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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Racemaniac So what? (205 comments)

Is there any convention about mentioning anywhere which protection softwares your software is using??
i get it that some people don't like securom, but is it any surprise that even free versions contain it because the probably couldn't be bothered to remove it before making it free?

10 hours ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Racemaniac Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

It seems they're going full blown Barbara Streisand. When googling the name of the blogger, i got a google notice that not all search results may be returned since a request was made to make certain information not available.

So probably the people from the restaurant now also made a request to google to make sure this entire thing can't be googled....

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Racemaniac Re:"Vrije University"? (136 comments)

Vrije is pronounced "Fria."

lol, no it isn't XD

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Racemaniac Re:A/B-Testing (219 comments)

so all kind of products trying to claim they're healthy while they're absolutely not isn't happening, and never has happened?
under which rock have you been living?

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Racemaniac Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Or not 95% of the SSD buyers will never read this, and this negative publicity will just be a small dent, but overall still profitable

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Racemaniac Re:Internet (248 comments)

I was thinking the same. The probably most "correct" response would be to make it technically impossible to get the data from Canada, but there is no other way to do that than to just block the data worldwide. Otherwise a simple proxy in another country would circumvent it (or even just imperfect detection of whether the user is in Canada or not).

It seems broad, but unless we've got extremely tightly DRM/Firewall of china kind of restrictions on all data, removing it completely is probably the only way for google to make sure it can no longer be accessed from Canada...

It's still not nice to see such rulings, but unless anyone here has a better idea that isn't trivially circumvented, it's probably also totally legit.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

i'm from belgium, and here inches are still dominating. it's indeed odd to see that when i go to a german site, that everything is in centimeters (though it would be nice to finally make the switch)

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

i guess that's a compliment for my good english, but i'm european :p.
and i know very well how much 27cm is, but i find it hard to translate to screen diagonal. I however know perfectly how big my currently 10" tablets screen is, and i've never looked at it as a 25cm tablet :p, or maybe i'm getting old and will have to face that slowly screens will be measured in cm and not inch.
Knowing how much 27cm is, for me at least, doesn't give a good indication of what you'll exactly have. you have to compare it to similar screens you have experienced, and for me i've always seen them described in inches, so that's the reference for me.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

here in west europe, i also see it sometimes, but most of the times it's still inches. And when i see it in cm, it's just strange :p

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

well, screens are even in metric countries still mostly measured in inch. a 10.5 inch screen is clearer than a 27cm screen.
It's indeed strange and stupid, but unless there is a sudden movement to get rid of this convention, it's rather convenient to keep it that way. Everybody knows the sizes in inch of the screens they have, so if a new screen then also measures it in inch, it's easy to compare it to what you currently have.

If i read somewhere the screen diagonal measured in cm, it's most of the time a tiny TV they're trying to make it sound bigger than it is...

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

Racemaniac Re:Discover is the wrong word (223 comments)

I don't know, if they're the first to devise a working setup to achieve that, haven't they discovered how to do it?
It was already discovered that it should be possible, but they might be the first to actually describe a possible apparatus to do so, so i guess it's fair to say that they discovered how to do it?

about 2 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

Racemaniac Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

Just because you keep repeating that, doesn't make it true you know...
The article at the point where it's mentioned that it's most expensive immediately states it is due to the 5 year plan, and sorry, but a migration of win2k -> winxp (where you can keep most apps you were using, and most users will still be fairly familiar, and tech support won't need to learn much new things) vs windows -> linux where just about everything changes just isn't the same order of magnitude.
They also continue to say further on in the article that by their own estimates they saved money by now (about 12 years later?).

