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Comment Re:tell your mobile not to share it (Score 1) 130

Then the bank interrogates the browser on the itty bitty device and sees that the screen resolution is so low that it *must* be a mobile device, so it refuses to let you log in from the website because 'they have an app for mobile devices'. That app conveniently also only requires PIN authentication instead of one-time codes and is only available through the Play store, which I don't have installed on my Jolla (even then, it might detect that the phone is 'rooted' and refuse to work because Android support is just a layer over the actual OS.)

Looking at you there, Belfius Bank.

If anyone has any ideas to fake the resolution on a Sailfish browser, I'd be happy to hear about that (Firefox can do that, but it's a bit more of a hassle to use.)

Comment Re:Why are people bullying? (Score 1) 353

Luke 6:37? Yes, we could do with many more people trying to apply that rule consistently. Unfortunately most people still don't, whether Christian or not.

Contrary to popular Christian belief, I do think that everyone will be judged eventually, but not for whether we were nice obedient kids that kept all of the little rules. Instead, I think it will be about *why* we kept or didn't keep the rules in every situation. That will make for some interesting surprises (and not just for others, very probably for myself too.)

There are plenty of conflicting rules, it's up to us to decide which rules are the most important right now. A God that is only concerned about following every rule is no ideal Father, merely an ideal policeman, and that doesn't make sense in Christianity.

Comment Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 353

cyberbullying is bad yeah, but not as bad as getting hit with a baseball bat. or shot.

Not as bad for the one doing the bullying you mean. Because for quite a few victims the end results are exactly the same. They're just pushed to doing it to themselves. It's much easier to hide that evidence on the Internet.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 136

No, the only examination was looking at ears, throat and listening to the chest. The only time we didn't get a prescription was when I indicated that we had a very strong suspicion that our kid got a viral infection from another baby (that did get thoroughly tested and spent a couple of days in hospital for that infection a bit earlier and the symptoms matched.)

Of course the doctor was right for requiring an antibiotic treatment to be done completely. The problem is that the antibiotics were prescribed at all, even without explicitly saying they were antibiotics. Even though being a parent (with the associated lack of sleep) makes everything look much worse than it is, this really wasn't something that got us into a panic, we just wanted to have someone with more experience look at it to be sure that we didn't overlook anything (again, we knew we weren't getting enough sleep.)

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 136

That's okay, I know I was actually commenting on a side point of your post and I am quite aware that the reason doctors prescribe like that is exactly because patients aren't satisfied unless they have something tangible as a result from their visit. That's a hard problem to fix because all of society has grown accustomed to it.

(This is about Belgium, BTW, not the US.)

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 3, Interesting) 136

Demanding? I couldn't get the doctor to stop prescribing antibiotics for my kid for every minor throat infection. I just wanted to know whether it was serious or not (usually because we were going on vacation or visiting other families with very young babies and some anti-vaxxers.)

I think I threw away four or five prescriptions immediately when we got home. Didn't even check what they were for, the remark 'Take this and come back in two weeks if it persists. Oh, you must use the prescription in its entirety' was enough to know that it wasn't serious and they were prescribing antibiotics anyway.

Eventually we just started going to another doctor, but we haven't had a suspicious cough yet since we changed.

Comment Re:Spoiled much? (Score 1) 291

Bandwidth isn't expensive, but getting it to some location where you actually want to use it, is.

Of course, high-bandwidth connections are cheap at an IX, but the cost of sufficient real estate inside that IX to live comfortably close to your cheap bandwidth won't make your total cost of living look pretty.

On a side note: you may have a nice fiber with 100Gbps capability. What do you think the hardware costs that can actually handle that link?

Comment Re:Human Machine Interaction Science (Score 1) 155

More numbers are also not necessarily more accurate either... In our measuring course at university, we got that explained very thoroughly: we got shown a pretty nice (digital) handheld Fluke and a huge, antique analog AVO meter. Both meters were regularly checked and calibrated in-house. Of course everyone was convinced the Fluke would be much more accurate because it was easily 20 years younger.

Then we had to do the actual calculations, based on the accuracy given on the case of the meters. Surprise: the analog meter was still more than twice as accurate as the digital one (if you can read it correctly, of course.) When actually checking the information, it turned out that the last digit on the digital meter was pretty useless because the measurement error was a very significant fraction of that digit.

These were devices used in Electrical Engineering, where it's actually important to know how valid the information is that you read off your meters. ... and an anecdote about digital-analog meters in cars: a couple of years ago I got into a strange situation where the gauges system of my dash didn't boot. Everything worked: indicator lights, odometer, engine was running, but all analog meters remained at zero. I could run the car by the engine sound until I could pull over and restart, but it still felt weird every time I glanced at the dash.

Comment Re:Imagine the punishment it it killed millions (Score 2) 209

all the proof you have is a note in a book - mistake happen ).

Not anymore, at least not in Belgium. The doctor peels the label off the exact shot you got and puts it into the book. After the fourth shot (around 14 months), they fill out a form that you then have to return to the municipality to prove that your kid had their basic Polio vaccinations (there's one more around 6 yrs), which ones and when, so there are at least three separate registrations.

Polio is the only mandatory vaccination in Belgium and they take it fairly seriously. Personally, we take all vaccinations seriously, especially for our kids, but that's mostly because we sometimes hang out with alternative types (Waldorf education tends to also be pretty anti-vax; they are actually the biggest risk of non-vaccination here) and reformed Christians, so we are not counting on herd immunity there...

I will keep an eye on this, though...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 243

No, you tell them that you appreciate the effort they took to look good, you don't tell them they're beautiful or handsome. This is by the exact same reasoning: should they get badly hurt in an accident, you'll also have given them psychological issues because they'll have lost a part of themselves (and some people don't have many other parts of themselves to fall back on, while everyone can work hard to improve.)

You don't praise your kids for things that are part of who they are, you praise them for the efforts they make.

Comment Re: Different colors (Score 1) 267

Same here. As far as I've always assumed, that issue seems to be because your eyes 'white-balance' separately. If you close one eye in sunlight, your closed eye will be blue-shifted after a while because while your eyelid is closed, it sees only red light which your brain tries to compensate to the same color your other eye is seeing. When I was young, I sometimes sat with both eyes closed outside, in full sunlight; if I went inside the house immediately after I opened my eyes, the entire interior of the house would be blue for a while.

If my head is turned to one side in bed, I tend to have my lowermost eye closed more than my uppermost eye, leading to the same effect.

Comment Re:Skip the angle grinder (Score 1) 416

For the multimeter: if you'll have anything to do with power, it's useful if you can check the load on a rack or phase without having to call the electricians (if some part of your power infrastructure is overloaded and your fuses keep tripping, you can quickly rebalance the load until an electrician can have a detailed look.)

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.