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Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook

broeman Re:Right (280 comments)

Exactly. When I saw the title, the first that hit me is that these two characteristics are states of mind, not a whole person. I could be narcissistic one day, and have low self esteem another day (although, wouldn't that also be characterized as a depression? ;). Most people on my FB page are just using it for games, or the occasional funny link they found. Not everybody takes it to the South Park level of commitment.

more than 4 years ago
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Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

broeman Re:Atari vs. Commodore (655 comments)

How could vim compete with an almost complete OS without a decent text editor?

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

broeman Re:Opera! (261 comments)

Exactly, and furthermore Mozilla and Opera have had the same struggle for a fan base in the same period. Mozilla not only did good marketing, but they also managed to create a browser, that people really wanted to use (Opera just is to weird for some people, like me, although I liked Opera Mini on my old Symbian phone).

more than 4 years ago
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The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive

broeman Re:It's not ending... (549 comments)

Sure, but where are the games for them?

I though the same thoughts when I bought my PS3 some years ago, but mainly being a strategy player, it doesn't fulfill my needs (always simplified games, with a control scheme for hardcore console users). I used mouse and keyboard since Amiga 500 for gaming, and I really like the immersion, but I do understand those who only grew up with PS1-2-Xbox, wanting something for their needs as well.

more than 4 years ago
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In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...

broeman Re:Still consuming (496 comments)

It is not like (some) Asian cultures are the only one to put bread in the context of cake. When I grew up in southern Denmark, white bread literally is called cake (though, it might be because white bread was considered a "rich man food" in the past, and not because of the concentrated carbs).

more than 4 years ago
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

broeman Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

They won't upgrade the firmware? Sony cannot remove OtherOS on current firmwares, but if you choose to use their PSN-services, you're forced to upgrade. I don't think any of the supercomputers, that is build with PS3s, have used any of the firmware updates so far.

more than 4 years ago
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BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

broeman Re:Its like 1000's of customers cried out (282 comments)

I don't know how they are doing it in the UK, but already several European countries (e.g. Denmark, Germany) also charges for an Internet connection as well. They actually found a way to tax access to the Internet, with the reason that you have the possibility to use the state radio/television online services. Many have been wondering if binoculars will be next (watching TV from your neighbor could be a possibility of use as well).

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

broeman Re:Queue . . . (542 comments)

After reading Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and this I fully agree with you. I am thinking about trying the paleo diet, to compensate with some athletics (running as if it was "the hunt"), but my addiction to sugar is still at large (though, I have cut down on starches a lot).

When I was a child, soda was something you would get at a birthday party, maybe every 2nd month, but today most people I know drink at least a can of soda every day. And diet coke isn't much better (I am also aspartam intolerant, hurray :P), since it makes your stomach believe that you are hungry.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

broeman Re:Alchemy? (294 comments)

"unbelievable price" = even more expensive that you would ever have dreamed of!

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

broeman Re:I'm with Nokia (294 comments)

Somewhat :) When the owner of Ikea got tired of Swedish taxes (1960/70s I think), he moved the company to Denmark. Denmark later on also went on the same boat with outrageous taxation, and he moved again. I guess Switzerland is probably the best place to be in Europe, if you are evading taxes (if you're rich enough, you can negotiate your own tax-rate with the local government). Placing the company in the EU, it is in a good position to the internal market.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

broeman Re:Ubuntu (766 comments)

I installed Linux Mint on my father's laptop last summer, after years of resentment "Linux? what's that, I need to use programs others use as well!". There was Vista preinstalled, but it seemed alienated to him and bloated (couldn't even connect to my wireless network), that he agreed to change it to "whatever". He uses it only for web, email and some office work (Firefox, Thunderbird and OO did the trick).

I had to leave early after the installation, so I didn't get much feedback, but I didn't hear any cry for help. In the holidays, he expressed gratitude, and "how can unorganized people make so good a system?", hehe. He looked skeptical, when I started to upgrade the machine, as he is used to Microsoft's shenanigans (New flashy GUIs he doesn't really need!). But after the update from 5 to 7 (was pretty hard though, should probably have done a 5-6-7 and ATI closed source driver isn't supported any longer), I changed the theme back, and he went on using it, as nothing has happened :)

Apparently he isn't a total non-techie, since he managed to installed some programs, since I have been away. And this was without showing him. But he didn't do any updates (I don't know why Mint uses a Lock as a update-symbol, it doesn't do the trick in my book (as a M.Sc. Interaction Designer and a study of visual design especially).

