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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

bazorg Re: The problem is apps (193 comments)

Look into music apps that pros and Semipros use. It's one of those niches that I think apple has always nurtured, and for good reason.

1 hour ago
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Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

bazorg Re:Crazy (70 comments)

There more than one reason behind this:

1) everything that is online only has a potential to earn a rent at some point.
2) cloud providers are better at keeping data backed up than the typical home user
3) advertising revenue for provider.
4) some features like the aforementioned teamwork do work well if applications and shared data are centrally hosted
5) new features can be added and tested with minimal effort.
6) customer retention. Even if there are no ugly tricks to prevent paying users from leaving, having to migrate 500GB of storage bundled with the word processor is a barrier to leaving.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

bazorg Re:Slashvertizement ... (112 comments)

Every time I've seen a corporation trying to "leverage social media techologies in-house" my bullshit alarm bells go off

Could it be your bullshit alarm is really sensitive? If you take the user-friendly UI and familiarity of Facebook, Twitter, etc and apply it to internal web applications like a document library, would you not get an easier adoption, and through network effect have more benefits for everyone? Would you not be steering users away from using email for everything?

The way I see it, home computing and enterprise computing influence each other and that's not something that just happened when Facebook became big. There's terrible enterprise application UIs out there which would definitely benefit from copying good things from the properly design websites. In comparison, Yammer, Podio and Jive look like tools that people would actually use rather than accumulating local copies of every email and Office doc they've ever received, missing out on a good search function. "Enterprise social media" can work, let's not dismiss it just because it looks like something hipsters would approve.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

bazorg Re:Muslims? (509 comments)

I tend to agree with this. Until now, I have not seen any good reason to think of the islamic state of Iraq and Syria to be better or worse that the islamic state of Pakistan, or IS of Saudi Arabia or any other I'm not even aware of... It looks like there are important conflicts between being a devout muslim and a law-abiding citizen in a western Europe secular country. Following the Charlie Hebdo attack, this Amjed Choudary cleric chap explained things with little room for error - he is defined by media as "radical", but who's got a way of benchmarking a moderate religious guy?

Where I'm getting is that it might not be that worse to treat the IS of Iraq and Syria as a country rather than a ... place where there are terrorists? ISIL seems to have strong appeal to some of the most undesirable Europe-based muslims, to the extent they actually pack up and go live there. Recognizing ISIL as a country would certainly have many effects I can't predict, but with optimism I'd say it would give some clarity about muslim's world view, while giving those unhappy to live in secular Europe a place to live according to the rules of their sect of Islam. Maybe the great power of having a new country would also give them the feeling of responsibility not to live in permanent war with Shia/Sunni/infidel neighbours.

about two weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

bazorg i'm going to the movies 2x a month at least (400 comments)

These last few of years I was signed up for Lovefilm (DVD Delivery) and then Netflix. After a while the convenience was beat by the limited offering and the annoyance of Netflix UK trying quite hard to hide away what's available and what films will be on in the future. Last month, for the first time in years I watched 3 movies at the cinema and this year I'll sign up for a Cineworld £16/month subscription. There's a couple of months in 2015 that won't have very appealing releases but from the list I saw so far, there will be 2 worthwhile films every month, plus those that I will watch now and wouldn't if I had to pay extra. Yes, there will be road traffic to get there and noise from others eating popcorn but I'll be watching current films.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

bazorg Re:The one mistake Forbes keeps making.. (386 comments)

Bringing new products to market is key, but don't underestimate the importance of being seen as innovative by the overall market. Whenever Google announces something about the driverless car, the wearables, the AI-assisted emailbox, etc., they are reinforcing that image of a company that is there for the long run, that is innovating, that will eventually bring revolutionary tech to the market. Owning a major brand with good reputation is worth a lot, and keeping up a stream of good news takes effort and investment.

