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Wikipedia May Censor Images

mirshafie Re:Oh good, let's have a debate (171 comments)

Choice is not censorship. As far as I can tell, Wikimedia is considering to add the option for users to block images that have been flagged as potentially offensive. Since Wikipedia covers many aspects of humanity, some of them scary, it makes sense to enable users to filter some of the more graphic aspects of this. Remember, the articles themselves will not be blocked. I think this would make Wikipedia more useful for kids that might not have the tools to deal with looking straight into another person's guts just because their reading up on surgery.

Many other sites, such as DeviantArt, block nudity by default, and to view it you must register an account and turn the filter off. Even though this is opt-out and a bit extreme, calling the practice censorship is ridiculous.

more than 3 years ago
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Bing More Effective Than Google?

mirshafie Re:Google letting me down (385 comments)

I was just thinking the same thing, so I can sympathize with your righteous anger. It would be awesome to have a quick overview of which keywords actually appear on the page for each search result, other than the summary which may or may not include those words. For example, if I search for "canon pixma linux", a page that contains "canon" and "pixma" but not "linux" could be marked "-linux" in the big empty space beside the summary.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

mirshafie Re:Really, Really, Really Bad Idea (417 comments)

You can bring forth the location bar by activating the tab space. Presumably it will also appear by pressing F6 or Ctrl+L. Then you can type in an URL or search phrase just like before. This does not require any extra clicks. But it does imply that you're not clicking the address bar itself, which might be confusing interface-wise, but offers other advantages. (One advantage is that the location bar will be more narrow, meaning that Privacy, Bookmark and Search controls will be easier to spot.)

I agree that it is useful to keep an eye on the location bar. In fact I will most probably keep the location bar with my configuration, just as I activate it in file managers that hide them by default. But I firmly believe that most people will find Chrome's new interface to be much better, if they implement it. I highly doubt that Joe Average regularly checks the URL for possible phishy business, or that he even can tell it apart from a legitimate URL. That's what phishing filters are for.

What Chrome needs now is a visual switch between search engines. Keywords are great (although they could do with some improvement, Konqueror style), but most people have a hard time typing and looking at the screen at the same time. These are the same people that will never install an extension for their browser, so in the name of tech-illiterates everywhere I demand a Search Switcher!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

mirshafie The value of self-esteem (417 comments)

This is brilliant. It is so much more elegant. It shows you exactly what you need to see when you need to see it, the rest of the time you don't have to bother.

I want it widely known that I have some blueprints for this EXACT design that I came up with in 2009, for Firefox 4. Google should pay me! Not that I ever published anything at the time, because my real friends laughed at me and I was afraid you internet people would too, but I can see now that the tables have turned.

more than 3 years ago
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One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible

mirshafie Re:Really necessary? (177 comments)

I don't expect that the scientists in question longed to solve the problem of the band that needs to play loud music but still hear the people outside. They probably did it for the science itself, which seems fascinating.

more than 3 years ago
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Spotify Challenges iTunes With iPod Support, Playlist Synching

mirshafie Re:Being able to purchase MP3s is nothing new (95 comments)

"But it's not a thread about new functionality, it's a thread about new features leading to a presumed new attempt to compete with Apple's music ecosystem."

And that's why the summary points out that Spotify is now cloning some iTunes features, such as iPod syncing and one-click playlist purchasing.

more than 3 years ago
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Local Currencies To Replace Dollar For 5 Countries' Dealings

mirshafie Re:Yeah! ... The Almighty buck is no more! (519 comments)

Iran is already moving over from dollar to euro.

And as an off topic side note, because the economic sanctions recently were extended to stop bank transactions to and from Iran, they are now exchanging their oil for literally boatloads of paper money. Ships come in stuffed with €500 bills (I proudly have one of those in my possession), and Iranian companies that do business with other nations such as China must send employees over with €10000 each. Sometimes the West is really picky with what dictatorships they give their full support, and which ones they really like to stick it to.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Rape Case Reopened

mirshafie Re:Next time... (529 comments)

FYI abortions are legal for any reason, practically free of charge, until the 18th month of pregnancy in Sweden. Sweden is also one of the least religious countries in the world. I strongly doubt that, even if she is a Christian, she has any religious concerns about abortions. She may have medical and moral concerns nonetheless: abortions are NOT a contraceptive.

more than 4 years ago
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Announced

mirshafie Re:Predictions (110 comments)

The point of every segment of the story mode in COD MW2 is to teach you how to play multiplayer well. Its a tutorial from beginning to end. Think about it.

