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+ - Assange loses appeal to dismiss arrest warrant.

Submitted by Ecuador
Ecuador writes: Looks like Julian Assange will stay at my^H^Hthe Ecuadorian embassy for at least a while longer, as the Swedish Supreme Court denied his appeal to dismiss the arrest warrant for allegations of sexual assault. The WikiLeaks founder has been in the embassy for almost three years now (and it is quite a small embassy — more like a ground floor apartment). As the statute of limitations for some of the alleged crimes is approaching, Swedish prosecutors have already agreed with Assange to question him at the embassy, a fact that made the Court see "no reason to lift the arrest warrant".

Comment: Re:No thank you (Score 1) 203

by Ecuador (#49654079) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport

Not everyone thinks closing down the old airport in Athens was a good idea. In fact most people I have discussed this with (mainly people who fly a lot) think that they should have kept the newest terminal (which was quite good) and serve at least some short-haul flights from there. Sure, there is a subway to the Airport, but it is a very long way away (which is of course even more of a problem if you can't take the subway). It is not that good to have to make a 1 hour trip to the airport to catch a 1 hour flight to an island... The old airport had a great location and its only problem was that it was the only one serving Athens. Few cities the size of Athens have only 1 airport.
Also, people living near the airport are rightfully afraid that the freed land will be used for ugly residential development (Athens specializes in that) and also the surrounding areas that were kept from becoming as urbanized as the center of Athens partly due to the airport-imposed building height limit, will star getting the usual 6-story buildings. When it was first decided the old airport would close, politicians promised it would be our "metropolitan park", every year they reduce the size of the promised park and increase the area for development. Now we have reached the point where even a \. poster thinks it is a good idea to use that area for development to "bring few billions Euros" (sic)! Yeah, an even uglier and unhealthier Athens is what is needed, just sell everything!

Comment: Wait, this hasn't shipped yet??? (Score 1) 84

by Ecuador (#49630759) Attached to: Oculus Rift Launching In Q1 2016

I have been reading headlines for "Oculus Rift" on /. etc for years. I never read the articles apart from the first 1 or 2, since I found out that Oculus Rift is an "exciting" VR headset and that pretty much covered it for me. Maybe I am getting old, I don't know - for example I do remember me being excited before the Virtual Boy was released. In any case having seen so many headlines over the years, without actually paying any attention to them I had assumed this was a real product and modestly popular. But it is not out yet and not going to be until 2016? That raised my eyebrow and I clicked on the link to find out this "product" I hear about all these years "exists" only as some dark renders on an even darker background? Wow, that's it then, I MUST be getting old...

Comment: Ah! (Score 1) 125

by Ecuador (#49627909) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

I also have an unsecured wifi neighbor for the last two years. It was very helpful when I first moved in, it took over 2 weeks for my ISP to connect me. Of course I installed a couple of repeaters to extend their network nicely, but this time secured! We don't want more people mooching off this nice neighbor! It's still my backup network if something goes wrong with mine (or I want to borrow a different IP for nefarious purposes).

Comment: Apple goes to the other extreme (Score 2) 434

by Ecuador (#49625247) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

They make you upgrade to the latest version, whether you want to or not, otherwise your software stops working. It is more obvious on the desktop of course. Every version they release, they remove at least one of the features I like, but in the end I have to upgrade otherwise a critical piece of software (e.g. Xcode) will not run. That would not be that bad (except releases like Yosemite which are that bad), but then they suddenly decide that your hardware cannot upgrade to the latest OS, without which your software won't work, ergo you have to get a new device.
So while on first glance it looks much better than the Android mess, it is not the best possible scenario either.
My favorite ever mobile OS was MaeMo/MeeGo (N900 & N9 owner) and now that I think about it it even had that right. You could install newer OS versions if you wanted, you did not really have to, but they were actually better by adding more features.

Comment: Maybe they are holding it wrong? (Score 1) 263

by Ecuador (#49576539) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

In seriousness now, I won't make fun of the part where they went for the vendor with the most posh consumer tablet, instead of having something customized for this job.
But I am wondering, since it was just supposed to replace the paper manuals, why weren't those manuals the backup? Ok, don't carry them around all the time, but shouldn't they still be available as a backup to take them to the pilots if there is trouble with the ipads instead of just canceling the flight?

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten