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* Posts by RyokuMas

1505 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Wintel dust up: Intel supply woes vs Win10 demand

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Re: Windows 10 continues to be a lure for PC buyers in the wider enterprise space(?)

Um, I'm pretty sure it's because of the rise in mobile tech rather than anything to do with what version of Windows (or OS in general) a PC is running...

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The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Re: Another RegTard HitJob

@Marshaltown: careful there - reg forum rules say that direct accusations (in particular, the use of the "s-word") can get your post pulled and even result in a ban.

But yes, having actually taken a look at the post history under this handle, it looks like you're bang on the money...

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Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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"They think it's a Dell."

God dammit, that was a a fresh cup of coffee too!

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"That bad boy would've had a wipe and reimage before it got more than 4 feet away from me."

Heck, I'd have gone full BOFH and wiped the entire thing right there in front of him, with a commentary along the lines of:

"No you can't take a backup, whatever's infected it will just get onto your USB stick... when did you first notice the noise? Ok, well you can't restore any backups from then until now, there's a risk that they're infected..."

That sort of user is just begging to be reduced to tears and having the fear of god put into them at the idea of trying it on again...

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See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

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If the price was right...

"... literally doubling the number of HoloLenses that have been sold... "

Does anyone know if the only way to get a Hololens for dev purposes is still:

a) Live in USA

b) Pay $3,000?

... and they wonder why it's not getting traction. WIndows Phone all over again.

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Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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"the path to success is not obvious"

I'm guessing that once this technology is perfected, Uber will be using it in the real world to better avoid officials in london while still finding genuine suckerspassengers.

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Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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Re: Dragonfly is just the start

"And the EU is big enough that Google has to follow their whims."

I wouldn't bet on that...

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AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Reading between the lines...

"... Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt warned recently."

Translation: "Let us have access to even more data because war..."

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Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: It's got me wondering...

Said it before and I'll say it again:

Never underestimate the ability of a human being to be irretrievably stupid.

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Malware scum want to build a Linux botnet using Mirai

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It's 2018...

... and malware miscreants have finally decided that Linux is worth pwning.

... sorry. Couldn't resist. Yes, I am expecting my downvote counter to go through the roof...

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Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: Both sides

"... with frequent updates..."

... because we all love updates...

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Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Who writes the damn matching algorithms???

The thing I've learned these days is that whoever writes the matching algorithms that recruiters use should be sacked.

My pet hate is that despite never having done contracting (and most roles on my CV being in the 3-5 year duration bracket), I still get scalper emails offering contract posts. Most of them get ignored. However, occasionally I get a complete howler - only a couple of my "secondary skills" matched at best, completely the wrong location, etc...

I now have a copy-paste template for such howlers, which gets emailed back, the appropriate replacement bits blatantly copy-pasted from the scalper's own email (ie: their font etc), stating how concerned I am at how bad a mismatch the role is, that as a professional software developer I feel I have a duty to point out how their crap algorithm is costing them time and money, and they should have an audit immediately with a view to fixing it.

This also gets CC'ed to their company's generic info email as well.

Petty? Maybe.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Oh dear...

Oh, Microsoft...

You had such an opportunity.

You could have tested Windows 10 to death, possibly even set up a "revert to Win7" theme (for the UGLY FLATSO haters), and above all, focused on security and privacy, and limited telemetry to crash reporting at the absolute most... with Google and Facebook increasingly coming into question about how they use the data they gather, you did have a shot at re-inventing yourselves to all but the like of those who are still stuck in the browser wars...

... but no. You had to try and do the same damn thing as Google and Facebook. And you had to do it badly. Is it that you just can't stand someone else being the villains or something???

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

"At least Google location services can be switched off."

I'll just leave this here...

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Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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FB is optional...

"...could have been worse... Facebook was looking to buy DeepMind

The thing about Farcebook is that you don't have to create an account with them to do anything apart from use Facebook. Okay, so their tracking and "like" begging-buttons are all over the web, but judicious use of blocking software soon takes care of that.

Whereas when you fire up your brand new (non-Microsoft) browser for the first time, what's the default search engine?

And then there's Android, where you've got almost no hope of blocking Google's spyware unless you're willing to jump through numerous hoops...

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Re: re: could have been worse as Facebook was looking to buy DeepMind.

