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Comment zero friends (Score 3, Insightful) 301

I have a FB ccount with zero friends with privacy settings that allows only friends of friends to search me. And a fake name, of course.

I use it for websites that offer facebook log-in, its great not to have to create new accounts all over the place and in return I let them post whatever they want on my timeline. :)

Comment passport actually rocks (Score 1) 138

I am no fanboi of anything really, but I bought blackberry passport on a whim when it came out and never looked back. I'm an old fart and their client is the only one that sensibly connects to our IMAP server and just kinda works, physical keyboard is unmatchable. I actually write production emails from my phone now. Really sad to see whatsapp going away, as I use it to speak to my brother.

Comment passport is a damn good phone (Score 3, Interesting) 61

I use BB10 on passport (which was my first blackberry phone ever). I bought it on a whim, more for the freshness factor, and I love it, I find it way better than android in terms of workflow and apps that work, work very well. I just love this phone. Check out amazon reviews and you'll see a lot of people love it.
But I guess, for most people it was too little too late. I'd be sorry if they abandoned it completely...

Comment True (Score 1) 237

I do find that easy interpreted languages that mostly do right thing tend to make you lazy in understanding.
Try for example the following two in python

a=[1,2]; b=a; b=b+b; print a,b
a=[1,2]; b=a; b+=b; print a,b

Results are actually different, even if they should "intuitively" be the same. I found that after spending 3 years of hard coding in C++ made me appreciate what exactly is going on under the hood much better, even for python.

Comment Every site should be payable (Score 2) 120

I know how it should be: regulator should force every commercial media/service website to offer you a paid adless trackless version. For example, I should be able to choose between paying $10 a month and getting no ads and no tracking from google or pay 0 and get both. If I think that is not worth $10, they can bombast me any way they want with ads and play the arms race no matter how nasty they want. I think it is fair and it would show the clear value of targetted ads.

Comment funny bone (Score 1, Interesting) 131

Now we've tickled the American's funny bone. They consent to have their rectum examined by google, but when EU wants to stop google they get all pissed off. However, when a government they elected and can unelect every 4 years tries to save some money by using an efficient way of collecting fines, not biometric face scans, but letters and numbers printed in large font for, ehm, vehicle identification, they get all into freedom mode... :)
(And yes, traffic fines in US are just a thinly veiled attempt at taxation, but if you vote republicans that can't raise taxes normally, you still need to bring this money in somehow, that is why I don't really object to paying them and you shouldn't either...)

Comment Re:$70 max (Score 4, Informative) 515

No, this isn't good math.

Eurostar train tickets between London and Paris are usually more expensive than flying low-cost airline. People splurge on train in preference over air, not the other way round.

True, train take s 2.5 hours of moving and fligth 45 minutes of flying. But I can get to Kings X in 10 minutes on tube and be there 20 minutes before departure and on the other end I am at Gare du Nord, smack in the centre.
When flying, it takes me 1 hour min to each airport, then I need to pay the terrorist task by queing for another hour. Then we fly and then it is again 1hour min from Orly or CDG to get where I want.

Comment Cost lies in power consumption and maintenance (Score 1) 145

The reason why 3 year old supercomputers are scrapped is because the power consumptions per flop becomes just uneconomical and the maintenance costs escalate (all kinds of failures increase dramatically after a few years).
So, unless they have real cheap maintenance guys (which they probably do) and super-cheap power (which they probably don't), it is not really worth it. Better buy a smaller modern cluster.

Comment No one taking coffee seriously should buy this... (Score 2) 145

This is precisely one thing that irks me about living in the US. People get the coffee culture completely wrong, they even say things like "let's grab a coffee". In civilized countries, you never *walk* around with a coffee. You sit down, spend 10 focused minutes on an espresso and maybe conversation and then go on doing things with both hands. Walking around holding some significant fraction of gallon of coffee is just pointless - you get gorilla arm, you never enjoy coffee and you never enjoy a real break.

Comment Re:Rose-tinted view indeed (Score 3, Interesting) 634

Yes... Just fine. Those stories of long waits, or unavailable diagnostic care are just rumors, I am sure...

Yes, they are.

Believe me,I lived for 7 years in UK and now I'm in my 6th year in USA and it is incomparable. US system is just massively inferior - and I work for a big national lab and hold the most expensive insurance option.
So yes, I'd go back to NHS any moment.

Comment Somalia? (Score 1, Flamebait) 701

I don't know what these people are trying to prove. We know communism doesn't work, because we've tried it in eastern Europe. We also know that libertarism doesn't work, because take any failed African state and you see that people don't self organize into well-functioning society.
Besides, I really despise these smug libertarians, who thump their chests about liberty and privacy and are not even remotely aware how much they got from this society, not to mention they they are not willing to give any of it back in taxes... Big egos, little brain and compassion.


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