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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

upside Metered mobile data, so 2000's. (131 comments)

Unlimited 4G data for 34,50 euros / month.

about 4 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

upside Re:No price != No cost (409 comments)

This is the point that hasn't sunken into the people who use Google services. You are not the customer.

The advertisers are the customer and you are the product.

about 9 months ago
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Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race

upside Re:Giving everyone $2/day: (137 comments)

Food aid is a poisonous gift. You might feed a bunch of people, but it undercuts the livelihoods of local farmers, and just creates dependency on handouts. Disaster relief is one thing, but without a transition plan towards self sufficiency it is almost worse than nothing.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/commentary-dependency-hinders-development

I saw a documentary about the aid industry in Haiti, and it was quite disgusting. Local builders and plumbers living in tattered tents without proper sanitation, just living on hand me downs from aid agencies whose interest was already focusing on the next disaster. Real aid would help the locals help themselves, not pay for aid industry fat salaries and materials manufactured in the donor countries.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/09/opinion/where-does-aid-money-really-go/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9545584/Poverty-barons-who-make-a-fortune-from-taxpayer-funded-aid-budget.html

1 year,11 days
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

upside Re:So? (263 comments)

I don't think people will start fixing things until they've first been made aware of the state of affairs. We need voices like this to make people aware. Call it whining if you like.

about a year ago
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

upside Please stick to facts (263 comments)

Website operators are responsible for moderating user content as you say. If someone posts libelous comments the owner must remove it.

There's no requirement to use real names or for operators to record them, however, which means there are plenty of nasty Slashdot-like cesspools. The trash talk is just between forum names, not real ones.

about a year ago
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Do Is Done

upside Oracle & MySQL? (51 comments)

Could it be they plan to offer a more expensive service?

about a year ago
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Police Raid Home of 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay User, Seize "Winnie the Pooh" Laptop

upside Re:Sensational! (376 comments)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's take on it.

What puzzles me is how is the NDA supposed to threaten other downloaders. They ought to take lessons from a despot on how to make an example, usually public hangings are public for a reason. The NDA is clearly there to keep a lid on their activities, because drawing the spotlight is bad for them.

about 2 years ago
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Police Raid Home of 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay User, Seize "Winnie the Pooh" Laptop

upside Re:Scandinavia, the great country! (376 comments)

You're right. Linguistically Finnish is totally unrelated, for example Swedish and Russian are closer to each other than Finnish is to either of them. However, Finland shares the same mix of politics, economics, culture and religion with other Nordic countries, which is distinct from other parts of Europe and the world.

about 2 years ago
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My relationship to military service:

upside Re:A small percentage are veterans (525 comments)

I just wish they'd just get over it and go back home instead of trying to relive it over and over again.

Lessons of WWII? Europeans learned there there is no "ism" worth fighting over. The Yanks learned that sending their kids abroad to kill foreigners over the bogeyman du jour is good and something to be proud of. Strange how those bogeymen keep appearing. "Serving." "Protecting our freedom". Yeah right, those Iraqis were threatening US freedoms real bad, worth killing 100 000 civilians over.

more than 2 years ago
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My relationship to military service:

upside Re:USMC (R) Veteran (525 comments)

Proud for what, being gullible? You weren't repelling an invasion, just serving narrow interests.

more than 2 years ago
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Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012

upside Re:South Florida independent voter here... (409 comments)

Iraq did not start a war against the USA. The US invaded Iraq on false pretenses, without a declaration of war. It broke international laws in doing so, and when a western democracy blew the whistle on it we got Freedom Fries. Hamburgers ought to be called gulliburgers in the rest of the world.

more than 2 years ago
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Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012

upside Re:for some things, less is not more! (409 comments)

Those barriers are called a first past the post electoral system. With proportional representation you'd have a completely different political scene. Same goes for electoral colleges - you should be able to elect your president directly if you want to call yourself a democracy.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

upside Re:a thing of beauty? (438 comments)

Then you probably came across the h2ome yacht.

Same old story: find a design, pare it down, make it white, call it your own.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Asked To Rule On Private Copying

upside Re:Switzerland (157 comments)

I love the obsession with "socialism" in the US. Forget about commies and pinkos, here come muslims and socialists. Oooh, next Hollywood nightmare scenario: Socialist Muslims! That would scare the pants off you.

You know, Switzerland and other "socialist" European countries have strict belief in private property. If you Yanks would be able to handle the thing called nuance, you'd realize there are shades of gray.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03european-t.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_model#Overview
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhenish_model

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

upside Re:You were rewarded with lunch? Whoa now... (383 comments)

What I'm thinking is the cost of lunch vs. an online source control system annual subscription.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

upside Slashdot post in 2022 (399 comments)

"The Slashdot user known as bbn has a /48 block of IPv6 addresses that is unused. An e-petition was created ..."

more than 2 years ago

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Apple demands cap on 3G data

upside upside writes  |  more than 3 years ago

upside (574799) writes "'[Mobile operator] Elisa rebuffed Apple's demands for a capped iPad-plan' reports Finnish IT-viikko. Uncapped 3G connections are the norm in Finland, but apparently Apple has pressured Finnish mobile operators to introduce iPad-specific, capped plans that conform to Apple's guidelines. According to an Elisa spokeman 'an iPad connection would have meant weakened mobile broadband'. The outcome? According to the article Apple's Finnish language website is now advertising how the iPad2 'only works in Finland on Elisa's worst rivals' networks'."
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Nerd wagers he can bed 100 women in a year

upside upside writes  |  more than 6 years ago

upside (574799) writes "It could be a cheezy movie: a middle aged nerd blogging about his quest to sleep with a hundred women. The blog's in Finnish but there's an English article in the country's biggest daily. Quote: In base-ten, 100 is a nice round figure. Another possibility, a more realistic one, would have been to resort to the binary system. In it, 64 would have been an equally round number."

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Spammer friendly domain registrars

upside upside writes  |  more than 6 years ago http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=410854&cid=21963622

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upside upside writes  |  about 10 years ago Got trolled and posted some inflammatory comments recently. Embarrasing.

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upside upside writes  |  more than 10 years ago

An event that definitely merits a first journal post: I've gained my first freak. First I got a fan, then excellent karma. I think I'm now fully initiated.

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