On a side note, I am pretty annoyed about Ubuntu's screwups of the audio system though! On my laptop (Mint), I need PCM at 90, so it would sound ok, but Pulseaudio puts it at 100 at every use (so I use alsamixer instead). On my mediacenter (Ubuntu minimal), the AUX is making a hissing noise, so I have to turn it off at every boot, since it doesn't save alsa settings (and since it is minimal installation, it is not even pulseaudio that screws up this time). Both issues has happen recently at an update, but I have read on google, that many more have had this for years ...

more than 4 years ago
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Police In Britain Arrest Man For Bomb-Threat Joke On Twitter

broeman Re:sigh (577 comments)

In many European countries it is usually made up this way:
Bourgeois: Classic liberals and conservatives, who put their focus on authority, morality and crony capitalism (fascism).
Radical: Communists and democrats, who put their focus on liberty, creativity and government handouts (socialism).

New Labour is a mix of all the worst IMO: socialistic, fascist and authoritarian without regard to morality and liberty. But then again I am not a Brit, and only hear the worst news.

(if you wonder what I believe in: anarchistic capitalism in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson).

more than 4 years ago
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Iranian Crackdown Goes Global

broeman Re:Naked Dictatorship (313 comments)

I think Kennedy said it best: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

more than 4 years ago
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Danish DRM Breaker Turns Himself In To Test Backup Law

broeman Re:this is brave (466 comments)

It is becoming popular in Denmark these days, since people are losing faith in the justice system. Civil disobedience is not about winning the case, but exposing the (unjust, unclear, stupid?) law to the public (whereas the newspapers never cared about in the first place).

It seems to work for this guy ;)

Another guy from Facebook, is questioning the morality of the tv-license system in Denmark (or Europe in general), since it also applies to an (min. 256kbit) Internet connection. He is also awaiting court, for not paying it, to make his stand.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Apologizes For "Michelle Obama" Results

broeman Re:Special Treatment for Kenyan in the White House (783 comments)

The US constitution is based on "The Republic" as it was mentioned in the Roman Republic. It means the good of the common (not the common good though), and is a principle that people comes before the ruler, and therefore people occupy the government.

It is probably the closest you can get to anarchy and still have government (though very corruptible through amendments, and that is why you are blinded by the progressive movement's newspeak about "democracy as saviour to humanity").

about 5 years ago
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uTorrent To Build In Transfer-Throttling Ability

broeman Re:Linux client? (187 comments)

I started using deluge lately too, and it works great. I used to use Azureus (mainly for the plugins), but I always wanted memory handled better. Deluge is just as good as uTorrent IMHO.

about 5 years ago
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Court Orders the Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

broeman Re:EU law (455 comments)

I don't vote, but at least they didn't allow the EU to overrule national laws.

more than 5 years ago
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Improving the PlayStation Store

broeman Re:What's new? (107 comments)

That is probably why I never bought a PS3 retail game (and few blu-rays) in Denmark, especially since we have easy access to UK (and the canal islands) prices. I even import from Hong Kong from time to time, and if they get caught by the post office, the company accepts that it will be returned and they send another one.

On topic: In the US, PSN has started to accept competition on its own Store (sounds weird, but apparently Sony likes competition) from Amazon, where you essentially buy a redeem-key. I would hope it would spread to the rest of the world, as a freer market for digital downloads sounds promising (for getting more fair pricing), but it would probably mean a different PSN setup as we are used to (like accessing several stores, and Sony might be the market handler).

more than 5 years ago
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Swedish Regulators Ban Word "Bank" In Domain Names For Non-Banks

broeman Re:Huh? (175 comments)

West Repository? Repository Help Club for Men? Anne Repository-roft? ... I find this quite disturbing ...

more than 5 years ago
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Nokia Releases Linux Handset

broeman Re:Sure, but... (484 comments)

Maybe you should look at it like any other computer you have around (hey, this is slashdot, our rooms are filled with computers :P). They way I "sync" or "backup" is mainly through scp/ftp.

more than 5 years ago

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Tour De France 2003

broeman broeman writes  |  more than 11 years ago I believe that this year's Le Tour is great, not only because I am Danish and seeing Jacob Piil winning in Marseilles. This year it seems like the bikers are not doped, since even the best (Armstrong, Ulrich, McEven, Virenque) can have bad days. Remember the time when most of them were accused of doping, and they could take mountains nearly without any problems, and even do the same the next day. Virenque showed that they can have a good day, but thats it. It will get really interesting in the Pyraneese mountains.

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