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Couple Updates Facebook Status at Altar

Swizec Re:*Tear* (12 comments)

This is actually pretty cool, they've recognised that a marriage is just something silly you agree upon and if to them being married on facebook is as important as to some people is that a random stranger who happens to be a priest says you're married ... why not?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Movies Are Not Exactly Like Music

Swizec Re:DVD Sales Gap (378 comments)

Around here (Slovenia) it was rural areas who got FTTH first because it's cheaper to put in the ground since there are no streets and infrastructure in the way.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Movies Are Not Exactly Like Music

Swizec Re:DVD Sales Gap (378 comments)

It takes an hour to download a 720p movie. You don't usually _need_ a 1080p movie. And more importantly, with the technological marvel that is streaming you can start watching after 15 minutes (unless you're downloading .mkv or something) and the playtime will not catch up to the download time.

But then again, some people don't have FTTH like most of us in developed countries do. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Major IE8 Flaw Makes "Safe" Sites Unsafe

Swizec Re:Breaking News (83 comments)

whooosh ...

more than 4 years ago
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Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

Swizec Re:yep... (778 comments)

Because I like mechanical things and am utterly fascinated by proper clockwork. None of that quartz shit.

more than 4 years ago
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Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

Swizec Re:yep... (778 comments)

Personally I carry both a watch and a cell phone at all times and always end up checking the phone for time instead of the watch. When I'm not on the move I usually just check the computer because it's much closer to hand than either the watch or the phone.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

Swizec Re:feign ignorance... (606 comments)

One question though, why would you buy a printer that doesn't follow standards? That's like using IE to browse the internet and we all know how wise that is ...

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

Swizec Re:feign ignorance... (606 comments)

NAh, you can't really expect a multifunction printer to just work. There are plenty of printers out there that do not follow and standard and need special drivers and so on.

What makes a fucking moron out of people is those printers generally have a sticker that says stop- run the instalation cd and follow instructions before connecting this printer. It's generally in the spot covering where the cable goes so you can't really miss it.

Why not? We have one of those impressive big multifunction printers at the office and all it takes is telling my mac "hey, there's a printer there" and it just works.

Whereas my colleague on windows told the computer where the printer is, then had to install the drivers anyway (it's a shared thingy) and after two hours of fiddling around simply gave up and let me print his stuff. Windows is a funny system like that ...

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

Swizec Re:feign ignorance... (606 comments)

The fucking moron never installed any drivers, just plugged it in and expected it to work. (I still have the printer at home, working perfectly.

This isn't the fucking 1990's again! Printers and pretty much anything else is supposed to just work (tm) when you plug it in ... then again, I guess some people are still on windows.

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Four-screen Laptop

Swizec Re:Useful (134 comments)

but I'm wondering what the actual useful applications might be.

Quite simple actually, they tell you when you need to start closing stuff. See my computers often get laggy because I'm doing many things at once and it's useful to know who the culprit is. Did I forget to shut down a tab with flash in it, or did something hang in the background and made everything crap. Often with two cores you'll get a hung app and not notice for a few days before you tax the other core enough to start problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

Oh I understand that trust and whatnot are very important, don't worry, parents taught me that well enough. Like if you don't display yourself as trustworthy then people won't trust you and it will be much more difficult to get them to do stuff for you ... just an example.

Perhaps I just learned at too young an age that trust can be gamed and manipulated and that even if people momentarily lose their trust in you it's relatively easy to regain that trust at will. And if you don't want htem losing trust you simply make certain you aren't caught doing whatever it was you did.

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

There isn't really, why wouldn't I want to brag in front of my parents? If I deem a behaviour brag worthy then parents obviously aren't excluded from that since they're just people too.

more than 4 years ago
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The Perils of Ramming Products Down IT's Throat

Swizec Re:Had a chuckle at this. (461 comments)

I hate to be a kill joy, but I still have jobs flying my own way without anyone asking them and whenever I do poke my nose out and ask if anyone needs some work done there are offers coming in literally within minutes.

It's not the state of the job market that's the problem, it's people's attitude that is.

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

Sorry for duplicate reply, but, just why do parents think the "I lost a lot of respect in you and quite a bit of trust" line works? Now maybe I was just special, but whenever my parents tried to pull that shit on me I just laughed about it and did the exact same wrong thing next time, often simply because they would get 'upset' about it. Seriously, there is nothing more amusing in the world than making your parents snap at ya. It's funny, they're so powerless to do anything they just end up shouting and making themselves feel strong.

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

Oops. I'm sorry, I made the above comment with the presumption that I was responding to a mature adult. This laughable statement proves me wrong.

