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Comment Re:its their own fault (Score 1) 280

You seem like many other posters to have missed the actual effect of the facebook announcement. Firstly it is not about the right to use 'fake' names (i.e. ones that you do not use 'in real life'), it is about the right to use the/a name you are generally/frequently known by, which is arguably more 'real' than your so-called real name.
And secondly it appears to apply to everyone, so if you are a straight male whose parents called you 'Dick Shit' but everyone apart from your bank (say) knows you as 'Richard the third' then you have the right to be known as such on facebook. So this decision gives exactly the same rights to everybody.

And yes, I realiize you might have been misled by the fact that the facebook *apology* was directed at transgender people and drag queens/kings. But that was because these groups had been specifically targeted by one person reporting them as having 'fake names'. The actual *policy* change benefits *anyone* who in real life goes by a different name to that on their birth certificate etc. I know several male and female straight people who have gone by a 'different' name for their entire adult life, e.g. just because they have a strong dislike of their birth name and this policy should benefit them if they choose to take advantage of it.

Comment Re:Not the right way anyway (Score 1) 583

It is like the train system, eventually, after privatisation was supposed to make it more efficient, and ticket prices kept going up and up, you come to wonder that its problem isn't mismanagement, inefficient government, greedy corporations, nor old tech, it is just that it is a Victorian technology and concept.

Assuming you are talking about the UK rail system, despite it being "a Victorian technology and concept", and despite the fare increases, usage keeps going up, year after year (with very occasional economy related blips), and when lines/stations are re-opened they are typically getting massively more passengers than expected.

The second graph down on this page shows the trend:

This page gives the up-to date figures:

New housing in some areas is being planned around new stations, e.g.

It's becoming increasingly clear that at least some of the Beeching closures should be and will be reversed, and some completely new lines will be built.
East-West rail (including reopening and electrification) is already planned and budgeted, HS2 is progressing, HS1 extension is highly likely, Crossrail will be finished soon, Crossrail 2 is high on the agenda, mass electrification is proceeding rapidly. And apart from the special case of HS2 there is a real political consensus around rail expansion.

Trams have also been re-invented for the 21st century in major UK cities; Manchester especially but also Nottingham and Birmingham are expanding their networks and are very popular.

Tram-trains are coming soon, initially in Sheffield.

Comment Re:Not only that... (Score 5, Informative) 264

"Screwed" because MS only supported their OS for 13 years?
But also sold it on some new machines as recently as 4 years ago...

Hell, which Linux company is going to maintain a version of their OS (for free) for 3 years?

Err...several, for free, for considerably more than 3 years.

Common examples:
Ubuntu LTS: Now 5 years (increased from 3 years at V12.04)
CentOS: Pretty much follows Red Hat. e.g CentOS V6 maintained for 9 years (2011-2020).
Given that XP was atypical with 13 years support and Win7 gets 11 years (2009-2020), CentOS is very much in the same ballpark.

But wait: CentOS 6 will get 9 years of *full* support (including new hardware support every 6 months and new features mainly every 2 years). Win7 only gets 6 years full support and 5 years extended (security updates only).
I'd say that's a draw between CentOS 6 and Windows 7.

Comment Re:In their defence. (Score 2, Interesting) 417

If we could not filter the ssl sites, there would be no option but to block ssl entirely by blocking all traffic on port 443.

Then that's what you should do. Intercepting an SSL session between (say) a pupil and their bank would potentially be illegal without the permission of both the pupil *and* the bank. And the bank is not going to give this permission. Blocking ssl is the only legally safe solution.
Still, it's your legal risk, up to you.

Submission + - Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars (

satuon writes: Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns.

Comment Re:How about that rented storage? (Score 1) 239

In the UK, almost everything that's "owned" is leasehold.
No, that's not true. No idea where you got that idea from. Maybe you were thinking of central London. Nearly all properties in the UK** are freehold, only about 2 Million are leasehold, mostly flats/apartments. There are about 22 Million properties in the UK, so that's about 10% leasehold.

This mentions the 2 million figure:

**UK: Actually figures may be for England and Wales not Scotland probably, but that covers about 90% of the UK by population so that's good enough for these purposes.

Comment Re:I wonder . . . (Score 1) 606

Yes, a CLI CAN be turing complete and a GUI cannot be.

No, you're wrong. Just because *most* GUIs are not Turing complete doesn't mean they can't be. Informal proof: Take a Turing complete text-based language, convert the keywords, structures, operators, constants, variables etc. into GUI editable objects, write a GUI that allows these objects to be assembled in arbitrary ways, e.g. by drag-and-drop, and there you go. Effectively you are visually constructing some sort of flowchart which is mathematically equivalent to a textually expressed program. Some GUI IDEs are actually like this, which shows that the principle is possible in practice.

You might object that such a GUI IDE is not Turing complete on the grounds that it can't do this or that function with the underlying hardware/low-level OS etc.. but that's not valid; a general Turing complete language does not have to have access to lower levels of software/hardware. A concrete example is that many 'normal' text based Turing complete languages might not be able to do direct I/O or access raw devices of any sort, or handle DMA or interrupts, and thus might be unable to perform certain functions (like read the disc partition table for example) without invoking routines in some *other* (lower level) Turing complete language. But that's not what Turing completeness is about; it's about being able to express an arbitrary algorithm on an abstract machine.
Doing this through a GUI may be clumsy in many cases but not impossible.

Comment Re:Here's What I Know (Score 1) 644

You had your tooth drilled without anesthetic?

I have this done *at my request* and the dentist does not seem surprised. I find the injections much more painful than the drilling (many of my teeth have been filled so much they seem to have very little sensation left in them). It's just a faint dull pain for a short time, no big deal.

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