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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

KayakFun Meanwhile in Russia (514 comments)

Russians have found a way to fight corrupt law officers and insurance fraud setups:
Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam http://www.wired.com/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/
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Mass-install dashcams. That will get the police and judges used to video footage.

4 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

KayakFun Re:Have Both (566 comments)

At my previous job I had both too. While you can put two browser windows side by side on a 27" or 30" monitor, we could not convince our boss to buy them. So we got 2x 21" monitors and used 1 in portrait mode to see a web page completely, and a landscape one for coding in Perl.

Even when monitors cannot be rotated, then it sometimes had a square connecting plate to the foot with 4 screws. Undo the srews, rotate 90 degree, and fasten them again.

about a week ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

KayakFun Re:Your baseline is wrong... (277 comments)

I went from a 90k EURO (~120k $) with 1 hour traffic jams both in the morning and afternoon, to a much lower paying job with only 14 minutes of empty motorway between my house and the job. I set my alarm clock 1 hour later, and I can do my shopping after work, cook/eat and still have a whole evening to myself.

Once you earn more than your living expenses, more money is not attractive, more time (and an interesting job) is the real benefit.

BTW, I was a Perl programmer/project leader, and am now a Drupal developer, which makes me a PHP programmer. Amazing similarities between Perl and PHP ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

KayakFun German drivers (525 comments)

I live close to the german border in the Netherlands and drive a german car (Audi A4 avant). I do agree that german cars are engineered to go fast both on the Autobahn and more curvey NordSchleife, but the real compliment should go to the german drivers for their discipline.

German drivers do stick to the right-most lane, pay attention to faster traffic approaching from behind, and will even go as far as to slow down or even break a little to stay in their lane when they can keep the fast lane free for faster cars. Compare this to dutch drivers who drive anywhere in any lane because they paid road tax for all the lanes, and feel it is a constistutionary right to correct speeding cars by throwing their cars in the left lane with just 2 km/h faster than the truck they want to pass.

If there are no roadworks, and if you are not near a city that has a 100 km/h corridor around it, the german Autobahn can be as smooth a ride as listening to Kraftwerk's song "Autobahn" https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Even doing around 160 km/h or 200 km/h. Thank you german drivers!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

KayakFun Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

It's the other way around. His girl married the wrong guy. Why play with your computer, when you can play with your wife?

about three weeks ago
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Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

KayakFun Friends don't spy on friends (461 comments)

The USA is spying on the UN and European Union
The USA is spying on peaceful countries like Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands
The USA is spying on Brazilian oil companies
The USA is spying on Airbus partners

What we see is 2 things:
1. The USA does not trust peaceful sovereign countries
2. The USA has economic motives for spying

To return to a situation of trust amongst friendly countries, this has to stop immediately and completely.

about a year ago
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Electric Velomobiles: Urban Transportation For the Future, Available Now

KayakFun Re:one problem (201 comments)

I have one too, the Sinner Mango+ with a 170W assist. It has an 11-speed hub gear in the rear which allows me the switch gears while standing stil, and a big metal U-ring which I use to chain it to an ebject wherever I park, not only against theft but also against strong winds which my blow the velomobile away.

My car ride to work is 38 km and takes between 25 (holiday season) and 60 minutes (normal traffic outside holiday season). With the Mango+ it always takes 65 minutes as I am not slowed down by traffic. The removable battery needs to be charged home and at work, so half my energy cost is even subsidized by my employer (but it isn't much anyway). With motor off, I cycle at ~32 km/h, with power I manage 38-42 km/h. The seat is comfortable and all 3 wheels are sprung, but it still is a bumpy ride due to the road quality, and the fact that you must keep your tires at 5-6 bar to reduce drag.

Without the wind cooling you, it can be hot in the summer, even with the foam top off. In the winter I wear a nitted cap, and a shawl around my neck, the rest stays warm inside. For me it keeps me in shape without loosing time in the gym, I exercise in the time I could have spent in traffic. At work I take a shower, which I would have taken at home if I went by car. I clock in after the shower, of course. For safety, I have daytime running lights (LED) and I chose a 2-tone (red & white) paintjob. When sharing the car roads you have to drive it very defensively as if nobody is seeing or expecting you, on bicycle paths the danger is a lot less. Part of my trip is on a bicycle path parellel to the slow-moving traffic, and it is very satisfying to go faster than the traffic jam.

more than 2 years ago
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IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

KayakFun Or a chair... (328 comments)

Sorry, couldn't resist the combination of Microsoft and throw in one sentence.

more than 4 years ago
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Global Warming's Silver Lining For the Arctic Rim

KayakFun Somali pirates need a new job (582 comments)

This will also put an end to piracy in the eastern part of the Indian ocean, when all ships between Europe and Asia go the northern route. Time to get a decent job?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, Now Available

KayakFun Re:Slashdotted already (473 comments)

Same here in the Netherlands. I tried to update yesterday (10-10) and today via the Update Manager, but no luck yet. I'll try again in a few days.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

KayakFun Re:Not ready for prime time yet (128 comments)

On my Motorola Milestone with Android 2.1:

  • Default browser startup 1s, Newspaper m.volkskrant.nl 3 s.
  • Firefox 4b startup 8s, Newspaper m.volkskrant.nl 3s.

