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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

del_diablo Re:Let me be the first to say... (149 comments)

Many people forget that Spanish and Portuguese are brother languages. So thats Brazil and Portugal on the top of the Spanish speaking world.
Sure, they might hate each other for the slightly different base accent, but the Mexicans do hate the Madridians for their stiff el macho accent.

5 days ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

del_diablo Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

100MB for CBS seems exessive for what seems to be 24 to 48 hours of logging. I don't even know what CBS even is.

Everything else seems to be at the level it should be at.

about two weeks ago

Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

del_diablo Re:quick notes? (523 comments)

Most people are taught to write cursive, not to write it well enough to read it.

about three weeks ago

Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

del_diablo Re:How? (61 comments)

Which raises the question: If you search for the symptom keywords(Rash, Boils, Bleeding, coughing), can Wikipedia actually list diseases with those keywords?

From experience I do know that a lot of food can be typed in a native language, and it will still go to the correct page on English Wikipedia, roughly.
But if I start search for terms and keywords, Wikipedia tend to be worse than google.

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

del_diablo Re:A global network of high-latency torrent server (74 comments)

Yeah, ping is a issue. A very large one. And if this goes on ahead, its going to be the nr 1 issue. Now, it would not surprise me that the bandwidth could be good, but even then, ping is a big issue.

about a month and a half ago

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

del_diablo Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

Somebody mod up.

about a month and a half ago

China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

del_diablo Re:Never heard of it (88 comments)

Wikipedia claims "Minimum 200km/h as normal speed, for European Union Directive 96/48/EC, Annex 1".
So that is what the term means. As a Norwegian, I do know that we would not be familiar with the term either, since most Norwegian trains operate with a speed limit of 80-90km/h due track speed limit.

about a month and a half ago

A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

del_diablo Re:Doesn't solve the problem (136 comments)

Even in Russia, all you need is to change the type of tires to use a bike on the winter.

about 1 month ago

A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

del_diablo Article comments (136 comments)

I am not sure who in their sane mind, writes such a poorly paced 2 page article.
I am sure its up to journalistic standards, but please, learn how to cut it down. Its far too long for something thats essentially "This is a thing, this is the company, and this is how it works, and this was my experience with this thing". Especially when you forget to talk about the third and fourth point.

about 1 month ago

Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

del_diablo Re:Maybe I imagined it... (387 comments)

"No" is a quite rude word. And you can still weasel ways to say "No" to not directly mean No. And then you have a problem. Its also over email, at which the point comes: Email is not verbal communication. It has a large set of features real speech has not, and a large list of features real speech has that email does not. And being sublte or conveying something, without directly stating it, can not be done on email.

about 2 months ago

Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

del_diablo Long/Short comment (253 comments)

Yes. Specs do matter. If the hardware is bottlenecked in anything the OS really needs: Anybody remember those CD drives that locks the system IO while attempting to read? Or what it felt like going from a HDD to a SSD?
There is also a few slashdot articles about significant app launch gain by using a faster SD card over the internal storage, due shitty design

And yet, the answer should be:
No: We should already be past the issue. And software should have solved the issue long time ago. Browsers should almost expect to be used on some of the early Android devices, and then take advantage of any speedup. And more.

about 3 months ago

Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

del_diablo Re:Just like QuakeWorld in 1996? (120 comments)

You have problems with consistent client behavior over 140 ping. This research document supposedly went up to either 200 or 400, depending on what RTT means.
Here is the real problem: What happens if you introduce random packet drop to the system? Over mobile broadband, shitty long line connections, Australias landline, and more, you get packet loss. A small amount with a random amount added.
Does this research paper even touch on the subject?

about 4 months ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

del_diablo Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

Lets talk about this. I talked about my parents about clothing, and at some point we talked about wear of clothes.
Not just mechanically wear, but time. For instance, a lot of t shirts have some form of plastic used to maintain the collar shape. Some string are made out quite degradable materials. Buttons might be made of a material that mis color due time, like SNES machines due oxidation.
Socks are made out of materials that wear very fast, in some cases. Sewing might fix a little, but it won't do anything if its keeps on happening.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

del_diablo Re:I don't understand (516 comments)

Its called "Bad defaults". So please shut up.

Have you ever seen the example? XP did a simple thing: Shut down went to the shutdown menu where the choices was. Vista implemented 2 buttons, one which looks like a Lock, the other which is a colored Off symbol. The problem is that its not a off symbol: by default its the hybrid sleep button. Yes something that should look like a bunch of lined up "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"s looks like a off button.
Its a Microsoft problem.

about 7 months ago

A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

del_diablo Re:Great job David! (86 comments)

Well, the thing is, roads do not ban bikes from them. And bikes are obliged to follow much of the same laws as cars, at the least for driving. Not safety.

about 7 months ago


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