverts before you can even watch a show, then a further 3 forced periods of 2 minutes during a 1hr show! It is just laziness trying to apply broadcast TV rules to on-demand internet consumption.

Comment Re:Full circle ... almost (Score 1) 237 237

Hehe, sadly it looks like it's the way things are going. I still prefer Firefox to Chrome simply because i don't want to feed Google any more data that i have to, and having 3 major browsers is important for an open web. Also don't like Google's tactics of deliberately making there sites run slower on anything other than Chrome.

However it seems to me that Firefox has a problem, HTML5 and a lot of the new protocols around that mean that they have to keep up by adding support -- "bloat". But it is as yet unclear how useful these will be. In the Phoenix and early Firefox days when FF was stomping all over IE it was just HTML+Javascript and 3rd party plugins, and they optimized that perfectly.

Now FF has to deal with what new features they need to add to keep up. When the feature creep slows and we see which protocols have won the next generation web maybe a Phoenix-like browser will emerge from the FF code.

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