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Length of Applause Not Tied To Quality of Presentation

Svippy Re:This just in! (138 comments)

Like the story about the applause no one dared to finish, after Stalin had spoken. First one to stop clapping was sent to Siberia. Good times.

Note: There is a good chance this story is entirely false, but since Snopes won't cover it, I'll go with 'it probably happened'.

about a year ago
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Btcd - a Bitcoind Alternative Written In Go!

Svippy Re:Go! or Go? (150 comments)

According to the source, it is Go, not Go!. But yes, the summary was confusing.

about a year ago
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Play Wii, Become a Better Surgeon

Svippy Re:Stupidity (55 comments)

Wouldn't they improve even more by practicing with real laparoscopes?

Maybe they are so expensive, that they cannot afford enough to let all the surgical residents practice one hour a day, five days a week. That and the fact, that they are probably also a lot more fragile.

about a year and a half ago
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Finnish Minister Wants To Expand Pornography Censorship

Svippy Re:Animal porn? (270 comments)

In my freedom loving country, animals are even allowed to do it with humans.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientology On Trial In Belgium

Svippy Headquarters (540 comments)

Actually, the European headquarters of Scientology is in Copenhagen (according to this US report), while the Brussels office is merely a lobbying firm for Scientology to the EU.

about a year and a half ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

Svippy Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

I don't understand why there is so little violence in the schools in my country. Surely Huckabee cannot be wrong?!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

Svippy Re:Unions are archaic (761 comments)

Unions may seem useless in the USA, but in Europe they actually matter, which is probably why my country has a union for developers. In Europe, unions represent employees when negotiating working rules.

For instance, this means that very few European countries actually have minimum wage laws, because the minimum wag 'laws' are agreements between unions and employers. The idea is to keep government out of working rules (I am beginning to feel this is not the actual term in English), but rather let it remain between the employees (unions) and employers (corporations). However, unions have some rights (e.g. strikes) to protect their negotiation position. Employers too have rights.

I do not see a problem with this system.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets

Svippy Re:Ugly Metro (183 comments)

no transparency/rounded_borders/shadows/effects

These lacks are good things. The rest, not so much.

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

Svippy Re:Space Shuttle Endaevor? (111 comments)

Gee, as it turns out, I cannot even spell 'endeavour' correctly. Goddamn, Muphry's Law.

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

Svippy Space Shuttle Endaevor? (111 comments)

I've never heard of a Space Shuttle named Endaevor .

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Disables Face Recognition In EU

Svippy Re:Europe knows what's going on (96 comments)

It's not illegal in Belgium

Yes it is. Please read the link I provided, or you can use Google to find hundreds of other references.

It was a ban on burkas. Yes, it's ridiculous, but it is not illegal to wear masks in Belgium. It was a ban on religious clothing that obscures a face, particularly forced upon women. But the amount of burkas used in Belgium is probably at a minimum.

Italy or Spain.

Italy and Spain have local bans. For instance, obscuring your face in public is illegal in Barcelona.

Actually, it's only illegal in public buildings, such as markets and libraries, which your link itself lists quite clearly. You can still walk outside while having your face obscured.

So basically, your "many EU countries" is "France". Belgium's law will likely have little consequence, and it seems that the Barcelona law is a protection of public buildings. Not that Turkey is the pedestal of civil rights, but they also had a similar ban as Barcelona (until at least very recently).

Denmark also have a ban on masks, but only during demonstrations and other large crowds. The usual freedom was previously abused heavily by activists to destroy property rather than actual demonstrate. The rationale is that if you are really interested in your message, you will have no issue showing your face at a public demonstration.

But most of these laws seems to be a form of Islamophobia than an actual crackdown on civil liberties, which seems to be collateral damage. There was even talk about banning burkas in Denmark, until politicians realised only 5 people in the whole country wore them, and they were ethnic Danes who had converted to Islam. The cases might even be similar in most other EU countries. Like the Swiss ban on Minarets. Ridiculous.

about 2 years ago
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Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

Svippy Re:Nothing new (992 comments)

I did 230km/h there once. But 130km/h (~80mph) is the common standard across Europe, though. There are some exceptions, though.

about 2 years ago
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Fans Bring Back Half Life Game Series: Black Mesa Mod Launches 9/14

Svippy Re:All new voice acting? (133 comments)

Freeman speaking? You must be new here.

about 2 years ago
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LiftPort Wants To Build Space Elevator On the Moon By 2020

Svippy Re:..ok, how? (210 comments)

Simple! They build the elevator on Earth, then strap it to a rocket that they fly directly into the moon. Fortunately, they have turned the elevator upside down, so when the rocket crashes into the moon, the elevator stands upward.

This is kinda like how they build skyscrapers: Build it lying down, then straight it up when it's done. Much cheaper and safer.

about 2 years ago
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Creative Commons Urged To Drop Non-Free Clauses In CC 4.0

Svippy Re:What's a derivative work? (223 comments)

As with any licence, I suppose, it is whatever you label with that licence that it becomes. A single thing (e.g. website, software program, etc.) can include parts that consists of multiple licences, which means the whole 'thing' cannot become one licence, unless altering one of its 'sub' licences does not violate that licence.

On Wikipedia, for instance, the software, i.e. MediaWiki (both server side and the default skins) is GPL, but the content (e.g. text, custom CSS, images, etc.) is CC-SA as you correctly noted. Unless, of course, wherever stated (a lot of images have a variety of licences).

Essentially, no licence wins, because if they cannot be converted to one another, your website has to be released under several licences. However, in general terms, a website appears under one licence, unless noted otherwise. As such, you may wish to include with your Wikipedia excerpt that it is CC-SA content.

I have no idea how much sense this post made, but essentially, it is not uncommon for a multitude of content to have a multitude of licences, even if within the same 'scope'/website/etc.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Svippy Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

I am not confident that he will get a fair trial with regards to the rape charges. But whether Sweden will extradite seems less likely. To me.

The Pirate Bay trial proved American companies' influence of foreign court rooms. That was a sad sight to see. But also under a much more pro-American Swedish government.

But I wonder, if the US is willing to risk the outcry that will occur both domestically and abroad if they apprehend Assange. And for what? Wikileaks will still operate without Assange. Surely, he doesn't matter.

I will admit this; in the past, and certainly in times to come, governments have surprised me in their illogical decision making.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Svippy Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

And considering the scandal you mention, I presume the Swedish government is not likely to try it again. Especially not with such a high-profile characters as Assange.

Would you risk your life on it ? Especially given all the other irregularities surrounding this case ?

The problem with that question - to me at least - is that it assumes I am stupid enough to end up in this situation in the first place. I probably wouldn't have slept with those two women in Stockholm to begin with, is what I am saying. So given that, I don't know. But I probably would. And that I bet that is pretty much what is going to happen right now. Assange cannot escape British custody.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Svippy Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

In Sweden, it's both actually. The feminism has arisen incredibly because of the failed immigration policy, and as such there is a much larger effort in Sweden to track down rapists and suspected rapists. Primarily because Sweden does not wish to admit that its immigration policy has failed.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Svippy Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

What's interesting about that case is that seems to violate the Swedish system of 'ministerstyre', where ministers cannot directly interfere in the actions of an agency. According to Swedish extradition laws, if a person to be extradited refuses, the courts will decide, but if the person complies, it is the foreign ministry that takes care of it.

Furthermore, that was under the previous government, Sweden now has a liberal government, whom are more anti-American than the previous one. Not that that is 100% guarantee that they won't extradite him, but it is certainly a factor. And considering the scandal you mention, I presume the Swedish government is not likely to try it again. Especially not with such a high-profile characters as Assange.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Svippy Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

I cannot say what kind of rape it is, obviously, but the statistics are real. But there have been cases of false accusations of rape in Sweden, just any other country nowadays.

about 2 years ago

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Why it is not possible to overload the semicolon operator in C++

Svippy Svippy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Svippy writes "Students at Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) were able to get Bjarne Stroustrup himself to agree to an interview, where important questions were asked, such as why C++ is so ugly. The interview, which appears in part of a larger IT-related sketch show called topDatamat (2:25 in), will eventually be put online in a longer, uncropped form."
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Mayor Bloomberg Declares 16 April 'Foursquare Day'

Svippy Svippy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Svippy writes "I did not realise Foursquare was this popular in New York, but apparently Mayor Bloomberg has declared it important to give it its own day in New York; 'we are proud to join Foursquare’s founders and fans in celebrating the first global social media holiday. Today, April 16th—4/16, the fourth sixteenth of the year—is Foursquare Day in New York City and around the world.'"
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Futurama Status Update

Svippy Svippy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Svippy (876087) writes "As revealed last summer, Futurama will be returning this year, and while there were conflicts about the cast of the show in the late summer of 2009, a deal was eventually secured. Last week, Comedy Central confirmed the airing of the first episode, "Rebirth", will be 24 June 2010. Several other details related to plot and production have surfaced over the months, and for those interested, a full article is available on the subject."
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Original Futurama Cast Seals Deal with Fox

Svippy Svippy writes  |  about 5 years ago

Svippy writes "As we covered earlier, 20th Century Fox Television were attempting to recast the Futurama, though, as it turns out, it was just part of a big negotiation ploy, as the original cast have now sealed their deal with 20th Century Fox Television. For those of you who did not follow the story, a chronology of the events are available at the Infosphere as well as Voice Actors in the News."

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