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Comment Re:Manufacturer and Model? (Score 1) 168

Or do you think that other smart tvs somehow are not nearly as scary?

I haven't the faintest idea one way or the other - which is why I would like to have that information. When the information is available if it turns out that all the other smart TVs do exactly the same thing then I know not to buy a smart TV. If it turns out that most do and a few don't then that acts as the first filter to my buying decision. Not having that information available makes it impossible to make that decision.


Comment Re:Well it IS the BBC (Score 1) 431

Information reported by the Daily Mail and The Commentator making the BBC look bad is reliable? Really? The Evening Standard (part-owned by the Daily Fail anyway) is similarly as reliable.

The report you refer to was published 10 years ago and meant that "As a result of the internal BBC publication of the Balen Report, changes were instigated in the methodology of the BBC’s Middle East" ( The results of the changes seem to be fairly reasonable (

I am not sure that I find the evidence terribly compelling at this point. Do you have any more?


Comment Re:Well it IS the BBC (Score 1) 431

Oh, thank you for noticing. I AM adorable but I don't like to draw attention to it, being the modest sort.

I was asking an honest question as I hadn't come across any reports one way or the other. Given the BBC are meant to be unbiased and I tend to (more-or-less, hopefully without descending into hopeless naivety) use them as my primary news source. So if there are areas where there is endemic bias I would be interested in knowing them so I can adjust my impressions accordingly. Do you have any reliable sources that would show where there is bias please?


Comment Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

I am not sure that I understand the point you are trying to make. Gay folk are perfectly capable of having stable family life including a steady partner and children so how is this different from straight people? I am not aware of anything that says a gay couple shouldn't arrange things so there is a worker bee and a house-spouse.

As the the possibility of relationships between more colleagues of differing seniorities (NOT superiorities FFS) - I don't know that sexuality has any major impact there. Beside which - icky power differentials are really grotty in a relationship (though that last bit is just my preference).


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Submission + - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

Submission + - Slashdot BETA Discussion ( 60

mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.

Comment It Depends (Score 1) 262

Which bit of the software are we talking about? Presentation layer? Business layer? Service layer? Persistence layer?

Each of these needs have input of varying degrees from different populations, so the users have important things to say about the presentation layer but I am not sure I would want them anywhere near the persistence layer.

Stupid question really.


Comment Re:Mr Mosley (Score 1) 154

Blimey! That's a great deal of effort to go to - I didn't realise I was talking to an SME.

I don't expect you change your mind based on anecdeotal evidence posted up by a stranger on the internet - that'd be silly. I suppose you checked out Belle de Jour? Other than that I can't think of any online resources to point you towards.

Anyhow, my friends, whilst not being entirely sparkly clean, are hardly a scourge on society either - just like pretty much everyone else in the world.

And they're NOT the kind of people who act as a warm, wet, hole - they're services are for an entirely more discerning kind of customer.

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