Look at other competitors and their efforts in keeping that brand value up, it's not easy. Apple is great at making their customers feel special and "niche" while selling millions of units of standardised products. When I look at Xiaomi knock-off phones on eBay I find it quite amusing that the iPhone knock-off sells at a premium compared to the Lumia and Galaxy knock-offs :)

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

bazorg Re:Four Co-workers w/ Autistic Kids from MMR Vacci (1051 comments)

So at what age did you expect the babies in question to display symptoms of autism? Before they learned to speak?

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

bazorg Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

5 vaccines in Europe? Lies, dear AC. Here's the schedule of vaccination for the United Kingdom:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/v...

Same for Portugal:
http://www.vacinas.com.pt/cale...

Same for Spain (click on each part of the map for regional rules)
http://vacunasaep.org/profesio...

Hare's a handy comparison/search tool for vaccines for all of Europe:
http://vaccine-schedule.ecdc.e...

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

bazorg Re:Sometimes there are reasons (1051 comments)

I do have issues with the rate and ingredients of the vaccines that our state requires us to give our children

That sounds fair if accompanied by some serious analysis. What were the quantities that you found would be acceptable and what was the basis for that decision? Were there quantities you decided to be adequate based on analysis or was it a matter of opinion?

I'm having important discussions with my wife about this matter and I feel there is significant FUD being applied by the proponents of no-vaccination. It would be good to settle on what are the objective criteria or to admit that "keep an open mind" is something that "alternative medicine" proponents only demand from those who disagree with them.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

bazorg Re:Lets not be lemmings here folks (1051 comments)

Hey... can we have some sources and explanations for all that please? Looks like serious accusations. Got to keep an open mind, you know?

I for one need to keep an open mind to the possibility that the companies selling vaccines are the same that would sell the treatment. I have an open mind to the possibility that "chemicals" and "toxins" are dangerous in the wrong doses rather than as absolutely dangerous in all circumstances.I have an open mind to the possibility of herd immunity and immunisation from vaccines being false would mean that doctors and nurses would need constant treatment.

It would be easy to dismiss antivaccination proponents as being dumb, and fear that giving attention offers credibility when none is deserved, but I'm giving AC a chance. Offer some proper evidence instead of FUD and we can have a useful discussion. Then you can show if you have an open mind or if that's something that only applies to people who disagree with you!

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

bazorg Ooops (68 comments)

The user interface looks strangely similar to Galaxians.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

bazorg Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

You ask why we force drivers to have insurance?

no, actually I did not.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

bazorg Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

However, it doesn't cover commercial use of the car. So if I drive a paying passenger, neither the car, nor I, nor the passenger, nor anyone I hit, will be insured. That's driving without insurance.

I drive in the UK and I understand where you're getting. I would go a step further and say the law is not right and needs changing.

After many comparisons, I find that in the UK the premium depends mostly of the home address of the person buying insurance. Rather than accepting the current state of affairs as being "normal" and trying to fit the Uber business case into the current laws, what we should be doing is challenging why current legislation forces people to have insurance and then lets private companies justify wild changes in prices with "market factors".

For example, a Ferrari 458 with a paying passenger or a Kia Ceed with no paying passengers should not have different insurance premium for insurance covering damage to 3rd parties. Fully comprehensive insurance prices I can understand, but the current state of affairs is at least extortionate, and when it forces young people to walk or use 2 wheeled vehicles that aren't as safe as cars - much worse than extortion.

If the growth of Uber and similar services forces law makers to open their eyes, it's a good thing that they are forced to act on the scandal of motor insurance.

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

bazorg Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

5) Download the installer ***WARNING!! Do not run it unless you Enjoy Cleaning viruses for fun!***
6) Go to virustotal.com, and submit the file for analysis
7) Watch the detections go off the charts.

that's a good heads-up. I think this kind of test is something to consider the next time that Microsoft releases a OS version that prevents users from getting applications outside of the Windows Store. Last time they tried, the rage against RT was loud on Slashdot and elsewhere.

about a month and a half ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

bazorg Re:Driverless cabs (329 comments)

well, no if Uber and Lyft have the right size to be early adopters of that technology as well and keep the commission that would be paid to drivers!

