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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

ConaxConax Re:Pay 2/3rds? (110 comments)

Also I see they're saying that being in this style of apprenticeship shall earn you a wage. The current wages for apprentices are typically around £2.73/hr, just over 1/3rd of the minimum wage. It doesn't say if they're planning to pay a higher wage, but it does say on the government site that the apprentice will earn a wage. It's obviously used for cheap labour, ie/ https://jobsearch.direct.gov.u... or https://jobsearch.direct.gov.u... two simply picked off the first page from the jobcentre website. To find 1000's more apprenticeships for extremely basic jobs (serving people at a shop counter for instance), simply search apprentice on their site.

This is simply the norm right now. It's a scam as it currently stands, will it be any different from the Digital Economy Minister?

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

ConaxConax Pay 2/3rds? (110 comments)

A couple of years back tuition fees were capped at around £3k/yr, the Conservative government (with the help of the Liberal Democrats who actually pledged to make university free like it is in most of Europe or even in other parts of the UK) raised the cap for universities to £9k/yr, effectively tripling the cost. Now they're saying you can pay £3k/yr if you take a job at the same time?

about three weeks ago
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Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties

ConaxConax They could advertise better (54 comments)

This is an Ouya avertisement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
It contains cartoon vomit and a cartoon man beating himself to death with his own spine while up to his wasit in his own vomit. They could probably advertise better.

about 7 months ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

ConaxConax Re:Why bother (212 comments)

you can slip bookmarks into pages, photocopy them, and pass them around between several people.

I suppose you could photocopy your e-reader.

about a year ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

ConaxConax Growing Up (384 comments)

'We are reaching a place where the Internet is growing up. These changes represent a maturing (online) environment.' - what's so grown up about attaching real names to online posts? Is stifling anonymity really that mature, or is it just about easier peer pressure guided moderation with marketing prospects and profiling? Paper mail can be anonymous and they can send comments to newspapers that get published and people don't seem to have an issue with that, so what's the problem with it when it is online?

about a year ago
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Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher

ConaxConax Small and Unreliable Sample? (205 comments)

It seems a little risky to make such a story with the maths they are using. As the article says they tested 32 hand prints, and 24 handprints were female, with the algorithm determining if the handprints belonged to a male or female painter having an accuracy of 60%. That doesn't seem very conclusive to me.

about a year ago
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"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

ConaxConax The whole article in a post (122 comments)

I'm a Sky user in the UK, and I am here to post the text of the article:

"Website blocking has become a hot topic in the UK in recent weeks. Opponents of both voluntary and court-ordered blockades have warned about the potential collateral damage these blocking systems may cause, and they have now been proven right. As it turns out blocked sites can easily exploit the system and add new IP-addresses to Sky’s blocklist. As a result TorrentFreak has been rendered inaccessible to the ISP’s four million customers.

stop-blockedFollowing a High Court ruling last month, six UK ISPs are required to block subscriber access to the popular TV-torrent site EZTV.it.

The actions EZTV faces are not the first taken against a torrent site in the UK. The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and several other “pirate” sites have been blocked by previous court orders and remain inaccessible by conventional means.

However, over the past couple of days Sky subscribers noticed that the blocklist had been quietly expanded with a new site that’s certainly not covered by any court order – TorrentFreak.com.

Our site first became inaccessible on Wednesday night, only to be unblocked 14 hours later. However, about an hour ago it was again added to the blocklist.

The recent blocking spree is causing confusion among Sky subscribers who have no idea why TorrentFreak is longer accessible. However, we can confirm that the problem lies with Sky’s filtering software that is supposed to enforce the court-ordered torrent site blockades.

The owner of EZTV informed TorrentFreak that he used Geo DNS to point UK visitors to TorrentFreak’s IP-address. Soon after there were reports that our website had become inaccessible to Sky users."

about a year ago
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Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability

ConaxConax Re:A shocking future (202 comments)

I look forward to the day when I can install the information directly. As they said in The Matrix "I know kung fu" but to use this in the real world, to be able to just install all mathematical knowledge? How great is that?

about a year and a half ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

ConaxConax Re:The only winning move.... (435 comments)

It would help if reselling games had more value. Consider, new versions with come with DLC, second hand ones won't. New versions will come with all sorts of "cheap" passes for more DLC, second hand ones won't. PC games essentially can't be resold with many of them requiring online registration, or they tie you to something like Steam or EA's or Ubisoft's service. Consoles want to do what the PC has done for years.

For these reasons, unless you research every second hand game beforehand, buying used games is a minefield and if you want the "full game" with all the supposed DLC, it might cost less just to buy a new game with the DLC included. The customer has been screwed out of his right to sell his purchase properly.

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

ConaxConax Re:My answer (525 comments)

They ask that question, yes.

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

ConaxConax Re:My answer (525 comments)

Did he answer "yes" to the question "Between the years of 1933 and 1945 have you ever been affiliated with or been a member of the Nazi Party of Germany?" (I think that's the correct wording.)

about a year and a half ago
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Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

ConaxConax Re:James Randi has been warning about these guys (131 comments)

That's pretty amazing, James Randi points out their incompetence good and proper, and that video is from 2010!

about a year and a half ago
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The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

ConaxConax Re:Wiiii (139 comments)

The Wii2 or Wiiii

The WeeWii maybe?

about 2 years ago
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"Badass" Bug Infects and Kills Borderlands 2 Characters

ConaxConax Re:mega lolz (189 comments)

Not quite! The Ring works in the way that showing it to someone else, ie/ passing it on, means that you won't be killed, unless you re-infect yourself. In this bug, even if you pass it on, you remain infected and vulnerable to permadeath unless you mod it out of your own account. Perhaps it's a bit like an extremely contagious STD, and that by engaging in an orgy with someone with this STD all participants catch it and and are able to pass it on and can only lose it if they medicate themselves (mod their saves).

more than 2 years ago
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17th Century Microscope Book Is Now Freely Readable

ConaxConax Re:Just saying... (116 comments)

That's amazing, thanks for sharing!

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

ConaxConax Re:In the US they call it Scouts. (754 comments)

In schools, it's generally touch rugby that's played, where you count as tackled if contact is made with you. No heavy tackles allowed, etc.

more than 2 years ago

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