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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

The fact companies want 18 y/o with years of experience isn't exactly new, I went through it some 40 years ago :).

I do feel for those spending hugely on education while chances of recovery is a burden on their future, in my opinion their future well-being is not only for personal gains but should benefit all in a society.
Therefore I support the old(er) way where society would enable people to study, it's for a common future were we all benefit.
It obviously does require higher taxes to be levied on those that do put their good education to use.

2 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Teun Re:They already "gave back" (265 comments)

The company enjoys the same advantages of good infrastructure and safety as the people of the country.

If the company were to break even they don't pay taxes, they make a profit it should be taxable at the local rates.

Should be, but these guys are exporting both the profits and the tax liabilities.

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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:Can the writings be read? (426 comments)

Sadly(?) English doesn't keep the original pronunciation, though UK-English is closer than US-English.

I mentioned the reason in another post, it's that damned Great Vowel Shift what makes English stand out among European languages.

English usually retains the original spelling but the pronunciation has become an adventure :)

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:Can the writings be read? To make you laugh/cry (426 comments)

I agree with your point re. the thought process.

But have issues with your statement re. the impediment of communication by loosening orthographical standards.

You are probably aware law is one of the 'sciences' that needs a very accurate description in writing and it is in many languages exactly in law we see the recurring use of otherwise obsolete words and terminology.
Having discussed this phenomena with some legal scholars I do believe they have little choice in the matter, a word stands for a historical meaning and it would be dangerous if not outright irresponsible to use different terminology without including an addendum with transcriptions.

Then there is the use of Latin rooted words, phonetic spelling can drastically change or even inverse their meaning and without an authorised transcription this would become a legal nightmare.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

However I feel with you on the subjects mentioned I do believe your defeatist attitude is half the problem minorities in the States face.

At the moment I'm surrounded by people who a single generation ago were doing poorly but are now among the leaders in our industry, all it took them is to shake off a negative view of themselves and their origin, industry couldn't care less were you came from, they want to know were you are today and going tomorrow.

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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

My job title is instructor for the Global IT-related section of our company.
Places I recently worked are like Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Scotland.
All of the instruction and by consequence the tests are done in a sort of International Technical English and I could but won't tell you about some 'interesting' words and phrases I noticed this week here in Louisiana, USA.

Ignoring nor denying will fix the problem for these subcultures.

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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Teun Re:u can rite any way u want (426 comments)

In the case of Germany and German you'd at least have to go down another century to find the first attempts at standardising the spelling.
The German language is strictly regulated, possibly even more so than present day French.

Contrary to many other European languages for phonetic reasons they decided to change out the Latin leading C to a (greek) K but also felt the need to retain the Latin 'a' that's in German plural phonetically an 'e' by adding an Umlaut: ä.

It's this partial wish to retain compatibility with original Latin and Greek words and the slightly different phonetics to Latin and Greek that is so difficult to incorporate into Germanic languages.

English is a whole different matter, the English phonetics changed drastically from their Germanic roots during/ due to 'The Great Vowel Shift'. Strange enough the spelling remained basically Germanic but the pronunciation is nothing like it used to be.
This vowel shift is even more pronounced in American, the (a?) reason they have great difficulty in comprehensively speaking European languages, including Church-Latin.

So the results of the suggestion to allow phonetic spelling depends greatly on the alphabet used, Germanic, Latin, UK-English or US-English are some of the options.

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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Teun Re:Widows and Orphans (265 comments)

No worries, obviously speaking for myself I do donate to KDE and Kubuntu :)

2 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Teun Re:They already "gave back" (265 comments)

That sales tax is known as Value Added Tax :)

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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Teun Re:They already "gave back" (265 comments)

Tell that bull to people that do have socialised (=of the people and for the people) medicine.

I live in such a country and visit similar countries, everywhere medicine is available and accessible to who needs it and at much less cost than the US system ever can or will offer.

In the parts of Europe that have socialised medicine there are wishes and complaints, grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but no-one would want to go the US way where general and affordable health care is *still* only a dream for the poor and middle classes.

Lastly, don't compare developing countries with the developed, I am talking about places like The Netherlands, the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, the Scandinavian countries, together good fer a few hundred million people.
Even in places like Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece you'd be better off than in the US.

Oh and why not compare the statistics about corruption with the availability of good socialised medicine, there seems to be a connection...

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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Teun Re:They already "gave back" (265 comments)

I don't know which country you registered and are paying tax.

Where I am registered and pay and the many countries I visit all have in common that the people (society) has demands that require financing.

It could be a simple road or it could be national defence but it'll cost money to make.
That's where tax money comes in but also leaves again, people and corporations get paid to fix these things, it's not money lost, it's money circulated.

Multi-national companies like Apple employ expensive specialist that will use and abuse any hole they find in the various tax laws to weasel out of them and go for the lowest range.

The end result of which is local roads and defence don't get the money it needs, money isn't circulated in the local economies but a very restricted few Apple shareholders, probably in a far away country, do make insane amounts of profit.
And the common people get a tax increase to make up.

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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Teun Re:maybe KDE will be next (665 comments)

Indeed, KDE is modular.

At the same time it is a well integrated system.
The biggest problems running a KDE desktop surface when you try to run something developed for Gnome and even then it's generally limited to badly resized icons that don't fit in with your chosen theme.

I remember the times when Gnome apps on a Gnome desktop(!) wouldn't share the clipboard and such, regularly I feel Gnome has hardly moved from such and I quickly return to KDE.

Another Plus for KDE is their developers are approachable and willing to discuss user's wishes.
Sure you end up with a system full of right-click menu's and configuration options but a casual user doesn't need to use them.

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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Teun Re:I liked GNOME 1. (665 comments)

Yo man, that font you've chosen is for ascii art not for easy reading.

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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Teun Re:Cars: Manufacturers pay for defects. (322 comments)

Ah yes Vista, I forgot and wonder why...

A good point about the netbooks, MS wanted to keep the de-facto monopoly and were prepared to give up on/delay newer products.

I see room for legislature to enforce an X year support of systems that include software like an OS.
Let's see what that does to the present near-impossibility to buy a computer without an OS.

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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Teun Re:Yeah yeah whatever (116 comments)

Please explain your opinion.

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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Teun Re:Yeah yeah whatever (116 comments)

I see you are mixing up the capabilities of Linux and the hardware.

Linux can handle it fine but some hardware manufacturers don't disclose their methods.

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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Teun Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

Sorry, that's not going to happen

The US government has made it quite clear they'll not hesitate invading this long-time ally (The Netherlands) to 'free' one of their subjects would he/she be put before the court.

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Hillary Clinton on internet freedom

Teun Teun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Teun (17872) writes "Tonight Hillary Clinton spoke in The Hague on a Dutch government sponsored conference to further internet freedom: The protection of the free Internet is everyone's business. "It's not just for those who suffer from oppression through the Internet,"

Another quote: "Businesses need to be careful to whom they sell software and hardware. "If you sell to Iran, Syria or the former Gaddafi regime, you know that it is used to violate human rights,"

Translation, Original in Dutch."

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