So stop your trolling (or work on your reading comprehension, it's seriously lacking)

And i almost feel like a karmawhore/linux fanboy when responding to you (even though i'm a happy windows 8 user)

about 3 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

Racemaniac Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

And you took that out of context. That was on the initial 5 year plan, where moving to linux was a big migration, while moving to windows XP from windows 2000 would have had far less impact.
So of course in the first years such a massive migration and education of your users costs more. But now 10+ years later they estimate they saved money (and that was also mentioned in the part where they mentioned that linux was more expensive. For the 5 year plan microsoft was cheaper, but strategically they were pretty sure linux would be cheaper after that).

about 3 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Racemaniac Re: The historical cycle (255 comments)

and ceos and religious leaders and [fill in random position with a lot of power]

about 3 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Racemaniac Re:Perhaps He Meant Resolution (347 comments)

since a lot of recent phones are surpassing tv's in resolution, i doubt it...

about 3 months ago
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Master of Analytics Program Admission Rates Falling To Single Digits

Racemaniac Re:Need math degree for journalist too (74 comments)

you can't possibly expect a journalist to get a single number right in an article?

about 3 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Racemaniac Re:solution (303 comments)

I'm not sure if i agree to this. There is some truth in that of course, it's just that people are enjoying too many things at once than they can pay for reasonably. I also enjoy a lot of thing i don't wish to pay for (and thus don't), and that's indeed not so nice of me. But the things i really care about, those that interest me the most, do get a lot of money from me.
We're in a culture where suddenly it's possible to experience just about everything for free if you want to. And that leads to a lot of people doing so, but a lot of them wouldn't bother if they had to pay. And if you're expecting to get money from the mainstream, you better advertise a lot, and go for the lowest common denominator. Otherwise, find a loyal public, and don't expect to make millions, but a fair living should be very possible if you're good at what you do :).

I'm wondering what the ideal situation is. It's really nice to be able to see & experience so much, but how do the people making all those things get money? How do you split the people who are just casually interested from those who really like it, and want to pay for it. A lot of it in the current world has become more a case of goodwill of people willing to pay for content, because they know they don't need to.

I respect the content of what i like most, and am willing to pay for it. But not everybody wants to or is able to... It's a very hard question...

about 4 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Racemaniac Re:solution (303 comments)

i love your exaggeration, but am also wondering how a solution could possibly be found.

Users & advertisers just have opposite wishes. I don't see any middle ground. They are convinced that we want to see ads that are relevant to us, no we don't, if we want to know what could be interesting for us, we'll talk to our peers, we don't need you to try and data mine it for us, especially since no one trusts you anymore!

Btw, i'm wondering, is there a browser/plugin that nicely separates cookies across websites? that ads can't track you across websites via cookies? Completely separate cookie caches dependent on the url in your address bar sounds pretty easy to make, and would prevent some basic tracking (of course they can still track you on ip address, the information your browser gives, ... but i think cookies are at least a nice chunk to disable if possible).

Ads are just something that seems to only be able to get worse with every year, and i hope the backlash that the younger generation is giving to it, will some day actually mean that ads will be reduced again. They'll never disappear since they work too damn well, but that the only evolution appears to be more ads in more places and more tracking, that just can't be maintained.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Racemaniac Re:Medical grade plastics (132 comments)

"Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt"
Or in this case: if he doesn't know anything about it, why immediately assume the plastics would be dangerous (and that expert doctors pioneering such a procedure wouldn't think of it)...

He wouldn't have gotten the angry comment if he had simply asked if the plastic can't give health issues, instead of making a sensationalist comment about it without knowing anything about the subject...

about 4 months ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

Racemaniac Re:I realize this is nothing next to HFT, but (275 comments)

I've recently been wondering: isn't this exactly what most of the economy is about these days?

Just look at where most of the money is, it's all virtual things, why the hell is facebook worth billions? What does it physically produce or add to this economy?

Want to get rich? forget about actually making stuff, try to get into the next virtual bubble (or go along in many of the existing ones). When it's all virtual, and you don't really need to make something, perpetual exponential increase suddenly is possible (until it collapses that is, but who saw that coming?), but there just is no hard limit. and since it's coupled with money, if you're lucky you'll make a fortune.

about 4 months ago

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