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Comment Re:Cue the flamewar... (Score 1) 1134

Let alone, the fact that there are countries who's citizens are way better armed who have less gun crime.

At the same time, you have countries with less than a third of US gun ownership where gun crime rates are about forty times lower than in the US... I personally don't think the issue is the amount of guns per 100 heads. I think the issue is the amount of people who should be institutionalized that are on the streets with access to guns.

Comment Re:w007 (Score -1) 56

Cue endless bellyaching "oh noes, they'll take my X11 network transparency over my dead body!" comments and "damned kids don't know what they're doing," never mind Wayland exists because the damned kids maintaining Xorg got tired of the cruft.

Backwards compatibility, not having to change the way you manage your whole infrastructure for "remote desktop solution of the week". X11 network transparency may not make any sense in the desktop world, but on the server side it is an awesome feature. You do realize that in the real world the majority of the market share for Linux is server and embedded, that the majority of customers don't have an Os monoculture except if they're a greenfield site, right?

Can anybody help me understand why rdesktop [wikipedia.org] or similar schlepping bitmaps (I'm pretty sure it can do single window instead of whole desktop, which would work nicely with Wayland) or a GTK/QT specific network protocol is unacceptable and why we need to schlep bitmaps over X11 instead? What is the specific use-case that's impossible without X11 (hopefully the specific program that actually uses the X11 font capabilities and not cairo/freetype and X11 drawing primitives and not GTK/QT)?

With rdesktop, can I ssh to a headless box that runs any moderately recent Unix variation and suddenly decide to send back a window to my desktop?

With the network transparency at the X11 level, it is framework agnostic. What if your commercial app doesn't use GTK or QT? The financial applications I have seen in the last 20 years use older frameworks as they aren't Linux-specific. The vendor may decide that dropping the platform would be cheaper than porting the application from Motif to GTK or QT. As we're talking about the real world, the clients won't hesitate a second and will switch to a platform supported by the application vendor.

Comment Re:that's strange - everygets one worse than offic (Score 3, Informative) 177

My 4 last cars include 2 Audi, one Ford and one Mazda

  • One 1999 Audi A3 1.8 automatic was just slightly worse than the announced fuel economy.
  • The temporary car that followed was a 2012 Ford Fiesta econetic 1.6, announced as a 3.6 l/100 but I never got it below 7 l/100 (onboard computer, I didn't keep it long enough to bother doing the calcs by hand).
  • After that, I had a 2012 Audi A3 Sportsback 2.0 TDI S Tronic, which was slightly better than its announced average fuel economy.
  • The "current" car is a 2002 Mazda MX5 NBFL 1.6, where I get sightly better than the announced average fuel economy even tho I drive it mostly in the city.

Comment Re:Gun free zone = target rich zone (Score 1) 965

Guess which country in the EU doesn't keep track of violent crime stats because there is NONE?

Switzerland isn't in the EU. The second part of your statement is equally stupid. Friends of mine do work in the Bundeskriminalpolizei over there and always have funny stories about the creative use of agro-forestry machinery to get rid of bodies.

Crime in Switzerland

In 2014, There were a total of 41 murders in Switzerland and had a murder rate of 0.49 per 100,000 population, the lowest raw figure and lowest rate for 33 years, since the start of the nationwide coordinated collection of statistical data

Comment Re:But Vaccines.... (Score 1) 287

I was describing the honest or true believer approach, historically it was done with only one container tho.

Cynical people would probably skip the first step, the 199 dilutions that follow and go straight to adding a bit of water to sugar.

Comment Re:But Vaccines.... (Score 2) 287

The flu vaccine introduces a weakened/dead version of influenza, so you body will manufacture antibodies in reaction to it.

Homeopathy is handing you a sugar pill. Let's take Oscilloccinum as an example. You start with a 1 liter bottle, you add 35 grams of duck liver, 15 grams of duck heart and you top with water. After 40 days, it is a goo. You take 1 percent of that goo, set it in another 1 liter vessel and fill up with pure water. That cycle is called a Korsakov dilution. Oscilloccinum is indicated as a 200 Korsakov dilutions. That means that there is 1 molecule in 100^200 molecules coming from the active ingredient, if you assume that you got a uniform distribution in the vessel. 1 molecule in 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000. You'd need to ingest a dose several orders of magnitude larger than the universe to get a chance to ingest one molecule of the active ingredient. Note that there is no evidence whatsoever that duck liver and duck heart would actually do anything for the flu in the first place.

Do you see a difference?

Comment Re:From the scientist's website (Score 2) 418

The fun bit is that there's no need for cheap foreigners to drive down wages in Germany. The unemployment benefits system is designed to take care of it.

If you have worked enough in the last 3 years, you can get up to 12 months of full unemployment benefits depending on your age (60% of your previous salary without kids, 67% with kids). If you refuse a "reasonable job offer", you don't get the benefits for up to 12 weeks. Reasonable is defined as "up to 3 hours daily commute" and paying 80% of your previous salary if it's in the first quarter, then it goes down to 70%, then 60%. Refuse several "reasonable job offers" and you lose the benefits. At the end of the benefits period, you get switched to subsistence allowance: maximum of 399 per month if I am not too mistaken.

I'm a non-German living in Germany for 9 years, crossing the border every day for better wages.

Comment Re:Licence Fee on the way out? (Score 1) 80

I hope they won't take the German approach and declare that you need a TV licence if you have a device able to watch TV programs. This includes smartphones, tablets and computers.

On the other hand, I personally would pay the licence if I lived in the UK... I do enjoy some of the BBC programs on a regular basis.

Comment Re:Productivity of office workers? (Score 1) 360

If you compare it to Japan, they are a society first, individual second country and while individuals may not have the same scope to be mega rich like they do in the US you can walk anywhere in their cities and feel completely safe. Go to the US and you want to make sure you stay in the right areas otherwise you are in real trouble. You can make it big in the US like nowhere else but that has its costs.

Yes, when I lived just outside of Osaka I would routinely jog through the "seediest" part of town in the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning. I never ran into trouble. I wouldn't even dream of doing the same thing in the US, or even in large parts of Europe.

Comment Re:Employ everyone digging ditches! (Score 1) 360

Possible reasons:

  • Roughly 25% of the workforce is on a dead-end career track... office ladies.
  • The women participation in the workforce drops massively once they marry and give birth.
  • 70% of the female workforce will exit the workforce for a decade or more after child birth, a large segment of those will actually never come back.
  • 54% of the female workforce is on temporary/interim contracts, compare to 19% for males.
  • A woman will earn on average 60% of what a man would earn in the same role.

Comment Re:illogical summary (Score 1) 360

There's basically no incentive to be productive if you don't own the business. Salaries have been stagnant for a long long time, a large segment of the workforce is on temporary contracts and promotions are rarely (if ever) based on performance. Also, roughly 25% of the workforce is on a dead-end career track... office ladies.

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