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

bazorg Re: 16:9 (330 comments)

Is that USA inches or UK inches?

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg Re: in post-Soviet Europe... (454 comments)

My kingdom for a PC for with keyboard!!!

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg in post-Soviet Europe... (454 comments)

In post-Soviet Europe I suspect it will be difficult to find differences between the car to and the stick usedvfor moving self driven cars out of the road.
once I live in the UK some of my fears may be quite specific to the way things work here. Prediction 1: insurance will go up in proportions to the distance driven by the human. More risk= higher premium and since the first gen auto-automobiles will require a licensed driver, I don't expect the insurance requirement to go away nor the price to go down.prediction 2: in the same way the m1 has variable speed d limits today, some roads will become "fully managed" by a control tower that will run gulate speed for all automated drivers. When there's a human driver in the vicinity, everyone will slow down to a speed lower than the maximum permitted to the orchestrated traffic. Everyone will moan at poorer, antiquated drivers for preventing 100+ mph speeds.prediction 3: it will be the passenger trains that will become obsolete because of self driving cars. High cost of infrastructure and of running the service will be beaten by the convenience, cleanliness and flexibility of individual electric self driven cars. The USAans will have the last laugh while the UK city councils will charge load of money for parking and for empty cars running about while their owners work and shop.

about 2 months ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

bazorg Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

I think that if changes are made intentionally and some countries are disadvantaged by them, it won't be handled in the same way as the current situation.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

bazorg Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

When something goes wrong, hilarity ensues.

sure, because nothing ever goes wrong in the "own everything outright" world. Nobody ever goes on holidays, the right guy is never off sick when you need them most and of course, there's always enough money to make all the right decisions in relation to performance and redundant equipment.

IMHO, whichever way you go, there will be drawbacks. Azure (and Google, AWS, etc.) outages are newsworthy, that's a hint right there. Just keep track of these events carefully so when the time comes you can try to justify bearing all costs for IT while everyone else is keeping their cash in the core business and sharing IT costs by way of cloud providers.

about 2 months ago

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UK experts speak out against NHS privatisation

bazorg bazorg writes  |  about 2 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "New regulations made under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 are being pushed through the UK Parliament, promoting competition between healthcare providers. In the OpenDemocracy blog, author Caroline Molloy summarises the issue:

In brief terms, the regulations require all NHS services to be put out to competition unless the commissioners can prove there is only one provider capable of delivering them. Such decisions could be exposed to costly legal challenges.

In the same publication, Lucy Reynolds adds: If the government manages to complete the legal process now underway, almost the entire NHS budget will pass through competitive markets. This arrangement awards compensation to companies ejected from the markets by any subsequent renationalisation or reinstitution of “preferred providers”.[...]

They can enforce these financial claims through UK and EU Courts against our government. This mechanism is known as the “privatisation ratchet”: the compensation mechanism stops governments from reversing the direction of change by renationalising services after the private sector has been allowed to compete to provide them.


A broad array of health professionals, campaigners, and academic experts have spoken out against the new regulations, which are perceived as potentially aligning the UK NHS with the healthcare provision practices of the USA."

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Rick Falkvinge on child porn and freedom of press

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party blogs on the subject of freedom of the press and foresees how users of Google glasses can be charged for possession and distribution of illegal porn. "Child pornography is a toxic subject, but a very important one that cannot and should not be ignored. This is an attempt to bring the topic to a serious discussion, and explain why possession of child pornography need to be re-legalized in the next ten years.""
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BBC chooses Microsoft DRM platform

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "The BBC chose Microsoft's DRM technology to limit for 30 days the viewing of content downloaded from their website. These downloads would allow viewers to catch up on shows that were broadcast on the previous 7 days, and they would be compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and 11 and a new product called "iPlayer". This iPlayer is not yet available for platforms other than MS Windows, which caused the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to file a complaint to national and EU authorities on competition."
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