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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Optali Re:pics? (458 comments)

How do you determine the age of a drawn character? How realistic does it have to be? (ie: do stick figures count?) Is a sexual act/"nudity" required or is suggestive imagery enough?

By the ambiguity of the law/ruling something as simple as Sailor Moon could be illegal.

Indeed, I thought exactly the same.

Female Manga characters are generally drawn with "childish" features even when they depict somebody supposed to be rather adult: What age could Rei Ayanami or Asuka Lnagley be judging by her face only? 15? 14? (please, don't let these judges know their "real" age, else they will try to get the whole Neon Genesis staff behind bars). hell, even Kusanagi Motoko looks sometimes "underage"... not to talk when characters become "Chibi".

Chances are that they will criminalize people for reading/owning material that depicts perfectly adult characters.

An now that we talk about underage nudity: What about all these obnoxious "puttii" and "cherubs" that plagued Western art for centuries? Not that I would care if they were banished from public display, mind you!

5 hours ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Optali Impressively smart move, indeed... (151 comments)

I heard it yesterday on TV.
I was thrown aback by such an incredibly smart and useful move. Impressive.

Now instead of googlig for "free porn pictures to download" we will have to actually type in "www," or ""... this will no doubt deter so many people that it will render all the P2P networks useless.

Google = Evil geniuses!!

5 hours ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Optali If it needs no phone I'm in (168 comments)

If they can produce a smartwatch that does it's job and does not need an smartphone to operate I'm in for one.
I carry GPS watches anyway for running. And most of the people who runs huge mileage do not carry phones either.

Yes, I know. it's stupid, you could carry one in the camel back when running trail... but it's kinda symbolic for us not to carry a stupid arm thingy with the phone. And of course no headphones, but that's for obvious safety reasons.

Back to topic: A watch with strapless heart rate meter and GPS and which did not need a phone to work but that could be just synched with a PC / Mac (or tablet) would be ideal. If possible with a "sportive" design, like rubber / plastic straps and light weight making it suitable for wearing while on trail. A full-blown battery slurping app is not necessary as it is of no use on the way and with a battery life this long it would be great for ultras.

Ah, and an "unsmart" button to set the watch in sporting mode so that it does not bother you with the "smart" features as I seriously doubt that somebody will pay attention to his email or whatsapp when he is in the middle of a trail or trying a one-rep-max in the gym (and even when not, when I'm training I in "fuck you all" mode).

5 hours ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

Bah, but the Swiss tickets aren't nearly as fun as ours:

Not to talk about half the IT savvy population of the country learning how to program the MIFARE chips. ROFL.
I still have a RS323 programmer somewhere.

But yes, Switzerland RULEZ, not for nothing it's the birthplace of Celtic Frost

8 hours ago

Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

Optali Re:Battletech IRL (82 comments)


What's the fun?

Why isn't everybody doing virtual boxing? I mean, mate, WTF? Why would I be hitting a virtual heavy bag 30 minute a day?

I want the REAL thing, and if I could I would like to be in one the these getting real bruises, getting really exhausted, smelling the smell of metal (I loved the scent of grease on metal)....

FUCK!!! I can't wait !!!! I want this shit right now!!

2 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Optali Re:It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

To do this, Apple would need a new OS, or do some sort of horrible blend between OS X and iOS.

Like Yosemite for instance?

2 days ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Optali Re:Wait, what? (303 comments)

Well, I was just reading this article ready to hit the "Update" button. ;)
Should I?

3 days ago

White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Optali Solar Caliphate (348 comments)

A good starting point would be to offer the IS people an Islamic Caliphate in some of the heavenly bodies of our solar system... and not in just any of these heavenly body but it in most important one!! As a sign of our love and appreciation we could offer them a Caliphate in de Sun.

And why wait? we should start right now!


3 days ago

How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Optali Re:Half true... (323 comments)

Allow me to tell you, mr. Eyewithness Reports, that I have lived in one of the towns were Dora Mittelbau was placed (check it out in Google). I have seen Bergen Belsen and there are still MILLIONS of Germans who's fathers and mothers have either been in one of the camps or known about them. And do you now how these who "Knew about them" gained knowledge of these places? Easy: They were forced to BURY the death after the liberation.

If this is not enough, there are FILMS and PHOTOGRAPHIES, some made by the Nazis, who as good Germans where very meticulous in everything. But wait. there is more: Documentation, tons, and tons of documents, from the memoirs of the Wannsee Conference to the minute logistics of the trains schedules...

In your utter idiocy you forget that it was not only the Germans who were involved, but that you will find victims (and excecutors) in all EUROPE, specially in Russia .

To make matters worse, the Nazis not only killed their enemies, but they also forced "common" people from what was supposed to be their allied countries into slavery: Here in Holland the Dutch still remember how 9 of every 10 men in working conditions were deported to Germany were many died just as the Jews in the camps... and these were "friendly" inhabitants of a country known to have offered little to no resistance. Among these Dutch who remember is my wife, who's grandpa was among the deported. I myself have known people with the KZ tattoos during my childhood (nope, it was not hip then and they weren't jews).

