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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

xSander Re:TV vs Film (186 comments)

I've watched the first 16 episodes or so of season 1 of Arrow on Netflix. It may have been renewed twice and has good ratings, but I find the series subpar.

Most of the show consist of horrible dialogues and close-ups of Stephen Amell's muscles.

The only time I can bear watching that show is when Willa Holland (eyecandy) or John Barrowman (a real actor) are on-screen.

4 days ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

xSander Re:News at 11. (280 comments)

You don't have to buy an "OV-chipkaart" (public transport chip card) to get anywhere by train. If you use the train only incidentally, you can buy a paper ticket with a chip on it. You have to check in and out with it, but for the rest it's the same limited functionality.

The chipcard has been met with criticism since its inception, though. Aside from the usual privacy concerns, it's poorly implemented. You have to check in and out between different transport companies, for example. And of course the companies rake in the money because the tariffs are, in practice, higher than the traditional way. And a lot of people forget to check out, so they pay the full deposit (20 euro for the train) because the companies make it hard to get the money back.

I'm looking forward to using my ATM card with a NFC chip on it for train travel. That way I don't have to top up or have unused, unreachable money on my card. It's not very anonymous, but the current anonymous card isn't 100% anon either if you top it up with an ATM card or credit card, anyway.

about a week ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

xSander Bike lanes (213 comments)

Slightly off-topic, but...

I skimmed TFA and saw images of the bike lanes. it's good to see that they are segregated bike lanes, separate from car traffic. Even better that there's a cushion and a parking lane between the two types of transportation.

It amazes me why some cities think it's a good idea to have bike lanes BETWEEN car lanes. So much can go wrong in those lanes: cars changing lanes, car doors opening, etc. That will never promote or stimulate biking.

Where possible, I'd like to see bike routes to schools, especially in the USA. Children will get healthier and more independent if they bike to school instead of just sitting in their parent's car.

about a month and a half ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

xSander Re:Thanks goodness for that... (331 comments)

'book' can be removed remotely

On that note -- that's why I refused to consider Amazon's Kindle e-readers after that debacle with the George Orwell e-books.

about a year ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

xSander Re:price (331 comments)

I've read many paper books and have owned an e-ink e-reader for 1,5 years now. E-ink has a lot of advantages: no bookshelves full of books, the books always weigh the same no matter how many pages it has, they're generally cheaper than paper, no shipping costs, etc. I can also tell you that since it also uses indirect light, there is NO (extra) strain on the eyes whatsoever. You can also adjust the font or font size to your liking, which makes it ideal for elderly people too.

By the way, I recently got a tablet and tried to read a book on it. That was much less pleasant, even with white letters on black background. Because of the bigger screen and colors, it is suitable for comics though. Until full color e-ink readers with screens bigger than 5" come along.

about a year ago

Microsoft Research Uses Kinect To Translate Between Spoken and Sign Languages

xSander Re:P2TC signs: "I really like this" (79 comments)

This little joke actually raises an interesting topic, as sign language usually does not follow the same grammar as spoken/written language. Sign languages can differ from country to country or from region to region, similar to dialects. The hands aren't the only things used to convey meanings either: facial expressions or body movements are used too.

An example of sign language using the line above could be to represent the words "breasts", "you" and "like", in that order, with expressing the meaning "very much" by widening the eyes or exaggerating the sign for "like". If a software program can only recognize signs and nothing else, the "really" gets lost in translation. And then you have to put the words in the right order as well.

about a year ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator

xSander Re:What We Really Want (245 comments)

Yep. Please. In the meantime, I'll re-watch Firefly and Serenity.

(T:TSCC would've been better, but it's not the best series of the bunch she has played in.)

about a year ago

Post-ACTA Agreement CETA Moving Forward With Similar Provisions

xSander Dupe? (136 comments)

Isn't this basically a dupe of the story I submitted back in July?

Not that the public shouldn't be reminded again. CETA and other ACTA clones need to die.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Tests 'Want' Button To Hoard User Data, Save Its Stock Price

xSander Re:FUCK YOU (98 comments)

They don't have to enable dislikes by default... make it optional. Sometimes a "dislike" option is much more appropriate than a "like" button, like when you post bad news. That at least makes it more social.

about 2 years ago

Dutch Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Constitute Infringement

xSander Re:What's up Netherlands? (203 comments)

Yeah, and the Dutch "cookies law" is much more rigorous as a result. BTW, it's not really a cookies law, it's a law that requires websites to ask permission to track their visitors through whatever method, even IP addresses (as those can be tied to a specific person in most cases.)

more than 2 years ago

The Oatmeal Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

xSander Re:AWESOME. (134 comments)

A terribly unfunny web comic.