"Google are good guys. They don't hide behind confusing privacy policies (Microsoft)"

I'll just leave this here:

Google still fails to tell users where they can actually turn off location tracking and storing for Maps and Search.

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Google's data-transfer boxen hit beta in Europe

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"lets you move large amounts of data to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) quickly and securely"

... thanks to their new Russian and Chinese data upload department.

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Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Too late, too late!

"...that bridge the persistent gap between web and native apps"

Microsoft already did that when they build data slurping into Windows 10.

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I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: What century is this?!

It would seem that Steam is as good at ensuring the security of its website as it is at curating the majority of the "games" that one obtains there.

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As if connected toys weren't creepy enough, kids' data could be used against them in future

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Explains a lot...

"when these perpetual children physically age to the point of running the country"

... which would suit certain corporations just fine.

But hey! At least when this happens, it'll finally be the year of Linux (albeit a very robot-y, Google-tied version) on the desktop!

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'DerpTroll' derps into plea deal, admits DDoS attacks on EA, Steam, Sony game servers

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Re: Should have used 7 proxies

"Who announces their crime in public and then posts evidence afterwards?"

A politician.

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GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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Oh, please...

"...and using the same code repositories that were facilitating student malpractice," Ofqual said."

So basically Ofqual, you want the means of gaining a certification in the subject of Computer Science to be completely at odds with how said subject is used out in the real world.

What he f*** planet are you on???

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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"There needs to be clear plan of attack, recognition of pain points for companies, a broad and well-organized campaign to engage and rally people."

Apparently there was one... but Google made sure it appeared on page 4 of their search results, so nobody read it...

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Google flings $25m at Social Good AI contest, Baidu's whips up neural-net camera to treat eye diseases, and more

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"... how AI can be used to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems."

For some reason, they refused to accept my entry. It was an AI that learned how to detect data-slurping from my PC and update my blocking accordingly. Can't think why they disqualified me...

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This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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Pot, kettle

""Thank you for respecting my privacy,"

The irony of a Google employee saying this has blow my mind...

... or could it be that they are brainwashed with some Google-sanctioned definition of "privacy" upon signing the contract, hence they don't consider the recording of their making a public address a breach of privacy...

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: I wonder...

"Win10 sucks so hard it makes black holes look like they're ejaculating."

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: "Quality" is a structural attribute, not a bolt-on

"you use that to WRITE the algorithm, and once done, you NEVER! HAVE! TO! TEST! IT! AGAIN!!!

... until your business requirements change and you have to modify said algorithm so that it returns a different results set under circumstances x, y and z, but otherwise must return exactly the same data as it has been doing until now.

That is the value of full and proper unit test coverage - it's not about making sure your code works right now, but ensuring that it continues to work as expected after modification. Otherwise, the chances are you're just playing whack-a-mole with bugs.

The idea that "just writing it right in the first place" is an archaic throw-back to the pre-internet era when systems were monolithic and updated once in a blue moon by a single big-bang operation. Businesses now expect new functionality to be delivered rapidly and seamlessly, and as developers, we have to adapt or die.

The irony is that until a few years ago, I used to think along the same lines - "what's the point of unit tests? I've manually tested my code and it works!" But now, when faced with modifying a chunk of code that was written a year ago by someone who is no longer with the company, finding a good suite of unit tests that document how it's supposed to work and catch what I might accidentally break is not only reassuring, but also vastly increases the speed I can work at.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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sadtrombone.com

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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The more things change...

"Pretty much everyone got rich off the breakup of Acorn... except the community of enthusiasts and developers that had bought into and supported Acorn products for a decade or more.

... the more they stay the same. Who would be a developer???

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: Modern Interface, and other stupid comments

"/me swings a clue-bat and a cat-5-o-nine-tails at ANYONE calling that so-called 'modern' 2D FLAT crap "modern" [and actually believing it]"

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"TRUE tolerance acknowledges that people will do things that you disagree with. It means you tolerate them and treat them with the same respect..."

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Triggered...

"With Yaru, the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

Say it ain't so? Linux? With and *UGLY* *FLATSO* interface???

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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A couple of roles back, I once made the mistake of forgetting to lock my desktop before going to lunch... okay, I may have sent a couple of prank emails from similarly unlocked machines prior to this, and possibly have changed a couple of desktop wallpapers... you know, nothing malicious.

Oh, kharma... how sharp your teeth can be.

