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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Vlado Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

Now you're changing your argument. Before you were saying that it's much easier to found a company in US than it is in Europe. Now you're saying that it's easy to do it Europe but that it's not profitable. It would be fairly interesting to see you back that up, since based on your argument no one in their right capitalistic mind would run their business in Europe. And let's not forget that a fair amount of US-based businesses are currently using EU as a tax shelter, since their profits can be better protected there than in US. I'll give you Apple and Amazon as examples here.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Vlado Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

You can choose which company you work for, and you can found your own company. Both of those are a lot easier in the US than in Europe.

Exactly how difficult do you think it is to found your own company in Europe? In my country all that you need is a bit of starting cash (a few thousand Euros) and you're up and running in a day.

And as for choosing a company to work for, I can assure you it's like pretty much anywhere else. If you're qualified, you'll get a job pretty quickly. How good a job that will be will depend on the current economic situation, but that's also like anywhere else.

about a week ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Vlado Re:Yes! (242 comments)

They are. But sex part has never been too emphasized.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Vlado Re:Yes! (242 comments)

How will HBO put boobs in this? Will there be fembots in it? :-)

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Vlado Re:In the uk (461 comments)

Would this apply to your tax and health records then?

about two weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Vlado Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

Large part of the problem here is that if you're accused, you can get ruined.

I know all about, and I'm all for, the concept of innocent until proven guilty. But ask yourself this: how would your immediate surroundings react if you were charged with kiddie porn charges? Chances are you would be in trial process for months, maybe years.
How would your boss react? School or kindergarten your kids go to? Your friends, acquaintances? Even spouse.

While child exploitation is extremely vile, the prejudice surrounding any suspect that is potentially involved, may be just as bad. And potentially is an important word here.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Vlado Re:cell phones and notepads (415 comments)

Analogously, cell phones are a throwback to old crank phones because you have to charge them before you use them. We used to have perfectly good powered land lines. Cell phones with their short battery lives and constant attention are for eclectic hobbyists I'm sure.

Not quite. You cannot carry landline phones around with you. And also your example is not correct. cranking was not used to power the phone, but to make the ringer ring. And I don't think you will find many people that are actually happy with current battery capabilities of todays' smarphones and that a lot of people would say that cell phones of 10 years ago were much, much better in that regard.

about three weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Vlado Re:Do it like a virgin (406 comments)

Not just Virgin. If the plane has video monitors, then almost all airlines in Europe, Middle East and Asia have this.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Vlado Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

What kind of safety risks are there supposed to be in driverless trains, as opposed to the ones with drivers? I'm asking especially, since driverless trains are not a new concept. And I've yet to see (I may have missed them) headlines for accidents that happened due to the fact that the train didn't have a driver.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Vlado I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

Driverless subways exits in other cities for a while now. And this is definitely one of those things, where you can automate a lot out of a system.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Vlado Re:Mandatory charity (346 comments)

You are correct. I am claiming that those societies were not, or are not, civil. At least not quite civil yet.

Idea that we live together in groups, is that group offers benefits to a person, to which they otherwise wouldn't have access. Even in feudal times peasants paid certain amount of their income the benefits that they gained. Such as protection.

And to say that the principle, by which groups take care of individuals that are unable to do so by themselves, exists only for the last 100 years is in the very least extremely narrow in definition.

"Older" orders, such as even today in Africa, place a premium on society, usually in more narrow circles, taking care of individuals, such as elderly. The only difference is that today this kind of approach is referenced in taxes and social security that provides support to everyone. It's a simple extrapolation of the old concept, applied to larger societies.

Granted, the actual implementation doesn't always work as it's supposed to. There are countries where such systems are either inefficient, corrupt or both. But where it does work, it works great for everyone and not just for people that have money.

And I have to say that so far I have only ever heard people complain about these systems when they were healthy. Pretty much never, when they had to go into a complicated surgery.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Vlado Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

There is no "copay" or "insurance you choose to buy into".

I'm sorry, but you also don't know what you're talking about. Even though I wish it wasn't true, such system does exist in more than one country, besides the US. I live in one such country. We had it since the abolition of socialism (20+ years ago) and currently there are a lot of discussions going on that it should be abolished.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Vlado Re:Mandatory charity (346 comments)

You must have missed the "unable to pay" part in the sentence that you quoted.

One of the things of a civil society is and has to be the fact that it will take care of those who cannot care for themselves. Otherwise we can go back to living in our own individual caves.

And before you say something snippy, not that i said "those who cannot" and not those who will not take care of themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Vlado Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

That's not a valid argument/question.

The point is that mentalities in the two countries are very different. One country is focusing on "everyone has a chance to be king of the world." which leads to people trampling one over another to reach that coveted position. At the same time pretty much no one gets there. On the other hand in Sweden community based (or government, if you prefer) approach, with healthy dose of transparency and oversight, offers better infrastructure and overall experience for the people who then use said infrastructure.

It is true that taxes in Sweden are much higher than they are in the US. But people there enjoy greater quality of life, with less stress than they do in the US.

Disclaimer: I'm not from either of the two countries, but I've visited both frequently.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Launches Mobile Maxwell GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M Notebook Graphics

Vlado Gamer on the go (29 comments)

I am one of (maybe rare) customers for these solutions.