Really? You must not like cynicism. Either that or the topics he usually posts about.

more than 2 years ago

Google Maps Adds UK Cycling Directions

xSander Re:Not only UK, also many other European countries (62 comments)

(Oh, and for some algorithm fun, try getting walking directions from Hull, England to Esbjerg, Denmark. It seems to be trying to minimise the walking distance, with rather amusing results.)

Amusing indeed. I tried the bike directions. You have to bike all the way to Norwich and take the ferry to Esbjerg. The alternative is the same as for the walking route.

Anyway, I'm from The Netherlands and I just tried to get the bike route from my home to work. Well, I know a much shorter route than what it gave me! Obviously it's very much in beta.

more than 2 years ago

EU Commission: CETA 'Totally Different From ACTA'

xSander Sure... (112 comments)

Politicians always tell the truth, especially when it's about secretly negotiated treaties, right?

more than 2 years ago

Google Launches Endangered Languages Project

xSander Good initiative (194 comments)

No matter what you may find of endangered languages, it's always worth preserving it. Because what if we had not, and in the future we'd encounter a civilization (doesn't have to be from other worlds) and have no way to decipher their language relatively fast?

more than 2 years ago

Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

xSander Re:Correlation is not causation (684 comments)


Sure, American football sure can cause brain damage. But so do boxing, ice hockey and a bunch other violent sports. Yet, the number of suicides seem low to me. Some of those suicides could be just the player having difficulties with life after the game whilst blaming it on your head gone wrong?

more than 2 years ago

Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court

xSander Re:My first reaction... (394 comments)

I believe Netherland also lost a bid for the Olympics a few years ago (or do we still need to lose that one?) In a way I think it would have been interesting if we did host the Olympics again. I suspect the year would be filled with parliamentary questions about it, and there'd be lots of civil disobedience concerning the IOC's draconic rules. It could become a fun disaster.

Nope. There's a movement going on to get the 2028 Olympics, because then it'll be 100 years ago that The Netherlands hosted its first and last Olympiad in Amsterdam 1928. According to Wikipedia, bidding will start in 2019 and the host city will be chosen in 2021. So there's still time to see how London and other host cities deal with this.

more than 2 years ago

Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court

xSander Re:My first reaction... (394 comments)

I'm from The Netherlands and as some people here may know, my country wanted to host the World Cup 2018 or 2012 together with Belgium. There was some outrage that the FIFA demanded exclusion from taxes from the Dutch and Belgian government. I'm actually glad that "we" did not get the World Cup, although "we" probably would have been the sanest choice (never hosted a World Cup before, played two [now three] World Cup finals, etc.)

I find it not surprising that Russia and Qatar (of all places!) won the bid. Especially Qatar does not make sense. Hold a professional football tournament in the Middle East in the summer?! Even if they succeed to bring down the temperature on the pitch through airconditioning or whatever, the country does not have much of a football culture and it's a very tiny country to boot, much smaller than Belgium or The Netherlands. I hope the FIFA gets in all kinds of trouble over this.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Pirate Bay

xSander Re:Not as simple stupid (156 comments)

Ziggo and XS4ALL have as of today blocked access to the Pirate Bay. The thing is: the court ordered Ziggo and XS4ALL to block certain IP addresses associated with the Pirate Bay, based on a list given by non-governmental organisation BREIN, which purports to protect the rights of intellectual property. The court also ruled that BREIN can add IP-addresses to this list for Ziggo and XS4ALL to block, without further court rulings! Basically the've given BREIN free play to censor the internet.

I have to add that BREIN cannot add IP addresses or domain names that have nothing to do with The Pirate Bay. If they do, Ziggo and/or XS4ALL can go to court to have them removed.

Legalese of the verdict (Dutch only): Paragraph 5.3 mentions which IP addresses and domain names should be blocked. These are (copied & pasted from aforementioned URL):





Note that some of the domain names have been removed since the verdict by BREIN:, and variants.

more than 2 years ago



EFF To Ask Judge To Rule Universal Abused DMCA

xSander xSander writes  |  about 2 years ago

xSander (1227106) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge in San Jose, CA to rule that Universal abused the DMCA to take down a video of a toddler dancing to a Prince song.

The case in question, whose oral argument will be Tuesday, October 16, is Stephanie Lenz vs. Universal, a case that began back in 2007. Lenz shared a video on YouTube of her son dancing to "Let's Go Crazy" on a stereo in the background. After Universal took the video down, Lenz filed a suit with help of the EFF to hold Universal accountable for taking down her fair use. The court had already decided that content owners must consider fair use before sending copyright takedown notices."


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