I got back and found that pretty much everything had been hit. Not just the things I had half expected on the way back from the sandwich shop when - in a moment of dawning horror - I realised what I had done, but everywhere.

I got the email signature switch before it could do any damage - but there are a few commits in that company's git repos that will forever immortalise that day before I spotted the vandalism...

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Ahhh, ringtones....

I recall at one point that there was a trend (in my area at least) to have a tune from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". I can't remember the name of it - it wasn't the main theme - but it was someone whistling.

I had a second job in a pub at the time. Every now and then, it was entertaining to start whistling the aforementioned tune myself, and watch half the punters diving for their phones...

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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'The 3.3-inch full touchscreen promises the “full Android experience.” '

Promise me a Google-free Android experience and I'm in...

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"I base my opinions on actual history..."

... because that worked sooooo well in Germany

"would be FAR LESS than the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS spent on moving to Win-10-nic"

To quote from the above link: "From what I've been able to glean, thanks to Google's translation facility, the problems that have been stated fall into three categories: hardware support, interoperability and training and user adoption."

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

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Five an a half months early...

"The aim, said Google, was to give journalists and those worried about surveillance a reliable, secure connection."

April 1st is over five months away...

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Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

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Security, huh?

cough*googleplus*cough

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: New search engine ???

"All that the court cases can do is to decide if Google or Bing is the dominant search engine."

I would say that the ruling against Microsoft for browser tying should set precedent here: upon first trying to search the web, the end user be presented with a series of search engines (in random order), and choose the one they want.

In an ideal world, there would be rankings for categories such as "quality of results" and "privacy" displayed for each as well...

... ah well, I can dream. Until then, I'll use DuckDuckGo...

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Google has surprised Google+ users – all two of them

"This amateur blog is a joke."

If I were a betting man, I would be willing to wager that you were one of the ACs who used exactly this "joke" every time Windows Phone was mentioned and just can't stand it when it gets turned round and used on google...

... amirite?

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Okay, I give up...

[Me]: Right Microsoft. This is about the most monumental "shoot yourself in the foot" analogy I can come up with. Surely you can't stuff up much worse than that.

[Microsoft]: Hold my beer...

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Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Of course...

"Google may have let Uber off the hook for possibly conspiring with its former engineers to steal its trade secrets but it sure as hell is not going to let its former staff off the hook."

Which is pretty much as expected - it's a lot easier to hound an individual into bankruptcy (or capitulation due to imminent bankruptcy) than it is another company.

What I would be interested in finding out is how much Google's search results for "Anthony Levandowski" have changed since (say) a month before this whole thing kicked off to how they appear now. After all, there have been previous reports of search results manipulation, and I for one would not put it past them to start serving up the worst dirt possible on the guy.

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Re: Confused...

"‘Don't be evil' to 'fsck it, give us your money'"

Well, I guess it makes a change from "give us your data"...

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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"if consumers still demand YouTube and Gmail, then Google wins"

... unless this is deemed as product tying, and therefore an anti-competitive practice - especially if Google insist on the use of certain development technologies as well as terms of use...

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Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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Re: Inclusiveness demands tolerance

"And you KNOW they wouldn't "accomodate" nor "embrace" your DISAGREEMENT. Because the people doing "that kind of thing" are ACTIVISTS, NOT satisfied until they _CHANGE_ you. By force. (which IS the problem)"

So next time we read anything about ".Not", "Win-10-nic", "UGLY FLATSO UI", etc., etc...

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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@COme to the Dark Side - respect for the Pirate Day post!

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Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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Re: "can be created and read, but not updated or deleted"

It does have that feel of "here's a solution, invent a problem for it"...

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Re: Despite coding in it ...

"So because he uses all that, you believe that he isn't right, even if he was?

Isn't that personal bias?"

It would be... had I actually said if I believed he was right or wrong.

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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle

"DuckDuckGoOnion, Palemoon, no phone, no social media."

Nice going. If I knew who you were, I'd salute you!

You're right - those things are not really needed for a happy modern life. But the fact is that the vast majority of people do use these things.

Given that we of the technical community are charged with the responsibility of leading the way in this field, the fact that there are so many who still quite happily use the likes of - and even advocate - Google, Facebook et al's services while whining about Microsoft's data policies and track record gives me a sense of dread. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Didn't ElReg just have a story about women-only coding camp?

"... me remembers high school.

Judging by this style of writing, that would be about two years ago?

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