In the "controversial" segment featuring russian terrorists and an endless supply of victims, you are taught the basics of moving, aiming and shooting. You have no way of losing, unlimited ammo, you move slowly etc. After that you are taught to pull the trigger at exactly the right moment, then you are taught to follow dots on a screen, then to be discriminate about what you shoot, and so on. Everything from conserving ammo to special attacks.

Now, I understand that this is not what many people expected, and that's a fair reason to be disappointed. But all in all, I think the story mode was extremely well made. And to strengthen my point, many COD multiplayer nerds have been complaining about getting their asses kicked sore on MW2 multiplayer.

more than 4 years ago
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Roger Ebert On Why Video Games Can Never Be Art

mirshafie Art is what touches you beyond your senses (733 comments)

A game, novel, painting or dance routine all have some sort of direction. Objectives, rules and outcomes are for a game what paint is for a painting.

What you think qualifies as art is of no relevance. Neither are the author's intentions. It can still be art to somebody else. (However I would argue that an author is necessary for it to qualify as art.) A (de)formed block of concrete in the middle of a square somewhere is not art if it simply invokes the word "art" in your brain, however it is art if it makes you think about something different, something more than the concrete and the square. It's a highly personal experience and cannot be defined by categories.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

mirshafie Re:How are we supposed to understand this? (1671 comments)

Oh shut the fuck up. I want you to lose! You are not the good guys. You are not only murderers, you are also cowardly liars. You have no just cause for going to war, and you don't have the support of the locals. Nothing "good" can come out of your presence there, especially not with the attitude that you are entitled to killing civilians if it helps you kill your enemies. I am not saying anything about the actions of these individual soldiers, although it is clear that they made several huge mistakes. They hopefully and probably want to do good. But they are part of an insane way of thinking that is pure and proper evil. Please prove me wrong. Begin by explaining why the children whose parents you murdered in cold blood should be moved to a local hospital for treatment.

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS, Present and Future

mirshafie Re:False! (132 comments)

ChromeShell is a Shell for Windows. Therefore Windows needs to load before the Shell can load. ChromeShell will only decrease the time of logging in (which can be a LOT on many Windows machines), not the time to boot.

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS, Present and Future

mirshafie Re:Useful (132 comments)

I think Microsoft's idea was to launch their office suite for free on the web, so when you can edit Word and Excel documents in your browser, that is really all most people need. The question is which web OS will prevail. (And for whatever två öre is worth, I think Microsoft has a huge advantage in providing decent backward compatibility with the largest library of software on this planet, which could be a deal breaker if they can pull it through. I wonder what the ReactOS guys are doing.)

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Backs Swedish Movie Streaming Site

mirshafie Re:barrage of ads; been to the theater lately? (156 comments)

The largest theater chain in Sweden, Svensk Film Bio, lets you choose your seats when you register online (with no extra cost), plays about two minutes of ads and two trailers before the movie starts. I'd rather see no ads and no trailers, but hey, they have to show something while everyone is settling down. It doesn't really bother me.

about 5 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

mirshafie Those guys with all the money (770 comments)

The way I see it -- the way my old man always saw it -- is that Microsofts marketing and branding strategy, though dated, makes sense. Ordinary People (TM) are prepared to pay Big Money (R) to get a faster and fresher computer, and if they need to bin their four year old XP machine for a brand new Vista to get it, then that is just the way it is and they accept it. To Computer Nerds (GPL) this stings, because we know that those four year old computers still have a lot of life in them, and that XP can be a quite decent OS if tweaked properly. If Microsoft made the effort to gradually upgrade their products once every other year that would probably eliminate a significant chunk of computer hardware sales. But the loser would be Microsofts most important partners, the hardware manufacturers.

Now the way that my old man sees it is that Windows 7 is a real improvement as far as interface is concerned. Everything from the file structure to basic user interactions such as dialogs or the taskbar and Explorer seem matured and polished. I've been testing Win 7 RC for a couple of weeks, and although I had many stability issues the first week, I'm now completely convinced to make the switch from XP. Right now I'm running it on a Gigabyte GC-230D board with Intel Atom chips (1,6 Ghz CPU) and 2GB ram, Aero turned on, and it performs acceptably. And this comes from the guy who ran Windows 95 until well into 2003, for the fear of XP being another Windows 97, 98, or god forbid Me.

As for the licensing and intrusion issues I have nothing to comment, other than this time around I won't be able to afford to buy a legit copy, so my usage will be determined by the availability of working free copies.

about 5 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Goes Chrome, New UI In Q4 2010

mirshafie Re:Tabs on top, do it NOW! (556 comments)

If you like Firefox, why don't you install Personal Menu or similar addon that replaces the Menu bar and remove the Search box and all other un-needed elements? The first time I saw Chrome I was psyched because it looked exactly like I've been configuring Firefox and Konqueror to look like for years. Except the tabs-on-top, which is cool but not really necessary on a standard monitor.

I used Chrome for a few months and I love it as a project, however I actually find it to be about as slow as IE when the number of tabs go above 10. Big no-no.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Amazon's Kindle Should Use Open Standards

mirshafie Re:I wouldn't publish on Kindle if it was Open (315 comments)

Of course you do. You need money, as do everyone else. So maybe you should be concerned with the cut that the store puts into their own pockets. In this day and age you can use open formats and platforms to distribute your work pretty much for free, and if your content is good and you charge a reasonable price (which should be easy seeing as a large chunk of it is pure profit) people WILL buy and you WILL spread the butter carelessly.

Don't be afraid. We come in peace from the internets. You are one of us now. We love you.

more than 5 years ago
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Iran Moves To End "Facebook Revolution"

mirshafie Re:The Ugly Side of Truth (838 comments)

It would seem so, wouldn't it? Perhaps you should at least try to see how this tragic situation could arise?

It began of course with decades of tyranny that fueled fundamentalist and Soviet-friendly views. But the revolution itself did not rest upon the different socialist fractions or the different religious fractions, neither was it the work of any ethnic group in particular. The revolution happened out of a desire to stop the tyranny, but a lot of people had not really contemplated what should be in its place.

That is why after the revolution the strongest established movement, the fundamentalist shia muslim fractions, could claim power. They had national networks in place to organize on a national scale. They got rid of the most important competition, the communists (thousands are believed to have been executed in front of their co-workers). They organized an election which looked democratic enough that gave them complete power.

What should the common Iranian do at this point? You have already risked your life to get rid of the pest of an oppressive regime with the support of the strongest army in the world. What is the point of trying to overthrow another oppressive regime without any form of organization of how the Iranian society should develop after another revolution?

You know, there may very well be a damn good point to continue the resistance, and Iranians do so in their own subtle ways every day. But you can't blame them for being cynical. I, however, can blame you for being cynical. These are people that need your moral support, not your ignorant judgments. Keep that in mind.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled

mirshafie Re:Why are we deprived of this in North America? (578 comments)

(Irony is not hot anymore)

I think it sucks that they won't package IE, and the EU needs to stop meddling with these things. If they want to support open source software by doing something useful or donating money, that would be great, but to cripple a OS over it is weak. What if they forced everyone to include every alternative software bundled with the product, and what decides which alternative programs will get the special treatment?

Sure, it would be cool to have a Windows install DVD with a special installer that lets you choose exactly what browser, media player, IM etc you want. Perhaps get the latest install files from the internet automatically. But it seems more like something for The Pirate Bay. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Google Outlines the Role of Its Human Evaluators

mirshafie Don't read this if you're not in a bad mood (62 comments)

I don't want no trouble here, but the advertising on this site sucks. This is about how people respond to those arrows they have in the search results now, right? *Checking* No, it turns out to be un-feckin-related to any sudden philosophical shifts within the company... and then some stuff about the people that work at the GOOG... as you resume to call it, you ironic scuttlemonkeys.

more than 5 years ago

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