So make me a favour with your "only eye-witness" and go search for Sasquatch or burn crosses somewhere and shut up this butthole of yours that you call mouth.

about a week ago

How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Optali And there are still people asking why? (323 comments)


I am native German speaker and I love my language (I speak Dutch too, but German and Spanish are both my mother languages)

But, we have 4 declinations and 8 verb tenses. Yes, there are many other languages with this many declinations (Icelandic), but we decline almost everything except the punctuation marks and to make matters worse we have two types of declination, the strong and the weak. Most of the people I know who have a Good command of German struggle with this concept and have a very difficult time placing the articles (three genres, four declinations, two cases). For the natives this is obvious and innate and misplacement sounds pretty hilarious.

And this is not all: Our language is agglutinant, so that we can make up extremely large words AND we put sometimes extra letters in between (Fugenzeichen). We have our weird ß (not a beta!) that we use in certain words for purely grammatical reasons. Our phonetic is not difficult except a few sounds like the ch in "ich" who are impossible for most non-Germans (add "r" rolled in different ways who seems to produce real nightmare to English speakers). And we place commas almost in every part of the sentences: Sometimes you can't tell nomal text from a CSV... LOL (I'm joking but it's almost this bad)

And last but not least there is another extremely funny characteristic of German: We use separable verbs. While this is common in many Germanic languages, our closest relatives like Dutch prefer to keep things at bay and the phrases are normally build in such a way that the phrases don't run out of control. Unlike in German, were it is absolutely normal to put the first part of a separable verb at the beginning of a phrase (in second place after the subject, normally) and then go on for a whole paragraph worth of text until you get the final part of the verb at the end of the phrase (which can easily be a quarter of a page, and no, I'm not joking). The problem is that you will only know the meaning of the whole phrase once you have read / heard the dreaded final part. We natives have a feeling for that and we can infer the final part out of the context and we are used to read whole blocks of texts in one go... but for non-natives this is a serious issue that makes reading slower and this is specially important when you are trying to figure out what a scientific texts says.

But why am I telling you all this? Somebody explained this already better than me: Mark Twain nailed it in his Essay "The Awful German Language" ( and despite his funny tone he does a very good job at explaining how my mother tongue works.

Take English on the other hand: I agree it has it's drawbacks, for instance the chaotic phonetic which makes it difficult to know the spelling of a word you don't know even for a native. But the advantages are way more than the drawbacks. It is much more tolerant to faults so that mildly wrong written text can still be understood while in German it could destroy the whole readability of a phrase.

Not for nothing English is also the language of the Arts... and don't take this wrong: It is not because of the cultural hegemony of the USA during the first part of the XX century: Had English not been fantastically suited for poetry and rhymes it would not have triumphed.

As a final note I would however make you aware that German is the Second most spoke language in Europe, as both, mother tongue and second language: Besides of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Lichtenstein there are German speaking minorities in Italy, Belgium and some East European countries trumping over French not only in the number of native speakers but also in he number of non native who learn or use German for various purposes.

about a week ago

Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Optali Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

I got an A in calculus.

Yes, the one that goes after the "c" and before the "l"

about a week ago

Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Optali Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

Not wanting to be rude mate, but I haven't understood shit from what you wrote.
Are you proposing to bomb "them"? Stop immigration? Throw the military out of the country? Are you angry about a particular patent?
You arent from Colorado, are you?

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re:I'm sorry (282 comments)

When you say "free," I'm assuming you mean legal.

There are a couple of (rural, sparsely populated) counties where prostitution is legal. If there are a hundred legal prostitutes in all the brothels in Nevada at any one time, I'd be very surprised.


Damn! Another broken dream. What do I tell the guys now after spending a lot of cash in condoms and pimp suites? Maybe trading them for bongs and visit Colorado instead?

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

I AM a Local.

And I worked in the Schiphol area for two years and in Amsterdam for nearly six.

Just this very morning they caught a guy in Utrecht and it gets nasty as there is Police (yes, cops) waiting for you at the station. Last week there were some 5 Brits, all caught en-masse. Asthey didn't understand the controller they were caught absolutely by surprise when they met the huge security guys in my home town's station (Hilversum).

Thus: you are either very lucky or what you are telling was a long time ago. I don't say it's not true, but I wouldn't create false expectations. Controls are every time more frequent because now they are easier to do as more personal can be employed in the trains directly... and as the service is utter crap and people are pissed off as hell they seem to want to take preemptive measures.

Anyway: We ride for free as the companies pay our commuting tickets... these does either include all your rides if the company is big or you get the rest with 40% discount for you and up to two other persons, so that it's dead cheap. But complaining about the NS and the weather are out national sports. LOL

I get controlled at least half of the days of the week and some days three or more times (twice per train).

