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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

war4peace Re:that's because (275 comments)

It's not about countries, it's about cultures.
Some cultures (e.g. Western European culture) favor more serious subjects versus others. Some others (e.g. Northern American) favor lighter subjects (unwind-type). Asian cultures apparently favor explosive feeling-related and augmentative headlines ("It's SUPER effective!"; "AMAZING performance!").

Nobody's to blame, really, except companies not doing their homeworks and trying to vomit their own culture-specific successes over other cultures and promptly failing.

13 hours ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

war4peace Re:Unnatural aspect ratio (292 comments)

Asians would feel offended by your remarks.
They definitely need slit monitors.

yesterday
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

war4peace Re:Nope... Nailed It (179 comments)

My manager never gets involved into the development process except when there's an escalation, usually from me. He's there to help me overcome hurdles, nothing more. And he's been really good at keeping stupid people at bay.

2 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (306 comments)

...but when you compare it with the possibility you might not interact at all with someone from, say, Indonesia... it suddenly becomes infinitely richer :)

5 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (306 comments)

None of those activities is a waste of time. Cleaning for obvious reasons, but playing MMOs for less obvious, yet equally important ones.
I play MMOs because they allow me to closely interact, in real time, with people around the world. I gravitate towards global guilds/clans/communities which feature people coming from various locations and with various backgrounds. I learned a lot about other countries and other people simply by playing together.

5 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (306 comments)

I listen to podcasts while doing chores, but I could listen to podcasts while I play my favorite MMO just as well.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

Dune was pretty good at the time. So were the movies derived from Arthur C Clarke's work.
I'm okay with adaptation, what I'm not okay is removing the fucking main character of the book from the movie (e.g. Riverworld which was a HORRIBLE movie).

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

There are so many great, GREAT books which deserve great, GREAT movies: Tuf Voyaging, A Fire Upon The Deep, Spin (by Robert Charles Wilson), Camouflage (which is really not difficult to put on screen).
If you really want to go crazy, Greg Egan's books are the thing. I'd be very much curious to see Schild's Ladder as a movie.
As for the sex-laden tendency of HBO as of late, they should simply take "Tous vers l'extase" written by Philippe Curval and be done with it - they don't even have to modify it :)

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:Yes! (242 comments)

HBO = Heavy Boobs Office?

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Cmdr. Riker-like, not more.
If you look at Star Trek:TNG Series 1-2, Riker was quite a ladies' man, but the way it was put on screen was great: developed his character very well without turning into softporn.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

war4peace Re:Its prison (356 comments)

Only prison (jail) time is not (in theory) about making you feel miserable. One is not helped by being made miserable.
Prison time is (in theory) intended to put someone in a controlled environment where he could redeem by performing various activities while at the same time preventing said individual from continuing on the wrong path. The fact that it, in practice, became something very different is another story.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

war4peace Re:Concern for high values? (356 comments)

Would a vegan eat an animal who dies of old age? Or in an accident? How about roadkill?
Cicadas, for example. They have a very short life span (outside of the tree trunks) and are edible immediately after death (if cooked right).

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

war4peace Re:Concern for high values? (356 comments)

I think we're avoiding the correct question.
When you are sent to jail, you lose some rights. Would the ability to eat specific types of food (or not eat them thereof) belong to the rights you lose or not?
If it does, then this is a non-issue. If it doesn't, then we have a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

war4peace Re:The only way to win the game... (116 comments)

That's if you have shit to share. I don't. My account exists there because other people have shit to share and I am perusing it. That is, a few close friends and relatives who live abroad. Handpicked people.

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

war4peace Re:How is this even a story? (321 comments)

I have printed porn images on HP printers around the world using just Google :)

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

war4peace Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (321 comments)

They could be made simpler by designing and creating applications, UIs and features which "do one thing but do it well".
There's little incentive to do so, though, although I have to say that smartphones got there already, more or less.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

war4peace Re:Solar Panels (250 comments)

My childhood house had this:
- Rain falling on the house roof was channeled into a subterranean pool.
- Water stored there was used to water the garden and wash out the shit from the outside loo.

I wonder whether building a second subterranean room below the first would do the trick. The rooms should be quite large (7x7x5 meters each!) to store up to 195 cubic meters of water, but if you have a large enough courtyard you should be able to make two 10x10x2 meter rooms on top of each other, separated by a strong ceiling. You could bring the water back to the top room by using energy coming from a small wind-operated turbine.

This is just theory, throw rocks at will.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

war4peace Re:drill for oil and frack your land (250 comments)

Europe doesn't have much locally drillable oil resources, as for fracking, it's a sensitive subject which splits population right in half.

about two weeks ago

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