Especially for a mobile browser, that's a slow start as it is more likely to be started multiple times per day,rather than burn the batteries by being on or in the background.

Furthermore I had to throw out a lot of applications to make room for the apk file. It's huge, and it needs to slim down considerably.

Conclusion, although I'm a Firefox fan, is that they need to work on install size and startup speed before I will use it as my first choice.

more than 4 years ago
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US Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuel

KayakFun Laurence of Arabia tactics (317 comments)

A little bit closer to their region and experience is Laurence of Arabia. He defeated the Otomans by concentrating on taking out locomotives. It halted the logistics completely and forced the withdraw.

Just like the current focus on fuel transport will cause enormous problems that cannot be solved by any of the (long-term) solutions here (today there was another large-scale burning of fuel trucks).

Houston, we have a problem...

more than 4 years ago
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European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA

KayakFun Re:An American (307 comments)

It's the least we can do. You liberated us (I'm dutch) 65 years ago, let us now liberate you.

more than 4 years ago
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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

KayakFun Our health = collatoral damage for Monsanto profit (766 comments)

Monsanto has a long, and fortunately well-documented, history of deliberately poisoning our world with first their herbicides, then genetically modified plants that withstand larger quantities of their own herbicides, and further infertilizing that crop, so that you have to buy new seeds every year.

Couple that to an army of lawyers to sue the environmentally consious people and innocent bystanders who had their natural crop infected with blown-over genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, and anyone can conclude that Monsanto is EVIL.

If I was granted 1 wish, I wish that Monsanto would stop operating and invest their accumulated profits into undoing the damage that they did worldwide.

more than 4 years ago
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Tired of Flash? HTML5 Viewer For YouTube

KayakFun Re:Another impediment in getting rid of flash (372 comments)

I support the intranet for a 7000 person company, and put up a help page telling them to use OGV (for Firefox on Windows. Linux and Solaris) and WMV (for IE).

<video src="filename.ogv" autoplay="true" controls="true">
...code for IE7 users...
<video>

Firefox reads the video tag and ignores the inside of the video container, and IE7 ignores the video tag and reads the 10 lines of WMV code.

Voila, no more flash.

more than 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

KayakFun Mixed emotions... (652 comments)

I feel embarrased that a dutch university spent time on this obvious fact...

And proud because the dutch girls are pretty enough to cause this effect, ;-)

Disclaimer: I'm dutch.

more than 5 years ago
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Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?

KayakFun IE total drops 19% in 4 months on sports site (575 comments)

My site kayakfun.info (dutch-language site about whitewater kayaking, so no tech-bias) runs Webalizer stats so I only see the top 15 agents, amid lots of bots, but here is the summary from feb 2009 to jun 2009:

  • IE total went from 44% to 37% (-19%)
  • Moz 5 (Fx and Safari people explained above) went from 12% to 18% (+50%)
  • Opera 8.5 went from 0.9% to 2.5% (+170%)
  • IE6 dropped from 13 to 9%
  • IE7 dropped from 30 to 23%
  • IE8 went from 1 to 5%

So "collapsing" ? No, IE total is just slowly degrading for evolutionary reasons, most likely asymptotically approaching zero after a long time. I sincerely hope IE6 and 7 drop out of the top15 really soon, IE8 is not that bad.

more than 5 years ago
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California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars

KayakFun April fools day? (685 comments)

This is too close to April fools day to take it seriously.

more than 5 years ago
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The Art of The Farewell Email

KayakFun Re:I love the smell of burning bridges in the morn (703 comments)

We had this guy who got laid off, and left to finish work for the remaining 4 weeks, as editor of the company newsletter. He managed to let the first characters of every line in the first article say " sucks", so that if you placed a piece of paper over the rest of the sentence it would stand out clearly. Only after it returned from the printer he told us.

A few years later, when the boss that fired him had moved on and we had another boss, he reapplied for his job. When the new boss heard the story, he did not even want to see the CV. His comment "once a loose cannon, always a loose cannon".

In these networked times, you never ever burn your bridges.

more than 5 years ago
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Is It Windows 7, Or KDE 4?

KayakFun Re:eye candy (559 comments)

Actually M$ has quite strict internal UI design rules - yet they are to accommodate disabled, not to improve overall usability.

The fact that in all MS programs you can never resize those popups with too-wide info, and then does not even include sideways scroll bar, is beyond my understanding. Surely most programmers at MS themselves must have noticed this, and then all of them decided to NOT fix it.

Using Linux at home, I know how it could and should be, and you blaiming their inability to fix unresizable windows on UI design rules is an eye opener.

Someone in the MS design department actually thought about it and made it illegal for MS programmers to resize popup windows so that we all feel how it is to be disabled????

more than 5 years ago

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