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re:Apples and Oranges (282 comments)

I would tax any car owner just for breathing.
They use up city space, parking space and waste a lot of money and resources... and car's aren't even really theirs, but paid by credit (except a very small bunch). This country is too small for people using an SUV just to move a single kilometer. Hmmm. I'm thinking that maybe this Uberpop isn't so bad at all if htey manage to create enough chaos XD

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re:Bullying? (282 comments)

Indeed, US Style!! In the US ;)
Were they are very welcome to stay and open carry and roll the coal all day long and happily feast in their KKK barbeques.

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Optali Re: Getting tired of this shit (282 comments)

I thought doctors were completely private in the USA.

about a week ago



Propellent Less Q-Drive tested and confirmed by NASA

Optali Optali writes  |  about 3 months ago

Optali (809880) writes "Wired, Forbes and a few other sources are reporting on the results of NASA's test of a version of the Q-Drive; a quantum vacuum truster similar to the Chinese EmDrive.

It is expected that such drives could be able to take humans to mars in a fraction of the time needed with conventional chemical engines and revolutionise satellite design rendering the need for propellant obsolete."

Link to Original Source

Ubuntu One stops selling music and storage on April, 6

Optali Optali writes  |  about 6 months ago

Optali (809880) writes "Canonical announced on 2 April that it would be closing the Ubuntu One file service, ( sending a reminder per mail yesterday for those who may have forgotten and informing us that it's no longer possible to make purchases through the service. To me it came as a surprise as after all the commotion in the community I decided to steer clear of this distro and use Fedora instead.

Here the full content of the email

Ubuntu One 17:55 (21 uur geleden)

aan mij


We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives information about the closure and what you should expect during the shutdown process.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.

As always, your content belongs to you. You can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today's announcement.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause. We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team"


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How good are vintage headphones ?

Optali Optali writes  |  about a year ago

Optali (809880) writes "I am currently searching for a pair of vintage headphones with the aim of using the casing to put a pair of state-of-the-art speakers in them. Just for the looks actually and for the sake of it.

But while searching in eBay I did found some working ones from the 60s, 70s and the 80s mostly. So my question is: Is it worth keeping the old speakers in the case of 70s — 80s stereo headphones? Or is it worthless trash compared to standard to good modern speakers?"

Wikileaks refuses to help own whistleblower

Optali Optali writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "According to this article in, it seems that Wikileaks is being 'slightly' forgetful with regard to their very own whistelblower private Bradley Manning, the man who has until now filtered the only real valuable piece of information ever published in Wikileaks: The infamous helicopter attack on civilians.

WL seems to have completely forgotten the one person who helped Mr Assange to hit the news and despite having promised to stay behind Manning their support has been rather nonexistant until now, despite the fact that Manning faces court martial while a lot of media and public attention falls on Assange's sex trial public opinion is leaving the one how should be the real hero in complete oblivion .

Meanwhile, an independent network of supporters is trying to raise funds and awareness for Manning's cause from their sites Courage to resists and"

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Spanish bullfight sector in crisis

Optali Optali writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "OMG, The Crisis!! The Spanish bullfight livestock sector is in crisis. And they are (why not?) requesting the Spanish government to take measures and set up an urgent plan of action.

All nice and good, but not with my money! Bullfight lobbyist like to brag about the "National culture" that they represent. Well, then, why are they asking money from the EU? Why do we EU citizen from other countries need to pay for something that the Spanish public themselves doesn't want?

In an hilarious twist of logic they are (again) abusing the argument of nature protectionism claiming that "the species (of fighting bulls) will disappear" if it weren't for bullfights. These 'privileged intelligences' obviously never thought about the obvious fact that the bulls are no more and no less than the male of a species... The Cow :)

And for those more interested in fact: There is actually no race or species called 'fighting bull': It is only the normal meet cattle that exists in as many genetic combinations of different bovine races from around the whole globe as the imagination of the farmers..

In fact the Fiesta Nacional of bullfight is not quite such a profitable business: Bullfight has since long lost his place in the Spanish cultural background as there is no place for a tradition of the rural and feudal XIX century in a post-industrial European capitalist economy. Bullfight farmers where largely living from EU livestock aids and from selling animals for the (rather bloody and brutal) popular celebrations in the rural Spain.

Now that the crisis is forcing the town councils to think twice in what they spend the money and the Catalonian government is planing on completely forbidding bullfight (like the Canary autonomous government did already some years ago) the flow of fresh cash is drying out.

Ironically, the Spanish far right which is one of the bastions of bullfight supporters is also the sector that likes to talk big about the virtues of capitalism, free market and economic liberalism. It seems that as so many times, free market is OK as long as the Euros keep on coming, but if think seem to take a negative twist they are first calling in Mama State for help."


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