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When Flying Was a Thrill

NetDanzr Re:Not all that long ago (382 comments)

I lived with my grandparents who worked at the Czechoslovak embassy in Lisbon. Spent my vacations and occasionally Christmas back home with my parents.

more than 2 years ago
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When Flying Was a Thrill

NetDanzr Not all that long ago (382 comments)

You dont have to look that far into the past. Back in the 1980s, I was flying about once or twice per year between Prague and Lisbon and back. Always used Czechoslovak Airlines. The plane was largely empty, so I got to sit in the front, in facing seats with a table between them. Even when I had to sit in the "regular" class (I hesitate to call it economy, because it was nothing like today's cattle pens), we got a stewardess taking orders for drinks and snacks. And we got linen napkins with the main meal...

Ok, enough nostalgia. I'm now at the stage where speed is secondary to comfort. I want my zeppelins back!

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Wants Megaupload Users To Pay For Their Data

NetDanzr Re:Nice new business model (203 comments)

This would be true, if Megaupload willfully stopped paying Carpathia. However, they expressed the willingness to continue paying them for the servers, if they had the funds available. These funds, however, were frozen by the US government, who is thus responsible for Carpathia not getting paid, and as such has taken over the duty to maintain the data integrity. It's actually nothing new - authorities in the US have been doing similar things with physical property for a while, via asset forfeiture; the only difference here is that it's digital property. And that can be much more easily routed outside the authorities' reach in the future.

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Wants Megaupload Users To Pay For Their Data

NetDanzr Nice new business model (203 comments)

1. Take people's data, hold it hostage
2. Tell people to pay if they want to see the data ever again
3. Profit!

All this, of course, is contingent of the hostage taker having access to the data storage. Solution is simple: don't store your data in a country with such practices, or with a company with ties to said country. The Internet should finally recognize the US as damaged area and route around it.

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

NetDanzr Re:Here comes the complaning... (737 comments)

Same here. I was never willing to spend the money for Photoshop, so I "grew up" with GIMP. And with Inkscape, instead of Illustrator. So when my company, where I designed the marketing materials as a side job, decided to "professionalize" and get me Photoshop and Illustrator (I believe versions C2), I struggled for a while with the UI and then decided to go back to my old software. I'm sure Adobe products are amazing - otherwise they wouldn't sell so well - but after all the time, it's difficult for me to readjust.

more than 2 years ago
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Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Robot or Android?

NetDanzr Classic robots (608 comments)

I'm glad Robby the Robot made the list, as the representative of classic robots. But I'd love to have seen Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, just to see how it messes up the poll layout.

more than 2 years ago
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My most recent tax bill was ...

NetDanzr Re:I'm always happy when I have a tax liability (394 comments)

My "bank" is called TD Ameritrade and the interest vehicle is commercial bonds. Still not much extra income - usually between $30 and $40 per year - but enough for a yearly supply of PC games via GOG ;)

more than 2 years ago
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My most recent tax bill was ...

NetDanzr I'm always happy when I have a tax liability (394 comments)

Many people are happy when they get a tax refund. These people probably play the lottery as well. Personally, I always strive to owe as much as possible without incurring penalties ($1000 in the US). It may not be much, but this is a money that I have at my disposal throughout the year, to accrue interest or capital gains. It may not be much, but every penny counts.

more than 2 years ago
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What is your most productive time of day?

NetDanzr Time vs. environment (185 comments)

I have productive environments, not times. It just so happens that the most productive time for me is early in the morning - not because of the time frame, but because I'm still alone in the office, without any distractions. Had my coworkers worked from midnight to noon, my most productive time would be in the afternoon. Generally, at least for me, an empty office (not home - too many distractions there) is my most productive environment. Time is unimportant.

more than 2 years ago
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

NetDanzr Just wondering... (1127 comments)

Was the drone dressed like a pigeon?

more than 2 years ago
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Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

NetDanzr My recent move (312 comments)

I recently moved across the Atlantic. So it was in my best interest to compress all my belongings to the smallest possible space. I ended up just under 5 cubic meters, at around 10% of water density (500 kg).