I'm in my late 30's now and have been and still am a gamer. My work requires me to travel around a lot internationally and I decided several years ago that I won't have a desktop PC anymore. So, whenever I'm purchasing a new laptop, I'm always looking for a best performance-to-weight ratio. 6 years ago that didn't go well at all and I ended up with a 17" monster that worked nicely, but was a bitch to carry around. Three years ago I scaled down to a 15" laptop that had decent performance, was much lighter than what I had before, but kept overheating and shutting down if I was running anything a bit more demanding.
Half a year ago it was time for me to switch over again. Now I was actively looking at ultrabooks. But at the time I still didn't find anything that would quite persuade me. Form factor was extremely attractive, but performance was not quite up to what I wanted and needed. I was especially turned off by the lack of RAM that I could fit into most of them. So i went for a next generation of my 15" laptop, which in itself slimmed down over the years and is now a quite attractive thing (in my opinion).
I especially like the concept of switchable graphics, which in theory allows for long hours of work on the go and good gaming experience when power is available. I say in theory, because I had countless issues with Intel graphics drivers and problems that they caused with sleep mode.

In any case, these developments keep convincing me, that desktop is something that I most likely won't be using anymore. And will be more than happy to have a very decent, if not the slimmest, laptop to carry around.

about a month and a half ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Vlado Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Look, the fact is that the lost opportunities are self inflicted.

Wow... That is such a crazy load of bull.

I am personally acquainted with someone who, at one time in his life, didn't want to employ women. He changed around since then, but if you were a woman, at that point in his life, you would have no chance of getting a job with him, if there was an equally qualified man available for the position.

And I'm aware of enough of second-hand stories to be able to spot a trend.

I am strongly against quotas that force gender-equality (as I am against most all other quotas), but it's difficult to change mindsets in the short term.

about 2 months ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Vlado Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

Haha... That's funny. Especially since the whole argument here was that you do not have a way with which you could prevent someone from infringing on your right to privacy. And we do.

All the while you're simply saying that there's nothing that can be done about invasive surveillance, since other individuals are going to take that right from you. And your only counter argument is that if government (chosen by the will of the people, if I may add) is the one protecting you, that has to suck.

about 2 months ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Vlado Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

And you better get over it, because you don't have a legal leg to stand on if you don't like being recorded;

That very much depends on where you live. In most of EU there are strict privacy laws that prohibit recording and surveillance in public without an obvious and explicit warning. And yes, that is also a case for things like surveillance cameras on highways, in public and private buildings, in places of business and so on. Also in case of such behavior (recording) you have to be able to get in touch with someone who has additional information about the scope of what is being recorded.

It is true that personal photo-taking or video recording is exempt from these regulations. However with activities that we're discussing (drones and Google glass-like devices) this is kind of moot. So there is a good chance extra regulation will be put in place.
Usually regulation here goes in direction that if there is personal information about you somewhere, over which you have no control, distribution of that information is prohibited unless you give your explicit consent.

So I would not be too surprised if Glass owners and drone operators would have to have large signs attached to their devices (and/or themselves) saying that video surveillance is happening and where we can contact them :-)

So, you see, there are things that can be done and we do have some legal legs to stand on.

about 2 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Vlado Re:Major flaw in design (78 comments)

And what about the signature requirement? Pretty much every contract that you get, explicitly says that you have to sign it in order for it to be useable.
I know that you can simply whip out your preferred-and-valid form of ID, but that's not sufficient as per bank rules.

We like to rant when people who handle our card transactions don't care about security measures. Here we'll be ranting when they will care enough to deny us the sale, because we offered them a payment instrument that could just as well be a copied hotel key.

about 3 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Vlado Re:I'm missing something about this product, I thi (78 comments)

In Europe it's also becoming very common to see NFC readers attached to terminals as more and more cards are now "contactless".

about 3 months ago

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Police in Slovenia to have "clandestine entry" rights to install spyware.

Vlado Vlado writes  |  about a year ago

Vlado (817879) writes "There is a law in emergency express discussion that, if and when it passes, will grant police in Slovenia rights to enter private premisses in "a clandestine manner" in order to install "monitoring software" on computer equipment at the point before communication channels are encrypted (link to a local article in Slovenian below). Reasoning by the police is that it is not always possible to remotely install spyware when they want to monitor their targeted subjects.
All standard excuses apply: This will only be used in extreme scenarios. This will only be used for the most serious offences (children, saving, think...?).

The law, if enacted will be very problematic on multiple levels:
In Slovenia, currently private property and especially homes are considered fairly inviolate. Police cannot enter a private home without search warrant, or if they're not in direct pursuit of a suspect who flees through private premises, or if they don't suspect that there's an immediate threat to life. Even with search warrant witnesses are required in order to guarantee some level of oversight.
This law will remove that oversight as otherwise it will probably not be very "clandestine" of the police to enter the home in question.

Also, even though the law stipulates, that the spyware in question should only allow for "monitoring" of communications on the affected equipment and does not give permission for the spyware to actively change any content, it's fairly difficult to assume that this will actually work out like that in practice.

It's an extremely disturbing turn of events, which would give local police unprecedented amount of power with virtually no oversight in their actions."

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