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Comment: 20% increase is a bad thing? (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by Harald Paulsen (#49046271) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

"but growth in Google's primary business, search advertising, has flattened out at about 20 percent a year for the last few years"

So if I understand the summary, google only grows with 20% each year and that is a bad thing?

I would start to worry if it was reduced by 20% every year.

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 1) 804

Unfortunately, it's not available for Windows. If you want people to switch from Windows to Linux, have them addicted to open source programs before you switch them over.

Currently using Chrome, Mozilla and Thunderbird, so I'm almost there..

Would love to try Darktable on Windows, but no luck.

Comment: Re:Kindle - publishers can allow lending (Score 1) 581

A bit off topic, but you can read a kindle ebook on a computer, a tablet or a cellphone.

Not sure how long this has been the case, but at least now you can.

I switch between a classic kindle, an ipad and a android phone all the time. Even syncing furthest read page works.

Comment: Re:Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (Score 1) 268

by Harald Paulsen (#43292951) Attached to: JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

Can't really say I miss space sci-fi. Sure, I loved stargate universe, firefly and defying gravity, but space is not a necessity for a good sci-fi. Perhaps in some years when they can do something that is actually new. There can be only SO many weekly episodes of yet another planet and/or new aliens. ;-)

Speaking of which.. you know they recently revived Red Dwarf? I guess that sort of counts like a space sci-fi.

Haven't actually seen the new episodes yet.. hmm, better get around to that some day.

Comment: Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (Score 1) 268

by Harald Paulsen (#43292029) Attached to: JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

There were several new shows in the past years. Not many made it though..

From memory, and the amount of scifi might be discussed but in no particular order:
Threshold, Werehouse 13, Defying Gravity, Lost, Person of Interest, Revolution, FlashForward, Eureka, The Event, Fringe, Alcatraz, Stargate Universe, Continuum, Heroes, V (the new one), Dollhouse..

Comment: Re:Multiculturalism (Score 1) 221

by Harald Paulsen (#40885081) Attached to: Bilingual Kids Show More Creativity

I don't know about asia, but european languages are related in so many ways, so learning one can help you understand things written in another.

For example: Norwegian, Swedish and Danish are so simular that they usually can understand eachother. Icelandic is not that far away. Dutch to me sounds like a mix between German and English. People from Finland usually learn Swedish in school.

Now, I don't speak either of these languages myself, but from what others have told me French, Italian and Spanish are related so much that you can get by in a pinch knowing one of those in one of the other countries.

Switzerland has German and French as languages. Belgium has Dutch, German and French.

It really is fascinating how some of the languages are related.

To waste some time, have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages

I have learned English and some German, but if I would learn another language it would be Spanish.

Comment: 3D is like a subwoofer (Score 2) 710

3D in a movie should be like the subwoofer/bass in a surround system. It should be tuned so that you don't notice it is there, but you should notice if it is missing.

3D where they have things flying towards you out of the screen is like turning the bass waaaaay up. Tacky and very distracting.

As the previous poster said: good 3D will make the visuals look better. As will a subwoofer do for sound.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.