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

NetDanzr Re:Policy City-State (961 comments)

As someone who grew up in a police state (communist Czechoslovakia), I find quite a lot of parallels between the Wall Street protests and the beginning of the anti-communist revolution in my country (I'm not implying these protests will spark a revolution).

On November 17, 1989, a massive student demonstration took place in Prague. This, by itself, was not all that unusual - another took place the day before in Bratislava, and others took place from time to time in all large cities. What was unusual, though, was the police brutality. They attacked the peaceful protesters to the extent that rumors started circulating that one of the students died. This sparked the "Velvet revolution" that overthrew the police state in Slovakia. What we see here is a similar scenario: instead of lack of basic freedoms we have an economic crisis that started a series of protests. Police is showing a comparable level of brutality. Fortunately, largely thanks to much more fragmented information system with mainstream media downplaying the protests (in Czechoslovakia, the only two TV stations sided with the protesters and informed the public about the police brutality), the brutality on Wall Street won't grow into a much larger movement.

about 3 years ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

NetDanzr Re:Vernal equinox in September... (454 comments)

And today it's supposed to hit only 68. God, I wish it was the weekend and I could go hiking instead of sitting in the office...

Anyway, I recognize the start of fall as the Day of Balance - when we get 12 hours of sunlight (approximation). It's one of the two holiest days in the year, the other being Vernal Equinox.

more than 3 years ago
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Online-Only Currency BitCoin Reaches Dollar Parity

NetDanzr Re:The real threshold (517 comments)

Nope - escort services are just a middle step. A currency will become viable when the Feds will try to shut it down.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

NetDanzr Re:why no AM as well? (579 comments)

I use my mp3 player only for audio books. If it could receive AM signal, I'd also listen to sports and talk radio shows. Believe it or not, but AM stations are still very popular.

more than 4 years ago
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My Automobile Gets __ MPG

NetDanzr Never measured it (1141 comments)

You know, I never really measured my mileage. I drive to and from work, and I'm more interested whether my weekly gas bill is under $30 or over $30. When it creeps close to $30, I start driving a little slower and less aggressively, and then over time I get back to my old habits.

more than 4 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

NetDanzr Staying with XP (1213 comments)

Same at my company. Given that we use largely Web-based applications, there is no cost for porting apps to Win7 (if necessary at all); the only external cost would be to retire a few older printer that we tested as not working with Win7. However, with the few Win7 machines we have, we experienced two problems:

  • Retraining for Win7 is prohibitive, from a production perspective. We can't afford people to be idle for a day or two. (This also assumes converting from Office 2003 to Office 2007, which eats up most of the retraining costs
  • Anti-piracy controls on Win7 are far from perfect. We have only three machines with Win7, and yet we experienced a total of four times so far a black background and a screen that our product key was invalid. A call to Microsoft has always solved the issue, but it's still a hassle.

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst Products of CES 2010

NetDanzr Cigarettes and earbuds (214 comments)

Electronic cigarettes: Not that bad. I personally don't smoke, but a coworker who is a heavy smoker got adjusted to the electronic version quite well. It also makes the air around the office better (even though he smokes outside, he used to reek of cigarette smoke before he switched).

Vibrating earbuds: I didn't try the insertable version, but I used to have a Panasonic walkman with large headphones that did just that. I quickly got addicted to them; without them even the same music sounded somewhat "flat". The in-ear version may itch a little, but I wouldn't dismiss it until I tried.

more than 4 years ago
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Battle.net Accounts Becoming Mandatory For WoW

NetDanzr Re:Of course, I didn't RTFA (234 comments)

I think the grandparent post author and you simply have a different definition of gaming. For the grandparent, gaming is an activity, which should be made as enjoyable for the gamer as possible. Just like reading a book: read what you like, where you like and when you like. For you, gaming seems to be work. You use terms like "investing time" into a game or analogies like writing a term paper. Following my book analogy, for you gaming seems to be reading a boring book because everyone else is reading it.