I'm a, to put it lightly, heavy twitter user. Just how much do you think I would have kept from my parents if it wasn't out of pure spite of not telling them because they ask too much?

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

So what about that, what if you have a child whom lets you catch them on small lies, but never on big ones?

Then you wonder why the hell your son is lying all the time and why you can't trust each other. I guess.

And the simple answer is that you're obviously sticking your nose in other people's (your son in this case) business.

Seriously, if my parents weren't so nosy they'd probably know a lot more about what I do day to day.

more than 4 years ago
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Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

Swizec Re:Oh no! (857 comments)

Over 80? How archaically slow, real men type at 120+ wpm at 98+% accuracy!

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

If they accepted non-specific info then they allowed you that privacy as a privilege for you out of their own free choice, which is different from you having a right to that privacy.

As for flat out lying, that's misbehavior, and prone to result in the grounding response when eventually discovered by parents either by asking around, or by covert tracking (covertly following you, or sending someone to covertly follow you and report on your whereabouts to the parents).

Yeah it was probably a covert social contract that they allowed me to give nonspecific info, but my info was very broad. I basically told them I wouldn't leave the city or go anywhere that requires money to take a ride ... which I don't consider very useful info at all.

And about flat out lying, yes it's misbehaviour and yet I was never grounded, not even when I was constantly coming in 2+ hours late. It's very difficult to punish someone who simply doesn't give two shits. In fact if they were to call me while I was out and ask where I am, I'd usually just tell them despite having flat out lied beforehand, this naturally increased their "aw he can't lie to us" reflex and I could lie much more easily about the big things :)

So what about that, what if you have a child whom lets you catch them on small lies, but never on big ones?

more than 4 years ago
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Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

Swizec Re:Good for pre-teens, but not older (607 comments)

If you think 13 is a magic age where children suddenly deserve privacy of their whereabouts, heck no.

That privilege is @ the parents' discretion. Usually people under age 17 must at all times tell their parents where exactly they are going, at what times. Typically parents just have to believe them, because it would be too inconvenient to have them watched at every moment, and well-behaved teens don't need it.

Why would people under the age of 17 have to have little locational privacy? Personally when I was 13-ish I simply stopped telling my parents where I am, usually through either flat out lying or through giving nonspecific information, simply felt I didn't want them quite knowing where I am. Besides, if there was any sort of trouble, I always had my cell phone with me so it wasn't like I magically vanished out of sight ... having to know where children are was, imho, important only before the age of mobile communication.

However, nowadays, when I'm 21-ish my parents still keep pestering me about where I am and I _still_ don't tell them. Just goes to show parents never learn, ever.

more than 4 years ago

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Spore is better than sex

Swizec Swizec writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swizec (978239) writes "The first night I played with Spore I gamed for seven hours straight, even though I'm hardly a gamer at all, but this was captivating and I do believe I've put in more gaming hours these past four days than I have before in a few years. Spore is truly a magnificent game from many viewpoints.

One of the things I love best about Spore is the whole concept, you start off with a cell and end up conquering other planets. How cool is that? I'm sure it won't teach certain crazy bastards that evolution does indeed exist, but I believe it's safe to say Spore entails everything we currently understand of evolution perfectly."

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Microsoft Stops Fighting Linux, And Tries To Give

Swizec Swizec writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Swizec writes "
Microsoft finally learning to love the penguin? After years of fighting Linux and denying its very usefulness, Microsoft has recently changed its tactics. It is trying to be more open, even if thats an attempt to appease European regulators. And today, it is announcing the beta of new data center management tools thatgasp!recognize that some companies might be running something other than Windows on their servers. Now it will support two flavors of Linux (Red Hat and SUSE) and two flavors of Unix (HP-UX and Sun Solaris), all from one management console.
Is this finally some happy news or an omen of bad things to come?"
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Swizec Swizec writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Swizec writes "First international bloggers' congress in Slovenia, called Blogres, to be held on the 9th of June. A big step in the right direction to making blogs the way of the future."
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Swizec Swizec writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Swizec writes "It has come to my attention that Slovenia has decided to take Spain as an example and implement a copyright tax on all blank media in a similar fashion. The bill has been accept by the parliament on October the 6th and will go in effect on October the 21st.

The tax does not affect only all sorts of digital media ranging from tapes to dvds and even blu-rays but also any device capable of storing data, which would technically mean the tax applies both to a whole computer and its disks separately and is thus paid in double. Photocopiers, printers and scanners are also affected by this tax, where the price is dependant upon the amount of copies the device can make per minute.

Is this perhaps the sign of a new trend sweeping through Europe like a wildfire?"

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