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Comment Scrutiny (Score 5, Interesting) 297

I'm no Apple fanboy (just actually switched most my stuff away) but it's worth noting that the Register are well known for having an anti-Apple bias in their reporting.

Other companies use the same manufacturers - I would argue that consumers in general wanting lower priced tech is causing this, not specifically Apple - they just get a lot more scrutiny with being such a huge tech company.

Comment Re: Cannot happen in earth, period. (Score 1) 211

Honestly if being a "leftie" means not being an obnoxious fucking prick like you, GOOD, I'm as far left as you can get. You, and every other Trump supporting, racist, xenophobic, sexist wanker who hides behind "oh no you're calling a racist a racist, I'm so offended!" are showing your true colours right now, and it's kind of shocking the number of you, but at least we know who to avoid. You're less than worthless, you're dragging society back into the dark ages - please go and kill yourself before you do any more harm.

Comment Re:Cannot happen in earth, period. (Score 1) 211

Well, I suppose if you consider equal treatment and opportunities for all races and genders to be regressive, for example (yes, I know some extreme types just want to replace patriarchy with matriarchy instead of aiming for fairness and balance, but see my other comment), then it can be seen as a subjective term. I've always seen increasing justice as a positive development for mankind, and am not yet used to the idea that it's a bad thing.

I've heard Hilary is just as bad. There is however a world outside of the United States, of which I'm a part, so I don't have the pleasure of trying to decide which candidate is the better demon spawn than the other.

Comment Re:Cannot happen in earth, period. (Score 1, Insightful) 211

One of the things I agree with "the left" on is their point about prejudging and generalising huge groups of people and treating them all like caricatures of the worst examples they can possibly think of. Obviously they usually talk about not assuming that all 4 billion or so people of Islamic faith are itching to commit mass murder (at which they get the internet equivalent of being spat at (aka called an SJW) and accused of sympathising with terrorists), but it also applies to things like this - suggesting that everyone left aligned is a full-on raving rhetoric-spouting loon who posts on that blogging site with the pictures (I think I have an account, never got into it). #notalllefties, and all that. Yes, there are problems with that on this side too (comparing people to Hitler for being concerned about immigration numbers for example) but it seems our lot have been instantly dismissed as "regressive leftie SJW, go back to tumblr" for showing even the slightest hint of a liberal thought, so many times now that they've completely given up even trying. I'm actually surprised to see my comment at +3, and not -1.

I think what I'm saying is that just because a particular subset of screeching lunatics gets all the attention right now (because it's more entertaining, I guess) it doesn't completely invalidate everything that has even the slightest liberal roots, or necessitate a return to how things were 100 years ago before we started saying that maybe people shouldn't be treated with elevated suspicion because they're black, or that actually there are a number of reasons why being more careful with the planet's resources and the amount of pollution we put out is actually quite a good thing for the world, etc.

Comment Re: cost reduction (Score 1) 595


Back in around 2003 when I bought my first Apple product (the awesome iPod 3rd gen) yes, they used to make the high price tag worthwhile by throwing in the adapters, dock, even cleaning cloths, everything you could need. This was a while ago. Not long after that they switched to only including the bare minimum product and charging like wounded buffalo for all the adapters and accessories.

Comment Re:why? (Score 1) 227

It also has the antenna band removed from the back for aesthetic reasons (despite the fact you'd probably throw a case on it), meaning a weaker signal. These are, apparently, the "things we can't live without" (

Comment Weren't there security problems? (Score 1) 274

I seem to recall a big panic over some fundamental security flaws in Snaps, something about them leveraging the worst ways X11 is written. Unless it's some convoluted way to try and progress what seems to be the IPv6 of the display server world (Mir / Wayland), isn't spreading this thing to other distros a bit of a bad idea?

Comment Because it's considered "Feminism" (Score 2) 858

And Feminism is now considered a Very Bad Thing by large chunks of the internet (I still like it, but I see/understand it differently to how most seem to).

It's hated for two primary reasons by my view:

1) Some of the newer third wave stuff often associated with Tumblr has gone a bit too far the other way and started to push man-hate, and they're so loud and vocal that they've managed to give the illusion of hijacking the entire movement, which is moderate and supposed to help men as well as women (by for example changing the image of feminine away from something to somehow be ashamed of)

2) Younger generations are less keen to associate themselves with the sins of their fathers i.e. historical misogyny and privilege. As they were born into a world where equality is encouraged and we don't have so much of an indoctrination into the old patriarchy, they feel that those who tell males they're privileged and should be mindful of feminist issues, are actually trying to oppress men and make people feel guilty for being born with the wrong genitals.

Sadly, this has manifested itself in quite rampant hate towards all things interpreted as feminist, which includes anything aimed at females or featuring a female heavy cast (Ghost Busters). One could rightly argue other factors (like whether Ghost Busters is crap regardless of gender) but I do think it gets silly sometimes as I do see a heavily anti-anything-that-smells-feminist bias out there at the moment.

As always I think both sides are simply human and have their own worries and issues of defensiveness. But at the moment are more likely to dehumanise and attack each other, unfortunately, or go on mass sabotage efforts like this.

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