I don't play MMOs, so I can't really say who's right or wrong (if it's even possible to say), but from what it's worth, I prefer the grandparent poster's view. In my single player experience, when I encounter a showstopper or a long, tedious task (the former in adventures, the latter in RPGs or RTSs), I go consult a walkthrough or employ a cheat. I prefer relaxing with games.

about 5 years ago
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Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

NetDanzr Re:As Someone Who Has to Support IE6 at Work ... (531 comments)

I use Win98SE at home, with older applications (don't need anything better right now). If I remember correctly, the OS came with MSIE 5. So upgrading to 6 would be about as easy as downloading and installing Opera. I did the latter and haven't had any problems. Not even Win98 is a good excuse to keep on using MSIE 6.

more than 5 years ago

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Slovak version of RIAA charges for public performance of public domain works

NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "And you thought you had it back with the RIAA... On special occasions, such as religious holidays, villages all over Slovakia customarily have children concerts of centuries old folk songs. SOZA, the Slovak version of RIAA, has started sending invoices for these performances, despite the fact that the songs are hundreds of years old, have no known author and would have been considered public domain even before the country existed (if there were a concept of music copyright back then). SOZA's argument: Because the villages did not notify the organization about the concert, along with the list of songs to be performed (as required by the law), they had to assume the villages were planing to include copyrighted songs, and as such are guilty and must pay. Here is a Google translation of the story."
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How do you deal with priorities inflation in IT projects?

NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "I work for an IT company that has a steady stream of projects, new features to our existing products and technical support issues. As it is customary, though, our development resources are not sufficient to cover the amount of projects. As a result, our delivery dates are slipping, and as a result the average priority of projects is rising. Where the goal was to have only 10% of projects rated high, within a year nearly 50% of projects is rated as such. Our solution is to completely wipe out the project list once per year and start a new, properly prioritized list. How does your company deal with this inflation of priorities?"
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TV Links raided, operator arrested

NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  about 7 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "TV Links, a Web site that provided links to hundreds of movies, documentaries, TV shows and cartoons hosted on streaming media sites such as Google Video and YouTube, has been raided by UK authorities, which also arrested the site's operator, The Guardian reported. Even though the site has not hosted any pirated content, it was a thorn in the side of movie and TV studios, thanks to having links to newest movies and TV shows. As the largest site of its kind, it showcased the power of user-driven Internet, with the site's visitors helping to keep links to content constantly updated."
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NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "According to this article in PC World, at least four US states have passed or are considering legislation that would curb the resale of used CDs. In Florida, for example, a store that wishes to sell used CDs must post a $10,000 bond, fingerprint CD sellers, hold onto the CDs for 30 days and only offer store credit (no cash) for CDs. While these rules are in line with existing pawnshop laws, they haven't been applied to used records and book stores previously. Used video and video game resellers have gotten a break, though: they'll have to hold onto the merchandise for only 15 days."
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NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "Last night, SWAT, Atlanta police and the RIAA jointly raided the studio of DJ Drama, a radio personality and mixtape artist. Tyree Simons, also known as DJ Drama, was selling his mixtapes over the Internet, which caught the attention of the RIAA and the Atlanta police. Even though an RIAA representative claimed massive copyright infringement, footage from the raid shows that only DJ Drama's mixtape CDs were found and confiscated. Altogether, over 50,000 CDs, studio equipment and a car were impounded, and two people were arrested."
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NetDanzr NetDanzr writes  |  about 8 years ago

NetDanzr (619387) writes "Michael Chertoff, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, has warned that the Internet could be used to recruit and train terrorists. On a meeting of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Chertoff said that potential terrorists "can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination. Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites." I guess it's only a matter of time before only outlaws use the Internet."

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