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Comment Re:Does it really count? (Score 1) 274 274

In short, no. The variations are not that small and the differences between language families are larger than you give them credit for. Swiss German speakers get subtitled on German TV, for example, and that’s within nominally the same language. And then there are the Slavic languages, a whole bunch of them, the Baltic languages, and the three major Finno-Ugric languages, the latter of which are not even Indo-European in origin.

Comment Re:English (Score 1) 274 274

Euro-translators who are fluent in Russian say that understanding written Bulgarian based on prior knowledge of Russian is a piece of cake. My own spoken Russian is a bit rusty, but even then I’ve had no issues understanding simpler texts in Bulgarian. So, my point is that even Bulgarian falls within the continuum. After all, it’s based on Church Slavonic just like Old Russian, so the two languages cannot be too far apart. Closer than Russian and Polish anyway. By the way, I would recommend Polish over Slovak because of the larger speaker base and the fact that Polish and Czech/Slovak are not really that far apart.

Comment Re:Posting from MacOS.. (Score 1) 598 598

Err iOS does all that, syncing to Google and CardDAV/CalDAV (which stock Android surprisingly does not do, you have to buy an app from Google Play store) and iCloud and what not, photos, videos, the lot. Your friend had probably stored all his contacts on the SIM and had neglected to sync them online. But you already knew that. What you apparently did not know about is what the parent was talking about: Continuity / Handoff.

Comment Re:Quebec Language Police (Score 1) 578 578

No, the French are not 'simply taking the English terms and making minor spelling adjustments’. If anything, it is or rather was the other way around, hundreds of years ago. The terms are Latin and Greek in origin as pointed out, so both languages got their terms from those. English has borrowed much, much more from French than the other way round.

Comment Re: Tempting (Score 1) 181 181

Tolerance is a constituent value of the Western society, and is therefore higher up in the value hierarchy than intolerance. So it's not a conundrum – being intolerant towards intolerance is absolutely consistent with the core values of the social system. Otherwise you could never put murderers behind bars.

Comment Re:Just one question... (Score 1) 216 216

No issues since iOS 6 (which is when I started using the iPhone). Granted, I don't use the builtin app, having instead opted for the Sleep Cycle app that uses the accelerometer while you sleep and allegedly takes your sleep cycles into account when determining the right window for waking you up. (Yea, I bought into it, but it's been working well for me.) It plays any song or playlist I throw at it, background or foreground. So in short, no such limitation has come up.

Comment Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (Score 1) 138 138

On 3 September, Tuomioja went on record saying that he opposes creating NATO bases in the Baltic states since supporting it could be perceived as a hostile act towards Russia. ‘[---] It could be justified and is understandable with respect to these countries, but we don’t want our territory to be used for support bases that Russia could see as hostile.’ Source: http://yle.fi/uutiset/fm_tuomi.... So he may have assessed the situation in Ukraine correctly, but it does not mean that he's not one for appeasing the bear.

Comment Re:Is there any point continuing GCC's development (Score 1) 99 99

No, my point is that there are quite a lot of articles re: GCC vs. Clang on Phoronix, and that the comparisons are quite a bit more thorough and the results more varied than the parent hinted at with his/her implied claim that ‘the’ Phoronix article proves how GCC runtime performance is better. I read another article (at http://www.phoronix.com/scan.p...), and though it’s half a year old, it still shows that the compilers can be neck to neck in one area, and that they beat one another in various tests. So neither can claim absolute superiority.

Comment Have cake, eat cake (Score 1) 158 158

So from now on they’ll have the luxury of seeing a glimpse of the sun when they drive to work, yet they’ll have to resort to pitch black darkness when they get back. In summer, the sun will rise at 4 in the morning and it will be dark before nine in the evening. It won’t be long till there is a popular backlash against it – people will demand their DST back because they want their beauty sleep unimpeded by the overly early sunrise, and they want their evenings to be light longer.

At least that’s precisely what happened in my country when the government abolished DST for a couple of years. Plus there were ramifications regarding time differences with adjacent countries that had previously been in the same timezone. All in all, the experience that looked nice on paper (and I was initially for it) turned out horribly wrong. Even DST all year round (in effect moving the timezone one zone eastwards) is a saner approach, as long as humans are involved.

Comment Re:Its politics not culture ... (Score 1) 272 272

According to OECD stats, Italians, Spaniards and particularly the Greeks work much more than the much lauded Germans. How’s that for ‘raw numbers’? The Greeks are among the most hard working OECD nations, statistically speaking, with the other South European nations not far behind. Incidentally, the laziest nation appears to be the Dutch, the second laziest being the Germans. Now, this does not take into account the structure of the economy of those countries. It’s obvious that if you build a car in three hours then you’re viewed as more productive as the other guy who works in his olive grove until sunset.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge