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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

tao Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

I'm fairly certain that the terms of service explicitly forbids that kind of use.

about a month ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

tao Re:Humble Bundle (240 comments)

Yeah, same here -- the various Humble Bundles put me way past $50 yearly.

I have bought three non-HB apps though. Bridge Baron, Wordfeud and Carcassonne.

about 6 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

tao Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (366 comments)

FWIW the film in question (Beck - Levande begravd) was a total fiasco at the box office... The fine (if ever paid) would likely provide a higher income than the film netted at the cinema.

about 10 months ago
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Group Attacks Bad Software Patents Before They're Approved

tao Re:Good intentions but potentially harmful (82 comments)

The *real* solution is to stop issuing software patents in the short term and patents in general in the longer term.

about a year ago
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A Tale of Two MySQL Bugs

tao Re: who cares? (191 comments)

Nope. If he was intending to use possessive sense then that "for" shouldn't be there.

Either he meant "others' spelling" ("other people's spelling") or "someone else's spelling" or "others about spelling" (ok, I admit, "for" might possible correct too -- English is not my native tongue, nor am I a language scholar). "other's for spelling" doesn't make sense.

about a year ago
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France To Open Preliminary Investigation About PRISM Program

tao Re:Human Rights voliations (98 comments)

In before the, now, stereotypical US response of "your governments do it too!"...

1) No, we have liberty and freedom in Europe.

I dunno about other European countries, but in Sweden we definitely have a counterpart to NSA (FRA) that does similarly all-encompassing surveillance, all of course under the guise of "anti-terrorism". As an added "bonus" the laws regulating FRA explicitly says that they're allowed to exchange the information with foreign nations (read the US).

To dupe citizens into believing that the information isn't abused (of course the mere fact that the information is collected is abuse, but...) a special group has been set up to monitor the use of the information. But despite finding a lot of violations of the (already very permissive) regulations, FRA does not rectify any of their so called mistakes.

One example is that they're not allowed to save the information more than a certain time period (I believe it's 6 months). "Oh, but we copied the information to a different database! Now it's not raw data anymore, it's refined intellgence reports that aren't covered by that time limitation".

But other than that I agree. Two (or many) wrongs doesn't make a right.

about a year ago
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My plans for summer ...

tao Food, festivals, fun... (187 comments)

So far my planning involves three different 2-star restaurants; 1-2 festivals (Amphi plus maybe something else); Roger Waters' The Wall (second time I see it); a C=64 demoparty; a visit to Legoland and then two weeks I haven't yet made plans for (will probably involve more restaurant visits).

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

tao Re:Pathetic. (841 comments)

But can anyone explain why the US Chamber of Commerce is the top money giving lobbyist, by 3x?

Because it is, despite the misleading name, NOT a government agency. It's through and through a lobbyist organisation.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

tao My favourites... (321 comments)

1.) Pearls Before Swine ( http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine?ref=comics )

2.) Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal ( http://www.smbc-comics.com/ )
Examples:
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2835#comic
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2560#comic
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2674#comic

3.) Romantically Apocalyptic ( http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/ )

4.) A softer world ( http://asofterworld.com/ )

about 2 years ago
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Brain Disease Found In NFL Players

tao First reaction (271 comments)

My first reaction: "Yeah, that makes sense. Gotta take some kind of brain disease to make you wanna play American Football".

about 2 years ago
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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

tao Re:Working to cover for the USA (340 comments)

I've always been lucky enough to have reasonable managers; we just agree on registering the vacation to have taken place in, say, July/August, then I go on vacation whenever it suits me and the project best.

Usually I take my summer vacation in September or October (especially October kinda sucks to spend in Finland anyway, so it's a great time to go travelling, also the tickets are generally a lot cheaper then), but with this approach I can also move a week to spring if i want to, since the salary office won't need to be involved.

about 2 years ago
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My relationship to military service:

tao Re:Missing option (525 comments)

Americans do not allow their soldiers and airmen to be tried in foreign countries because of politics never allowing a fair trial.

Yeah, I guess the US policy of simply not having trials at all and just detaining "enemy combatants" indefinitely without any legal hearings is much more fair.

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 Could Be Out In Three Years

tao Re:Firefox (174 comments)

Quark (as served with jam).

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple's Story Is Like Breaking Bad

tao Re:Samsung? (288 comments)

Actually, we did something better -- the N950, but Microsoft^WNokia wouldn't let us sell it.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

tao Re:Sexual assault, huh? (1065 comments)

You're correct that Sweden isn't a NATO country. But to say that Sweden does not have strong ties to the US is bullshit. Sweden has previously assisted the CIA to transfer two persons who were seeking asylum in Sweden to Egypt where they could be tortured. This in direct violation with international laws.

Sweden has also acted as a happy sock puppet for the US in the whole The Pirate Bay fiasco.

Sweden is definitely an ally of the US, and as for high integrity... I think that went out of the window with the FRA law ("Yeah, any and all information can and will be exchanged with foreign intelligence services"), The Pirate Bay, weapon exports to dictatorships, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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On my summer vacation, I did / will do / am doing:

tao Food trip (240 comments)

I'll do a food trip, as usual. Most years I choose my destinations based on the cuisine in the country as whole (hence I've been to Spain, South Korea, Italy, France and India the last few years), but this year I decided to pick just one restaurant (The Waterside Inn in Bray, UK).

Hopefully I'll be able to score a reservation at The Fat Duck (also in Bray, UK) or Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) next year.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Ignore Any Rejection of ACTA

tao Re:As an American... (253 comments)

The list of guys who can be the Two Men is pretty short, I understand. I expect Panetta can be the Second Man, but I doubt Hillary could, for instance.

At the very least Hillary would require some surgery before she could...

more than 2 years ago
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Fourth European Committee Rejects ACTA

tao Re:Any chance left? (37 comments)

Because the committees are just recommending YES/NO based on their specific area of (sometimes "so-called") expertise.

For instance, a committee specialised on power and industry might be totally for opening another coal mine. A committee specialised on environmental issues is probably gonna be against it.

Since ACTA is a trade agreement, the Trade committee is the main committee, and their recommendation thus -- normally at least -- carries the most weight.

In the end though, the representatives in the parliament are the ones deciding whether or not to follow the recommendations of the committees. The EU parliament can be quite unpredictable from time to time...

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available To Download

tao Re:Microsoft Vanishing From Average Person's Life (363 comments)

No Linux wont be there to pick of the pieces. Google will. Chromebooks suck ass but they are easy to use.

The ChromeOS kernel is Linux.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

tao Re:PCs turning into a closed platform... (809 comments)

... Except: Apple is doing it on their own hardware. Microsoft is requiring it from all hardware manufacturers that want a "Certified for Windows 8" sticker, which means pretty much all non-Apple hw makers. See the difference? If Microsoft were doing their own hw and restricting that (like, say, the X-Box), I'd think it was fair game. A pity, yes (just like I consider it a pity that Apple cripples their hardware), but monopolistic? No. But this *is* monopolistic.

more than 2 years ago

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